Category Archives: Scottie Dog training

Training dogs including Scottish Terriers, who sometimes require special attention.

Do you take your Scottish Terrier to the dog park?

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.

Testing the Illusion Dog Collar & Leash Set: By Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan

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.

Scottish Terrier eats up inheritance

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?

Training your Scottish Terrier to walk at heel

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.

Saturday morning terrier agility workout

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.

Bad Puppy! Training your Scottish Terrier

A reader writes:

Hello, i found your page by searching “how to deal with a scottie”, since my scottie is very aggressive and she is barely 2 months old. I have an 8 month westie and it’s unbelievable how mean my scottie is with her. She’s also aggressive when i try to cuddle or pet her. Please help me by giving me some advice on how to train her. She bites people and my westie all the time and she really bites HARD, she even made a family member bleed, but we still love her 🙂
Thank you so much 🙂

Scottie News replies:

Please don’t call your Scottish Terrier puppy mean and aggressive. An eight-week-old puppy can no more be mean than an eight-week-old baby can. Your puppy is just spirited and, from the sounds of it, more of a handful than your last puppy. While some very young kids and puppies are more difficult than others, it’s important to remember that they aren’t doing it on purpose so  “mean” isn’t really an accurate description. Whether you’re a parent or dog owner, you need to find ways to get through. Here are some past suggestion on training biting Scottish Terrier puppies. Please be sure to read the many helpful comments too and see what might work in your situation. Alas, there’s no one miracle solution so you might have to try several different techniques. Good luck.

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Seeking help with an aggressive Scottie dog

Yesterday a reader posted a question on an old post about Scottish Terriers and aggression. Sally wrote:

Kiltie, 5 years old, guards windows & door, if he sees someone coming he grabs his baby (or handy toy) shaking it with a growl until the person passes his window/door. I am now using the squirt bottle, to stop him, any suggestions? I know the expression “Scottie’s rule” which he tries to live by. We probably didn’t socialization him enough, so now what else can we do? please reply

I read her comment in very small type on my phone on a commuter bus and replied:

Wait, did you say you have a male Scottie named Kittie? Is there a reason for this? Could he be overcompensating for his name?

Sally brought out the all caps. And I can’t say she wasn’t justified:


I apologized:

Whoops, that’s what happens when I read stuff on my iPhone.

Now, that we’ve ascertained he hasn’t got name issues and it’s not a boy-named-Sue situation, let me ponder this a bit and get back to you.

Now, before I stick my foot even further in, does anyone want to help Sally out?