Due to their quiet, affectionate, easy-going and laid-back nature, greyhounds qualify to be excellent pets to keep. They’re the best breed of dogs to keep as a companion since they don’t wander around the house crashing into walls and breaking furniture. The ease with which they adapt to home life, including staying in an apartment is amazing. Away from their racing life, greyhounds happily saunter around the house, curl up in a comfy spot and relax. They’re essentially big dogs with small footprints, giving their new owners the much-needed affection and trust.
Are Greyhounds Big?
With reference to the height at the shoulder, it’s evident that greyhounds are large-sized breeds of dog. Male greyhound’s height varies from 26 to 30 inches tall and may weigh about 65 pounds or more. As for the females, they stand between 23-26 inches tall, with an average weight of about 50 pounds.
Do Rescued Greyhounds Require House-Training?
While still kept for racetrack purposes, greyhounds are usually turned-out in groups, and over time develop the habit of relieving themselves outdoors. Naturally, they are clean dogs and hardly soil their leaving area. After they are rescued, an adoption expert helps them transition into life as cherished companions in the house.
How Greyhounds Relate with Other Pets and Kids in the House
Whereas greyhounds are generally friendly to kids, take caution not to push them beyond their limits. Nevertheless, an expert at the rescue centre should carefully evaluate every greyhound to ensure that only those that express gentleness towards kids are kept in homes with kids. It’s a symbiotic association where both the host family and the greyhound should be happy. Besides the screening to establish their levels of kid-friendliness, a temperament test is conducted when they’re placed around other pets such as cats and other breeds of dogs.
Inducting Greyhounds into Your Family
You’re bound to face some training challenges when you bring a new dog into your home. As you introductive it to its new adoptive life, consider its background as a retired racing dog. It led a very structured life with a more-or-less consistent daily routine with minimal changes. It’s thus crucial that you familiarize them with the new routine in your homestead to enable them to adjust without stress.
It’s important to understand that retired greyhounds have been living in the company of other dogs since they were born. They have been in regular contact with humans, without being left alone. Therefore, their induction should be gradual. Particularly if your home does not have other pets. It’s possible to train a retired racer how to stay alone. During this period, every family member should be patient and should not try to hasten the induction process.
When it’s first brought at home, someone should be around to oversee the adaptation for about three days. Let him/her spend the rest of the day with the racer, taking it around the house and the particular place it will be relieving itself. In subsequent days, start leaving it alone as you leave the house, in incremental intervals, say 15 minutes, and hour, five hours and so on. Repeat this procedure or a couple of days, assuring your pet that you’ll be back. Instinctively, it will understand that someone will always return at home, and it will not have fear for abandonment.
If you’re lucky to have more than one dog in your home that was introduced properly, then the likelihood of anxiety is reduced considerably. One way of reassuring it is by leaving the radio on, as is the norm in most greyhound kennels. Always remember to close all closet doors, ensuring that no food is within reach. Keeps all clothes away, and other items such as shoes and blankets.