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Considering a Whippet?

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A whippet needs company. He wants to be with his people all the time, but if that's not possible, another dog will do. A whippet left alone all day is liable to be very unhappy and may make his misery known by howling, barking, or trying to escape from the house or his crate. Consider adding another whippet to the household if yours seems lonely.

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Training

Whippets are sighthounds, bred to chase without commands from the handler. While generally not stubborn, they're independent and not the easiest breed to train. Don't let that discourage you: They are very intelligent and all can learn house manners easily, like sit, down, and stay. Some do well with more advanced obedience, including obedience competition. Most enjoy lure coursing (chasing a plastic bag pulled by a string) and racing and are also good in agility and flyball comptition. But if you are looking for a dog to make your name in the competitive obedience world, get a Border collie!



Last Updated on Saturday, 31 May 2008 19:32