Scottish Terrier Rescue - For the Love of Scotties

Written by Jeff Cuckson

Purebred dogs of all breeds can be found in shelters, and volunteers can be found in every state to seek them out. Scottish Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, and even breeds considered rare, all pass through shelters every year. Those who perform Scottish Terrier rescue are committed to matching homeless terriers with loving new owners.

Dog owners give up their pets for a variety of reasons, and many of them have nothing to do withrepparttar animal's temperament or behavior. Perfectly loving, well-behaved Scottish Terriers are rescued every year because their owners have died, moved into retirement homes, or are suffering from ill health. Other dogs find their way into shelters because of allergies, divorce, or new babies.

Scottish Terrier rescue organizations do find strays, dogs with behavioral problems, and dogs who have not been housebroken. A dog that has lost its owner, for whatever reason, will probably grieve, so it is crucial that adopted terriers be matched withrepparttar 146663 very best new owner. Rescuers will want to determine thatrepparttar 146664 homerepparttar 146665 terrier is destined for is loving, secure, and committed to keepingrepparttar 146666 dog permanently.

If you wish to perform your own Scottish Terrier rescue, a good place to start isrepparttar 146667 breed's national and local clubs. The Scottish Terrier Club of America has its own National Rescue Coordinators, and keeps lists of participating organizations, state by state. There are also general purebred dog rescue organizations that handle all breeds, but have representatives that specialize in individual ones, like Scottish Terriers or Westies.

The Sporting Westie Terrier

Written by Jeff Cuckson

Because it is intelligent and energetic, a Westie terrier is well suited for a number of dog events. Some competitions it might participate in are geared towardrepparttar Westie's natural instinct to hunt down prey and pursue it into its den. There are other events, though, in which it can compete with dogs of all breeds.

Being bred for using its sense of smell in hunting, a Westhighland terrier dog will do well in tracking events. In these competitions, a tracklayer walks through a specified course, leaving behind small objects that belong torepparttar 146662 Westie terrier's trainer. The track is aged, and thenrepparttar 146663 Westie terrier must lead its trainer throughrepparttar 146664 track to retrieverepparttar 146665 objects. Advanced tracking goes through or over obstacles like streams, fences, and woods, so tracking is a sport that gives a work-out to bothrepparttar 146666 Westies and its trainer.

Earthdog Tests are specifically designed for small terriers, likerepparttar 146667 West highland white terrier, as well as Dachshunds. These tests are designed to simulaterepparttar 146668 underground hunting that it was bred to perform. Inrepparttar 146669 simplest test,repparttar 146670 Quarry test, a man-made tunnel is constructed. It is about ten feet long, with one ninety-degree turn. The tunnel is scented, and has caged rats atrepparttar 146671 far end, whichrepparttar 146672 terrier dog must find and 'work' - pawing and snarling at them - for at least sixty seconds. The rats are then removed before either animals are harmed. More advanced Earthdog Tests are longer, and include more turns, and false trails.

The westie dog is also known to compete in Agility events. In these exciting, fast-paced competitions,repparttar 146673 Westie terrier is challenged to run through an obstacle course at high speed. There are seesaws to navigate, obstacles to jump, tunnels to traverse, and sets of poles for it to weave through. Because ofrepparttar 146674 jump requirements, in Agility competitionsrepparttar 146675 Westhighland terrier is pitted against dogs of similar size.

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