BRINGING HOME PUPPY

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW THISTLEBERRY WESTIE PUPPY! IT IS OUR DESIRE THAT YOUR PUPPY WILL GROW INTO A LOVING DOGGY AND ENJOY A LONG LIFE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. ITS EASY TO LOVE A PUPPY THE MOMENT YOU MEET THEM. THE FACT IS, THEY DO GROW VERY QUICKLY INTO ADULTS. WE WANT TO HELP YOU LOVE THAT PUPPY INTO ADULTHOOD BY SHARING SOME PRACTICAL TIPS TO HELP YOU TRANSITION YOUR HOME INTO ONE THAT IS A SUCCESS FOR YOU AND YOUR WESTIE PUPPY.

THIS GUIDE FOCUSES VERY MUCH ON POTTY TRAINING. THE NUMBER ONE REASON OWNERS ABANDON THEIR PUPPIES AND PETS IS DUE TO FRUSTRATION WITH POTTY TRAINING. WE WANT TO SHARE AS MUCH INFORMATION, TIPS, AND ADVICE TO HELP COMBAT NEGATIVE EMOTIONS YOU MAY DEVELOP TOWARD YOUR NEW PUPPY. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

THE LITTER BOX
AT THISTLEBERRY WESTIES WE USE A LITTERBOX SYSTEM TO BEGIN POTTY TRAINING PUPPIES AT THE AGE OF 3 WEEKS. AT FIRST THE LITTERBOX AND BED ARE COJOINED TO ALLOW YOUNG PUPPIES TO MOVE EASILY FROM SLEEPING AND PLAY AREAS TO THE POTTY AREA. AT FOUR WEEKS, THEY ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE SEVERAL HOURS OF PLAY TIME IN THE MAIN LIVING AREA AND TO PRACTICE WALKING AROUND AND RUNNING. AT FIVE WEEKS, THEY GET A LARGE 8X8 FOOT AREA THAT IS OPEN FOR PLAY, POTTY, AND SLEEPING. HOWEVER, AT NIGHT PUPPIES ARE PLACED BACK INTO THE MORE CONFINED SLEEP AND POTTY BOX AREA TO REINFORCE THAT THE LITTER IS FOR POTTY.

THE REASON FOR THE LITTERBOX FOR TRAINING IS NOT NECESSARILY FOR A LIFELONG ANSWER TO POTTY HABITS, ALTHOUGH IT WOULD WORK WELL FOR FAMILIES THAT MAY LIVE IN HIGH RISE APARTMENTS OR HOMES THAT HAVE LIMITED YARD AREA AND ALSO FOR VERY BAD WEATHER SUCH AS DEEP SNOW AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. THE REASON FOR IT, IT TO GIVE FAMILIES SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON AS THEY WORK WITH THEIR NEW WESTIE PUPPY ON PROPERLY ELIMINATING OUTDOORS. IN THE BEGINNING PUPPIES CANNOT HOLD THEIR BLADDERS FOR VERY LONG, AND WILL NEED TO GO POTTY VERY OFTEN. USING PEE PADS DOES NOT WORK VERY WELL. THE PEE PADS ARE TOO SIMILAR TO CARPET, TILE, HARDWOODS, RUGS, OR YOUR HOMEWORK LAYING ON THE FLOOR, AND THEY WILL BE WILL BE WILL BE SHREDDED TO PIECES! THE PINE HORSE BEDDING PELLETS WE USE FOR LITTER HAS A VERY UNIQUE SMELL AND TEXTURE THAT HAS BEEN INTRODUCED TO YOUR PUPPY AS THE APPROPRIATE POTTY SURFACE. THEY ARE SAFE EVEN IF ACCIDENTLY INGESTED BECAUSE THEY BREAK DOWN INTO SAW DUST. THEY ARE VERY INEXPENSIVE TO PURCHASE. YOU CAN FIND THE HORSE BEDDING PINE PELLETS IN 40LB BAGS AT TRACTOR SUPPLY FOR $5. YOU CAN USE A SLOTTED SPOON OR SCOOP TO PICK OUT NUMBER 2 MESSES. THE LITTER BOX SHOULD NOT BE EMPTIED EVERY DAY, AS THIS WILL REMOVE THE SCENT COMPLETELY AND MAY LEAD TO AN ACCIDENT. SO YOU WILL WANT TO CLEAN IT OFTEN, BUT NOT EMPTY IT AND SCOUR IT DOWN. IF YOU DO NEED TO CLEAN IT THOROUGHLY, SAVE A BIT OF OLD LITTER FROM THIS BATCH AND SPRINKLE IT IN WITH THE NEW LITTER TO LEAVE THE SCENT OF POTTY.

THE FIRST DAY HOME

SETTING UP AN AREA FOR PUPPY

PUPPIES SHOULD NOT HAVE FULL RUN OF THE HOUSE FOR QUITE SOME TIME. IT IS TOTALLY ACCEPTABLE TO CONFINE YOUR NEW PUPPY FOR THE FIRST DAY, AND FOR SEVERAL WEEKS TO A DESIGNATED PUPPY AREA. IT WAS BE FAR TOO MUCH TO EXPECT SUCH A YOUNG PUPPY TO LEARN YOUR HOME AND RULES THE FIRST DAY OR THE FIRST MONTH. THERE ARE ALSO MANY DANGERS FOR NEW PUPPIES, SUCH AS ELECTRICAL WIRES, PLASTIC PIECES, CHILDREN’S TOYS, CHEMICALS OR OTHER ANIMALS IN THE HOME. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU USE AN X-PEN WITH A CRATE FOR YOUR PUPPY IMMEDIATELY. THIS AREA WILL BE THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT FOR HIM. IN IT, HE WILL BE PROTECTED AND BEGIN TO QUICKLY LEARN YOUR RULES AND WHAT IS EXPECTED OF HIM.

YOUR PUPPY HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO CARPET, HARD FLOOR SURFACES, BLANKETED SURFACES, AND HIS LITTER MATERIAL WHILE WITH HIS MOTHER. IF YOU WISH TO PROTECT YOUR FLOORS FROM PUPPY ACCIDENTS, YOU CAN PURCHASE A LARGE SCRAP OF LINOLIUM FROM A HARDWARE STORE TO BE THE FLOOR OF YOUR PUPPY’S PLAY AREA. BE SURE TO BUY THE KIND THAT DOES NOT HAVE GLUE OR ADHESIVE ON THE BOTTOM SIDE. IT WILL STICK TO YOUR EXISTING FLOOR AND RUIN IT. BUY THE KIND WITHOUT AN ADHESIVE BACKING. THE VINYL FLOOR WILL BE VERY EASY TO KEEP CLEAN.

POTTY TRAINING

THE FIRST DAY HOME IS A HAPPY ONE! EVERYONE IS LOVING ON PUPPY AND PLAYING WITH HIM/HER. ALL THAT PLAYING WILL SIGNAL PUPPY TO EMPTY HIS BLADDER, SO DURING PLAYTIME, KEEP THE LITTER BOX CLOSE TO HIM. YOU SHOULD BEGIN TAKING HIM OUTSIDE EVERY TWO HOURS. USE PIECES OF HIS KIBBLE TO REWARD HIM FOR GOOD POTTYING. YOU MAY HAVE TO CARRY YOUR PUPPY OUTSIDE BECAUSE HE MAY BE TOO SMALL TO CLIMB STEPS. ADDITIONALLY, HE IS IN A NEW ENVIRONMENT AWAY FROM LITTERMATES, SO HE CANNOT BE EXPECTED TO FIND THE DOOR YET.

THE NUMBER ONE REASON OWNERS ABANDON THEIR PUPPIES IS THE FRUSTRATION OF POTTY TRAINING. YOU SHOULD NEVER BRING A PUPPY HOME THAT YOU ARE NOT COMMITED TO CARE FOR. KEEP IN MIND THAT PUPPIES ARE LIKE BABIES. DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS LIKE WITH A NEW BABY OR A POTTY TRAINING TODDLER? IT TAKES TIME FOR THESE LITTLE GUYS TO LEARN HOW TO HOLD THEIR URINE. THEIR BLADDERS ARE TINY AND THEY CANNOT HELP BUT GO POTTY. OVER TIME, THEIR BLADDERS WILL GROW AND THEY WILL HAVE LEARNED GOOD POTTY HABITS. IT TAKES DEDICATION, LOVE AND PATIENCE TO GET THROUGH THIS BRIEF PHASE WITH YOUR PUPPY. PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP! YOUR PUPPY LOVES YOU AND WANTS TO LEARN. THE POTTY TRAINING PHASE WILL NOT LAST FOREVER, JUST LIKE FOR REAL CHILDREN. IF AT ANY TIME YOU FIND THAT YOU ARE NOT EQUIPPED TO HAVE A PUPPY, PLEASE CONTACT THISTLEBERRY PUPPIES FOR HELP VIA TEXT. WE HAVE TONS OF EXPERIENCE WITH PUPPIES AND POTTY TRAINING AND CAN OFFER ADVICE.

YOUR WESTIE PUPPY WILL NEED TO GO POTTY AFTER PLAY TIME, RIGHT AFTER EATING, WHEN WAKING UP FROM A NAP, DURING THE NIGHT EVERY 2-3 HOURS AND AFTER DRINKING WATER. YOU WILL SEE THE PUPPY SUDDENLY STOP AND BEGIN SNIFFING THE FLOOR OR CIRCLING. BOY PUPPIES DO NOT RAISE THEIR LEGS TO PEE PEE. THAT SQUAT LIKE A FEMALE PUPPY AND IT CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT TO CATCH THIS UNTIL YOU GET USED TO WHAT THE SQUAT LOOKS LIKE. THE POSE FOR POOPING IS WHEN THE PUPPY STANDS WITH HIS FOUR PAWS TOGETHER AND TAIL STICKING STRAIGHT OUT. IF PUPPY BEGINS TO POOP OR PEE IMMEDIATELY INTERRUPT HIM AND PLACE HIM EITHER INTHE LITTER BOX TO FINISH, OR TAKE HIM OUTSIDE RIGHT AWAY. EVEN IF YOUR PUPPY DOESNT GET INTERRUPTED, TAKE HIM OUTSIDE OR PLACE HIM IN THE LITTER BOX TO REINFORCE THE PROPER SUBSTRATE FOR POTTY TIME. ITS OK TO TELL PUPPY NO NO WHEN HE GOES POTTY ON THE FLOOR OR MAKES A MISTAKE. BUT YOU SHOULD NEVER SPANK A PUPPY, OR BE MEAN TO THEM OUT OF YOUR OWN FRUSTRATION. YOU WILL MAKE THEM FEAR YOU OR BECOME EXTREMELY TIMID. THEIR FEELINGS GET HURT TOO. REMEMBER THAT YOUR WESTIE PUPPY IS JUST LIKE A TODDLER RIGHT NOW. HE NEEDS TO HAVE A SCHEDULE, BOUNDARIES, AND TIME TO LEARN THE RULES. HE WANTS TO PLEASE YOU VERY MUCH!

NIGHT TIME WITH PUPPY

AT NIGHT TIME, YOU SHOULD TAKE PUPPY OUTSIDE TO RELIEVE HIMSELF. THIS IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GET PUPPY POTTY TRAINED QUICKLY. HE WILL NOT WANT TO MESS HIS BEDDING IF THE CRATE HAS A DIVIDER THAT IS SET UP TO THE RIGHT SIZE. THE CRATE DIVIDER SHOULD BE SET TO 10-12 INCHES DEEP. HE SHOULD ONLY BE ABLE TO TURN AROUND IN A CIRCLE. IF THE DIVIDED AREA HIS HAS TO SLEEP IN IS TOO BIG, HE WILL MOST DEFINATELY MESS HIS BED. YOUR PUPPY CAN ONLY HOLD HIS URINE FOR AN HOUR EVERY MONTH HE IS OLD. AT 8 WEEKS OLD, HE CAN HOLD IT FOR 2 HOURS UNLESS HE IS STIMULATED WITH PLAY, FOOD, OR WATER. AT 12 WEEKS OLD, HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO HOLD IT FOR THREE HOURS. IT IS TOTALLY UNDERSTANDABLE THAT YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET UP EVERY 2-3 HOURS TO RELIEVE YOUR PUPPY. THIS IS WHERE THE LITTERBOX CAN BE OF A HUGE HELP TO YOU. SHRINK HIS PLAY AREA SO THAT HE CAN ONLY BE IN HIS BED OR IN THE LITTERBOX USING THE XPEN TO ADJUST THE SIZE OF HIS AREA. THIS WAY DURING THE NIGHT, HE CAN SIMPLY GO INTO THE LITTER BOX AND DO HIS BUSINESS AND THEN GO BACK TO BED. AFTER 3 MONTHS OLD, YOUR PUPPY MAY BE ABLE TO HOLD HIS URINE THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT OR AT LEAST 6 HOURS.
YOUR PUPPY WILL CRY A GREAT DEAL IN HIS CRATE FOR A WHILE UNTIL HE UNDERSTANDS THAT ITS HIS NIGHT TIME HOME FOR THE TIME BEING. TOYS, SNACKS, AND PLAYING SOFT MUSIC IN HIS AREA WILL HELP A LOT WITH LONELINESS IN THE WEE HOURS. KEEP LIGHTING LOW AND MUSIC VERY LOW FOR WHITE NOISE. IF LEAVING THE HOME WITHOUT PUPPY, MUSIC ALSO HELPS WITH SEPARATION ANXIETY BECAUSE OF THE HUMAN VOICES. GETTING A SECOND PUPPY CAN ALSO HELP WITH CRYING. ASK THISTLEBERRY WESTIES ABOUT DISCOUNTS FOR LITTERMATES.

RECOMMENDATION AND TIPS FOR CRATE:

–SHOULD HAVE A DIVIDER THAT IS SET TO A DEPTH OF 10-12 INCHES AND GRADUALLY BE ADJUSTED SO THAT HE IS ONLY ABLE TO TURN IN A CIRCLE.
–SHOULD HAVE EITHER NO BEDDING OR USE THE PURPLE FLEECE GIVEN TO YOU, NO OTHER BEDDING FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS.
–NO WATER 2 HOURS BEFORE BED, NO FOOD 4 HOURS BEFORE BED
–FEED PUPPY HIS MEALS INSIDE OF HIS CRATE ALWAYS.
–REMOVE COLLAR IN HIS CRATE TO PREVENT HIM FROM GETTING HUNG ON ANYTHING INSIDE
–PUT HIS LITTERBOX RIGHT AT THE DOOR OF HIS CRATE IF DESIRED FOR BEDTIME USE IF NEEDED
–KEEP CRATE FARILY CLOSE TO THE DOOR HE WILL USE FOR POTTY TIME.
–THE PROPER SIZE WIRE CRATE FOR AN ADULT WESTIE IS THE 18″ X 24″. PUPPY CAN USE THIS SIZE CRATE INTO ADULTHOOD WITH THE PROPER DIVIDER.

CRYING

THE SECOND MOST COMMON REASON PUPPIES LOSE THEIR HOMES IS DUE TO NIGHTTIME CRYING. LETS TAKE A LOOK AT WHY PUPPIES CRY. THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM MOMMY AND LITTERMATES. THEY ARE IN A NEW ENVIRONMENT WITH SMELLS, SOUNDS AND SIGHTS THEY DO NOT RECOGNIZE. THEY ARE ALL ALONE ALL OF A SUDDEN DESPITE YOUR LOVE FOR THEM. IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE THAT A PUPPY WOULD CRY! PUPPIES ARE ESSENTIALLY JUST LIKE BABIES. YOU CAN MAKE THE TRANSITION EASIER FOR YOUR NEW PUPPY, BUT THE TRANSITION ITSELF IS INEVITABLE. THERE WILL BE A PHASE OF CRYING, MOSTLY AT NIGHT TIME. EVEN AT THISTLEBERRY WESTIES, THE PUPPIES CRY AT NIGHT WHEN THEY ARE PLACED IN THE CONFINED SLEEP AND POTTY AREA BECAUSE THEY LIKE ALL THE OPEN SPACE FOR PLAYING AND THE SOFT BED FOR DAYTIME PLAY AND NAPPING. FIRST THING IS TO ACCEPT THAT IS IS GOING TO HAPPEN, JUST LIKE POTTY TRAINING. THE NEXT THING WE CAN DO ARE CONSIDER WAYS TO HELP PUPPY ADJUST QUICKLY.

1) PLAY SOFT MUSIC WITH HUMAN VOICES FOR THE PUPPY AT NIGHT TIME OR TURN ON A TV FOR HIM. THE WHITE NOISE AND THE SOUND OF HUMAN VOICES IS SOOTHING AND WILL HELP WITH SEPARATION ANXIETY. AT THISTLEBERRY WESTIES, OUR PUPPIES AR BESIDE US ALL DAY WHILE WE WORK ON OUR COMPUTERS, WATCH VIDEOS AND TALK, SO THIS WILL BE A REMINDER OF FAMILIARITY FOR THEM.

2) RESIST THE TEMPTATION TO REMOVE THE PUPPY FROM HIS CRATE OR PLAY AREA. JUST LIKE BABIES, PUPPIES LEARN THAT IF I CRY AND HUMAN PICKS ME UP, THEN I WILL CRY TO GET WHAT I WANT. I WANT OUT, SO I WILL CRY UNTIL HUMAN COMES TO GET ME. IF PUPPY IS IN THE HOUSE IN HIS CRATE OR PLAY AREA, YOU WILL MOST LIKELY HEAR THIS CRYING. IN THE PAST I HAVE PLACED THE PUPPY IN THE CLOSED WARMED GARAGE AT NIGHT TIME. THIS MAY SEEM MEAN, BUT ITS TEACHING THE PUPPY THAT CRYING TO GET OUT DOES NOT WORK. IT IS FOR THE PUPPY’S WELLBEING AND TRAINING THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THAT AT NIGHT TIME THEY NEED TO BE CRATED OR CONFINED SINCE THEY CANNOT HOLD THEIR BLADDERS FOR VERY LONG. THE CRATE IS NEEDED TO TEACH THEM HOW TO HOLD THEIR URINE. IN THE GARAGE, I STILL HEAR THEM CRYING BUT NOT NEARLY AS LOUDLY. THIS IS A BRIEF PHASE AND VERY SOON, THEY CAN SLEEP INSIDE OUR HOME AT NIGHT TIME ONCE THEY LEARN THE CRATE IS FOR SLEEPING AND THAT ITS GO TO SLEEP TIME. DO NOT EVER PLACE A WESTIE PUPPY OUTSIDE ALONE. BIRDS OF PREY TARGET THEM AND CAN KILL THEM VERY EASILY, AS CAN RACCOONS, FOXES OR OTHER DOGS AND CATS. THEY WILL ALSO CHILL EASILY AND CAN BECOME VERY SICK.

3) FEED PUPPY IN HIS CRATE WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF FOOD IN A PUZZLE BALL. I WILL TAKE ABOUT 10 PIECE OF KIBBLE AND PUT IT IN A TREAT DISPENSING BALL FOR THE PUPPY TO WORK ON. YOU CAN CHOP ORGANIC HOTDOGS UP INTO PIECES AND FREEZE THEM IN A ICE CUBE TRAY WITH WATER FOR A CHEAP “PUZZLE” TREAT. IT NEEDS TO BE A TREAT THAT TAKES TIME TO CONSUME. THE KONG TREAT CONES ARE GREAT WITH WET PUPPY FOOD SMEARED INSIDE. DO NOT USE PEANUT BUTTER OR THE KONG “CHEESE WHIZ” STUFF. IT WILL TEAR THEIR STOMACH UP. TREAT PUZZLES WILL GIVE PUPPY SOMETHING TO OCCUPY HIS MIND, AND GIVE HIM SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO AT SLEEP TIME. IT ALSO TEACHES HIM THAT THE CRATE IS A GOOD PLACE AND GOOD THINGS HAPPEN IN IT LIKE GETTING SPECIAL TREATS. BUT BE CAREFUL NOT TO GIVE PUPPY TOO MUCH FOOD AS IT WILL TRIGGER HIM TO GO POTTY.

4) TIRE THE PUPPY. HAVE A REALLY GOOD AND EXHAUSTING PLAYTIME RIGHT BEFORE BED. THIS WILL ACCOMPLISH TWO THINGS. FIRST, THE PUPPY WILL EXPEND EXCESS ENERGY WITH A REALLY GOOD ROMP AND BE READY TO LAY DOWN FOR SLEEP. THE SECOND THING IT DOES IT TO STIMULATE THE PUPPY TO USE THE POTTY, BOTH PEE AND POOP. THIS WAY HE WILL BE MOST COMFORTABLE AND READY TO SETTLE IN.

5) MUCH LIKE THE TREATS, HAVING A TOY TO CHEW ON WILL GIVE THE PUPPY SOMETHING TO DO IN HIS CRATE. PUPPIES TEETH FOR A WHILE EVEN AFTER THEY ARE HOME AND THEN THEY GO THROUGH A SECOND PHASE OF TEETHING AROUND 6 MONTHS.

6) ANOTHER PET OR PUPPY! PUPPIES CRY FAR LESS WHEN THEN HAVE A FRIEND TO SLEEP WITH. IN THE PAST, WE HAVE HAD TWO PUPPIES AT ONCE AND THE CRYING WAS GREATLY LESSENED. WITH FREYA AND FRODO, FREYA CAME HOME FIRST AND THEN THREE MONTHS LATER FRODO CAME HOME. SHE WAS READY TO BE IN THE HOUSE AT NIGHTTIME, BUT FRODO WAS YOUNG, SO WE LET HER STAY IN THE GARAGE WITH HER CRATE BESIDE HIS. THIS HELPED FRODO TREMENDOUSLY. THEY ALSO BECAME INSEPARABLE. HE WOULD ONLY BE CONSOLED BY HER BEING WITH HIM.

HEALTH AND CARE

YOU SHOULD TAKE YOUR NEW PUPPY TO THE VET AS SOON AS YOU ARE ABLE. WE RECOMMEND WITHIN 10 DAYS OF COMING HOME. YOUR PUPPY RECEIVED ALL OF HIS SHOTS THE BEGINNING OF THE 7TH WEEK OF LIFE AND HAS BEEN DEWORMED AT 3 WEEKS, 5 WEEKS, AND 7 WEEKS OLD. YOUR WESTIE PUPPY HAS ALSO BEEN MICROCHIPPED AT 7 AND A HALF WEEKS. YOUR PUPPY HAS ALSO BEEN TESTED FOR ANY COMMON PARASITES. WE KEEP ALL OF OUR WESTIES INDOORS EXCEPT FOR POTTY TIME TO PREVENT EXPOSURE TO PARASITES IN THE SOIL.
YOUR PUPPY SHOULD BE FREE OF FLEAS AND EAR MITES. PUPPIES STAY INSIDE OUR HOME UNDER OUR WATCHFUL EYE ALL DAY AND OBSERVED ON A BABY MONITOR AT NIGHT TIME FROM BIRTH UNTIL ADOPTED. THEY WERE NOT TAKEN OUTSIDE TO BE EXPOSED TO FLEAS, LICE AND MITES. NONETHELESS, WE USE VET’S BEST NATURAL FLEA SPRAY ON PUPPIES. AND WE TREAT OUR ADULT WESTIES WITH FLEA MEDICATION. YOU SHOULD MAINTAIN PROPER HEALTH CARE OF YOUR WESTIE. KEEP THEM UP TO DATE ON VACCINATIONS, DEWORMING, AND GENERAL VETERINARY CARE.

IT IS NORMAL FOR YOUR FEMALE WESTIE TO EAT HER OWN FECES.THIS CAN BE REALLY GROSS, BUT ITS PART OF THEIR INSTINCT. AS MOTHERS, THEY CLEAN UP THE FECES OF THEIR YOUNG SO ITS IN THEIR NATURE. THEY WILL OUTGROW IT WITH TIME. WHEN SHE GOES POTTY STAND READY AT THE LEASH TO GENTLY PULL HER AWAY FROM HER FECES IF SHE TURNS TO SMELL IT. EATING HER OWN FECES WILL NOT HARM HER, HOWEVER, EATING THE FECES OF OTHER ANIMALS SUCH AS CATS AND BIRDS IS DANGEROUS FOR HER.

WATCH OUT FOR BIRDS OF PREY FLYING OVERHEAD WHEN WALKING YOUR YOUNG WESTIE PUPPY. THESE LARGE BIRDS WILL CIRCLE AND SWOOP DOWN AT LITTLE PUPPIES IN MY EXPERIENCE AND TRY TO GRAB THEM! ALWAYS KEEP PUPPY ON A LEASH AND NEVER LEAVE THEM ALONE UNSUPERVISED OUTSIDE.

SOCIAL LIFE OF YOUR PUPPY

YOUR PUPPY PLAYED WITH ADULT WESTIES WHILE AT THISTLEBERRY WESTIE. THEY HAVE PLAYED WITH MOM, WITH DAD, AND TWO OTHER NEUTERED/SPAYED WESTIES. THEY HAVE BEEN TAUGHT BOUNDARIES AND MANNERS BY ADULT WESTIES AND THEIR SIBLINGS. THIS IS SO CRITICAL FOR THEM! THEY LEARN HOW TO NOT BITE TOO HARD, AND HOW TO RESPECT OTHER DOGGY’S PERSONAL AREAS. THEY HAVE LEARNED TO EAT, DRINK, AND PLAY ALL FROM THEIR ADULT WESTIE FRIENDS! IF YOU HAVE OTHER PETS AND ARE INTRODUCING YOUR PUPPY TO THEM, KEEP THE PUPPY SEPARATED FOR A WHILE AND ALLOW THEM TO SMELL OTHER PETS FROM THE SAFETY OF THE X-PEN. HOLD YOU PUPPY AND ALLOW THE OTHER PET TO SMELL THEM. FROM TIME TO TIME ALLOW THEM TO PLAY UNDER SUPERVISION WITH OTHER PETS. IF YOUR ADULT DOG CORRECTS YOUR PUPPY, ALLOW IT. ADULT DOGS ARE FAR BETTER AT TEACHING PUPPIES THAN WE ARE. HOWEVER, IF YOUR ADULT DOG BECOMES OVERLY AGGRESSIVE, YOUWILL NEED TO BE READY TO PROTECT YOUR PUPPY. DO NOT EVER LEAVE A YOUNG WESTIE PUPPY ALONE WITH AN OLDER DOG OR CAT. WESTIES DO VERY WELL WITH OTHER PETS.

NEUTERING/SPAYING YOUR WESTIE

HAVING YOUR WESTIE PUPPY SPAYED/NEUTERED WILL CHANGE THEIR TEMPERMENT. INTACT MALES TEND TO BE VERY PLAYFUL AND ENERGETIC, BUT WILL MARK THEIR TERRITORY. NEUTERED MALES TEND TO CALM DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY AND IF NEUTERED BEFORE 6 MONTHS, SHOULD CURB THEIR TENDANCY TO MARK WITH URINE. IF NEUTERED YOUNG ENOUGH, THEY MAY EVEN NEVER LEARN TO LIFT THEIR LEGS. INTACT FEMALES DO NOT REALLY DIFFER FROM SPAYED FEMALES EXCEPT THAT THEY WILL NOT HAVE A HEAT CYCLE. TEMPERMENTS ARE PRETTY MUCH THE SAME.

TRAINING

BEGIN TRAINING YOUR WESTIE IMMEDIATELY WITH POTTY TRAINING, BUT ALSO WITH MANNERS. YOU CAN TAKE ONE OF YOUR PUPPY’S MEALS AND PLACE IT IN A BAGGIE TO BE GIVEN AS TREATS. A GREAT WAY TO TEACH YOUR PUPPY TO STAY CLOSE TO YOU THROUGHOUT THE DAY IS TO USE THEIR REGULAR FOOD AND GIVE THEM ONE KIBBLE AT A TIME WHILE THEY ARE AT YOUR FEET. BASICALLY, YOU ARE TEACHING THEM TO STAY AT YOUR SIDE. IF THEY BECOME DISINTERESTED IN THEIR FOOD, AS THEY GET A LITTLE OLDER, TRY ORGANIC TURKEY HOTDOG PIECES. THEY WILL PRETTY MUCH DO ANYTHING FOR THAT TREAT!

AT 6 MONTHS OF AGE, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO GET YOUR PUPPY INTO OBEDIENCE TRAINING. THE MOST IMPORTANT 5 COMMANDS YOU PUPPY SHOULD LEARN AT A MINIMUM ARE: SIT, STAY,NO, COME HERE AND LEAVE IT. LEAVE IT IS A VERY USEFUL COMMAND TO PROTECT YOUR PUPPY FROM GETTING INTO HARMFUL THINGS. COMING WHEN CALLED IS ALSO VITAL TO SAVING THEIR LIVES SHOULD THEY EVER GET OUTSIDE WHILE UNLEASH. GETTING THEM TO COME BACK TO YOU TO KEEP THEM FROM GETTING HIT BY A CAR IS CRITICAL. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS REWARD WITH YUMMY TREATS WHEN YOUR PUPPY OBEYS, ESPECIALLY COME AND LEAVE IT. AND NEVER TAKE YOUR WESTIE OUTSIDE WITHOUT A LEASH. THEY HAVE A VERY STRONG PREY DRIVE AND WILL BOLT AFTER SQUIRRELS, BIRDS, DEER, OTHER DOGS, CATS, OR ANY SMALL CREATURE. OUR FAMILY IN THE PAST HAS USED FAMILY VACATION TIME TO PLACE OUR WESTIES IN OBEDIENCE TRAINING INSTEAD OF IN A BOARDING KENNEL. THIS WAY THEY CAN BE REFRESHED WITH OBEDIENCE COMMANDS AND BE FAR HAPPIER THAN JUST BEING BOARDED UP IN A KENNEL CRATE AT THE VET’S OFFICE ALL DAY AND NIGHT.

THE GIVER OF FOOD

FEED YOUR PUPPY THE PUPPY FOOD GIVEN TO YOU ON ADOPTION DAY THREE TIMES A DAY AND ABOUT 1/4 CUP OF FOOD. IF YOU DESIRE TO SWITCH THEIR FOOD, DO NOT SUDDENLY GIVE THEM THE NEW FOOD. THE TRANSITION FROM ONE FOOD TO ANOTHER TAKES WEEKS. YOU WILL NEED TO MIX THEIR OLD FOOD TO NEW FOOD IN THIS RATIO: 25%NEW/75% OLD FOR A WEEK. THEN 50% NEW/50% OLD FOR A WEEK. THEN 75%NEW/25%OLD FOR A WEEK. FINALLY THEY CAN HAVE ALL NEW FOOD AFTER THREE WEEKS. IF YOU SUDDENLY SWITCH THEIR FOOD, THEY WILL GET LOOSE STOOL, NOT FEEL GOOD AND GET DEHYDRATED, WHICH IS VERY DANGEROUS FOR A YOUNG PUPPY. ALWAYS FEED WESTIES A LOW GRAIN DIET. THE BREED HAS A TENDANCY TOWARD SKIN ALLERGIES, SO MILD GRAIN FREE FOODS ARE A MUST. ALWAYS HAVE FRESH WATER IN YOUR PUPPY’S X-PEN AREA UNTIL 2 HOURS BEFORE BEDTIME. DO NOT KEEP FOOD IN YOUR PUPPY’S X-PEN. GIVE THEM THEIR MEALS IN THEIR CRATE AND REMOVE UNEATEN FOOD.

ALWAYS MOISTEN PUPPY FOOD WITH WARM WATER. IF YOUR PUPPY LOSES INTEREST IN HIS FOOD, TRY A HALF TEASPOON OF CHICKEN AND GRAVY BABY FOOD, WATER, AND KIBBLE TO ENTICE HIS APPETITE. IF YOU BOIL CHICKEN, USE THE LEFT OVER BROTH TO MOISTEN HIS FOOD. YOUR PUPPY SHOULD STAY ON PUPPY FOOD UNTIL THEY ARE A YEAR OLD.
MOST DOGS WILL ONLY OBEY THE GIVER OF THE FOOD. THEY BOND WITH THE HUMAN THAT FEEDS THEM. THIS SPECIAL HUMAN IS OF GREAT COMFORT TO THE PUPPY AND ADULT WESTIE. THEY ARE THEIR FAVORITE HUMAN AND WILL PROTECT THEM AT ALL COSTS! IF ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY WISH TO BOND WITH THE PUPPY, TAKE TURNS FEEDING THE PUPPY. ALSO ALLOW CHILDREN TO WALK THE PUPPY IF THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH TO HOLD THE LEASH. ITS GOOD FOR YOUR CHILD’S CHARACTER. BUT IF YOUR CHILD CANNOT HOLD THE LEASH TO KEEP THE PUPPY SAFE, WAIT UNTIL THE CHILD IS OLDER.

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