Which breed is generally easier to train & friendlier? A west highland white terrier or a shihtzu? I know all dogs are different but which breed is known to be easier to train & friendlier? Thanks!
Looking to purchase or adopt a puppy but I’m not quite sure where to look.
I have heard rumors going around partially from asking a few people myself and I found a question about agility naming their Westie on yahoo answers a bit ago and I thought, Hmm…is this true?
If it is I need a good competing name for my Blue Merle Australian Shepherd. Now I’ll be honest LIKE the question I checked on a while ago WE too are not quite ready to compete yet but I plan to take her to classes after We are done obedience training at a school I take her to and graduate 🙂 Going into agility her and I wont be a maybe but a for sure! I know we’d both love it!
Information: She’s a blue merle Australian shepherd who literally picks up on things the second time you teach anything to her, she’s a very bright girl! She is known for her eyes, when ever someone meets her they always comment on her bright blue eyes; on the left eye is a tint of brown on the top. Her name is Macy May and I call her Macy or Mace for short, her other nicknames are Macinator and Hooligan since she is full of energy at home and will tackle you down for kisses and attention so Macinator fit pretty well and Hooligan…well I found myself suddenly calling her that because she is VERY entertaining and silly but this is all I could come up with. She is a purebred though like Most Aussies she is full of energy but can be very laid back at times especially when its time to focus and listen for commands. She prances and bounces more than she runs and jogs, it’s a beautiful sight and everyone seems to notice it, her parents were shown so I figure its from her background, but it makes her an excellent Jumper. Lets see what else can i tell you, OH and last but not least she tends to bond with anyone she meets and loves people more than other dogs: if she’s in a room full of dogs with toys, balls, and they are all playing and there is people in the room as well she’ll be more interested in greeting the people than playing or checking out OTHER dogs, but she does love Everyone she meets, even dogs!
If you have any questions just ask and I’ll post more 🙂 Thanks so much! 🙂
Hello, About a month ago we sadly had our dog put to sleep. We are now ready to get another one. Unfortunately we cant decide if we should get a puppy or an older dog and have been a logger heads ever since. Myself and my partner both work 9-5.30 everyday but I always come home at lunchtime for an hour. This suited our previous dog and she was quite used to being left during this time and was never noisy or distructive. We are going to vist some puppy tomorrow, but my partner is not keen as he thinks it will be left alone too long. We have been offered another dog thats 3 years old and he thinks this would be a better idea.
We cant agree what to do!! Our last dog came to us when she was 9 years old and I would love to experience owning a dog for its entire life – not just part of it. Id like to be able to name it ourselves and have all the joy of training it and building a relationsship with it from birth. We both have lots of time off over Christmas so would be able to settle it in and gradually leave it alone for longer periods so it gets used to it when we go back to work. The other option available to us is a 3yr old dog thats used to having people around all day, it belongs to my partners mum and she said she would happily let us have it….. They are both Westie’s…..What should we do???
We have a beagle/basset mix who has always been a super happy go lucky fellow, enjoys life, is very well behaved, prefers to live outside in an indoor outdoor pen, and generally is pretty quiet unless someone comes around. Since we got back from vacation though, he has been HOWLING the blues several hours a day. The doggie day care/kennel he stayed at had lots of other dogs, and he seems like he is lonely and misses them. If we are out in the yard with him, he is his funny, silly old self. He sounds so sad when we aren’t though. From basic dog training, we know not to coddle him when he is misbehaving, but when he isn’t crying, I go out and spend time with him every day. At least an hour, sometimes longer. Should we get him a playmate? We have a house dog and they don’t get along at all. The westie is a total brat and always pushing him around. Broo (the beagle) was at one time a playmate to another of our older dogs who passed away, so could it just be lonliness?
Before I put her in her crate for the night, or if I will be out for a few hours, I always take her outside to do her business, & for the most part she is OK in the crate & will not have any accidents.
However, sometimes she does, & I know this is normal since she is a puppy & all – but my question is this – Sometimes I see her eating her Accidents! How do I make her stop!
I do leave water in her crate, a small amount but just enough to either last through the night or while I am away. I do not leave any food in her cage, I do feed her every morning & put out a little more than 1/2 cup of food with her water. I do spoil her with treats throughout the day, like when I take her out to reward her for going outside & such, but every once in a while I see when she has had an accident in her cage, & I have come home to catch her eating it!
Is this bad for her? How do I stop this
We just got an 8 week old purebred Westie last Thursday. We have a Pet Taxi and we leave him in there when he is not in the house. But I was told he cant stay in there more than 5-6 hrs. I let him out and he poops and pees in the house, peed in the bed a few days ago. He whimpers LOUD and barks if we leave him in there over night and wakes my baby and us all up. How should I really be training him? We have an appt. at Petsmart for classes, but this isn’t until the 24th.
I know the can have skin problems
I have a less than 4 month old Westie puppy, and we’ve been continuing his housetraining since we got him at 9 weeks. He cant go out til next week when his vaccination course is over, but we just cant get rid of the 6 weeks accumulated smells of mostly poo.
We have pet odour/stain remover from the pet shop (we have no stains, just smells) and we use febreeze on the furniture etc and regularly hoover.
So, how can I get rid of these smells?
If someone suggests to shampoo my carpets, can you pls suggest what do I do/use and how do I do it etc and products that are available in the UK only please.
Just so you know:
Yes, I clean regularly.
No, the puppy himself doesnt really smell (again, cant bathe him until next week but we use cleansing puppy wipes to keep on top of it)
No, I dont want to get rid of carpets for wooden floors/lino.
Yes, I plan to retrain him to go outside, but we still need to shift the smell in the house.
Yes, we pick up dirty puppy pads/paper as soon as he goes.
We are continuing housetraining him because he still has accidents (as he had a stomach illness from 10-12 weeks old so his previous paper training was kinda forgotten by week 13 – this is also the reason why his injection course was so late so no lectures on should have got him done before 12 weeks please).
Thanks in advance 🙂
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So i’m thinking about getting a west highland white terrier. While looking through pictures it seems like there’s a slight difference between some of the pictures I’ve found. One looks a bit larger and more like a run around play dog. The other looks like an inside dog who stays inside. Here are the links to the pictures. http://static.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper…
^ run around play doghttp://www.gopetsamerica.com/west-highla…
^ stay inside pampered dog
I was just wondering if there’s a slight difference in the breeding, grooming, or just looks. Thanks in advance and if I confused anyone..please let me know 🙂