What can I do to assist my greyhound’s transition from racing dog to family pet?
There are a number of things you can do to transition your greyhound into a pet lifestyle.
Get your greyhound used to spending time loose in the back yard – pet homes do not generally have kennels and runs.
- Get your greyhound walking comfortably on a lead by your side.
- Introduce your greyhound to strangers and children under supervision.
- Take your greyhound out on street walks to the park, past the local school or shopping centre and beside busy roads.
- Bring your greyhound into the house for short periods at a time.
- Introduce your greyhound to stairs and slippery floor surfaces like tiles, linoleum or polished floorboards.
- Introduce your greyhound to other animals under controlled circumstances – cats, other dog breeds, horses, caged birds, poultry and other small animals.
- In a careful manner handle your greyhound while it is eating to get it used to distractions at meal time.
- Groom your greyhound – brush regularly.
- Some dogs can initially be stressed at the changes they’re experiencing and may lose weight. Ideally your greyhound should be 2kg above their last racing weight on entry to GAP Tasmania. Work to add approximately 2kg to your greyhound