Care Tips for Wheaten Terriers

We give each buyer a healthy happy Wheaten pup, a medical record showing its shots and worming, a sample of the puppy food the pup has been eating and the AKC registration papers. If the pup is shipped, it will also come with a health certificate and an FAA-approved carrier.

Early Training

I highly recommend that my buyers train their pups early at a reputable kennel where you interact with the trainers for your specific puppy’s personality. This breed loves to please and learns fast, as long as you are consistent (believe me, us humans need as much or more training as the puppies). Our puppies are always the center focus of the classes since they are the smartest. You start out rewarding them with treats in training and they love the praise they receive.

Crate Training

I know that some people believe that it is cruel to “crate” dogs, but that is not true. Puppies are “den animals” and they learn to love their ‘den’ as their “safe place.” The crate should be just big enough for the puppy to stand up, turn around, and lay down in. Any bigger and they can go potty in it and get out of the mess. When I send your puppy home, they are ALMOST potty trained. They hate a mess! You can purchase a crate that will fit them when they are grown but put the divider in it initially. No food or drink should be in the crate or anything the pup can chew up and choke on. This also means that you should not leave them unattended with pillows, blankets, stuffed toys, towels, rawhide, or anything they can choke on. Crates are the best way to potty train a puppy and keep it safe from harm while unattended. Puppies should not have the run of the house at first (unless you plan a lot of clean-ups). If kept in a small confined place at first, they will learn to potty outside much quicker. Do not give rawhide to your pup or puppy. Rawhide is the number one cause of death in puppies. Take a piece of rawhide and place it in a glass of water to see how it swells up when it is moistened. Many puppies have choked on rawhide or swallowed too large a piece and surgery is required to save the puppy (sometimes fatal).

Feeding and House Training

I also do not “free feed” by leaving the food and water available at first. In the beginning, and if your schedule allows it, they need to be fed three times a day, then two times a day once they are older.

After they eat all they want, take them outside to “go potty.” If they don’t potty, then take them back inside and keep them on a leash or crated and then go out again for fifteen to 30 minutes. In a short period of time, you will learn how long your pup needs after he eats to go potty. They will get the message very soon and you will not have potty smells inside. Puppies need to go out often to potty in the beginning but be careful not to take them out too often or they won’t learn to hold their bladder. As a general rule, puppies need to go out for potty when they wake up, eat and drink, and after playing or when stressed. Sometimes puppies do not eat at all the day you take them home. That is because they become stressed being in the new environment and they miss their little siblings and their mom (a side note: they may cry for a few days for the same reason). Do not change the brand of puppy food right away. If you choose another brand, that is fine but do it gradually, by adding some of the new to the puppy food your pup is accustomed to. I send some puppy food home with you. If you do it slowly, the puppy can adjust to change, just don’t do it overnight.

Grooming Your Wheatie

Wheatens need to be combed regularly; once a week is fine unless you just enjoy doing it more often. Do start combing your puppy as soon as you get it, so it becomes accustomed to the combing right from the start. The dogs do not shed, but if left without combing, their hair gets knots and tangles. If you shampoo your own dog, use oatmeal or medicated shampoos and a conditioner for dogs. I use a metal comb with fine strong pointed teeth on my dogs. The SCWTCA(Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America) recommends the “Greyhound” brand comb. I also use a detangler with a razor sharp edges inside to cut right through a knot. If you keep your Wheatie from becoming badly matted, the grooming experience will be a happy one for both of you. My dogs are so excited to go to the groomer, you’d think they’d rather be there than at home. Your Wheatie will also need its nails trimmed regularly and will need its ears cleaned regularly. Tell the groomer to pull the hair from the ear… not shave it. I use tweezers to remove visible hair inside the ear and then I use an ear wash, which I get from my vet/or pet store. In any case, use a reputable dog groomer for haircuts, etc. I Davis Wheatens have cute Wheaten puppies for sale.send each buyer home with a copy of the AKC regulation cut for a Wheaten (some groomers don’t know how to cut a Wheatie, there aren’t that many of them around, and they sometimes come home looking like a Schnauzer… not that there’s anything wrong with Schnauzers, but Wheatens have their own “special look and cut.”

Safe Travel with Your Pet

We travel extensively with our Wheatens. They love it and are excellent traveling companions. I recommend that my buyers purchase a harness type car restraint for the puppy to wear while traveling in a car. The harness type car restraint attaches to the seat belt in your car. This prevents the puppy/dog from roaming around the car when you’re traveling. It secures the puppy/dog so that it cannot go flying through the air in the event of an accident or a sudden stop. This is for the protection of both the pet and the passengers in the vehicle. These harness type car restraints are not expensive and can be purchased at all major pet stores. The grown Wheaten fits well into the medium size.