West Highland White Terrier Club of America

Westies Home Alone

Contributed By: Sandra J. Crawford
W.H.W.T.C.A. Health Committee

  1. Leaving Westies alone at home can cause them to become bored, lonely and depressed. As a result, your Westie may pursue unexpected escapes and become mischievous, withdrawn or even physically ill.
  2. Depart and return quietly without excessive displays of affection, frantic behaviors or excitement on the part of both Westie and owner. This will help to lessen separation anxiety for the Westie.
  3. A brisk run or walk twice daily will burn off some of your Westieís energy. Other forms of exercise are swimming, fetching, Frisbee playing, rides in the car, games, training and socialization with other dogs or people.
  4. An appropriate second pet, a responsible neighborhood child or a senior citizen who can provide playtime, affection or a short walk could be considered as an option to break up the routine of the day for your Westie.
  5. Providing your Westie with a variety of high-quality, safety-tested toys is extremely important for keeping your Westie entertained while you are away.
  6. Leave the radio on, tuned to an easy-listening station to mask out background noises and provide distraction.
  7. Provide your Westie with a good nutritional reserve for dealing with stressful situations by feeding a complete and balanced diet on a regular schedule.
  8. Dogs become accustomed to your routine. If possible, stick to it. Be willing to adjust your routine to suit your Westieís needs when necessary.
  9. Provide a "safe area" or a crate, cage or exercise pen for your Westie. Obtain instructions from your veterinarian, breeder or other pet professional on how to use a crate correctly.
  10. Above all, provide your Westie with the stability, consistency and quality time that ensure a mutually worth-while relationship.

 

***Disclaimer***

Any information contained on this site relating to training and behavior of Westies is for informational purposes only. The WHWTCA recommends that Westies undergo obedience training. For assistance in locating an obedience training club in your area, please consult the American Kennel Club's website at www.akc.org/events/obedience/getting-started/