Discover why whippet training will make life with your pet easier and more enjoyable.
The biggest favor you can do to yourself and your dog is to start a basic training program.
It doesn’t have to be anything too demanding, it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money and it can be done at home.
All it requires is your commitment.
Too many dogs, left neglected, become a nuisance or a danger and have to be destroyed every year.
Avoid this terrible fate for your pet, engage in an activity that can be fun and rewarding for you and your dog and you’ll be able to enjoy his pleasant companionship for years to come.
If men come from Mars, women from Venus, dogs come from altogether another planet. They speak a different language from humans but are so receptive that they quickly learn our body language and many words.
It is our duty to make clear what we ask from them to make our living together possible and enjoyable.
Dog training is a bridge of understanding between two species, sometimes it miraculously happens but sometimes it has to be consciously established. The rewards are so great that it is worth a little effort from our part.
Sighthounds are not the most obedient class of dogs. They are occasionally accused of being stupid and spiteful but this is simply not true: they were bred over the centuries to hunt independently and they retain an attitude of free thinkers.
Like any other dog they can be trained but they require positive dog training techniques and your patience.
The good news is that whippets are the most obedient and willing to please of the sighthound family.
It won’t be difficult to establish the basic rules and it will be fun to teach your whippet and learn from him.
Whippets are clever and whimsical and sometimes they will outsmart you in unexpected ways, this is part of the charm of living with such a beautiful and intelligent dog.
Whippet training can be a therapy for the trainer, it will teach you patience, self control and observation skills, be ready for surprises and have fun!
Don’t train when you are tired or upset
Dogs are very receptive to our moods. If your mind isn’t on the job, your pet’s mind will be somewhere else too.
Train your dog before meals
When praise and toys are not compelling enough, food will be a powerful tool. Food rewards given at the right moment will help you get your whippet attention.
Train your dog after exercise
If your dog has been home for many hours, he might be too hyper to listen to you. Give him a good walk and some off leash exercise and he will be more relaxed and open to learning.
Reward the success, ignore the failure
Keep a positive attitude. Stress success with treats and praise, ignore failure. You want your whippet to learn to succeed, not to be afraid of failure.
Keep it short and sweet
Five, ten minutes at most are your dog attention span. Many short session during the day will be more effective than a long one.
Always end on an happy note
Don’t end the session on a mistake. If necessary go back one step, ask for an easy exercise and give your pet the chance to end on a successful note.
If you get bored your dog will too! Try to end the session when your pet is still hungry for more. This way you’ll keep up his attention for the next lesson.
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