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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by GSDlover4ever, May 16, 2010.


  1. GSDlover4ever

    GSDlover4ever PetForums VIP

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    My mum has got 2 westie pups, one can be rather chilled out and calm but doesn't take any nonsense from the other one. The other one can be rather feisty.

    Not use to this terrier behaviour, we have been socialising them a lot obviously but it does seem more natural for the 4 month old called Maisy to stand her ground compared to the other one which is called Matty and she is 3 months.


    I don't want them to be categorised at being the nippy terrier, so they will be going to boot camp AKA training classes. :)

    The oldest one went on Thursday and she was great, apart from being a little feisty with he dogs at first. However she soon settled down. She loves learning new things and she was more behaved than the more experienced dogs once I had her attention. :)


    What were your terriers like when young and what are they like now?
     
  2. just4alaff

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    We are having our westie puppy in the next few days so I will be watching this thread to see what people have to say sorry I couldn't help :(
     
  3. Nicky10

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    Hmm he did have a thing for trying to take on rotties not so good when you're 12 weeks old and tiny. That took quite a bit of training. They don't back down easily, can be reactive. Not so sure they settle down as such just get trained not to. It's part of the charm of owning a terrier for me anyway. He's calmer now, a raw diet helped, and he gets on well with most dogs. He hates the yorkies who used to live across from us with a passion but they were evil mostly due to the owners who thought it was cute their dogs growled at people
     
  4. GSDlover4ever

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    At training classes Maisy tried to take on 2 rotties, the little bugger. I have noticed that she is a lot friendlier towads dogs if they don't bark at her. If they bark she barks back....i always make sure i correct her, as one day she might get in a fight and end up injured as a result of a biger dog getting fed up with her antics.

    My GSd tried to play with them, but she is so rough sometimes. They both wind her up to play in the house where they are a bit braver and if they get to much she just wacks them with her paw. Matty can be a bit scared/ respectful of her as a result, especially when Zara has a mad moment like them.
     
  5. Nicky10

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    They are their own worst enemies at times definately. They do need a firm hand with other dogs but at the same time you need to correct Zara if she gets too rough with them
     
  6. GSDlover4ever

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    yes i do, but they also have to learn manners as well.....
     
  7. jentemps26

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    My westie is 10 weeks old and already in need of some training he does actually know when i say no and goes off to his basket, but need to know how old they can be before starting to take to classes... any ideas.....

    He is a barker also, always barking at stuff, including his own shadow LOL..

    He is gorgeous and i find it very cute at the moment, but am quite sure as he gets older i will need to get him sorted... :)
     
  8. GSDlover4ever

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    They can go to classes after they have had their 2nd vaccination :)
    so normally after 12 weeks :)
     
  9. Mum2Heidi

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    I have been spoilt and Heidi has been a little diamond. She v rarely barks, is v submissive and would rather run than confront. She has been so easy to train and picks up things really quickly.

    The one thing I learned v quickly was to avoid confrontation. If she was doing something I didnt want then I would distract her with her favourite toy and she seemed to catch on what was acceptable and what wasnt. Now that she is a bit older I tend to use less distraction and more "sit, leave" but it has been easy and I have been spoilt :thumbup:
     
  10. westielover65

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    I don't think you can categorise that behaviour just to terriers I would say that is general dog behaviour,but I can tell you having had westies for 18 years ,and the the proud mum of 2 sisters now 6 months old that westies think they are a lot bigger than they actually are (someone once said to me that westies think they are rottweilers in white coats) and are generally not afraid of other dogs, they have a go, they are stubborn (big time) and yes feisty in nature, but not snappy.
    my 2 have different personalities, one is more dominant than the other and have small fights (they are just testing one another) they are over in seconds but definitely socialising them is a good idea, we didn't do that so much with the others so they were a bit wary of other dogs.:thumbup:
     
  11. Savahl

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    Buster as a pup was stubborn, strong headed, boistourous and a bit mental.


    As a 4yr old buster is stubborn, strong headed, boistourous and a bit mental :rolleyes:

    (he has always been rather non-chalent with other dogs when meeting them off lead, on lead he is a nightmare but thats more due to bad history than terrier)

    Like most men, he does what he is told, but i have to let him think its his idea :001_cool:
     
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  12. westie~ma

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    As a pup, Monty was ... full of character, cheeky (as in sock stealing), into everything and anything, chewing whatever he could find available and a barker. Exactly how I expected him to be really :)

    Barking is only a problem to me when he does it needlessly, I don't mind him telling me that someone is walking past the house or that he can hear sirens or even that there are birds dull enough to fly over our garden.

    I solved the constant barking by allowing him to bark a few time to get it out of his system and then saying thank you thats enough. If he continues I bring him into the house. If he is in the house doing it then I send him to his bed and tell him to settle down.

    He's calmed down alot since he was a puppy, he still has his moments when he's naughty but most of the time he is extremely chilled out. I feed him homecooked food and I think this has an impact on his behaviour.

    I took him to classes and he is well socialised, although he wary of big bouncy dogs so we avoid those ;)

    The main thing that I've realised with him is that he loves company, good thing too cos we're with each other all the time, and whatever we are doing from watching tv in the evening to taking the kids out on their bikes for a walk, he is happy as long as he's with us.

    He's grown into a lovely dog and I consider myself blessed to have him in my life.
     
  13. new westie owner

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    Hi my lil westie is 15 weeks now has 2 modes runs round crazy for half hour then out cold asleep im just picking up on some lil terrier moods lol but love him to bits hes my 1st westie if any1 has any help on what food is best and also insurance his free insurance is running out soon thankyou ....:thumbup:
     

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  14. keeleyjane19

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    Hello!!

    I have a Parsons Jack Russell Terrier.

    When she was really young she was a fruit loop!!!

    Bonkers!!!

    But with training, time and patience she is now....still a terrier...but slightly more mellow and more obedient

    She will still run off when she sees a rabbit etc...

    I wouldn't change her for the world, I love her cheeky streak!!

    She also has a very loving side, when I am upset or ill she is always there and won't leave my side until I am feeling better!!
     
  15. GSDlover4ever

    GSDlover4ever PetForums VIP

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    thanks for sharing your advice and storied.

    Both pups will be going to training class tonight, i wonder how they will get on. :)



    Last week we took them to the car boot sale and they were as good as gold with other dogs and people, so atleast it shows an improvment. This was also the case when they were seperated and together.

    Matty does seem a bit more submissive/timid/ respectful with large dogs though, so that is something we have to work on.
     
  16. sequeena

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    My mum's JRT is spoilt so ... typical yappy/nippy terrier who hates children.
     
  17. GSDlover4ever

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    Oh dear, the puppies seem to love my niece and nephews, especially my baby niece who is is 17 months.


    she likes to bring their dried food out of their food bowls and feed them when they are in a different room! lol
     
  18. Nicky10

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    Most terriers do love children Buster adores them if they don't get too rough at which point they're told off anyway. If they're raised with children and the children know how to treat dogs it should be fine. I wouldn't be letting her hand feed them though just in case most problems happen around dogs and food
     
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    Don't get me wrong she's a lovely little dog but way too spoilt :nonod:
     
  20. GSDlover4ever

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    why wont you allow kids to give dogs treats?
     
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