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Considering a Whippet?

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Most whippets are very good with kids, but no dog of any breed should be left alone with young children. Think of your dog as a pair of scissors ... you wouldn't leave your toddler alone with them, but under supervision, she'll learn to use them correctly. Under supervision, both your child and your dog will learn to play together safely and happily. Please see Toddlers & Dogs for some very useful information!

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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 Tuesday, 05 October 2010 03:32