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Worming

STOP wasting your money on unnecessary dewormers. STOP exposing your Scotties to unnecessary chemicals. Put that money towards providing your Scottie with a natural healthy diet and you will not have to worry about worms ever again! Your Scottie puppy should have been wormed at 2, 4 and 6 weeks of age. If they are healthy they are able to repel and eliminate worms all by themselves. It is the pharmaceutical firms that scaremonger pet owners into administering chemical dewormers over and over again when our pets most often don't even have worms. (Special note: Dogs that are not healthy, dogs with compromised immune systems, are the susceptible ones. It's like everything else, a few bad eggs

Mosquitos, Fleas & ticks

I personally choose not to expose my Scotties to unnecessary chemicals. Garlic and apple cider vinegar in your Scottie's diet will support a healthy immune system and it also acts to repel parasites without exposing them to dangerous chemicals. There are recipes for natural repellents and treatments using essential oils that are very effective and far less damaging to our little brave hearts. Heartworm Preventives are NOT Healthy For Your Dog! Heartworm meds are pesticides. They kill mosquito larvae by paralyzing or killing them – so they are neurotoxic. If they’re toxic to bugs, they’re toxic to your Scottie and they can affect their brain and nervous systems. These meds are also working l

Bones

Scotties love to eat bones but you must NEVER give your puppy/dog, cooked bones. Cooked bones are hard and brittle and can splinter inside your dogs intestines or bowel which can cause internal ruptures that can be painful and need expensive medical treatment. Crunching on raw bones is very healthy, it provides much needed calcium in the diet and very beneficial for dental hygiene. A dog’s digestive system is built to process meat and raw bone material. You still need to be watchful to ensure that your puppy is managing bones OK. Small bones can wedge inside the roof of their mouth. When puppies are loosing their milk teeth it is just as good to stick to crushing up their turkey necks to pro

Neutering Spaying or Desexing

There are many valid reasons to neuter your puppy, however early neutering can cause problems. All puppies need normal hormonal development for normal growth, therefore they SHOULD NOT be neutered before 12 months of age. Once puppy has been through puberty they have received the necessary hormones to activate their proper bone development and it is THEN safe to have your Scottie neutered. Early sterilisation often leads to abnormal bone growth and development. Studies have shown that prepubescent neutered dogs grew significantly taller than their non sterilised counterparts, leading to higher rates of ACL rupture and hip dysplasia. It has now been discovered that rather than saving our dogs

Treats

Like most other dogs, Scotties LOVE treats! Although it is tempting to give in to them we must be strong, we must resist giving our Scotties too many treats. Your Scottie must not be allowed to become too over-weight as this will seriously increase the risk of potentially fatal health issues. Many commercial treats are often high in salts and sugars, which are just as unhealthy for your pets as they are for you. Dried liver treats are an excellent choice or dried beef lung. If you are really keen you can do as I do and dehydrate your own chicken livers, they love em! Cheap to! Just remember that if you are using lots of treats for training and reward purposes you may have to adjust their mea

Home Exercise

Young puppies need short bursts of play/exercise for proper growth and bone development. Do not take your young puppy for long walks as this can overwork their rapidly developing bodies. If you enjoy the exercise and want to walk your puppy, increase the distance very slowly, over the next 6 to 9 months. Scotties love to run and jump about with little you can do to stop them, just try to be guided by your puppy – if they seem tired, let them sleep. Puppies grow when they sleep! Exercise is an important part of any dog’s physical and mental health and Scotties love interesting outings. Walking or jogging is great exercise for both you and your Scottie. You will need to build up your Scotties

Toilet Training

Your new Scottie puppy has been trained to toilet on newspaper. So near your puppy’s new sleeping area you should put plenty of newspaper all around. Wait for puppy to wee, this is usually near a door, and puppy will usually return to this place. You will then only need to leave this area covered with newspaper. Of course accidents will happen! Do not punish your puppy if they have an accident, this may cause confusion and stress and may cause the puppy to become reluctant to evacuate which in turn could complicate house training. If you see puppy sniffing around take him to the newspaper. If you catch puppy in the act take them to the newspaper and praise when they go on the paper. If you a

Teething

Your Scottie puppy will start to lose their baby teeth at about 14 weeks. Make sure you have lots of suitable soft toys and DO NOT leave any ‘special’ items or shoes or thongs lying about! There are lots of teething appropriate toys available from your local pet store. Keep in mind that this is a Scottish Terrier and they have surprisingly large teeth and powerful jaws for their size. Don't be fooled into thinking you have a cute little fluffy lap dog! So choose chew toys wisely. Toys for toy or small breeds are not appropriate for Scotties as they easily manage to chew to bits which may then be swallowed. I would also recommend that raw hide chews be avoided as they can become lodged in you

Destructive Tendencies

All puppies display destructive behaviour. This is usually a result of your puppy’s teething and wanting to chew on anything during this period or it can be due to frustration at being left alone or simply an abundance of unused energy. Puppies are full of it, mischief and energy that is. Keyword is energy! Luckily Scottish Terriers mature very quickly and these destructive tendencies seem to subside by six to eight months of age. The best way to cope with destructive behaviour is to make sure you include at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise and play each day to use up some of those reserves. Scottish Terriers are sensible dogs with a good measure of intelligence. I have found that they

Safety

Don’t forget to “puppy-proof” your home, both inside and out, preferably before you bring puppy home. Be sure to remove any potential hazards before you let your new Scottie puppy explore. Until they have learnt the rules they will need to be supervised at all times. Make sure household cleaning products and chemicals are stored safely out of reach. Vehicle antifreeze (ethylene glycol) or radiator coolant is extremely poisonous to dogs. It is attractive as it is sweet tasting. A very small amount can cause severe kidney damage. Rodent baits should be picked up immediately as they will kill dogs too. Puppies often find electrical cords fun to chew on with potentially devastating results! Make

Description

Scottish Terriers come in Black, Brindle (of any shade) or Wheaten. Height: 25- 28 cm high at the neck Weight: 8.6 – 10.4 kg Life expectancy 12 – 15 years Their coat is a double one. The outer coat is harsh, dense and wiry, the undercoat short, dense and soft. These coats make a weather-resistant covering for the dogs and provide warmth and resistance to wet. Another reason for such a thick coat is protection for the dog in their original work, hunting. A mouth full of hair was often the only protection provided for the skin when attacked. Scottish Terriers were used to control vermin such as the badger and fox. Dogs were selected for their gameness and hunting ability. They had to be fearle

Taking Your New Puppy Home

Finally, your Scottie puppy is ready to go home with you! It is always better to bring someone along to hold your new puppy on the way home. If you are picking up your pup on your own you will need to plan for the trip home. A travel crate is perfect but cardboard box can also provide a safe way to take your puppy home, so that he or she is not free to roam about the car while you are trying to drive. Once at home be mindful that your your little Scottie is suddenly separated from their family and finding themselves in a strange place with strange new people. They will soon realise that they are on their own which will seem strange and may cause some anxiety. Scotties are fairly independent

Socialising

Socialising your new Scottie is very important. It involves meeting and having pleasant encounters with different adults, children, dogs (puppies and adults), and other animals. Your puppy will benefit by experiencing a wide range of events, environments and situations. Any puppy’s first year is very important. Those that are well socialised grow up to be friendly and happy with people and other animals, and make very successful pets. Dogs that were taken out regularly as puppies can take different situations in their stride and enjoy going anywhere with their owners. Dogs that like people can be taken anywhere and live life to the full. Under socialised puppies grow into adult dogs that bit

Lead Training

Lets Train You First Because Scotties are so intelligent, training can be an interesting clash of wills sometimes. All I can say is "the sooner the better" try to encourage you new Scottie puppy to walk on a lead just as soon as you can. One secret is to find the treat that will get them to do anything. I find nice juicy pieces of roast chicken works well to begin with! You can then switch to a more manageable and healthier alternative later. I find that the Scotts like dried beef lung or dried chicken livers. The key to training your puppy is to first train yourself. Training a Scottie puppy to walk on a lead can take some time and patience. If they seem fearful of a lead I let them walk ar

What Does Coconut Oil Mean To A Scottie

Happy Healthy Scotties Raw coconut oil's antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties can provide many health benefits for you Scottie. It improves skin and coat health reducing doggy odour. It protects against ticks, fleas and mites, expelling and killing parasites. It improves digestion and nutrient absorption. It reduces bad breath, eases inflammation, helps build strong bones and even helps with arthritic discomfort. It promotes good nerve and brain function and helps clear up ear and eye infections. Raw coconut oil is truly unique. While it’s high in saturated fat, it’s a healthy saturated fat that mainly contains medium-chain fatty acids that the body doesn’t store. Raw coconut

Eggs

Some people believe that eggs are too high in cholesterol and they pose a risk of salmonella. This is simply not true! Eggs are affordable and a safe source of raw food for your Scottie, they are one of the most complete and nutritious meals you can choose! They are packed with amino acids, Vitamin A, Riboflavin, Folate, Vitamin B12, Iron, Selenium and Fatty Acids. Egg whites also contain enzyme inhibitors which can interfere with digestion but that just means that eggs should not be the mainstay of the diet. It is perfectly safe to feed several eggs a week to the average dog. If you don’t see evidence of digestive upset when feeding eggs to your Scottie, then they should have no trouble if

Vinegar

Anti-bacterial non-chemical cleaners White vinegar is a chemical-free alternative to commercial cleaning products. It doesn't need to be fancy.... just plain old generic brand white vinegar! As pet owners, I am sure we all take our responsibility very seriously! We have committed to strive to provide the best care for our Scotties and to safeguard their environment as much as possible. I have used vinegar as a cleaner for many years. I have long been comforted by the belief that I am safeguarding my family by reducing their exposure to harmful chemicals in the home. That goes for my pets as well! I love vinegar and every time I use it I feel that I am doing my bit to reduce the number of che

FOOD FOR THOUGHT - Chicken

I have been feeding my Scotties a raw food diet for some years now. I can say that without any doubt Scotties prefer chicken. In fact they love it! I am still learning more and more about canine nutrition every day. I am still changing my BARF (Bone And Raw Food) recipe as I learn new things. I found an article which I will paste below. It has challenged my beliefs about my Scottie's favourite tucker - chicken. I used to feed a lot of chicken because of its affordability and availability but I am happy to say that my BARF recipe has a smaller ratio of chicken in it these days. This article does make sense and I just thought it might get you thinking to! Dana Scott writes: feeding chicken and

Heartworm

Heartworm is a scary word for all pet owners. Every vet clinic displays terrible photos of hearts effected by heartworm and if you don’t want your dog to end up with those long ugly worms, you’d better give them monthly preventive heartworm drugs, preferably year round. Vets are afraid of heartworm because they know how difficult and harmful heartworm treatment can be. So they want to scare us into buying preventive drugs. Even holistically-minded dog owners who feed raw, minimize vaccines and try to avoid toxic chemicals for their dogs, don’t always take the scary leap of faith to stop giving heartworm medication. Conflict of Interest Apparently it is the big pharmaceutical companies that m

Pumpkin Seeds

Include pumpkin seeds in your Scotties diet and say goodbye to worms without having to use any toxic dewormers or chemical pesticides. If your Scottie shows any sign of worms, reach for the Pumpkin Seeds, they can rid your Scottie of worms without the adverse effects on their health that veterinary dewormers deliver. Pumpkin Seeds Fight Worms Raw, organic pumpkin seeds have long been used to treat a variety of parasitic and other ailments. The flesh and seeds of the pumpkin were used by the Native American tribes to: heal wounds cure kidney ailments and urinary problems as a parasitic treatment on humans. In recent times, herbalists have discovered that the seeds of the pumpkin also work as