I'm at the end of my tether!

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Digging is my- thing!!
Barked: Wed Aug 29, '12 11:29am PST 
We have a new westie puppy. She was aquired at short notice from someone we knew and she needed a home quick.
I have always been frightened of dogs, but have wanted to get one as my children (&husband) have always wanted one.
The idea of a loving family dog to take on walks etc was always very apealing.
Anyway..... we have this pup.
We are currently using training mats which she doesnt always use and she bites often.
I realise that shes a pup and will grow out of it but im really worried that i may not be able to control her and the thought of being afraid in my own home for the next 15 years is really making me stressed. Also the thought that visitors may come and i wont be able to get her to do as i wish.
The more i read about the breed the more i worry she is not the one for us... however my family assure me that she is here to stay.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Edited by author Wed Aug 29, '12 11:35am PST


Barked: Tue Oct 16, '12 8:17am PST 
Yes i find the westie is defenatly a harder headed breed..terriers after all..
Thing is if you cant become the alpha or leader in the dogs brain dosnt matter the.breed the phycology is the same. Wheather you have a 200 lb wolf hound or 5lb toy.
I would try to really bond with her..my westie who is very hard headed follows me around the house ect and would do anything for me. Its because she loves me and sees me as her leader not because i am harsh with her..good luck
✨- Finley- ✨

Texas- Terrierist!!
Barked: Sun Oct 28, '12 1:28am PST 
The westie is an extremely loyal breed... much more than the hounds I have owned. How old are your kids? I ask because terriers can be nippy. It is very important to teach your child the proper way to treat the pup and approach her so no one gets nipped.
I love my westie so much... she is my "velcro" dog and loves me like no other pup I've had.