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Under standing what a greyhound is like
 
 
When you first bring a Greyhound home from any Rescue Centre please remember that he/she will probably never have been in a house before.
Missing out on puppy hood, these dogs are sent to work in their infancy, all they have ever had is their bed and their food, maybe a few wins here and there if they are lucky.
Give them time to realise that they are allowed to relax and enjoy life as they never have had before.
Most dogs are traumatised in some way from racing, try and stay on the dog’s side and they will repay you with love in return.
Assume the dog will need careful introduction to all aspects of home life and you can’t go wrong.
Taking household appliances, children, other domestic animals and house training in their stride, they will settle quickly and then you can start watching their character develop and guiding the dog into their new life will be one of the most rewarding thing that you will ever see.

 
Below is a list of questions we have addressed separately
 
  1. When do greyhounds retire from racing
  2. The needs of a greyhound
  3. walks and socialising
  4. Cats and small furry animals
  5. Toilet training and accidents
  6. Greyhounds and children
 
 
When do greyhounds retire from racing?
 
A Greyhound usually finishes his racing career between16-18 months and 5 years of age. They may are retired due to injury, lack of speed, because they aren’t keen enough, or they just get too old to race. Greyhounds are a long lived breed, many living to between 11 and 16 years of age.
 
The needs of a greyhound
 

The basic needs of a Greyhound are exactly the same as any adopted dog coming into a home as a pet.
1. Food and Water
2. A comfy bed (any old duvet)
3. Treats will always go down well
4. Not too much exercise, a couple of walks a day
5. Lots of love and understanding.

 
A new owner for the first few days needs to set aside quality time to be with their dog. You have to be firm but kind and the new dog needs to know from day one that you are the boss.
No dog likes to be left alone for long periods of time and greyhounds are no different. Although they are classed as being very lazy dogs and will sleep most of the day, they also need human companionship.
 
Walks and socialising
 
Greyhounds don’t need a lot of walking, around 2×10-20 minute walks a day, longer if you wish. If it rains, you will be very lucky if you can get your Greyhound through the door as they dislike rain and any type of cold weather. Also in the Summer months please be careful as your Greyhound may get heat stroke.
When socialising with other dogs, break them in gently. Most Greyhounds would have lived in kennels most of their lives and have never seen another breed of dog. Greyhounds as a general rule are well mannered on the lead which makes them ideal exercise partners for any age group.As Greyhounds are sight animals, they might chase anything that they think is prey, this is what they have been trained to do. Keep them on a lead until you know they are trained enough to return back to you when called.
You have also got to be firm with them if they do something wrong. If they know that they can get away with being naughty and doing naughty things, they will do it again and again.
If necessary when walking, take a a muzzle with you as this will act as a deterrent and if other owners see a muzzle they will know to keep their dog away.
If you get a Greyhound from the Greyhound Rescue North East, your dog will already be micro-chipped but you should also get an identity disc for their collar. If your dog does get lost, this will help the authorities find their home quick and easily.
*If your dog is lost, you must inform the Greyhound Rescue straight away.

 
Cats and small furry animals

Greyhounds are no more likely to chase cats than most other dogs but they are more likely to catch them. If you own a cat and are looking to adopt a Greyhound, you must tell the rescue as soon as possible. Any good rescue will offer cat advice. Some dogs will never live with cats but some can be trained and some even like our small furry 4 legged friends.
Take the advice of the owner of the kennels. A good kennel will turn you down for adoption if they think you want the wrong dog.

 
A cat friendly Greyhound is usually one that has never raced or has done little racing in it’s short life. The right Greyhound would need to be selected if the household already contained cats, birds, rabbits etc…
 
Take the advice of the owner of the kennels. A good kennel will turn you down for adoption if they think you want the wrong dog.
 
Toilet training and accidents

No-one can guarantee that any dog that comes from any kennel is house trained. With most Racing Greyhounds they are trained to empty themselves once they have eaten. One good point to remember is to let them out in the garden or take them for their walk after each meal or if they are making noises towards the door.
If they have any accidents in between these times they need to know that this is wrong. Try not to shout at them but show them you are not happy. Most Greyhounds are eager to please and you being cross with them will upset them enough for them to get the message.
Don’t forget to pick up your dog mess while walking anywhere in public.

 
Greyhounds and children

It is essential to bear in mind that your attention will be required a lot of time when your Greyhound and your children are together for the first few weeks or until the Greyhound has settled in. Greyhounds tend to be very good with children. They are gentle and patient and go out of their way to avoid conflict. But all dogs have their limits. Try and educate your children telling them when it is time to leave the dog alone so it can rest and maybe sleep.
Also get your children to help looking after the dog, feeding and grooming are a good start at first. This is an excellent opportunity to have fun with your children and your dog.

 
What can be expected from a greyhound when its first adopted

When the Greyhound first arrives he may be stressed at being in a new situation, and may pant and find it hard to settle. If he has come straight from kennels, the chances are he hasn’t been in a house before and everything is new and unexpected, the vacuum cleaner, TV, stairs etc would be new to him.
Greyhounds prove themselves to be very adaptable and accepting and soon settle into the household routine. As time goes on, the true personality of the Greyhound will come out as they relax and settle.
Greyhounds are gentle, loyal, loving and forgiving and recognise what you have done for them in giving them a home, and they will always be grateful for the chance given to them.