ADOPTING A GREYHOUND
Greyhounds make wonderful pets. They are elegant, gentle, generally quiet, easy to have around and affectionate in a quiet way.
They lean on you a lot! Most people who get to know greyhounds are smitten for life!
Our rescue greyhounds come from the racing industry. Some have never raced as it is obvious early that they do not have what it takes.
Others have been successful racers and some have also been used for breeding. When they come into care they are de-sexed .. vaccinated and microchipped and placed with a foster carer.
Here they learn about the comforts of home and what being part of a family is all about. The foster carers also assess their personalities and behaviour patterns and give basic training as needed. We then seek the right forever home for each dog.
In the racing industry most do not experience being treated as pets but they quickly adapt and just love the pampered life.
Some do not know how to play or respond to people at first but once given affection and a bit of time they learn rapidly. Like all dogs each has his/her own personality and cute ways.
They get on well with most dogs. Many can be taught to live successfully with fluffy dogs .. cats or other small animals.
Some need to be placed in homes without such pets, but so do lots of dogs of other breeds. Obviously we choose the greyhound that will be suitable for the situation it will be living in.
As with bringing any new animal home .. careful controlled introductions over a period of time is the way to prevent accidents.
Totally inside cats are little problem with many dogs as the situation can be controlled. Cats can be put in a carry cage and the dog kept on a lead and allowed to sniff the cage.
Talk firmly and gently to the dog. These introductions should be brief at first so the cat does not get stressed.
When I bring a new greyhound home I always tether it to the leg of a heavy lounge chair so it can watch my cats walking around but not get at them.
I also keep a plastic muzzle on the dog at first for these introductions. Being willing to take your time to allow the animals to become familiar with the presence of their new housemates is the key.
The last new greyhound I took on to keep was over three years ago now. At first she was VERY interested in the cats and birds at my house .. but it only took just over two weeks of careful control for her to realize that they are family and there has never been the slightest problem.
Outside cats are a bit more difficult as a quick sprint across the open space of a back yard can stimulate the greyhounds chase instinct. Once again .. gradual introductions and control of the situation are vital.
Contrary to popular belief they do not need a lot of exercise. Greyhounds are built for short bursts of energy and lots of resting between.
They need a walk but 20-30 minutes is enough for most. They can heat stress easily so avoid taking them out in the heat of the day. They are not a dog to take jogging for kilometers!
They love going places .. rides in the car .. being with you and visiting interesting places.
They are usually very gentle with children but I never place timid dogs with young children.
They need to be allowed in the house and to be a part of the family. They are unhappy kept as outside only dogs.
Like any dog they need to be taught the rules of their new home. A firm NO and removing them from whatever you do not want them to do will teach them what is expected.
Also show them what you do want them to do and reward them when they are learning new skills. Be consistent.
Never let your greyhound off the lead outside your property. They get the breeze in their noses and you will not catch them!
Also they have absolutely no road sense. We do not recommend off-leash dog parks as injuries can occur-dogs have broken their legs running into trees or received wounds from other dogs.
Greyhounds have very fine skin that can tear easily .. if you do want to take your greyhound to a dog park you MUST have a muzzle on .. even if the dog is friendly with everything.
Current laws can mean a dog can be declared a problem just for threatening another dog .. chasing .. barking at it etc. If an owner chooses to report an even innocuous incident your dog could be in trouble. DO NOT TAKE THE RISK!
Grey hounds are quiet easy to have around .. loyal companions .. fun company and beautiful. Who could resist those liquid eyes gazing up at you? ENJOY.