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New Whippet Owners - 10 Things Your Research Hasn't Told you...

Whippets - athletic, affectionate and fast - that's what you do know, read on to find out 10 things your research hasn't told you!

You've done your research, found a suitable breeder and got a date for pups arrival, but, what has your research NOT told you about whippets? Read on to find out more.

We’ve had two pups in the last 21 years, Bruno our first, was a very steep learning curve filled with sleepless nights, toilet training disasters and overwhelm. When George joined us 6 years ago we were so much more knowledgeable and this led to less stress and much more FUN.

For a more in depth read, you can find out everything you need to know in Life With a Whippet, particularly in chapters 2, 3 and 4.

This is a list of things you might not know about whippets - 10 things that only whippet owners know, the inside knowledge of what life is really like when you share it with one of these special (needs) dogs….

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1 - They are very trainable

Whippets are discerning, some might say fussy, but quickly learn when they are being fobbed off with a low grade treat! To grow your bond and help them to focus on you, have tasty, smelly highly delicious treats - start with calling their name, nail this and the rest will follow.

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2 - Whippets are easily distracted

Whippets have a low attention span and will get bored quickly. Take little steps and build on them daily. Getting them used to the car, learning to pee in the right place at the right time, be patient, these things don't come naturally to nosy dogs who are easily distracted. Never get cross with them, it will only set you back and affect your relationship - whippets are very sensitive.

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3 - Comfort is key

Whippets LOVE comfort and you can never have enough soft blankets or quality bedding. A hard and uncomfortable bed will just have your pup seeking out something better - the warm spot you've just vacated on the sofa or in your bed. If you plan to keep your whippet off the furniture - good luck!

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4 - They need to be taught it's ok to be alone

Being separated from you must be TAUGHT. Whippets are human magnets, they love and desire to be with you all the time. But, sometimes they need to be on their own and teaching them to settle when they're young is the crucial for success. Stair gates are invaluable, put one between you and pup while you are doing something else. Make sure they have a bed, toys or a treat to amuse themselves. Ignore their attempts to get your attention, praise them when they're settled. They soon pick it up and then you can move them out of sight, but still close. Take your time, and be patient - learning to be apart from you while you're still nearby is the key to them being ok when you do have to leave the house without them. Find out more in Chapter 3 of Life With a Whippet.

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5 - Some useful phycology

You can’t force a whippet to do anything; let them think it’s their idea! Whippets can give you a whole lot of ATTITUDE when they don’t like the choice you have made.

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6 - They need clothing

Whippets feel the cold and hate getting wet, it won't take long for them to find this out. Make the experience of wearing their first jumpers fun, use treats to help it be a positive experience, they soon learn to lift their legs up when they need dressing for cold and wet weather. Don't leave clothing within reach, sharp puppy teeth are capable of chewing big holes!

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7 - Whippets play in a unique way

Whippets love other whippets and they play in a unique way! Any owner will tell you about the embarrassment in the park when their whippet is engaged in a fun game of ‘bitey face’. It’s loud and can sound aggressive but you will get used to it especially if your pup has other whippet friends.

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8 - Whippets are excellent thieves

What do you think that long nose is for? Add in their ability to walk on two legs supported by your counter top and you will find out that what you thought wasn't accessible, actually is!! You'll eventually learn to put food away, close the kitchen door and never leave food around a sleeping whippet unattended! It takes time but it does become second nature!

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9 - Whippets love to play

Whippets love to play. Some love balls, some squeaky toys, some prefer something soft and comforting. Find the type of toys your whippet loves and use them to engage and reward. Toys that hide treats are a great way to amuse and enrich them.

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10 - The joy of running

Most of all whippets LOVE to run, preferably with another whippet but remember that puppies need to develop and grow before it’s safe to let them zoom at full pelt. The wait is worth it, seeing your whippet run free is one of the greatest pleasures you will get in life.

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This is just a little insight into what’s to come when you welcome a whippet into your world, I hope it has helped to give you a small insight into what your life will be like with a whippet by your side. Our Redhounders Facebook group is a great place to ask questions - there's always someone with knowledge and experience who can help, and you can pick up some essential clothing in our Swap it or Sell it Saturdays.

Other useful reads:

Training Tips Part One: (Puppy 3-6 months)

Essential Whippet Wear (Puppy)

11 Whippet Facts: Enter the Wondrous Whippet World

Life With a Whippet - Understanding Their Quirks and Needs for Harmonious Companionship

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