How to Groom a Westie?

How to cut a west highland terrier’s hair yourself and what tools u need?????? really neec help! automatic best answer for the one with all good info!

HAND-STRIP…not "cut"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Didn’t you do ANY research before you bought a dog??????
If you don’t even know the BASICS…ask your breeder!!!
OH…it’s BYBd junk & you can’t?
Then…PAY A PRO!!!
Do NOT butcher it yourself!

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  • BmW

    West Highland Terriers are spunky, lighthearted, fun-loving members of the Terrier group. They love people and are family-oriented. This fun-loving breed is often also referred to as a "Westie." Your Westie Terrier has unique needs when it comes to dog grooming, nutrition, training and care. Here are some tips and tricks to care for your Westies.

    1. You should have your West Highland Terrier groomed at least once every 6-10 weeks. Look for a professional groomer who has experience grooming West Highland Terriers. Otherwise, your pet could come home looking like a Schnauzer or Poodle.
    2. It is recommended you have your Westie professionally groomed, but you can also learn how to groom a dog yourself. It is a good idea to have him groomed a couple of times when he is still young. The groomer can work with him and get him used to the grooming routine. You will then be able to see what a Westie should look like. Follow the lines set by your groomer to maintain the look.
    3. If you decide to groom your own Westie, here are some basic pet grooming guidelines.
    * The back, neck, and sides of a Westie are stripped or clipped fairly short.
    * The fringe around the belly and on the legs is trimmed up, but left long.
    * The tail should be held up, and trimmed to a carrot shape, rounded at the tip, and wider at the base.
    * When trimming a Westie’s head, do not clip it short. Simply trim up the long hairs, on the top of the head between the ears. You can accomplish this by combing the hair upward and trimming hairs that stick out longer than the others. You may have to repeat this process a couple times to find all of the longer hairs. Trim and even up any long scraggly hairs on the side of the face and bottom of the beard. Trimming up the long uneven hairs will make the hair look thicker, and give the head a fuller, rounded appearance.

    Consult a grooming manual, or seek professional advice for more detailed information on grooming your Westie at home.
    4. Brush your Westie at least once a week, with a short bristled brush. This breed has a double coat, with a soft undercoat and a wiry outer coat. Because the outer coat tends to be dry, do not bathe your Westie more often than once every 6-8 weeks.
    5. Keep the nails short by trimming them every couple weeks. Trim the nails by holding the paw gently, but firmly in your hand. If you can see the quick (where nail is pink, or turns darker), trim the nail not quite to the quick. If you cannot see the quick trim, a professional groomer will definitely be able to help you. If you happen to trim into the quick, the nail will bleed; apply pressure for a few moments to make the bleeding stop.west highland terrier grooming
    6. Trim the hair around the paws, and clip excess hair from the bottom of the paws.
    7. Trim the hair around the inside of the ears, and wipe them out regularly. A Westie should also have the long hairs trimmed around the tips of the ears to help them stand erect.
    8. To maintain and monitor general dog health, you should take your Westie to the veterinarian at least once a year for a checkup, heartworm test and shot update.
    9. You should always feed your dog a good quality pet food and consult your veterinarian for any specific dietary needs. Proper dog nutrition depends on you feeding your Westie healthy dog food.
    10. Westies are friendly and easy to train. As part of your dog training exercises, make sure they are socialized from an early age, and allowed as much interaction with the family as possible. They love people and really want to be with them.
    11. You should give your dog obedience training. At the very least, teach him to come and to stay. In case of an emergency, you may need your dog to stay or come to you. Training a puppy can be difficult, but teaching your pet these basic commands could save his life.
    12. A large part of your dog care checklist should be giving your dog exercise. West Highland Terriers are high-energy dogs. If they do not get enough mental and physical exercise, they can develop destructive habits such as barking, digging, and chewing. Including your Westie in everyday family activities, and taking them for a walk will fulfill of most of the exercise requirements for this fun loving breed.

    Westies are social creatures and enjoy spending time with the family, and being included in activities. It is not a good idea to have them spend a great amount of time alone and separated from human contact. Give your Westie puppy the best pet care possible. Treat your Westie like another member of the family, and they will reward you with lots of positive energy, love and spunk.
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  • elcreed

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  • ScottieDog

    Check with the breed club or a Westie rescue.

    We groom our Scottie and a breed rescue was very helpful to us. Our dog was a rescue who we suspect was abused at a groomers.

    Since a Westie is similar, the tools well be too. I have a single speed Andis AG clipper. The blades we use are the 5, 8 and 10. I like the hair on the back to be longer so we use the 5. Neck and head we use the 8 and 10. The smaller the number the longer the hair. Of course the Westie head is cut vastly different than a Scottie. You will want the rounded chrysanthemum. This means you will need a very good pair of scissors. Just to warn you, my grooming shears were very expensive, more than the clippers and blades.

    Wash the dog first. Don’t clipper a dirty coat. Additional items are forceps to pull ear hair (and ear powder), nail clippers, comb, brush (I like a pin or slicker), quick-stop if you cut a nail too far.

    This is a great resource for supplies:
    http://www.petedge.com/home.jsp?_guid=1-_-100000000000000006361-_-3677741003&cm_mmc=Google-_-Pet+Edge_Brand-_-3677741003-_-pet+edge.|-|100000000000000006361&cm_guid=1-_-100000000000000006361-_-3677741003

    Also grooming info for your breed:
    http://www.canadawestieclub.ca/maint/petgroom.html

    Added: if you want to show this dog, clippering the coat "breaks" it and softens it. The perfered way is to hand strip. Pet dogs can be clippered.

    —-Just to address another comment: this is a quote from the Canadian Westie club relating to grooming a PET Westie:
    "There is nothing wrong with stripping your pet, but there is also no reason why you should feel badly for clipping or scissoring your Westie. Don’t let people give you a hard time about it not being traditional or appropriate. Some purists get quite heated on this subject! What is important is keeping your dog comfortable and clean and attractive." ; )
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  • st.lady (GitEm)

    HAND-STRIP…not "cut"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Didn’t you do ANY research before you bought a dog??????
    If you don’t even know the BASICS…ask your breeder!!!
    OH…it’s BYBd junk & you can’t?
    Then…PAY A PRO!!!
    Do NOT butcher it yourself!
    References :