Special Caring For Your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Pet Dog
Written by Dorothy Miller | Updated 01/20/2020
First bred in Ireland as a farm dog and family companion, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is closely related to the Irish and Kerry Blue Terriers. He has a soft, silky coat, and he is a happy dog. He's not as feisty as other terriers but makes a good watch dog and protector. This medium-sized dog ranges from 20-40 pounds in adulthood and has a strong graceful gate. Most Irish Wheaten Terriers are very good with children.
Many people think this pet is a high-maintenance animal because of its long fur, and they do require a lot of grooming to maintain a healthy, matt-free coat. If you're thinking about bringing a Soft Wheaten Terrier into your home and family, you should understand what it takes to care for and groom him.
A Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier's coat is perhaps the most distinguishing thing about him. His very name captures this outstanding feature. He has a long, abundant white to light-grey coat that falls loosely about his frame. A good breed for allergy sufferers, a well-groomed dog will not shed much at all. However, its coat requires regular, careful grooming.
Frequent grooming is necessary with the Soft Coated Wheaten Carrier. A daily comb (use a medium-toothed comb) is recommended over a brush for the Soft Wheaten Terrier, and it should be used daily to prevent matting and to keep the coat soft, shiny, and tangle-free. You'll also want to have him trimmed now and then to preserve the traditional "terrier look" and allow for his new coat to grow. You'll be happier if you begin to acclimate your pet to the grooming procedures while he's still a puppy. Make him learn to love the comb and trimmer, and he's more likely to be cooperative!
In addition to daily combing and occasional trimming, it's important to care for the eyes, ears, teeth. and nails of your Irish Wheaten Terrier. Their abundance of fur makes it easy to get eye and ear infections, and brushing his teeth regularly can add years to his life. If you don't know how or are not able to do these tasks yourself, you can hire a professional dog groomer to handle it.
It's important to begin socializing and training your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier pet while he's still a puppy. Being a terrier, he has lots of energy and can become dog aggressive if it's not channeled properly. Your pet will respond well to a terrier training program that is characterized by a few well-picked keywords:
Always be consistent when you're training your Soft Wheaten Terrier pet. Use the same hand signals, body language, and tone of voice for each command to avoid confusion and mixed behavior. And always be consistent with punishment and rewards so that your pet dog will know what you expect when you want something of him.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are sensitive to the tone of voice. He'll be able to read you quickly, especially if you are not sensitive to how sensitive he is. For a consistent level of behavior, try to cultivate a calm, soft tone with him at all times.
Your pet will respond better if you correct and reward him immediately so that he associates his behavior with your response. If you sense he's about to make a mistake, correct him before it happens. Your terrier will have a sense of behavioral consequences if you react to him quickly and clearly.
There's considerable work involved in the care and training of the Irish Wheaten Terrier pet dog. He is a bundle of energy, though not so much as other terriers. He's a good-sized dog with an enthusiastic nature and the ability to protect you and your children. He's a great playmate for the kids and a loving companion for you. But be aware that when you bring the Soft Wheaten Terrier into your home, you are making a commitment to provide regular, careful care and grooming.