Greyhounds As Pets
If you are considering welcoming a new dog into your home then please consider a Greyhound.Check out a reputable rescue, as these dogs have individual characters and requirements. A good rescue will find a dog that suits you and your family and take into consideration any other pets in the household. Recent research has shown that Greyhounds are Type A personality, meaning they are sensitive natured dogs. They are usually brilliant with children but adult supervision around any dog and child is always strictly advised.
Two or three 20 minute walks per day are usually sufficient. Dogs that are elderly or that are not in perfect health may need less exercise. Fleeces are a good way to keep your dog comfy and warm; in wet weather a fleece lined waterproof coat is a good idea as Greyhounds don't have a lot of fur or padding on their bodies! Greyhounds normally walk really well on a lead. Always use a collar suited to a Greyhound, they have long necks and very little protection. Never use an extending lead, your Greyhound may run up to speeds of around 40miles per hr, you may well sustain injuries and so could your dog. Any dog that in a new home should be settled in for a minimum of around 6 weeks before taking off the leash. Using a muzzle until you know your dogs temperament is wise, only use basket type muzzles (non wire) as this will allow your dog to breathe properly allowing your dog to be able to pant and as well as drink fluids which is vital! Greyhounds can overheat really quickly. Never let your dog off a lead near a road, try to find enclosed areas to keep your dog safe. If your dog does not respond to a recall then do not let him/her off the lead in open areas. Get to know your dog and make sure it will respond to a recall before letting him/her loose in an open field, also watch out for uneven ground, pot holes, tree stumps also wire fencing as your dog may injure itself. Beware as greyhounds running at great speed can knock into smaller dogs causing injuries.
Greyhounds don't need any more food than an average size dog; Always check the feeding guide on your dog food. Holistic diets are usually the best as they do not contain meat derivatives and have all natural ingredients.
Food ingredients to avoid; Meat derivatives (are the waste produce of any meat, beaks etc)
High protein (will give your dog too much stamina)
Large amounts of Ash (Ash is a bulking agent used in cheap commercial food)
Your new dog may be tempted by food that is within reach, keep all food out of reach.
Greyhounds can suffer gastric torsion, (Bloat) This is a serious condition and would require immediate veterinary attention.
ALWAYS USE A RAISED BOWL AT FEEDING TIMES AND NEVER FEED YOUR DOG WITHIN ONE HOUR BEFORE OR AFTER EXERCISE.
Your new greyhound has most probably never lived in a home environment and therefore will not be house trained, the advantage is that they tend to learn quickly. If you find your dog has an accident clean it up with no fuss or eye contact, telling your dog off will prolong the house training as your dog may become anxious without you even realising and an anxious dog will be likely to have more accidents. (Do not use products containing ammonia when cleaning floors)
Your garden should be well enclosed, with at least 6ft high fences.
Even a garden cane can prove hazardous to a greyhound, keep your garden free from any dangers. Remember that you
have a dog that can run up to high speeds even in a small enclosed area. Some plants are poisonous to dogs, so please ensure any shrubs or plants are non poisonous.
Greyhounds and Anaesthetic
Use a veterinary surgeon that is knowledgeable in Greyhounds. Greyhounds can have problems after anaesthetic and you must check your veterinary surgeon is aware. Never refrain from seeking veterinary treatment, an experienced vet will know how to deal with any problems.
Sighthounds love to stretch out on a comfy couch, if you don't want your hound on your furniture then make it known from the beginning and before your dog settles in. A large padded warm dog bed should be the alternative. Greyhounds don't have a lot of fur or padding on their bodies, therefore they are not outdoor dogs!
You can't change the world but you can change the world for a rescue greyhound.