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The Westie doesn’t care if dog toys are green, purple, read or blue. Westie wants something chewable, easily portable or make a sound like a rat. We are introducing dog toys that Westies like. There are several types of dog toys.
Kong dog toy is a trade name for a toy made of a hard rubber material, roughly shaped like a pyramid. It is a well constructed toy which lasts very well and supplies hours of fun. The shape causes the toy to bounce and roll in unpredictable directions, adding to its interest. Being strong, it can stand a lot of chewing. There is a hole in the center which can hold treats such as a bit of cheese whiz or peanut butter. Kong dog toys come in several sizes. The smallest is ideal for puppies, the mid-size for adult Westies. Some Kongs float, some come with rope attached. They are found in pet stores, at veterinarians, and some department stores. The Westie size cost ranges from $10 to $15 each. These dog toys can stand being left outside all winter, even in Saskatchewan. There are also some inferior look-alikes on the market which will not last as well.
West Highland White Terrier, known as Westie is descended from Cairn and Scottish Terriers, with a little Bedlington and Dandie Dinmont Terriers mixed in. Wesite was bred to hunt small animals such as rabbits, mice, and squirrels. They were also used to hunt foxes and badgers, with young female Westie being the best hunters.
Temperamentally, there is very little difference between the sexes in Westie. Each has its pros and cons. There is a cross-over and always the exception to the rule. Spayed and neutered animals do not have many of the negative characteristics of their sex. Male Westie can be easily trained to use a urination post in the garden, thus keeping the garden healthy and odor free. Many fanciers find the males to be more affectionate. Stronger urine odor can be reduced by adding 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a male dog’s food. Female Westies are slightly smaller, are not as strong, and are therefore easier to walk and carry.
Westie training can be very interesting when you go beyond basic obedience. Westie is designed to specifically test the natural instinct and working ability of small, short-legged terriers. The west highland white terrier was originally bred to control the population of vermin and other quarry, such as rats, foxes, otters, etc., that live in dens underground. Westie would go under the earth, find the den of the pest, bark to alert his owner of its whereabouts, who would then dig down to capture the animal.
Westie, known as “West Highland White Terrier” loves organic dog treats with chicken, Peanut Butter, garlic or Cheese flavor. Westie dog treats should made from chicken, lambs or rice. Many things that owners look for, such as high protein levels and extra vitamins, are more likely to be harmful than helpful. Never feed your Westie dog food or dog treats that have wheat, corn, or beef. Many Westies are allergic to these food items. Give your Westie organic dog treats. Do not give them bones of any kind. The bone can splinter and lodge in their throat or puncture their stomach.
Dog training treats for Westie are usually something like cubes of beef that many dogs yearn for as a snack. Other dog treats are made from chicken, turkey and rice. Some companies are intent on producing dog treats that are free from preservatives and fresh on the shelves, so these are the brands you should look for.
For example, we use the following dog treats for Westie:
Newman’s Own Organics Dog Treats for Small Size Dogs: Westie loves chicken and peanut butter flavor of Newman’s own Organics Dog Treats. The dog treats are made with organic barley flour, organic carrots and organic apples, and contain no wheat, corn or soy products. The heart shape is a perfect as a training reward for your cute Westie. You can buy this organic dog treats at at Petsmart, PetCo, Publix, and Kroger.
lamb treats We usually recommend lamb treats for Westie. This will make your Westie healthier overall, and will make huge difference in preventing the skin problems often experienced by Westie.
Every Westie with a compromised immune system may need a particular diet adjusted to that dogs specific need. Considering that Westie’s skin allergies, we will introduce healthy dog treats for Westie and dog treats to avoid based on our experiences and the research by Westie Rescue of Orange County & Beyond.
Limiting the ingredients that Westie is likely not to have consumed is the key. Dog food must have a balanced diet to provide energy and have a suitable combination of the major nutrients – proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, and also have a sufficient amount of the minor nutrients – vitamins and minerals in proper proportions. The major nutrients that all dogs need include carbohydrates, which provide energy, and in excess are converted into body fat; fats which are the most concentrated form of energy; proteins which provide the body building elements in the Wesite diet.
The minor nutrients include the vitamins, minerals, which, although critical to the Westie’s health, are required in rather small amounts. The vitamins are usually divided into two groups; fat soluble (vitamins A, D, E and K) and water soluble, the B complex vitamins and vitamin C.
The healthy dog treats for Westie are as follows:
- Raw Baby Carrots
- Low Fat Cottage Cheese (1 Tablespoon – this is a great method for administering medication)
- Charlee Bear Dog Treats (only 3 calories per treat – can be found at Petco and Trader Joe’s)
- Cooked Squash
- Green Beans
- Apple Slices
- Innova Health Bars (we use the small bar size and break them in halves)
- Dried Chicken Strips
The treats to avoid for Westie are as follows:
- Fatty meats and trimmings which can cause diarrhea or pancreatitis
- Cabbage, broccoli or brussel sprouts which can promote intestinal gas
- Onions and garlic – poisonous
- Grapes and raisins – poisonous
- Pig ears
- Commercial Dog Treats
Natural dog treats that are high in protein and fat may be required for Westie who is extremely active, while Westie who is more sedentary should be fed treats that are lower in protein, fat and overall calories, because they burn less energy.
Natural Supplements for Westie:
There are natural supplements for Westie that can be found at Whole Foods and Petco. Though expensive at the local store, price comparisons can greatly be reduced by internet shopping.
Holistic dog food is that which provides an alternative meal for a Westie that not only curbs hunger but also addresses the overall health and well being of the animal. Holistic dog foods should contain all natural ingredients that are good enough quality to satisfy humans. They do not contain by products but do contain meat that is free from hormones, whole grain rice, digestive enzymes, antioxidants, fatty acids and Omega 3 amongst other important vitamins. Canned and commercial brands of dog foods that are popular amongst Westie owners often contain meal instead of meat. Meal often contains indigestible parts and these are added to wheat and corn to provide a filling meal that can make a dog sick and cause allergic reactions. These are cheaper options but nutrition wise, holistic dog food is by far the best option.
As the cheaper dog foods are passed through the system so quickly, Westie is left feeling hungry more than usual. Holistic dog foods often fill Westie for longer. The most popular brands on the market are never endorsed by veterinarians as they too know the benefits of holistic dog foods over conventional brands. Holistic dog food can seem surprisingly expensive but it is not actually that steep when the larger, better value bags are purchased. Future vets bills are often decreased as dogs fed on holistic food often have less illnesses and allergies.
Choose a dry food intended specifically for Westie puppies, avoiding generic foods and those that sell for unusually low prices. Many things that owners look for, such as high protein levels and extra vitamins, are more likely to be harmful than helpful. Never feed your Westie dog food or treats that have wheat, corn, or beef. Many Westies are allergic to these food items. Do not give Westie bones of any kind. The bone can splinter and lodge in their throat or puncture their stomach.
West Highland White Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier must be trained beginning at an early age especially in the area of socialization. They respond best to love and gentle guidance. As with most all Terrier breeds, harsh methods of training are met with stubbornness. The Westie is usually open to obedience training provided it is done fairly and consistently.
If you want to learn how to train west highland white terrier, here are resources:
The sooner you start walking your Westie puppy the better. West Highland White Terrier loves exercises and learn quickly. Avoid areas with unknown dogs or dogs of undetermined background. Follow good training methods on how to start dog leash training.
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