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Whippet - Car Travelling & Transport Tips

Published on 17 June 2021 at 11:50


HOW TO TRANSPORT A WHIPPET IN THE CAR?

Whether your Whippet is 6 months, 1 year or 5 years old, you will need to transport it by car one way or another. Indeed, for a visit to the vet, for a trip on vacation or for a walk in the woods, your Whippet will need to be transported by car.

 

So you're probably wondering how to do it? This time we will talk about the lightning-fastWhippet. This article will help you learn about the different modes of transporting a dachshund by car and the equipment that will guarantee your safety and his.

ABOUT THE WHIPPET

The Whippet is a breed that originated in Northern England with the miners who created it in order to be able to compete and bet on it. The nobility did this with greyhounds but they were too expensive to maintain and in the early years only the nobility was allowed to own greyhounds. The whippet is an excellent sporting dog and there are many possibilities to be active with a whippet. Besides showing, a whippet can also be used for courting, track racing, agility, flyball and frisbee.

 

The Whippet is usually a very cheerful and intelligent dog that adapts easily to any circumstance as long as it can be near its owner. They can stand being alone quite well although they prefer to have a buddy in the house being the owner or another dog for company. Most owners of a Whippet have a second one within a considerable time partly because they are very easy to care for and clean in the house. They have a very short coat that is almost hairless and has little or no smell. A Whippet can live very well with children and if they grow up with them, also with cats or other pets.

 

TYPICAL WHIPPET THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Breeder: When you pick up the puppy, ask the breeder (read here about wrong backyard breeders) for a list of feedingstuffs and stick to it, especially the first time. The move of the puppy from the breeder to your home, is already so radical and to prevent intestinal problems it is best to give the first time the same food as the breeder already gave. It is also important that you keep an eye on the vaccination schedule and the administration of anti-worm medication.
  • Care: The fine, smooth coat of this breed requires little maintenance. Wiping with a damp chamois is usually sufficient to remove the very few loose hairs. Also, the teeth should be kept clean and the nails trimmed once a month.
  • Exercise: The training of a Whippet is not too difficult. The dog learns quite easily and likes to work with his owner. If he is trained in a positive way with a treat or a game at the right moment he will quickly understand what is wanted from him. The best results are achieved when his training is alternated with running and playing. However, too hard an approach can cause the Whippet to lose its temper and turn it into a nervous, skittish dog. Condition is that owner and dog fit well together and respect each others idiosyncrasies.
  • Puppy training: classes are highly recommended as well and allow the owner to learn how to curb any undesirable behaviors;
  • Health: The Whippet Club  is concerned with the health of the Whippet. This is part of the association breeding regulations of each breed association. They have information about the genetic health problems in this breed. For the association breeding regulations and more information please contact the breed association.
  • Mandatory health examinations: ECVO eye examination The examination may be up to 24 months old at the time of mating. Allowed: all free.

WHIPPET IN THE CAR

Besides nice walks you can also take him along beside the bicycle. Of course you can also go to the beach (out of season), the woods or the heath, he can even come along for a visit. The Whippet is in for all sorts of activities.
The aging Whippet enjoys, sometimes to a very old age, pleasant trips with the owner and / or family. Do not leave your aging dog at home because of his age but let him grow old healthy and fit. The older Whippet will then remain beautiful and elegant in all his doings. Here's what we suggest when traveling with Whippets in the car:

  • Picking the right bed for your Whippet friend is vital when travelling in the car. Providing your dog with a supportive car bed will help them get a better sleep when travelling;
  • Provide plenty of water to your pet before, during, and after the the road trip;

  • Get your Whippet used to getting into your car regularly from a young age.
    To make sure he doesn't get too stressed, take the time to gradually get him used to the car. You can make several short trips, reward him with a treat so he associates transportation with positive things ...
  • Never leave your Whippet alone in the car, even with the window open, in the shade or even in winter (risk of excessive heat, injuries ...)
  • Above all, make an appointment with your vet before you make any solid travel plans in order to discuss your pet's health and any questions you have about travel safety.

  • Give your Whippet a familiar toy or small thin blanket; A toy with a scent from home will be comforting;
  • Motion car sickness by dogs If you dog gets motion sickness, plan a couple extra rest stops, keep the air conditioner on cool or roll down the window a few inches every once in a while to keep the air fresh. If at all possible, keep your dog forward facing with the dog car seat. Talk to your veterinarian about motion sickness medication you can give before the car ride if this is a serious concern for you.

 

TRAVELLING BY CAR WITH A WHIPPET - SAFETY FOR YOUR WHIPPET

Just one essential rule to follow: Do not leave your Whippet free in the car. Indeed, he may be injured, fall or receive a shock when braking hard. Below you will see the different modes of transportation and their accessories that you will adapt to your Whippet, especially to ensure safety.

 

TRAVELLING BY CAR WITH A WHIPPET - DRIVER SAFETY

It is logical to say that the driver should not be distracted, harassed, embarrassed or upset while driving! In addition, the Highway Code specifies that the driver must be in full control of his vehicle, that his "range of movement and field of vision must not be restricted by the number or position of passengers, by objects ..." It is therefore important to ensure that your Whippet does not disturb you while driving your vehicle. To do this, you have several solutions: put it in a travel bed , tie it to the front, put it in the back, put it in the trunk, with a net or a partition grid. 

 

DOG CAR SEAT FOR YOUR WHIPPET

When using a car seat for your Whippet problems such as anxiety, car sickness and stress will be eliminated. The travel bed will keep your dog close to you and that will keep him calm so that he can sleep in the car. This car seat comes with two safety leashes to keep your dog and the bed in place. The car seat is multifunctional by simply unzipping the front to create a lounger bed for at home. In that way you can easily bring the comforts of home into the car! 

 

CONCLUSION

Prepping for smooth and safe travels may take some work, but you will thank yourself on the bit travel day. Remember our travel tips –  a long walk, a fun new toy, crate train if necessary, and take plenty of breaks.

You’ll be to your destination in no time with out a hitch. Happy trails to you and these Whippet travel tips will get you there with out a hitch. Thanks for reading and if you have any more tips feel free to let us know and we will add the tips. 

EXTRA TIPS OF WHIPPET OWNERS

  • I would suggest that you just add doing short rides in the car and taking your whippet somewhere fun will mean they look forward to the car journey. Winston is funny as sometimes he is bad in the car like panting and clearly stressed and sometimes he is so sleepy. We find if we drive with kyle and me both in the car he’s much happier as his pack is together and although he follows me everywhere he is defo more stressed if it’s just me taking him away. So for this long and short trips alternating are quite important and a walk before the journey and as you said water helps but not a big meal as that makes them feel unwell in the car. Thanks for the tip @winstonourwhippet
  • That I really recommend your bed also because it’s a booster seat !! and they tend to 1 have sensitive stomach’s and 2 be curious/suffer from FOMO so it’s great that they don’t get car sick and can pay attention to everything outside 🙌🏼. Thanks for the tip @lovinglumi
  • Starting them out as a puppy is a must. We used to drive around with her a lot, and soon she feel in love with car rides. Also making sure she is comfortable, they are quit skinny & boney, so important they have a soft bed and blanket Thanks for the tip! @whippet.luna/
  • Whippets love to feel comfortable, snug and secure, adding a blanket is also always great, because they love to be under blankets as they feel really safe and relaxed there. Otherwise I love to always have Bachblüten “rescue remedy” with me, in case they feel nervous, it immediately calms them. Thanks for the tip @rufus.wilder

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