West Highland terrier owners know that it is important to train your dog in the correct matter. The desired outcome is a well behaved and also happy Westie dog that is content to be living with you.
Some of the most common mistakes I have made myself with our own Westie are:
1) Not being the alpha leader or boss. Humans tend to forget that dogs are pack animals and live by the code of the alpha dog. This was the natural way of things and everyone in the pack knew their place.
Your westie will then know what is expected of him in the relationship that you have with him. The proper training should establish a correct relationship where your dog will know it's proper place.
2) I was guilty of this one myself. I used to take pepper back after he was finished doing his business. Then it seemed to get longer and longer for him to go to the bathroom (for want of a better phrase).
I should have known, because he is such an intelligent dog. Why should he eliminate quickly so that he is taken back quickly. He needs to find out all the current news in the neighborhood and how can he if I did not let him sniff the pee mail.
I found it was far better to let him go to the bathroom first and then we would have the walk after this.
3) Ignoring bad behaviors such as chewing or jumping. When Pepper eat my wife's good shoes, I thought that he was not going to live anyway. It's wrong to think that your westie will grow out of it. The big big mistake is to allow this inappropriate behavior to continue because it makes your west highland terrier, assume that it is acceptable. Teach your westie what is acceptable instead.
(Disclaimer: Any information contained in this article relating to various medical, health and fitness conditions of Westies or other animals and their treatments is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitution for the advice provided by your own veterinarian. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing the health of any animal. You should always consult and check with your own vet or veterinarian.)