Getting a new westie can be a confusing decision to make. But after thorough deliberation, you discovered that you are indeed capable of becoming a responsible westie owner. While you are filled with excitement on the thought of having a westie, it would be a great idea to start finding out the things necessary in raising and caring for that pooch.
A westie needs:
High quality food. High quality dog food is very important to make sure that your westie gets the nutrients he needed in order to grow healthy. Read the product label carefully before buying a certain dog food. Know that a high quality dog food has source of protein, such as chicken, as the first ingredient. Food that has corn, in any formulation, within the first five ingredients should be avoided because corn offers little nutritional value apart from being indigestible. Feeding should be done at least twice a day as opposed to one full meal a day to prevent bloat or other digestion problem. Seek out your vet's opinion regarding dog food to be sure.
Water. You need to provide your dog with at least two dishes filled with fresh water everyday. Clean, cool and fresh water will definitely quench down your dog's body thirst especially during summer. Choose a sturdy water bowl to make sure your dog can't knock it when you're gone.
Shelter. Dogs need comfortable and safe shelter they can call home. It could be a bed, crate, fenced yard or enclosed patio. The shelter must keep your westie cool during summer and warm during cold days and nights.
Health care. Even if your westie looks healthy, regular vet visits are still recommended to determine any physical changes that may possibly develop to diseases. Vaccinations and rabies must also be administered. Owners may also consider neutering/spaying if you are not planning on breeding your dog.
Exercise. Though a westie can get lots of exercise by playing indoors, he must be taken out on daily walks to fulfill the primal instinct to walk. A westie that is not given appropriate exercise and is not taken on daily walks may develop behavior problems such as chewing, digging and others.
Love and patience. Without love and patience, you won't be able to provide the above-mentioned stuff. Give your dog some love and he will definitely pay you back with loyalty, friendship and would even sacrifice his life for you.