Westies Dogs and Your Children

Written by Jeff Cuckson

Almost without exception, breeders will advertise that their favorite terrier, westies dogs, are good with children. However, terrier enthusiasts, and westie rescue organizations, tell a different story.

Before you bring your terrier into a home with small children, be sure you understandrepparttar westie personality, and how they might react to your children's behavior.

Like any terrier, a westie can have what is called a high 'prey drive.' Any breed of terrier, westhighland terriers included, was originally bred to hunt down small prey, chase into its den, and then aggressively, or even viscously fightrepparttar 146785 prey until it was caught inrepparttar 146786 dog's jaws. Because small children's high, squealing voices sound likerepparttar 146787 squeals of fleeing prey , a westies' prey drive may be triggered by these sounds.

To compoundrepparttar 146788 confusionrepparttar 146789 dog will see children running from them inrepparttar 146790 same wayrepparttar 146791 see prey running to escape. It will give chase.

Amongrepparttar 146792 breeds of terrier, a westie is one that will not tolerate manhandling. Trainers advise that unlike some dogs, which can be desensitized torepparttar 146793 ear-pulling, and poking and prodding that small children are likely to inflict, westies will react adversely to this treatment. The more you or your child annoys your little terrier,repparttar 146794 more likely it is to become aggressive or nip.

Fromrepparttar 146795 point of view of a terrier, it will see small children as an inferior member ofrepparttar 146796 'pack.' This is true of many dogs. Being strong-willed west highland white terriers have an inclination to be bossy inrepparttar 146797 first place. Small children are incapable of countering this behavior.

If you have your heart set on a terrier, westies can still be your dog of choice if you have children. First train your children, then train your terrier. Teach your children how to properly approach, handle, and play with your westie.

Rabbit As Pet

Written by Amanda Gates

Rabbits are one ofrepparttar most popular pets, apart from dogs and cats. They look attractive, lovely, gentle, friendly and cute. They are easy to take care and undemanding in terms of care and housing. They will settle well either indoor or outdoor, at home.

There are 40 species of rabbits and hares worldwide. All domesticated rabbits are originated from European rabbits. The scientific name for domestic rabbit is Oryctolagus cuniculus.

Typically, domesticated rabbits weigh between 2.2-221lb (1-10kg). The domesticated rabbits can be fed on commercially produced rabbit food, pellets, hay, green food, root vegetables, tree bark, herbs and apple.

The gestation period of a rabbit is 31 days andrepparttar 146784 typical litter size ranges from 6-8 young. The lifespan varies with breed.

Keeping a rabbit as pet requires a good training system to prevent unnecessary destructions or hassle. For example, furniture and carpet chewing problems, pseudo pregnancy symptoms, litter problems, fights, behavioral problems, rabbit-house worries, sickness, fleas, predators and etc. Nevertheless, these challenges can be overcome whenrepparttar 146785 owners haverepparttar 146786 knowledge and experience to deal with them. Thus, one ofrepparttar 146787 recommended ways to acquirerepparttar 146788 important knowledge is to read widely and exchange practical information with experienced rabbit owners.

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