COME, SIT, STAY...Canine Etiquette
Behavior & Training Consultations
Bringing a new puppy or dog into your family is a large emotional, mental, physical, & financial responsibility. You should seriously consider all aspects of adding a pup/dog to your family...and, the new pup/dog SHOULD be considered a part of your family. All family members should be in agreement about this responsibility. If even ONE family member is opposed or not totally supportive, you are asking for trouble. You will be bringing a pup/dog into a NO WIN situation. This will create a stressful situation & the pup/dog will experience the negative fallout.
Be certain you have carefully researched different breeds & the care of the pup/dogs to find the breed that fits your family, personality, routine, & lifestyle. Prospective Westie owners should read the Westie Frequently Asked Questions and Acquiring a West Highland White Terrier. We should not be a DISPOSABLE DOG society. The best analogy for adding a pup/dog to your home is their needs, training & care will closely parallel those of an infant or toddler.
Once you have successfully gone through the above process & have selected a breed. You must find "reputable" breeders of that breed. Purchasing a pup/dog from a pet store or backyard breeder is asking for problems & very possibly heartache. A "reputable" breeder will interview you, the prospective owner, almost as stringently as you interview them. Be aware that purchasing a pup/dog from a reputable breeder will cost more money than your other options. However, the money & emotional trauma you are likely to experience & expend with the other options... more than justifies the extra cost. Your initial financial outlay will be "minimal" when compared to the problems you may encounter going through the other venues.
Once you are dealing with a reputable breeder(s), you will be ready to select a pup/dog. I tell people that the pups/dogs are never wrong. When you go see them, ONE will select you. They KNOW!! I recommend letting the pup/dog select you. Also, let me dispel a myth...most people think that the females are sweeter, more affectionate, & easier to train. The reality with most breeds is that the males (as a general rule) tend to be more affectionate & easier to train. Both genders are wonderful.
If you are purchasing a PET pup/dog, you must SPAY or NEUTER them. There are countless physical & behavioral reasons for this. And, there are too many unwanted dogs in the world already. Certainly, you do NOT want to add to this overpopulation on purpose or by accident.
PREPARING TO BRING THE NEW PUP/DOG HOME
If you are ready to do ALL of this, then you are ready to bring a new pup/dog into your home. Once you are through the initial adjustment stages, you are ready to begin the real work. This means training/ teaching your new pup/dog the rules you want them to follow. The old cliché of GIVE LOVE A CHANCE is the perfect approach to having a new pup/dog in your life. Give them a chance to love you, give them a chance to learn what you want from them...GIVE LOVE A CHANCE...you will be rewarded ten-fold!!!
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/
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