Scottie Dog training

Sherine left a comment about her pup’s foot biting, a problem we’ve tackled before:

I have a 7-month old female Scottie called Eshta. She is very loving and playful but she has not outgrown the habit of biting feet. I have tried everything, including the squirt bottle but it is not getting better. She will obey me when I use a stern voice but guests do not have a hope in hell. It is no longer cute as her teeth hurt and the more a guest will shout at her the more excited she gets and the more she snaps and wants to bite. I know this is playful aggression but it is a real nuisance with guests, especially as we tend to have stay-over guests who need to be able to control her without me being around. Any advice? I adore Eshta. She has learned to sit, stay, come and she even rings the bell when she needs to go out. But I cannot teach her to ‘leave it’ (our feet, that is). I worry that this will only get worse.

Caitlin also left a comment a while back:

My male scottish terrier is almost 3 years old. He won’t stop attacking our cats and dogs outside of our home. He is a loving dog to all humans, but small dogs or cats he looks at like toys. Do you know any methods I could use to stop the attacking? I do not have the money for training right now, so I have to do it myself.

Scottie News replied:

Hmm, can you provide some more details? How long has he lived with the other pets? Has he always been like this? What do you mean by attack? how do the other animals respond?

Caitlin responded:

He has lived with one other dog for the whole 3 years. We have had 4 cats, and he is constantly trying to fight with them. If the cat didnt get away and we didnt stop him, I believe he would have killed the cat. He tries to bite them and shake them, as if it is a rodent. He has been like this since he turned one years old. The other animals are so afraid of him and they try to get away.

He is honestly a sweetheart. The most loving dog I could ask for. This is why I am so confused, because he is on attack mode with the other animals.

Susan wrote last weekend about her dog, Gus:

Could you post a request for a little prayer for my oldest scottie Gus. We had to rush him to the hospital this morning. We thought he had a stroke. He was screaming in pain and couldn’t walk. They gave him pain killers and muscle relaxers and still couldn’t get him out of pain enough to do an x ray by this afternoon. My vet is keeping for the weekend for observation. They think a disc in his neck may be pressing on a nerve. He was playing like a pup last night with Barkley and Maizie, his much younger housemates. His sister Gracie misses him terribly!

Thankfully, he was doing better this week. Let’s all hope he continues to make progress:

He’s doing better! He still walks in circles, but the pain is not as bad. There is a light a the end of the tunnel.

Please, everyone, feel free to contribute your thoughts and best wishes.


Sterling the eight-month-old Scottie reminds me a lot of what my dog Bridget was like at that age. Oh, who am I kidding, Bridget’s still like Sterling.

She doesn’t like to lie down and never has. She hasn’t mastered the art of staying and since she wouldn’t lie down, we never got to play dead.

I wish I had been as persistent as Sterling’s trainer and stuck with it like she’s doing. My life would be a whole lot easier today as my Scottish Terrier approaches her sixth birthday.


Jennifer writes:

I just got an 8 month old scottie on Saturday, who hasn’t been socialized very well so he’s very skiddish, but luckily is not a biter! Among other things (that we’re working on at the moment), he seems to have an aversion to my dad, but not to most females. He barks/growls whenever my dad comes home, and shies away from him if he tries to play with him/pet him. Initially he was this way with all of us (minus the barking) but he’s made some improvements since bringing him home. He’s a lot more stubborn than I expected though, even after reading about the breed. So, I guess my question do I prevent him from treating my dad (and other males) this way? I know it takes patience to get him properly socialized, but I’m just wondering if there’s something additional I could be doing.

Scottie News doesn’t think this is a Scottish Terrier issue, but more likely a problem related to bad early experiences with men. I used to have a cat that was scared of male humans and he never really conquered his fear. Has anyone successfully treated this problem?


Here’s a nice, friendly, non-seasonal video of two well-behaved Scottish Terriers at the dog park. Unfortunately, unlike at this dog park, there are lots of balls at ours and Bridget is not always almost never nice to other dogs when balls are involved so we have to leave.

And even when she is behaving herself and just joining in the fun, some fellow dog parkers don’t appreciate her big noises.


Scottish Terrier Twitter controversy

Named after the famous Fala, Angus Fala is alarmed by the controversial new video of the former first dog

Here’s the original source.


This morning, I bought the Illusion Dog Collar & Leash Set: By Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan (Medium Black).

As I’ve mentioned before, Bridget has never been the world’s greatest walker, and lately, she’s been going through a bad phase. Even the morning walk, where she usually bounces along, has become something of an ordeal lately. She just doesn’t want to move.

As a result, I’ve decided to try out this special Dog Whisperer collar. At $50 it’s not cheap, so if it doesn’t work, it’s being returned.

I’m a little bit concerned that it seems to be designed for dogs who pull out in front as opposed to a Scottish Terrier who just refuses to budge, but we’re going to give it a go.

If anyone else has tried it, please chime in and let the Scottie News know about your experience.

I’ll keep you all updated on how the Illusion collar works out.


When Bridget was a puppy and I was still a teacher, she started chewing up a pile of my students’ papers. Luckily, I caught her in the act and the damage was minimal with a few essays getting tattered. I still, to this day, regret that I was not able to go to class and say, ” Sorry your essays are late. The dog ate them.”

Since growing up, Bridget never chews anything. How about your dogs?


There is nothing as pleasant as walking your dog through the park, knowing that he will stay at your side, walking at heel, without tugging, pulling or otherwise acting up. Scottish terriers and other small terriers are high-energy, spirited dogs, and unless you train them how to walk at heel you will find that every walk is a battle, and neither of you will enjoy it as you should.

The first thing you should do is make sure that you have the right equipment. The right dog collars and leads are important for the comfort of both owner and dogs. You can find a really wide variety of dog collars and leads available from Pets at Home, so don’t worry that you won’t be able to find something that suits both you and your dog. If you find that training is not working as you like, try out some different styles of dog collars and leads to see if there is one that suits your dog better.

You will also need some small, tasty treats that your dog can’t get enough of. If you use a lot of treats in a training session, make sure to decrease the size of your dog’s meal that evening.

Step 1
Wait to start your training until the dog is calm. With terriers, this may be halfway through or towards the end of their walk. Stand with your dog on your left-hand side, the end of the lead in your right hand and use your left hand to hold the middle lead about 2 feet from your dog’s collar.

Step 2

Say “heel” and begin to walk. If your dog pulls ahead, keep hold of the end of the lead with your right hand, but let go with your left hand and turn around 180 degrees and begin walking in the opposite direction. Do not give any command – your dog will notice that you have changed direction and eventually realise that his pulling causes this.

Step 3
When your dog turns to follow you, collect the lead again in your left hand. If your dog pulls forward, repeat step 2.

Step 4
Once your dog is walking to heel nicely (after around 10 minutes of training), give him lots of praise and a treat if he is very food motivated. Take frequent breaks and start each new round when the dog is in the correct position, with the command “heel”.

You must be patient, persistent and consistent, but terriers are intelligent dogs and will soon understand what you want them to do.

This article was brought to you by Pets at Home.


Thanks to Margareta who sent the link to this Scottie dog agility video with this message: “Here is what Telltails scotties in Estonia do to entertain themselves.” Well, it’s pretty entertaining for all us Scottie News readers as well. Not to mention inspirational. Those buff looking dogs make me want to order backyard agility equipment for Bridget and then hit the gym myself.

Hitchcock may have some competition.


My Scottish Terrier Bridget is not the greatest walker, as I have mentioned before. However, she is not the worst walker either, as this poll shows. One thing we have learned over the years, is that she absolutely hates to retrace her steps and should be taken on loop walks whenever policy.

Please tell us about your dogs’ walk-time quirks.


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