How To Make Your Boston Terrier Happy: What These Owners Do

Do you have a Boston Terrier and want to know how you can make them happy? Chances are you have already discovered what to do to make your little bundle of joy pleased. 

However, I recently asked Boston Terrier Society followers what they do to make their little pooch happy. Here is what they said…

Boston Terrier Playing
Bella playing with Sofia…behind them is all the books they were reading.

YouTube Video – 20 Ways To Make Your Boston Happy!

Boston OwnerWhat They Recommended
@doggie_mom4 says…Give them chew bones or treats.

Let them go swimming in the summer.

Take your Boston on walks.

Wrestle with them.

Let them take naps.
@IamCindyBushSpending time with them.

Cuddling with them.

Playing with them.

A car ride to Dairy Queen for ice cream.

A bite of pizza crust or burger.

Having company over.
@carlirenePlay hide and seek.

Go to the park.

Eat together.

Let them sleep in your bed.
@1965jpPlay! Especially tug of war or any kind of ball.
@borg_altaThrow balls.
@seanarchyProvide them with toys and treats.
@ChokfulanutzStay out of your Boston’s sunspots.
@ferguson_joeTake them on lots of walks.
@KyleWIIMGive them aggressive belly rubs.
@Todd42WilsonPlay, Treats, Play, Repeat.
@bostonandbaby1My Boston does a trick for treats every morning. It is fun for both of us.

My Number One Tip For A Happy Boston Terrier

I think all the above tips are great to make your Boston happy. But the number one tip I have is exercising your Boston Terrier daily. I can not remember where I read this, but a tired dog is a happy dog.

5 Benefits Of Exercising Your Boston Terrier

Giving your Boston 30 to 60 minutes of physical exercise every day is ideal. Your Boston is not only going to be happy, but there will be many other benefits:

  • Health Improvement
  • Fights Obesity
  • Strengthens The Bond Between You And Your Boston
  • Helps Reduce Destructive Behavior
  • Reduces Hyperactivity At Night, Like Zoomies

Health Improvement

This is an obvious one, but daily exercise can improve the overall health of your Boston. Just like humans, regular exercise can improve everything from cardiovascular strength to bone density. 

Heart disease is the leading killer in humans, but only accounts for 10% of dog-related deaths. Giving your Boston daily runs and walks can help ensure they are not part of that 10%.

Fights Obesity

Exercising your Boston regularly will help fight the obesity problem in dogs. According to VetStreet, nearly 20 to 40% of all dogs seen by veterinarians are overweight. 

Emily and I had to put Bella on a diet and an exercise program when she was younger because of her weight problem. At one point, Bella was pushing 30 pounds as a purebred Boston! Now Bella is around 24 ish pounds.

Obesity leads to several health issues like:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart And Respiratory Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Cancer

Fighting obesity will help your Boston live a long and happy life. 

How old is your Boston? Check out this article of mine where you can see how old your Boston Terrier is in human years, Human Years Equivalent.

Strengthens The Bond Between You And Your Boston

Let’s face it. You can not provide quality exercise to your Boston without being an active participant. Whether you choose to exercise your dog by walking, running, swimming, fetch, frisbee, etc. You will be working with your dog to do all these exercises.

This one on one time you are providing your Boston allows for your dog to build a deeper connection of love and trust.

Helps Reduce Destructive Behavior

Most destructive behavior in dogs can be eliminated with a structured exercise program. A Boston’s destructive behavior like chewing, gnawing, barking, tearing up stuff, and even in some cases peeing in the home can be reduced with exercise.

This destructive behavior we see in our Boston’s comes from excess pent up energy they need to release. Even if the destructive behavior stems from separation anxiety, like in my Bella.

Anxiety can be reduced through an activity because tiring your dog out with a workout helps calm their nerves. This is the same thing I do to help myself when I’m feeling anxious, I go for a run.

Reduces Hyperactivity At Nights Like Zoomies

Zoomies from my personal experience generally happen at night. There is no conclusive evidence as to why zoomies occur, read more here Boston Zoomies

However, one theory is, zoomies happen because of excess pent up energy.

Regular exercise can help eliminate this pent up energy and reduces the need for your Boston to become hyperactive.

Although, I tend to enjoy the late-night zoomies. Emily and I called it Bella’s witching hour. And the first time it occurred, it was the funniest thing I had ever seen a dog do.

Final Thoughts…

There are several things you can do to make your Boston Terrier happy. You can buy them a toy, take them swimming, play hide & seek, eat together, and more

If you have no idea where to start first. I would recommend going for a nice hike or a long walk in the park. 

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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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