A graduate of Brown University, William D. Jones, MD, serves as an occupational and preventive medical practitioner at his own medical office in Oklahoma City, OK. Outside of work, William D. Jones, MD, of OK enjoys doing his own lawn work and taking care of his Airedale Terrier puppy, Cooper.
One of the challenges of having a dog is keeping the lawn looking green and beautiful. Fortunately, there are several things owners can do to minimize or prevent lawn and landscape damage. The following are a few examples:
Create a Separate Bathroom Area
Due to the acidic nature of dog urine, grass that is used as a bathroom develops brown spots. While some dog owners find that keeping their dog hydrated and watering spots their dog urinates in reduces damage, the only way to fully prevent damage is to create a separate bathroom area. Dogs can be trained to urinate in this area instead of using the lawn.
Add in Pathways
Dogs naturally patrol the yard and it is better for owners to go along with this instinct instead of fighting it. By adding paths around the yard, dogs are free to walk without damaging the lawn or other landscaping aspects. Ideally, owners should build these paths along established routes and use paw-friendly materials.
Handle a Dog’s Digging
Many dog breeds dig to bury a bone, create a place to cool down, or alleviate boredom. Regardless of the reason, it wreaks havoc on a lawn. Fortunately, owners can handle it in a variety of ways, such as adding boards or chicken wire at the soil line or planting dense greenery near a fence line. Owners can also create a designated digging spot using gravel or sand.
William D. Jones, MD, has practiced occupational and preventive medicine in the Oklahoma City, OK, area for more than two decades. In addition to his medical activities, William D. Jones, MD, spends time training his Airedale terrier and serving as dog show secretary with the Irish Setter Club of OK.
The Airedale terrier is a strong, versatile breed. However, the Airedale is not the dog for every household. Before reaching out to a trusted breeder or rescue organization about an Airedale, individuals and families should consider the dog’s behavior, energy levels, and temperament.
To start, the Airedale is a sporty terrier that demands a good deal of daily exercise. A dog that does not receive proper physical stimulation can growth lethargic or aggressive. Similarly, Airedales are keen learners. This trait is advantageous for attentive, supportive owners, but can result in destruction and mischief for families that lack the dedication necessary to successfully train a dog.
The Airedale responds well to positive reinforcement. This is the case for many breeds, but some owners prefer dogs that can be instructed under more physical styles of training. Such individuals should avoid Airedales. Finally, Airedale terriers should be raised in high-activity homes. While the overwhelming majority of Airedale owners told the American Kennel Club (AKC) that their Airedales got along well with children, other pets, and in training scenarios, 48 percent reported their terriers to dislike extended periods of time alone.
William D. Jones, MD, provides occupational and preventive medicine services to patients through his Oklahoma City, OK, private practice. Besides his medical commitments in OK, William D. Jones, MD, serves as the Irish Setter Club of Oklahoma’s dog-show secretary and enjoys spending time with his Airedale terrier puppy.
The American Kennel Club first recognized Airedale terriers in the late 1880s. When compared to all other breeds, Airedales are medium sized, but they are the largest of all terriers. Defined by their unusual and charming appearance, Airedales typically have a long head featuring a beard and mustache. Like other terriers, they are highly intelligent.
The origins of the breed go back to 1840s Yorkshire in England, where the ancestors of modern Airedales hunted badger and other game alongside workers in the mining and wool industries. The dog’s vaunted intelligence make it adaptable to work beyond hunting. In fact, Airedales served in a military capacity during many wars.
The breed’s intelligence, appearance, and temperament have made it a popular pet for decades. Notable Airedale owners include American presidents like Woodrow Wilson and Warren G. Harding.
A respected Oklahoma City, OK, physician, William D. Jones, MD, provides patients with care spanning occupational and preventive medicine. A longtime dog owner, William D. Jones, MD, has an Airedale terrier puppy named Cooper and is the Irish Setter Club of Oklahoma’s dog-show secretary.
Traditionally known as the “king of terriers,” the Airedale, a large-size breed, belies the terrier’s general reputation for being small and borderline hyperactive. The breed has its origin in northern Yorkshire in the Aire River Valley, not far from the Scottish border.
The dogs were among several distinctive breeds from the area with particular abilities to control the populations of wild river animals such as rats, foxes, and martens. Considered “vermin,” these animals often dug through river banks and wreaked havoc on farmland. While smaller terriers were ideal for handling rats, the Airedale terrier suited for taking on larger animals such as martens and foxes, and was able to pursue them in the water.
A classic “waterside terrier,” the Airedale has excellent scenting and tracking abilities, and has been employed by organizations such as the Red Cross and the British Army in times of war. A family animal, the Airedale has a calm and friendly disposition.