Caring for a Greyhound is much the same as most other dogs...with some exceptions especially when first brought home. They have been trained to race and have not been exposed to "pet" type things. Most don't get their first toy until we get them. They have been walked and handled since birth on a leash to and from their kennels. They have been around lots of other dogs and will have few problems adjusting to living with most other pets. Most have only seen the kennels and the track so it will take time adjusting to the life of a pet at home.
So why the muzzles?
Greyhounds chatter, called nittering, when they get excited and may even nip softly at your fingertips. When around other greyhounds, there is a chance of skin getting torn because they have little or no protective layer of fat so the skin tends to tear easily. Even a small tear can require stitches. Muzzles are a safe and effective way of avoiding any destructive behavior. Most will overcome any separation issues in little time and we can help with ways to speed up the process.
Greyhounds do not require any more exercise than most other dogs. They have been bred to sprint for short distances, not marathons. Most do not jump and will not require any special fencing. Being kennel trained, they quickly adapt to house training, which is usually done before being adopted. They can live in apartments and other smaller homes as long as they are walked at a few times daily,preferably on a schedule.They are a perfect height for counter surfing, but most will stop with a little training/discipline or will loose interest if the counters are kept clear.
Greyhounds tend to be very eager to please and are very sensitive to discipline. A simple "No!" is usually enough. They will take time learning what is acceptable in their new lives as pets. They have not been exposed to much of anything outside of the track so you will need to help them acclimate to such things as stairs, pools, steps, children, cats, small animals and even car rides. You will not be disappointed if you invest this time into these wonderful dogs.
Greyhounds have been bred for racing and hunting, requiring healthy dogs, and rarely suffer from genetic disorders or health problems. They are different to other types of dogs when it comes to veterinary care and medicines. Make sure that you have a veterinarian that is knowledgeable with your new greyhound to prevent the possibility of life threatening treatments. Due to the low body fat greyhounds' livers absorb most medicines directly and they can die from certain medicines and pesticides, including those used in topical treatments for fleas and ticks. The blood chemistry is also different and for a typical dog would show signs of disease. Talk to an experienced vet before treating your greyhound with any treatments or over-the-counter medicines.
We are always here for you if you have any questions or problems with your greyhound, just call, email, or come to any of our events. We also have gatherings for our greyhounds and their families. Check our events page or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for details on these events.