5 Human Behaviors Boston Terriers Can’t Stand


Boston Terriers are known for being one of the most friendly and easy-going dog breeds. They love spending time with their families and get along well with other pets.

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However, there are a few human behaviors that Boston Terriers can’t stand, and will quickly let you know about it!

In this blog post, we’ll cover the five human behaviors that Boston Terriers hate the most. If you’re a Boston Terrier owner, be sure to avoid these behaviors to keep your pup happy!

5 Human Behaviors Your Boston Terrier Will Hate

Bostons can get annoyed if you do certain things. But if you know what these things are, then you can avoid doing them, and your dog will be happier.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the article to see what current Boston Terrier owners are saying about behavior their dog hates.

1. Being Too Rough

Being too rough with your Boston Terrier. For example, if a kid shoves your dog while playing or if you yank something from your dog’s mouth too hard, this can be seen as being too rough.

Dogs are sensitive creatures, especially Bostons, and they rely on us to treat them with care and respect. When we are rough with them, it can cause them physical pain and emotional distress.

Additionally, rough treatment can damage their trust in us and make them fearful around us. Ultimately, it is important to be gentle with your Boston Terrier to have a happy and healthy relationship with them.

Things To Try To Help Stop Being Rough With Your Boston

If you think you are too rough, try this.

  • Belly Rubs On The Couch
  • Educate Any Children That Play With Your Boston To Rough
  • Stop Playing Rough Games Like Tug Of War

2. Not Using Modern Training Techniques

Dog training has come a long way in the last few decades. In the past, trainers relied heavily on punishment-based methods to get dogs to do what they wanted. These methods often left dogs feeling scared and confused, and they were not always effective in getting the desired behavior.

However, thanks to the work of pioneering trainers like Karen Pryor, today’s dog trainers have developed kinder, more gentle methods that focus on positive reinforcement. These new methods are based on the latest scientific research and are proven to be more effective in getting dogs to do what we want. Force-free training is not only kinder to dogs, but it also helps to build a strong bond between dog and owner.

If you are looking for some positive dog training examples start here by checking out these free courses by Dr. Dunbar, Dr. Dunbar Free Dog Training Academy.

3. Being Lazy

A Boston Terrier is a type of dog that thrives when its owner is not lazy but, instead, someone who likes to go on walks, throws the ball around, or enjoys playing with their dog. This is because Boston Terriers need a moderate amount of exercise to stay healthy and happy.

Without enough exercise, a Boston Terrier can become restless and even destructive. So if you’re thinking of getting a Boston Terrier, be sure that you’re prepared to give them the attention and exercise they need. In return, you’ll have a loyal and loving companion who will bring joy to your life.

Here is a list of 10 fun things you can do with your Boston right now that will burn some energy:

-Play fetch

-Take a walk

-Visit the dog park

-Do some agility training

-Train your dog to do some new tricks

-Practice obedience commands

-Introduce them to a new person or animal

-Let them run around in a fenced-in yard

-Go for a swim together

-Attend a training class

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4. Unpredictability

Being consistent with our Boston Terrier is important because it provides them with a sense of security and stability.

Dogs are creatures of habit and thrive on knowing what to expect from their humans. Being unpredictable or inconsistent in our routines can leave our dog feeling confused, anxious, and insecure.

This unpredictability can lead to various behavioral issues, such as becoming destructive when left alone or going potty in the house. By being predictable and consistent in everything we do with our Boston, we can help them feel safe, comfortable, and content.

The American Kennel Club has this to say about predictability in routines,

“Dogs thrive on consistency and benefit from knowing what to expect. Routines can support every aspect of your relationship with your dog, from house training to grooming to preventing some behavioral challenges and boosting canine confidence.”

American Kennel Club

Simple Routines And Steps You Can Take To Be Less Unpredictable

1. Start each day with a walk.

2. Feed your dog at the same time each day.

3. Play with your dog for at least 10 minutes every day at a set time of day.

4. Give your dog plenty of opportunities to exercise each day.

5. Set aside time each day to train your dog new commands or tricks.

6. Make sure your dog always has access to fresh water.

7. Clean up any messes your dog makes immediately.

8. Brush and groom your dog regularly.

9. Take your dog to the vet for regular checkups and vaccinations.

10. Make sure you have a designated spot in your yard for your dog to potty.

11. Keep dangerous items like medicines and poisonous plants out of reach of your pet.

12.  Always praise and reward your dog when they behave in the way you want them to.

13. Be patient and consistent when teaching your dog new things.

14. Avoid punishment and never use physical force when correcting your dog.

15. If you must leave your dog alone, provide them with plenty of toys, food, and water to keep them occupied.

16. Always give your dog plenty of love and attention when together.

5. Yelling

For some people, yelling is a part of everyday life. Whether it’s the sound of children playing or the conversations of people walking by, there’s always someone making noise.

For Boston Terriers, however, this can be a source of anxiety. Bella, my Boston Terrier, gets very anxious when the kids are yelling. You can see it in her demeanor – she’ll start to pace back and forth, and her ears will perk up. It’s as if she’s trying to figure out what’s going on and why everyone is so loud.

This can be really stressful for her, so I try to keep the noise level down when she’s around. Even though it’s sometimes unavoidable, I think it’s important to remember that not everyone enjoys loud noise.

So next time you’re feeling like yelling, think about the effect it might have on your canine friend.

What Other Boston Terrier Owners Say…

We conducted a survey on the Boston Terrier Society Facebook page asking, What Human Behavior Does Your Boston Terrier Hate? Here are some of the results:

List Of Behaviors Owners Say Their Boston Hates

  • Humans Clipping Finger Nails
  • Humans Being On Their Phone
  • Packing A Suit
  • Human Sneezing
  • Watching T.V.
  • Ignoring Them
  • Kids Arguing

Final Thoughts

Boston Terriers are a friendly breed of dog, and they are great companions. They are, however, dogs with personality and preferences – which means there are some human traits they don’t respond well to.

If you find yourself being too rough with your Boston Terrier, using outdated training techniques, or being lazy when it comes to their care, your Boston will likely get annoyed. And if you’re unpredictable or tend to yell, chances are your pup outright hates those behaviors.

Not to worry! By understanding your dog’s triggers, you can learn how to better train and interact with your furry friend. Dr. Dunbar’s Academy offers online courses that cover everything from puppy development stages to solving common behavior issues so you can have a well-behaved pup and human in no time!

Donnie Gardner

Donnie Gardner is the owner of the Boston Terrier Society. He has been raising Bella the Boston since 2010. He resides in Kansas with his wife, daughter, and Bella. His favorite activities are hanging out with family, traveling, running (but has bad knees), and reading non-fiction books.

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