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If you are looking for a rescue whippet, you may have to wait awhile. Fortunately there are very few whippets in rescue nationally at any one time. This is partly due to a commitment by whippet breeders to take back dogs of their own breeding when necessary. Most whippet breeders also are willing to help any whippet in distress at any time.

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Housebreaking

A whippet's desire to to be clean makes him one of the easiest breeds to housetrain. Using a crate will make your job much simpler. Puppies can be housetrained with the usual positive methods. Never punish a dog for an accident; you'll just teach him to hide from you when he goes in the house! Just take him outside without comment and praise him when he uses the correct place.

A new home can be stressful at first so even a housetrained adult can make mistakes early on. Some males may 'mark' (lift a leg on) walls, furniture, etc., indoors. This is true of any breed -- it's not a whippet-only characteristic -- and usually happens only if there are other males in the household. Neutering helps most of these guys, and you might want to add a "belly band" to his wardrobe if it becomes a problem.



Last Updated on Saturday, 31 May 2008 19:32