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    Hi I have an 11 month old male whippet not desexed, and we have just brought home a female whippet 9 weeks old. My boy is gentle with her and they seem to really like ea h other very much. But my problem is he is constantly licking her and trying to clean her and follow her when she is awake, to the point where she can't even explore her new surroundings in peace....any suggestions?

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    Just leave em be is my opinion

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    Photos of both dogs are needed before we can possibly make any suggestions
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    if you want the older dog to leave the younger one alone you need to stop him from following the other one around. And reward him when he does what you want, with food or attention or whatever it is he likes best.

    So I would start by putting him on lead for a short spell if he starts hassling the other dog , reward him for paying attention to you or anything else but the new puppy then release and watch him, if he hassles again - go get him and repeat.

    If he's a bit slow getting the message you may need to crate train him.

    But if there is no harm coming to the puppy - I wouldn't do anything.

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    Thanks for the advice here are our babies 787.JPG

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    how gorgeous is the wee one!?

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    They're both gorgeous.

    Do they have their own beds if they want? That can help reduce tension too. Ie if one doesn't want to share he doesn't have to.

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    Yeah we have beds small mattresses and little blankets out and they sleep where they please, not usually together. We have only had the little girl for two and a half days. So I'm guessing he's doing it coz she is new and exciting. I have just been trying to distract him when he does it with some basic training commands or a game. He has settled a little bit so fingers crossed.

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    Beautiful, your new little girl is precious!

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    Hi I have 7 Whippets and they really love their own kind more than any other breed I've owned.

    I'd hazard a guess and say puppy is new and exciting at the moment and that will wear off shortly and he'll give her more space. There are worse things to be coping with - many established dogs hate it when a new puppy is introduced into the household.

    Whippets normally are very physically close with each other, layering on top of each other when they sleep etc or always touching in some way unless it's really stinking hot.

    I have 3 x 3month old puppies and I often put them into a yard by themselves so they can run and explore without the older dogs on top of them first up in the morning and then bring them all together a bit later. Perhaps you can do something similar with yours maybe take your older dog for a good walk or a car trip or do some training so that puppy can explore and tire herself out.

    The licking etc is also not unusual behaviour Whippets are tactile with each other.

    I sold a dog pup to a home that has a 3yo Whippet bitch and for a while there the owner said she felt like she was competing with her older dog for the puppies attention. Things have since settled. She has upped the training of the older Whippet (getting ready for some rally-o) and takes them out separately rather than as a pair.
    Last edited by MAC; 11-28-2011 at 08:43 AM.

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