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Yes, Jessica will put the ball back into your hand or can catch it in her mouth. She will actually try to play ball with another dog but neither Hawk catches on nor did Roxy, as smart as she was. Just not too many repetitions at one time, that gets boring.
 
Make sure she does not get to any rodent poison, Ben, a beautiful stud dog, on a 1000 acre farm got into a 5 gal bucket of rat poison and died a miserable death. The airedales like the food with molasses. Make absolutely sure they cannot worry that lid open, they are very determined, extremely strong tenacious dogs.
 
 
 All my female Airedales were,  are, born nursemaids, babysitters for other animals. Even Sherlock, that big old mutt, would hardly allow me to take care of some babychicks. They were his. As soon as she came into the house Natasha, his mother had to check first on a baby goat, that came to us from out-of-state and had to be kept in the laundry room due to very cold weather They bond with other animals!!! 
When Roxy, the Wheaton got killed Jessie cried like I have never heard an animal cry in sadness.  
This winter after the ice storm Jessica tried to save the koi that got injured,  killed, electrocuted by gently nudging them with her nose.  She saved two.  
 
Expect your puppy to bond with all your animals and in due time to alert you one way or the other when something is out of order.  Martina, Natasha and Jessica  let my husband know when the phone was ringing. Martina would remind me if something was boiling to strongly on the stove.
 
All our Airedales, male or female cannot stand opossums, they will kill them if they can catch them. THEY REMIND THEM PROBABLY OF BADGERS FROM THEIR LONG REMOTE NATIVE COUNTRY IN YORKSHIRE England. 
Squirrels: no Madame they are way up in the tree, we do not waste our time, although  Tyger, Hawk and Sherlock cought a few careless ones.
Raccoon: indifferent. 
Deer: smells like goat, is ok.  
Wild pigs need to be checked out, if trained to hunt them they will certainly oblige you with mucho gusto. 
Cows and horses: large friends, great!
All our dogs were good at herding, Jessica and Roxy the best and now Hawk and Jessica as good.
If you have to pass animals from one quarter to another, they will count them. The head goes back and forth as the animals pass and make sure that none strays away. 
 
 

They do love water and most of them will go swimming with you in a natural setting. Jessica just loves water. She hops into the large outdoor fishtanks and the earthen pond many times a day. The only time she did not go into a pond was on a wet cold day after the ice storm when we pulled-sawed-pulled the 20'  +  branches out of the pond this winter. She just watched. 
By walking your puppy near a creek or putting a solid flat container in the yard you will find out if she enjoys water. Most of our dogs loved the water. Sherlock only to his shoulders. When I tried to swim with him he climbed onto my back, all eighty pounds with claws attached.
 
 
The more you engage your puppy the more it will understand you. Talk to your dog: let’s go feed the chickens, the horses need water, we have to check on the laundry, turnoff the pumps, play ball, hop into the truck, etc. besides the normal commands for good behaviour. You can actually see with your eyes that they think, make decisions, try to reason things out beyond instinct conditioned 
moves.
 
Remember always: Your dog loves you and wants to be with YOU! Do never forget that. Open doors, your careless move or forgetting that your dog wants to be with you can cause him to make the wrong decision. He needs to learn to STAY. And you need to learn to watch beyond that to safeguard disaster.
 
We want to place the puppies in the best possible environment with owners who have “dog sense” and especially Airdale Terrier sense.
 

FAMILY AND WORKING DOG IS A GOOD COMBINATION mainly for an Airedale. Train your dog as much as you can and continue doing so. TShe will behappy if she can achieve something, do it right. The puppies are very alert and think early on their own. They  definitely enjoy company and absorb all the love they can get yet are sharp dogs from little on.  Agility is also very good on both parents side, no contests, only observation.

  They learn fast to be housebroken. Female dogs even faster, within a very few days, than little males.

Feeding observations

The adult food for our dogs is the Salmon Sweetpotato food from Costco. We assume that sweet potatoes do not need much herbicide and salmon, even farm raised ones may not have too many medications in their food, that is similar to Koi food. They, the dogs,  have always a good body odor with that, not like the stuff from the grocery store. And it is gluten free, which helps against allergies and yeast infections in ears. Two dogs, one who was given to me and the other i bought as a bag of bones in a sore skin got rid of their allergies with the food change and melafix swabbings of the ears and body sores, grew beautiful coats and did not need any medication..  I never had any allergy problems with my own breedings nor any reports about such conditions. He is very handsome and happy now. Some dogs like fruit, but eat it only when chemical free. Hawk likes Bananas, Jessie berries, watermelon, they like dried figs, dates, apricots all organic please, no chemicals added.. They do like veggies over their food, it is good for them. In other words home cooked leftovers are just fine along with the regular food. Milk over her puppy chow in the early stage is necessary. I buy whole natural milk for myself and share it with puppies. it is nutritious and I do not have to eat extra food to make up for what has been taken out of the milk.
 
 
 
Please do not hesitate to share your experiences with Airedale Terriers, we all can learn from them and help each other to manage wonderful dogs. 
 
Your Airedale friend
 
Ursula

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All my female Airedales were, are born nursemaids, babysitters for other animals. Even Sherlock that big old mutt would hardly allow me to take care of some baby chicks. They were his.  They bond!! When Roxy, the Wheaton got killed Jessie cried like I have never heard an animal cry in sadness. And I best not mention her name or say Daddy, mentioning my husband, because she will tilt her head and look at me with sad eyes and ask me why I I stir up old wounds.  She tried to save the koi that got injured, killed, electrocuted in the ice storm; she was able to save two by gently nudging them into movement and continuing to do so until they were able to swim. Expect her to bond with all your animals and in due time to alert you one way or the other when something is out of order, p.e. when the barred owl calls over the fish tanks Jessica will make certain that I hear it. Expect her to call your attention to new arrivals on the farm, i. e kidding, calving, hatching etc. She will not rest until you go with her to check on things, maybe pulling your hand with a happy grin on her face, eager to share the good tidings. Let’s not forget Natasha, she and Sherlock showed time and again that they knew the difference between poisonous and non-poisonous snakes. They have a different odor. What many other dogs cannot judge properly is the reach of a coiled snake when striking. They misjudge and get bitten.  I had pictures to proof that but .lost them in a huge power failure. Martina was the only dog who I witnessed killing a poisonous snake. She held her with her strong front paws, grabbed her behind the neck and shook her, braking her neck.  They bowl over turtles and check them out but hate alligator turtles and will alert you to their presence.

None ever killed a chicken on purpose

They may make a study in fowl anatomy, pull some feathers, but even two big Airedales will not kill a chicken, they know that those birds belong to you. Jessica will occasionally ‘collect’ a single egg that a forgetful chicken laid in an open spot.

Your dogs can be trained at an early age to hunt. They are used to hunt bear, lion, big cats, wild hogs, deer, raccoon, coyote or what your fancy strikes.

 All our Airedales, male or female cannot stand opossums, they will kill them. THEY REMIND THEM PROBABLY OF BADGERS FROM THEIR LONG REMOTE ANCESTRAL COUNTRY IN YORKSHIRE.

From the standpoint of a farming Airedale: Raccoon: indifferent, but can be hunted. Deer: smells like goat, is ok, can be hunted. Wild pigs need to be checked out and can be hunted if properly trained. Our dogs generally considered them as livestock inhabiting the woods. Squirrels: no Madame, they are way up in the tree, we do not waste our time, although Tiger, Hawk and Sherlock caught a few careless ones. Rats are on the off-list, need to be scouted out.

All our dogs were good at herding although Jess and Roxy the best and now Hawk and Jessie as good. If you have to pass animals from one quarter to another, they will count them. The head goes back and forth as the animals pass.

The more you engage her the more you get out of her. Talk to her: let’s go feed the chickens, the horses need water, we have to give hay, let’s go to the house, let’s go into the kitchen, we have to do etc. They also like to play, may retrieve and drop a ball into your hand. Jessie will. But they get quickly bored with too many repetitions at a time. They can catch things with their mouth if you have time to teach them. They are agile and can jump hurdles. They are eager to learn! They can be taught to be messenger dogs - World War One -, pack-dogs for trail and mountain climbing and are naturally watchdogs, another ancestral feature inherited from the live in the hills of Yorkshire were they had to watch the farm animals, homestead and be companions to their owners.

Another trait related to the Yorkshire ancestry is their love for water. They have supposedly Otter hound in their breeding. Most of them will readily go swimming with you; some go into the water anytime but only shoulder high. Jessica hops into the ponds many times during the day in the summer, less often when the temperature drops below 50 degree Fahrenheit.

When in conversation with strangers your dog may quietly interpose himself between you and the other person, strangers that seemingly come to close, mainly if that person is lively and uses a lot of body language.

They will never befriend an outright evil person. But they do not discriminate against people temporarily on the wrong path.

They should learn fast to be housebroken. Out!!! as soon as they wake up, Out!! Again after a meal and before bedtime and in-between as often as necessary. When they start to play hard out!!!! Just like a child. The OUT!!! is to be done quietly, gently and fast to not frighten the puppy. And praise the little fellow for good behavior. Do not ever forget that he wants to please and love you. That is his main mission in live for whatever you train him.

All of this does not happen overnight, it will gradually develop.