How to Train Westie Puppies

Written by melanie fleury
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Westies, or West Highland Terriers, are a small, white, spunky dogs. They are typically between 6.8-9kg and have a round face with dark eyes. They are easy to get along with and are great with children as well. Westies are intelligent dogs that train very easily.

Skill level:


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    Train at a young age. Westies can and should be trained as early as 8 weeks of age. Make sure that training is fun and is a time when owner and dog are bonding.

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    Use verbal praise. Westies are very motivated by pleasing their owner. When a task is done correctly , make sure to use plenty of verbal praise. Never hit your Westie. When your Westie misbehaves, verbally reprimand your Westie.

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    Feed your dog treats as an immediate positive reinforcement. Food is a great reinforcer when first learning basic tricks. Use small bits of food in your hand to immediately reinforce a positive behaviour.

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    Teach basic commands first. Your Westie should first learn five basic tricks. Sit, stay , heel , down , and come are simple ones that lay a foundation for any other tricks you want to teach.

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    Ask for help if needed. Locating a training facility or school is a great idea if you want to expand what they are learning, or just to learn the basics yourself.

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