West Highland White Terriers - Make Your Westie FamousWritten by Jeff Cuckson
The West Highland White Terrier or Westie, has it's origin, as name suggests, in western Scottish Highlands. They were originally bred for controlling population of rats, fox, otter and other vermin
The West highland White Terrier (also known as Westie) is a elegant looking dog with beautiful eyes (this is my favourite feature).
Colour: White (Did I say white? - Definitely not today)
Height: Dogs - 10-12 inches
Bitches - 9-11 inches
Weight: Dogs - 15-22 lbs
Bitches - 13-16 lbs
Life Span: 15 + years
Litter Size: 2-5
From an owners perspective, I find Westie, active, assertive, fun loving and does he like to play. Our westie called Pepper has a continual fight with hoover.
He also likes to chase our cat (who is 9+ years). She can't be bothered with him and has put him in his place a few times. However he never seems to learn.
His other love is going for a walk. He goes crazy when he sees dog lead being taken out of drawer.
Nowadays, they are more of a companion or family dog, even though they have strong terrier instincts. Above all they are a very smart, loyal and lovable dog.
Westie Pups - Tips for Success in HousetrainingWritten by Jeff Cuckson
Perhaps best way to train your westie pups not to relieve themselves in your house is to never let behavior start in first place. Learning to anticipate your westie puppies need to 'go' takes time, and extra attention to your pups when they are small, but it should make learning process less stressful for everyone.
First you need to accept fact that accidents will happen. Westie puppies under three or four months of age have very little bladder control, and do not realize they have to urinate until they are doing it. There are times of day, though, when you can predict that your westie pups will relieve themselves.
By taking them outside in advance of these times, keeping them there until they are done, and then praising them soundly afterward, you are setting up situations in which your westie pups will succeed.
Your west highland terrier puppies will need to urinate immediately after waking up in morning, or after a nap. If your westie pups start to go before you can get them outside, make a startling, but not frightening noise to try to stop them. Then take your westie pups to their potty place, and if they finish there, give them praise.
It is much easier to predict when your westie pups are about to go to sleep. This is another time when they need to relieve themselves. Also, pups have an automatic reflex to relieve themselves within one-half to one hour after eating.
Establish a routine for your westie pups of regular eating, play, and potty times throughout day. There are other signs of when they need to be taken to their potty place - pups will become restless, sniffing and circling around as they instinctually try to find a place that has been used before.