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Hello Everybody, I am new to this forum and this is my first post. A little about us. My wife and I are both retired and live in a single family house in the Pacific Palisades, CA. Our home has a nice very secure backyard for our dogs to play and exercise though most of their daily exercise comes from neighborhood walks and our lab goes on local mountain hikes with one of our great dog watchers. We are also boaters and our dogs accompany us to our boat on the weekends. In sum, they get plenty of exercise and attention. Our Lab sleeps in his bed next to our bed and our Schnauzer used to sleep on the bed with us.

We are a two dog family and recently lost our beloved 11 y/o Miniature Schnauzer. We also have a wonderful 3 1/2 male year old yellow lab. The two dogs were special pals and I know that our Joey misses his little companion as we do.
We are starting to look for a second dog and are leaning towards a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. We have recently gone to two all breed dog shows her in So. California where we live and have met several SCWT owners and handlers who were showing their dogs.

I have been reading as much material as I can find on line as well as chatting with SCWT breeders. It seems that the Wheatens are a very high energy dog, smart and need continuous attention otherwise they may get into mischief if they get bored. Our dogs are never left alone very long
and when we're away for say 3 to 4 hours at most they are free to roam the house and have no restrictions. I'm wondering if I would be asking for trouble if the Wheaten, when matured and fully housebroken, have problems being left alone for short periods of time. I am not a big fan of
leaving our dog locked in a crate while we're away. That would be okay when they were a small puppy but not an adult. I would also use a safe playpen to restrict our puppy's area.

I would love to hear from SCWT owners about their experience in raising their Wheatens as well as any opinions or suggestions. We hope this would be the next breed for us but if not we will move on.

Thanks,

Skipper Jay
 

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Dear Lillith, thanks for your thoughtful and sound advice. Yep, Joey our 3 1/2 lab has no problem being left alone in our home. The same was so with our late 11 y/o Min. Schnauzer. Of course, when they were young puppies we safe guarded the territory they were allowed to stay in while we were away.
My wife and I loved the Wheatens we saw at the dog shows and felt they would make a great companion dog. Now, we're not so sure as I am reading more about their temperament and need for nearly constant stimulation. We have always interacted with our dogs throughout the day without the fear that a pause
might lead to distructive behavior or excessive barking. I've had many breeds including Dobermans, Belgium Tervuran, Labs and a Min. Schnauzer. Of course, all my pups required close supervision during their puppy stage but not so much as they grew into adult dogs.
We certainly find your comments to be very helpful and will reconsider our objection to reasonable crating. We are in no hurry and will be doing our due diligence in choosing our next dog. Our only reservation for selecting another Min. Schnauzer was a fear we would always be looking for our beloved Otto who could never be replaced
in our new dog. I'm now thinking that concern may be unjustified.
 
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