Whippets are one of the most elegant-looking dog breeds that you will ever lay your eyes on. This dog breed is medium-sized and resembles a Greyhound. In fact, the Whippet is nicknamed as the “poor man’s Greyhound” and has been around since the 18th century. This working class dog was developed for multiple purposes, primarily involving farm work. Due to their background and history, Whippets have developed athleticism and agility. This is why the breed is currently a favorite for competitive canine sports. Aside from their physical capabilities, however, the Whippet is popular among dog owners because of their friendliness and gentleness towards others. For owners of this exquisite dog breed, below are some brilliant activity ideas that you may try with your Whippet.
If there is one activity that the Whippet is well known for, it’s got to be in lure coursing, a famous canine competitive sport. Unfortunately, not all dog owners are familiar with lure coursing, or any dog sporting event for that matter; it is usually the enthusiasts who know about them. Simply put, lure coursing is a sport wherein a dog chases after a lure or a bait that is attached to a mechanical pulley. This sport is normally played on a “course” and may or may not involve obstacles. Because of their agility, speed and athleticism, Whippets often participate and usually excel in lure coursing. While it is largely competitive, Whippet owners can create their own “course” in order to exercise or wear out their dogs.
Whippets are good-natured, calm and comforting, which is why a lot of dog lovers have a soft spot for the breed. More than likeability, these qualities also make Whippets a great choice for therapy dog training. When you let your Whippet undergo this training, you reinforce their kind, loving nature and help make a difference in the lives of others as well. Whippets are unsung heroes in the communities of the disabled, terminally ill and the elderly. In fact, due to the Whippet’s popularity as a therapy dog, there is a privately-sponsored award, known as the Willow Award, which was established to honor some of the top Whippet therapy dogs each year.
Whippets are an active dog breed that needs stimulation. They also have a knack for running around and simply having fun. If you want a fun day out with your pooch, why not pay a visit to the beach? Going to the beach also gives you a chance to teach your Whippet how to swim. Unlike other dog breeds, particularly the water-retrieving types, the Whippet isn't as buoyant. This is because of their slender physique and oily coat, which does not allow them to stay long in cold water. When you are done swimming, you can go do other activities by the shore.
Agility training is a fun activity for your Whippet, especially if you want them to develop new tricks and skills. You can do a search online and look for ways to create your own agility course, which your dog can use as a training ground.
Since Whippets are impressive sprinters, they are a particularly good choice for the sport of flyball. This is a relay sport where dogs jump across hurdles and onto a contraption that shoots out balls. Their speed and intelligence are advantageous to the game.
Whippets are an athletic and agile breed which needs to engage in various highly energetic activities. Owning a Whippet may require a lot of patience and physical movement, but the rewards are well worth it. If you are a Whippet owner, you can keep your dog entertained by trying any of the above activity ideas.