Your dog Fizzy has lived up to the Whippet name. She's affectionate, lively, intelligent, and gentle. However, one thing she definitely isn't is slow. In fact, as soon as you let your Whippet off the leash, she's off like a rocket. Now, this probably stems from their Greyhound ancestry but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with problems. For example, if they see a smaller dog on the horizon, they bolt towards them and chase them. Now it may all be fun and games for Fizzy, but the other dog usually looks terrified.
So training your Whippet to not chase is becoming increasingly important. Perhaps the biggest worry is that if you don’t pursue this training they may end up charging across a road and being involved in a traffic collision. There is also the danger a dog they chase turns around and bites them, causing serious injury and expensive vet bills.
The good news is, training your Whippet to not chase is actually fairly straightforward. The trick is strict recall training. This will mean you can instruct Fizzy to stop before she starts chasing. But to do that you will need to use obedience commands and have a decent stockpile of tasty treats at the ready. There are also practical measures you can take to prevent chasing.
If your Whippet is just a puppy they should be a quick learner. This means you could see results in just a couple of weeks. But if your Whippet is stubborn and older, then you may need a couple of months before the chasing habit ceases. If you persevere with training you’ll no longer need to panic as soon as you see another pet in the distance. You’ll also have a more receptive dog, making it easier to break other bad habits.
Before you get to work, you need to check you have a few things. A long training leash will be needed. You may also want to invest in a body harness. This will reduce strain on the dog's neck while affording you greater control. A tennis ball will also be needed.
One of the most important components, however, will be a generous supply of mouth-watering treats. Alternatively, you can break their favorite food into small pieces. You can train when you’re out on daily walks and in your yard.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a can-do attitude, then work can begin!