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How To Adopt A Retired Greyhound

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Retired greyhounds are growing in popularity as family pets, due to their loving nature, being extremely adaptable and easy to manage. They usually retire at 2 to 3 years old, and as the life-span can be 12-15 years, there’s plenty of life left in them to enjoy. Re-homing organisations, such as the Retired Greyhound Trust or the Dogs Trust, will call to meet you and the family, to discuss the suitability of your home and working arrangements – and to match you up with the right greyhound. There is usually a charge for adopting one of their dogs, which helps towards the cost of neutering, vaccinating, and often micro-chipping.
What you'll need: 
A secure garden
A loving heart
A sense of humour
Collar,lead and muzzle
A fleece-lined waterproof coat
The height of your fencing and security is extremely important as a greyhound can clear six feet if sufficiently motivated. Although as these are ‘sight-hounds’ they will not be tormented by a cat or dog walking passed unseen, if the lower part of the fence restricts their field of vision.
Greyhound like company and some organisations may encourage you to accept a pair (usually kennel mates) if you work away from home during the day. A pair are no more difficult to manage, will keep each other company and are twice the fun. In fact, one greyhound re-homing expert reckons that four greyhounds are easier to manage than one springer spaniel.
Feeding should be small amounts, twice a day depending on body weight. A normal kennel diet is milk and cereal in the morning, and a dried food, soaked with gravy in the late afternoon. Retired dogs will not need the high protein food that is designed for a racer. Give them a big marrow-bone once a week for their teeth, and provide fresh water at all times
Greyhounds are used to sleeping on raised beds in kennels and so your sofa or bed is an acceptable substitute as far as they are concerned. Try to get him/her to accept a double duvet folded over – but don’t expect them to accept it with good grace.
A greyhound needs two 20-minute walks a day but do not let him/her off the lead in an open space. As a breed they suffer from selective deafness and do not respond to yelling, coaxing or cajoling! On the plus side, they are used to walking on the lead, mixing with large crowds and the deafening noise of race night.
Greyhounds are used to being groomed daily, using a dandy brush to fetch out the dead hair. Then use a pair of rubber hound gloves to groom the coat, and massage the muscles at the same time. Most will often stand quietly while you attend to their teeth, ears and nails.
Greyhound lack the usual doggy odour associated with many other breeds.
This breed is highly intelligent and has a great sense of humour – and will expect no less from its new owner.
Greyhounds have thousands of years of chasing small animals in their genes and although some are ‘keener’ than others, some will settle down quite happily with other furry creatures.
Help save the World – one greyhound at a time!
The retired greyhound groups are there to help with any settling down problems – both for you and the dog – and will always be there to answer any questions you may have. Many organisations arrange annual reunions where new owners can show-off their dogs and meet up again with the volunteers from the re-homing centre.
Coming straight from a kennel, the dogs will be unfamiliar with the noise of household appliances – be prepared.
Have the dog micro-chipped immediately if this has not already been done. If he goes missing you can be reunited with the minimum delay.
Read Anne Finch’s Pet Owner’s Guide To The Greyhound for the best no-nonsense advice.
Greyhounds are addictive – one is not enough!


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