Here are a few products we've had success with over the years. Do not fret about buying or using exactly what we use. We've put this together just to be helpful, and we add to it any time folks ask us about certain products or resources.
For Chewing: DEFINITELY purchase a bottle of Bitter Apple or other taste deterrent at the local pet store...this stuff is great and can help save furniture, plants, hoses, and other things the pups may find irresistible to chew on!
We do also use bully sticks and beef tendons - always be sure they are from a reputable source (USA, Canada, etc.).
I am also a huge fan of these: Orka Tire Big Dog Toy My dogs of all sizes love the rubbery texture, but don't seem to be able to destroy them. These are great because you can put treats in them and they'll keep the pup occupied for a long time.
The trick with teething/chewing is that you want to match what the pup is seeking at any moment to chew. If they're chewing your chair legs, give them an antler or other hard chew. If chewing bedding, shoes, pillows, etc. - go for softer chew toys to redirect them to. Of course, always supervise your pup or dog with any toys!
Shampoo we use: http://www.petedge.com/product/Groomers-Edge-Midnight-White-Shampoo-16-oz/43642.uts - Whippets are VERY clean by nature and too much bathing can dry their skin. Too much bathing will dry out their skin!
Conditioner we use: http://www.petedge.com/product/Bio-Groom-Silk-Creme-Rinse/45957.uts
We only use break-away type collars on our whippets, and recommend them for i.d. tags - especially on dogs who live with other dogs, or who are crated at any time (regular collars can get caught up on crates or in the jaws of other dogs when playing and cause strangulation and even death). Here are the ones we use:
We secure them with retail ties for better reliability - ask us how and we'll show you! Please note - you CANNOT walk your dog on these collars (they will break away), that's why we recommend martingale or slip type leashes for walking.
Crates: Some whippets like a secure, 'den' feeling of a plastic kennel. I'd recommend the Vari Kennel brand - an adult whippet does fine in the 36L X 25W X 28H size.
If looking for something to go w/ your decor, check out these: http://www.wayfair.com/Furniture-Style-Crates-C504278. html (the downside is they may not survive a teething puppy, and they ARE expensive.)
I don't recommend the wire collapsible crates (even though we use them)...because there is a small opening in the front that is perfect size for whippets to catch their feet/legs. We've had some very scary moments (thank goodness no permanent injuries) using these crates. If you do use these wire crates, just be sure your bedding is fluffy/thick enough to cover the gap!
Beds: I use double-sided fake lambskin beds. Be SURE to get double- sided. These things are FULLY washable, (they're not filled with polyfill that the dogs can rip out and eat, ick), and they last FOREVER without losing their shape.
Food: We feed a raw, natural, species-appropriate diet. This means we don't feed commercial kibble (dry) dog food, which is loaded with fillers, chemicals, and questionable meat sources - and that is linked to health issues and shorter lifespans in today's dogs.
Some of the benefits of a raw, whole-food, natural diet are:
natural nutrition - food that dogs ate in the wild, before the invention of commercial pet food
smaller poops - MUCH smaller! Much less volume & minimal to no odor...that's right...our dogs' 'poop doesn't stink!'
clean teeth and fresh breath - natural dental health from raw meaty bones
shiny coat & healthy skin
reduced disease and illness
You can easily feed a raw diet yourself (and this is probably the most economical way to go - we actually save money feeding this way over kibble), and we can help you learn how; or you can purchase pre-made raw diets from companies such as:
Litter: We've switched over to Petco's brand of litter "Sophresh" recently from Purina's 'Second Nature' brand...and have been really happy with it.
I ONLY recommend using litter boxes for dogs who will be alone for more than 2 hours at a time and/or have no yard. If you rely too much on litter training once they go home with you, it will actually take longer to potty train. You can, however use the litter in a space in the yard to entice them to go there!