Whippet Dogs and Exercise
How much exercise do whippet dogs need? Information on whippets and their exercise needs.
Whippet dogs are sprinters, not endurance runners and exercising these little hounds requires less time than what you might expect.
Most whippets will be happy with a daily walk of about an hour, which incidentally is more or less the same quantity of exercise you need to keep reasonably fit.
The daily amount of exercise can be divided in a couple of walking sessions, generally a morning and an evening one.
Given the typical partiality of our little hounds for an “all out” running style, probably at the beginning your dog will run at breakneck speed in circles around you or play catch with other dogs. Then, after letting some steam out, he will come back and trot along for the rest of the stroll.
If you have a big yard you might be tempted to think that just letting your dog out will provide enough exercise.
The canine mind doesn’t work this way. You will have to be the leader in these daily expeditions.
Exercise time is a great opportunity to build a bond with your dog.
Walking, playing and training your dog during a stroll will build a strong relationship and will provide to both of you a pleasurable way to release stress and keep in shape.
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Besides, looking at a hound running is a great aesthetic pleasure, our daily allowance of beauty and strength.
A good daily walk can also prevent many behavioral problems like separation anxiety and destructiveness.
A word of caution must be spent for the dangers of cars.
Dogs don’t have any traffic sense. Most hounds will run after a squirrel or a cat if they have a chance and after a good chase they will happily come back to you. Please, make sure there are no cars in your dog’s way.
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