If you own a Westie Staff, you will be aware of how unique this little dynamo dog can be. Consisting of West Highland Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier parents, they are a stocky, small, but energetic dog that can rule the roost but bring a lot of joy into your life. They are fiercely independent but although being a part of a family, and they are more suitable for households with older children. Because both breeds also existed for a purpose, they prefer to be on the go and will need around an hour of intense exercise daily. Here’s how to make sure they get it.
A Westie Staff is a dog that needs a lot of entertainment and activities to keep them out of trouble. Unfortunately, when it’s a rainy day, it’s a lot harder to entertain them than it would if you could send them outside in the sunshine. However, homemade chew toys can be the ultimate rainy-day activity. They are affordable, allow you to be creative, and help your dog to stay out of trouble for at least an hour – if not more. Even the toughest chewer will have fun with these toys, while you’ll enjoy the ease of building them as well.
When you raise a Westie Staff around other dogs and people, they have beautiful natures. However, failure to socialize them from a young age can create problems later on – especially if your pooch has a dominant American Staffordshire Terrier trait. Avoid this problem by adding a regular trip to the dog park into their schedule. Wait until a sunny day, pack their leash, toy, and a doggy waste bag, then set aside an hour of your time. This activity takes no effort or money on your part, but it can have the best effect on your dog from puppyhood into maturity.
If you own a Westie Staff, you have a rare dog. The two dogs are not often brought together for the sake of breeding. If you want to change that, put your pooch front and center on the internet. Use social media to your advantage and create a fan page for your dog! This all-weather activity will require the use of a computer and camera, but it’s relatively straightforward and is free. Get your dog in the public eye and educate those around you on who your doggo is and how adorable they are! It can also fill in the afternoon while offering the opportunity to get your dog in front of the camera!
A Westie Staff needs a lot of exercising to calm them down, as they are a high-energy breed by nature. Take them on an hour-long bush walk with varying terrain. The extra challenge and exciting stimulation around them will tire them out in no time. It will also do you and your pup’s health a world of good.
A Westie Staff is a muscular dog, even if they are still short and stout. Find out how strong they are by inviting them to play tug of war with you. Buy a purpose-built tug toy, use one of their own, or create one from an old, plaited t-shirt or rope. Win a few rounds then let them win some. This activity will excite them and have them sprinting around your property like a madman!
A Westie Staff is not your average breed – they are something special and unique. They need a lot of physical and mental stimulation, a high-energy family, and someone who has time to dedicate to training too. Create the purrfect home for your pooch by coming up with a range of ideas, such as these above, to stimulate their senses for years to come.