Caring for a Scottish Terrier Puppy Requires Some Planning and Preparation
Everyone loves the precious faces and energetic attitudes that puppies have when they are young. We know that watching our young Scottish pups run around on their stubby legs and play with each other always warms our hearts. However, there is a lot of time and effort that goes into caring for a Scottish Terrier. If you’re planning to buy a puppy, or any kind of dog, it’s important to plan ahead.
To make sure you are prepared to be the best caretaker of your new Scottish pup, we have provided some helpful tips for the care of your newest furry family member.
Bringing home a new puppy is very similar to welcoming a small child into your home. Like toddlers, Scottish Terriers are brave and curious pups, and they will chew or get stuck in the same places a toddler would if they are not watched closely. To keep your furry friend and your belongings safe, set up a play pen for your pup to play in when you’re doing housework or running errands.
It’s important to always keep an eye on where your puppy is and what it is doing to make sure your dog is playing safely. If you do not have a sturdy play pen to use, the next best option is to keep your pup in a bathroom while you are gone. Bathrooms are safer for puppies than the laundry room as curious little pups can easily get stuck behind the large machines or chew on accessible cords. That being said, if you do choose to leave them in the bathroom while you’re gone, make sure there are no cords or other potential hazards around that your dog could get into.
Have a Potty Training Plan
Potty training a brand-new puppy is perhaps the most dreaded part of owning a dog. However, it does not have to be that bad. After all, Scottish Terriers are highly intelligent and learn very quickly when they receive proper training. We highly recommend establishing a routine for potty training your young Scottie that everyone in the family will follow as soon as your new friend enters your home. To learn how to effectively potty train your new pet within a week, read our previous blog about potty training your new puppy.
When you own a Scottish Terrier, there should be a grooming routine in place to make sure your Scottie’s coat is always looking its best. Although a young pup’s fur doesn’t need the detailed trimming and styling that adult Scotties require, exposing your puppy to being groomed early will make them more cooperative and less anxious later on.
We generally recommend exposing your pup to having its fur trimmed and brushed by 12 weeks old. Additionally, it is also a good idea to run a hair dryer gently through your dog’s fur on cool from the beginning. Your dog will not only enjoy the extra breeze but it will also expose your Scottish Terrier to the noise, making it more comfortable around the machine as an adult.
Have Any Specific Questions? Be Sure to Reach Out to Us!
Caring for a Scottish Terrier puppy requires a lot of time and effort, but caring for your dog doesn’t have to be stressful. Southern Scotties is always here to provide you the best care tips and guides for your four-legged companion. For any questions that you have about your Scottish Terrier, please feel free to reach out to us at any time! We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.