Ears: The small ears of this breed usually stand upright, making them easy to spot any dirt as well as to clean. The ears will also itch if a foreign object happens to get in and should be removed as soon as possible. Clean the inner earlobe with a wet soapy sponge when bathing or anytime they get dirty.
Eyes: Partial trimming of long hairs around the eyes will enable good eyesight but should not be done often. If you notice any discharge from the eyes either due to irritation from an object or insect, just wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Otherwise, cleaning the eyes should be a daily routine to prevent eye infections prone to Weston breed.
Teeth: Regular cleaning of Weston's teeth will help in preventing tooth decay and gum diseases. Also, provide a number of chews toys to strengthen the teeth. This care will also give your dog good breath and be safe for your kids as well.
Nails: Keeping your dog's nails short will reduce the abrasions and scratches that Weston might cause. However, clipping is not always easy as the nerves on the paws run through the nails and can be very sensitive. If you're not comfortable clipping the nails yourself, request trained personnel to handle that without risk of injury.
Hair: Weston has long fluffy coats that need daily brushing with a pin brush to keep it sleek and healthy. This breed hardly sheds a great deal despite having longer fur than some similar breeds, but it has a tendency to be matted if not brushed occasionally. The Weston dog keeps fairly clean and should be bathed with dog shampoo only a few times a year or when dirty.
Recommended daily intake: Each dog needs different amounts of food depending on its size, age, and activity level, among others. However, the recommended daily amount for Weston is 1/2 cups of high-quality dry food given twice a day.
What food to choose: Weston has a preying drive, and natural prey food is good. Choose high quality dry or wet dog food with more animal protein and mineral content such as calcium to prevent bone diseases and less in carbohydrates. You can also mix wet or dry food, but if not sure, you may consult your vet.
How many times to feed your dog: The daily portion should be given in two servings each day to ensure that the food burns effectively to release the energy for the day.
How to keep the good shape: Daily exercises such as walks and more play sessions with toys of up to two hours cumulatively are necessary for mental and body fitness.
The Weston breed is less likely to suffer from major ailments and is generally healthy. However, these dogs also suffer from certain conditions that affected their parents. Some of the conditions that affect Weston include Craniomandibular Osteopathy, lung problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Hip dysplasia, and Eye Problems.
How to treat
Craniomandibular Osteopathy is not treated and is manageable at home with a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. Hip dysplasia is inherited and can be controlled through weight management physical therapy.
Eye problems can be treated by removing the irritant and soothing the affected eye with pain medication. For serious infections administering antibiotics and saline washes to cure the infection.
In addition to buying a puppy from a more reputable breeder always be on the lookout for any suspicious symptoms and visit a vet.
Early training for Weston is easy and always eager to please but wants to be the boss and will make you prove your point. He will go along the training sessions, enjoying every moment as long as he is positively rewarded, and the training is consistent. The Westie is a thinker with instincts, a skill he loves using this skill up today. This energy, agility, and obedience have made this breed to be used in rescue and search missions and completions, instead of chasing rodents.
Weston is a moderately active dog and will need short walks of at most an hour a day with more playtime to keep her healthy and happy. He doesn't need a home with a playing yard to be happy, and an apartment with access to a playing field is very much adequate. Some Westies also love to swim even though they aren't as good swimmers as their canine cousins.