Care of your TRD requires dedication of both time and money. They need food, water, shelter, exercise, training and lots of attention.
We advocate feeding a balanced raw diet to all dogs. We start our puppies on raw food as soon as they are ready for solid food. If raw isn't for you we recommend feeding a no grain premium dog food. During the very important period of growth nutrition is important to maintain health and prevent bone and skin problems. It continues to be important in maintaining the health of the adult dog. TRDs are typically food driven so meal time is also a great time for reinforcing good behavior. Keep treats to a minimum and use every opportunity for training.
Minimal grooming is required. A bath once a month or so will do the job. Start bathing while they are very young. TRDs are not generally fond of water. TRDs need daily exercise for health and to keep them from getting bored. Overweight dogs of all breeds have serious health issues. TRDs are a hardy breed and not prone to many health conditions. One disease of note is the Dermoid Sinus Cyst. This condition is always present at birth and cannot be developed after. It occurs when the skin is not completely closed along the dog's spine. While hard to detect during the early puppy stage, diagnosis can be done by those experienced in the breed. By pinching the skin while running one's thumb and index fingers along the upper neck regions and spine of the dog to the base of the tail, one can feel the familiar tube-like inflammation. If dormant, this condition causes no problems and the dog may lead a normal life. Unfortunately, these sinuses do not often remain dormant. They more often than not become inflamed and infected. The surgery to correct this condition may be expensive and quite painful. Dogs possessing this condition should absolutely be spayed/neutered by their owners in order not to promote this condition amongst the breed.
TRDs do best as an indoor dog, especially in cold climates. Remember they came from the jungle and are not built for living out in the cold. A fenced yard is a must to provide safety for your dog from wandering. Please make sure your dog has a collar with an identification tag should it ever get away from you or manage to make it out of your yard.
TRAINING and RELATIONSHIP BUILDING
While training your Thai, you will achieve greater and more timely results by using proper training methods. Incorporate activity and fun into your training methods. Do not go overboard with treats, as over weight dogs tend to experience more health problems. A TRD requires more of a challenge, they tend to consider what is being asked of them and then decide if they are going to do it. Training must be encouraged through positive reinforcement methods only. The breed does not do well with any type of heavy handed corrections. Thai’s can easily become stubborn, defiant and aggressive/timid if improper methods of training are used. With proper guidance, the dog shows a great eagerness to please. They are quick learners due to their high levels of intelligence.