Surviving the first month with my Whippet

Narnia our ADHD Whippet puppy has been a part of our family for almost a month.

Being the bookworm/research nut that I am, I made sure I was prepared for Narnia's arrival by scouring as much material on puppies as I could.

What the 'Your First Puppy' books didn't tell me...

Whippet puppies are unbelievably energetic. They seem to have two speeds: Go-Fast-and-Furious, and Sleep. They will chew anything that does not chew them back, and they love to dig. Many young Whippets are "high energy" dogs for the first two or three years. Around that age, their 'on' switch seems to get turned 'off' and they become more mellow (though still up for occasional bursts of zeal). American Whippet Club

If you aren't a bundle of energy, beware the puppies. Whippet puppies are hell on wheels. Whippets can take two to four years to mature, and one that isn't crated can tear apart your home. It's not that they are hyperactive, they are just in a constant state of, "Now what can I do?" dogworld.com

"Mine is now 13months old and has finally got out of the "Let's destroy everything I touch" stage." Whippet forum comment

Sittercity posted a survey invloving 3000 dog owners... The Whippet was crowned as the fourth most destructive dog breed (behind Mastiffs, Chihuahuas, and Great Danes)...

"These sweet-looking pups apparently cause around $900 worth of damage in their lifetimes."

So, in conclusion... Nothing (note the capital N) can prepare a virgin dog owner for a Whippet puppy. Note that the first quote said that Whippets eventually calm down after two or three years...

How encouraging. Pray for me.

7 comments:

PaisleyJade said...

Well, what can I say...

Rhys said...

Good luck buddy.....

Whippet Snippets said...

Hang in there. I have two whippets and while they do seem to drive you CRAZY, a good one (or two) daily will help enormously. And might I dare suggest that two are better than one? You probably don't believe that right now, but my two run around and keep each other company perfectly. Good luck!!

Whippet Snippets said...

Ooops. I meant to say "a good one (or two) RUNS daily will help" !

Ellymay said...

Are you counting down, how long before Narnia slows down????

Rachel Kate said...

should have got a real dog :)

conure-herder said...

I grew up with Whippets and I currently have a Whippet/Italian Greyhound cross as a service dog. Yeah. I love them skinny motion machines XD!

Aaerro's only a year and a half. Help. I'm going insane >.<

As for the comment 'Why don't Whippet owners get a real dog like a pit or rotti?' **facepalm** While I've never actually come across this attitude except with humor and in passing, I do have to say - I don't have to compensate for a too small penis. Secondly - I plan on sporting with my dog. I want a dog that's fast and capable of WINNING doing agility.

Two whippets are better than one. Just... not when they're puppies.