Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Westies Dogs and Your Children > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Westies Dogs and Your Children

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 understand the 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 fight the prey until it was caught in the dog's jaws. Because small children's high, squealing voices sound like the squeals of fleeing prey , a westies' prey drive may be triggered by these sounds.

To compound the confusion the dog will see children running from them in the same way the see prey running to escape. It will give chase.

Among the breeds of terrier, a westie is one that will not tolerate manhandling. Trainers advise that unlike some dogs, which can be desensitized to the 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, the more likely it is to become aggressive or nip.

From the point of view of a terrier, it will see small children as an inferior member of the 'pack.' This is true of many dogs. Being strong-willed west highland white terriers have an inclination to be bossy in the 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.

This is wise for any child, even if you do not have dogs, because at some time in their lives they will encounter a stray, or a dog tethered in its yard, and will need to know what to do to avoid aggravating the animal.

Obedience training is highly recommended for any westie that will be around small children. Also, give your westie an escape hole, a place that only it can reach, where it can feel safe if the children do manage to annoy it. Even if you have had obedience training for your terrier, they should never be left alone with babies or toddlers. This is true of any dog.

Playful, friendly, and loyal, westhighland terriers are good pets. If both are properly supervised and prepared, can truly be good dogs for children.

(Disclaimer: Any information contained in this site relating to various medical, health and fitness conditions of Westies or other animals and their treatments is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by your own veterinarian. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing the health of any animal. You should always consult and check with your own vet or veterinarian.)

I do hope that you have found the article of use to you.

Good health and happiness

Jeff Cuckson
webmaster@madaboutwesties.com

Want To Know How To Have The Healthiest,
Happiest and Most Well Behaved Westie You
Have Ever Dreamed Of! Then Visit NOW!
http://www.madaboutwesties.com

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Pets rescued from South Georgia hurricane zone need new homes
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Pets rescued from south Georgia following Hurricane Michael need new homes in Atlanta. The Atlanta Humane Society, as it often does following disasters, has taken in dogs and cats from the Albany area. Shelter facilities there were without power or ...
Pets rescued from South Georgia Hurricane Michael damage zone need new homesMyPalmBeachPost

all 16 news articles »

KXAN.com

Austin Pets Alive needs foster homes as it prepares for flooding
KXAN.com
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Pets Alive! is searching for foster homes for many of its animals as it prepares to possibly evacuate from its location on West Cesar Chavez Street. "This morning, we unexpectedly woke to some water already making its way onto ...
Austin Pets Alive seeks homes for pets amid rising watersAustin American-Statesman
Austin Pets Alive Seeking Foster Families Ahead of FloodingSpectrum News
Austin Pets Alive! braces for possible floodingFOX 7 Austin

all 4 news articles »

Redding Record Searchlight

Got room in your heart and home? Adoptable pets of the week
Redding Record Searchlight
Newfoundland Rosie was returned to SNIPP after her adopter's other dog made it clear she didn't like the competition for affection. She's a calm, female elder dog who does well with other animals and is housetrained. She is very cuddly. Call SNIPPP at ...


KFOX El Paso

Pet parents in the borderland urged to prepare for colder weather
KFOX El Paso
With the sudden change in weather it's important to prepare your pets for the inclement weather. Temperatures in the borderland have dropped drastically over the past week and there have been a few nights near freezing. Although, we're expecting to ...


McClatchy Washington Bureau

With a rise in chemotherapy for pets, veterinary staff is at increased risk for exposure
McClatchy Washington Bureau
But Cordes, who began working in a veterinary clinic doing cleanup while in his teens, is convinced it was his longtime on-the-job exposure to chemotherapies and other hazardous drugs used to treat pets. It spurred him to become an advocate in a ...
With Rise in Chemotherapy for Pets, Higher Risks for Veterinary StaffFairWarning

all 3 news articles »

Hiawatha World

Pets Need Adopted
Hiawatha World
Brown County Humane Society, 2393 Mallard Rd., Hiawatha, KS, 785-742-1976, email: brcohs66434@yahoo.com. Please come out and see all the super wonderful dogs and cats that are available for adoption. The more that can find a home, the more space ...


93.1 WIBC Indianapolis

Local Vet Warns To Keep Pets Away From Antifreeze
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS – As you fill your car, truck or SUV with antifreeze, one local veterinarian is warning you to keep your antifreeze containers away from your pets. "It only takes just a lick for [your pet] to receive a toxic amount of antifreeze ...


How to help pets maintain healthy weight
Citizentribune
Like their human companions, pets can struggle with their weight. Being overweight or obese can shorten pets' lives by increasing their risk for insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, cancer, and osteoarthritis ...


USA TODAY

Rabid raccoon attacks 3 people, 2 pets in DC
USA TODAY
Police confirm three people were attacked by a raccoon. They are all receiving post-exposure rabies treatments. Two pets also attacked by the animal were given booster vaccine and placed under confinement after being evaluated by a veterinarian.
Rabid Raccoon Bites 3 People, 2 Pets In AttacksPatch.com
3 people, 2 pets in Chevy Chase exposed to rabid raccoon - Story ...FOX 5 DC

all 63 news articles »

WECT

Vet warns of danger 'Death Angel' mushrooms pose to pets
WECT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A viral Facebook post is warning of a poisonous mushroom nicknamed “death angel” and the dangers it could pose to pets. One Myrtle Beach veterinarian says it's possible they could pop up in the local area. The so-called ...

Google News

Horse Training Equipment: The 6th of 6 Keys To Developing A Partnership With Your Horse

The 6 Keys To Building A Life Long Partnership With... Read More

Pet Loss: Should You Clone Your Cat?

Clone a Cat, Go To Jail ...or at least... Read More

Does Your Dog Need Puppy Prozac?

Is your dog up to dirty no good again? Did... Read More

Dog Aggressive Training: Understand & Eliminate Your Dogs Aggressive Behavior

Aggression behavior in a dog is a normal form of... Read More

Facts You Need To Know About Adopting A Dog

Mum, dad, can we get a puppy? Its a plea... Read More

Quality Dog Food Is Essential For The Health Of Dogs

Dog food is very important for the health of dogs.... Read More

How to Feed and Care for Orphaned Kittens

Over the last 15 years, I have raised nine orphaned... Read More

Chances Of A Lost Pet Being Recovered Increase

Every day we are looking for ways to make our... Read More

Responsible Dog Ownership

With all the companionship and love that our dogs give... Read More

Canine Selection: A Guideline for Picking Your Perfect Companion

Let's face it ? everything is cute when it's small... Read More

How To Use Leading Your Horse To Get Control And Response

I've been around many people who try to lead a... Read More

Choosing the Right Size for Your Dog

Dog fashions are all the rage and have become quite... Read More

Dealing with a Dog Food Allergy?

Just as humans allergies can show up as a sneeze... Read More

What You Should Never Feed Your Dog

Unfortunately, there are a number of household items which we... Read More

Care for Your Dogs Ears

I have had Goldens and Black Labs for many years,... Read More

Why The Horses Eyes Are So Important When Training Him!

They say the eyes are are the gateway to the... Read More

How To Recognize A Respiratory Tract Ailment In Your Parrot

A respiratory tract ailment can be fatal to your parrot... Read More

Applehead Chihuahua

The term applehead Chihuahua refers to the shape of a... Read More

Your Cat The Hunter

Many cat owners believe that their good little kitty would... Read More

Shock Collars: Teaching Your Dog Basic Obedience and Breaking Bad Habits

Shock CollarsAre you at a loss as to whether or... Read More

The One Dog Trick That All Dogs Must Know - The Hand Shake Trick

The first dog trick that is generally taught a dog... Read More

How to Buy a Purebred Dog

If you decide you want a purebred, make sure it's... Read More

Chinese Shar Pei Character

If you have never seen a Shar Pei before, the... Read More

Is A Premium Dog Food Really That Much Better For Your Dog?

==========The Scoop on Premium Dog Food========If you're interested in premium... Read More

Cold Weather Pet Care

As we find ourselves in the middle of winter, it's... Read More