Training Your Whippet

Whippet Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 12.5 – 14kg (28 – 31lbs).
Female – 12.5 – 13kg (28 – 29lbs).

Average Height:
Male – 47 – 51cm (18.5 – 20in).
Female – 44 – 47cm (17 – 18.5in).

Coat:
Short, smooth and close coat.

Average Life Span:
13 – 15 years.

Average Litter Size:
4 – 8 puppies.

Whippet Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
Many owners are reluctant when it comes to Whippet training but it if often an easy process as they are intelligent dogs.  It is best to start your training as soon as the dog enters your house as a puppy.  You should encourage and allow them to familiarise themselves with your house, including the food area, its bed and outside area.  During this stage of training, your dog should be kept on a fairly regular schedule.  This means that the puppy should eat at the same times each day, as well as be walked and made to go to bed at the same times. This will not only help your dog develop a bathroom schedule, but will build a routine and establish respect.  Keeping this routine throughout Whippet training will help develop a relationship between you and your dog.
 
Throughout Whippet training, a dog owner should practice consistent commands.  This is done by establishing certain commands for wanted and unwanted behaviours, as well as giving praise when the commands are obeyed.  For example, if your dog is consistently barking, you should use a firm command such as "stop barking” or "no barking” each time the dog barks.  Once the Whippet stops barking, you offer praise and a reward, such as the ProReward Treats - Venison.  During Whippet training, this consistency will help establish your position as the master and help your dog to learn the correct way to behave.
 
A vital part of Whippet training is house training.  This can be done using a variety of different methods, including the use of housebreaking aids, such as puppy pads, or by continuously taking the dog outside shortly after meals.  However, no matter how you prefer to house train your dog, you will need to show consistency throughout Whippet training and be sure to offer your dog a great deal of praise for good behaviour.

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