Westies Dogs Please Consider Adopting an Older Westie Dog

Written by Jeff Cuckson

Everybody loves a baby animal and Westie puppies are adorable, but new dog purchasers often do not realizerepparttar commitment they are making when they bring a puppy home.

For those wantrepparttar 146715 companionship of Westies dogs, but do not haverepparttar 146716 knowledge or patience to endurerepparttar 146717 training process, rescuing an older Westie dog may berepparttar 146718 right alternative.

When considering an older West highland terrier dog,repparttar 146719 first thing that many people think is that they would be getting a dog with problems, either genetic problems common to Westies, or behavioral problems from improper training.

The truth is, many Westie dogs go to shelters for reasons that have nothing to do withrepparttar 146720 dogs' inherent qualities. Every year, dog owners die, move to retirement homes, change jobs, get divorced, have new babies, or, unfortunately, simply tire ofrepparttar 146721 responsibility of caring for a dog.

The advantages of older dogs are many. They have already finished teething, and no longer feelrepparttar 146722 urge to chew holes in your shoes, rugs, and furniture. Westie dogs that are older have grown used to sleeping throughrepparttar 146723 night while their people sleep, as opposed to westie puppies, who wake up and whine.

Older pets will have already been housetrained and also should knowrepparttar 146724 meaning ofrepparttar 146725 word 'no,' making their continued training that much easier.

When you encounter a Westie puppy, you only haverepparttar 146726 breed standards to give you an idea of what kind of dog it will grow into. Although Westhighland dogs have a typical personality type, there are variations from dog to dog. The full-grown Westie is a know quantity. The Westie dog you meet is what you will get, and you can quickly determine if it will fit into your home.

Westie Pups - How to Prepare for Your Westie Puppy

Written by Jeff Cuckson

Just like when you bring home a new baby, you will need to prepare before you bring home your westie puppy. The needs of westie pups are not tremendous, but there are a few things that you must have in place to give your westie a safe, happy transition into your life.

It is much easier and safer to prevent your west highland terrier pup from getting into and destroying things than it is to watch him every second. Remember that any item they chew on is also an item that is potentially swallowed: bits of cloth, tassels, string, and of course, shoes.

Secure everything that can be picked up or moved. Electrical cords are a particular danger. A solution called 'bitter apple' can be sprayed on cords, and anything else that cannot be relocated, to discourage chewing.

Dog trainers recommend that you never give your new puppyrepparttar freedom to roamrepparttar 146714 house while you are gone. A crate will keeprepparttar 146715 dog secure, and can also be used for safe travel.

Pick one that is big enough forrepparttar 146716 dog to stand up and turn around in. Baby gates, or pet gates, will keep it confined to a room ofrepparttar 146717 house that has a durable floor.

Since your westie will not be old enough for reliable housetraining until about four months of ages, this may be essential to keeping your carpets stain-free.

Your westie dog will need to eat, and it is wisest to askrepparttar 146718 breeder what he has been eating, and buy that brand. You may changerepparttar 146719 food later, but inrepparttar 146720 beginning he will have enough adjustments to make without a change in diet.

Food and water bowls should be of stainless steel, since most plastics will become victims of teething.

To encourage it to chew on acceptable items, have a selection of sturdy chew toys on hand. These should be made of Cressite, or English rubber, although tennis balls and nylabones are also acceptable.

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