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Adopting our first greyhound advice please

Discussion in 'Dog Rescue and Adoption' started by CameronRaphael94, Sep 30, 2018.

  1. CameronRaphael94

    CameronRaphael94 PetForums Newbie

    Sep 30, 2018
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    hi all we are adopting our first first dog a greyhound who had low prey drive so wouldn’t chase the rabbit he’s 2 yrs old very gentle and very eager to please
    What I would like to know is what are some good tips or advice on living and supporting our addition to our family my husband and I have owned dogs in the past but are there any specific greyhound dos and fonts or reccomendations that you might have like sort of lead and collar or bed food etc etc thanks in advance
  2. XemzX

    XemzX PetForums VIP

    Dec 23, 2013
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    Congrats on soon to be getting your greyhound :) they are truly an amazing breed. I have been the proud owner of ex racer Jonesy for three years now and he has been an amazing,loving and loyal companion.
    They are generally a very easy going, laid back breed. Our boy spends much of his time relaxing (they love their home comforts) though does enjoy his walks. We spent a lot of time recall training him before allowing him off lead - recall can be an issue with some greyhounds, though we were lucky in that Jonesy is massively food motivated and as long as we always carry tasty rewards, his recall is now brilliant.
    When he first arrived he may be a bit stressed in the home environment as many greyhounds have never set foot in a house before. He may pace and pant. Jonesy was quite restless for the first few hours we brought him home. We gave him space and by the first evening he was relaxing on the rug happily.
    We walk Jonesy on a harness, though some prefer to use a sighthound collar. If you do choose to use a collar, make sure you position at the top of the neck, behind the ears. Greyhounds have such narrow necks and can easily back out of the collar if not done properly. I am sure the rescue will show this though as they did with us :)
    In terms of food, I guess its personal preference and what your dog takes to. My dogs are both raw fed and it suits them and us, though every dog is different. I have heard greyhounds can have sensitive tummies, though I have not experienced this with Jonesy.
    Good luck with everything and as I say in my signature below V greyhounds make greyt pets :D;)
  3. sighthounds

    sighthounds PetForums Member

    Sep 4, 2018
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    Congratulations! Our Maggy was similar to yours when we got her - 2 years old, low prey drive.
    It took her a long time to fully come out of her shell. In fact, she was slowly coming out of her shell for her entire life. It took her at least two years to understand that this new home was hers, and that she was here to stay. She was never affectionate like other dogs might be: cuddling, licking etc, but she showed her love by just wanting to be with us.

    They thrive off routine, and will do best in a calm, quiet household.
    Remember that they were never socialised properly in racing kennels, so he may not fully understand other dogs/body language. Our Maggy loved to run huge laps around the fields, 'showing off' to the other dogs and trying to get them to race, too. But on the whole she was a little unsure around dogs, and we learned that she was perfectly happy to keep to herself.
    She wore a martingale at all times, and then a leather walking collar above it when we went out for walks. They should always have a collar on, because if they slip away without one, there's nothing else to catch hold of (tassels are a good idea).
    Make sure to have a good winter coat for him that's waterproof and fleece-lined. Some dogs are more sensitive to the cold than others, so he might like to have a more lightweight fabric sweater in the Spring, too.

    Feel free to message me if you have any questions or want my advice on anything :)
  4. polishrose

    polishrose PetForums VIP

    Oct 26, 2011
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    I got Milly when she was 3 years old. She's now 13. Beds have proven useless. She likes the sofa or my bed. She refuses to use a dog bed.She steals food-human food, cat food, hamster food... and can unscrew the lid of a peanut butter jar. She refuses to run with dogs that aren't greyhounds/greyhound types. She's never learnt how to play with a ball, but she likes demolishing cuddly toys.
    Definitely needs a coat in the winter, preferably a waterproof one. She hates the rain.
    Her recall luckily is very good, except if she sees a cat (but that's not likely in the parks we go to). Funny thing is she lives with 4 cats and never ever tries to chase them, but any cat outside is fair game. She likes to think she's a lap dog despite being a huge beast lol. An hour's walk is plenty for her-she doesn't like longer walks at all.
    I use a martingale collar on her- a wide fleece lined one that I bought from someone here but can't remember who it was. It's lasted years! The top material came off leaving only the underneath black fabric and fleece but it's still fine-the stitches haven't unstitched at all.
    She's a baby when it comes to flea treatments or nail clipping...you'd think we were murdering her.
    She's getting a little snappy with the cats as she gets older....Mimi adores her and likes to sit on her which was fine when she was a tiny kitten but she's a bit of a heavy lump now, so Milly tells her off and Mimi jumps off and lies down next to her purring away. It's really cute :)

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