Caring - Exercise
Greyhounds are sprinting
dogs, so do not need to walk for miles every day. It is no hardship to
him to be exercised on a lead, it is what a racing dog has been used to.
But he does need to 'let off steam' and have a sprint. Depending on your
dog's history, he may never be safe to run free, whereas others may be
safe to be let off the lead after a few weeks. .
When you do, be sure
that it is in an area that he is familiar with and be certain that there
is nothing in view that he may be interested to go and investigate. The
speed at which he will run will truely alarm you initially and as he runs
away from you, you will have the feeling that you may never see him again!
Unless something is in the distance for him to chase, you will find that
he will circuit and return to you - usually looking very pleased with
himself and seeking your approval. You will be so relieved that he has
turned round - that you will give it wholeheartedly!!!
Until you are sure
that he is safe with other small animals, it is only sensible to use a
muzzle - your adopting group will advise on the purchase or loan of a
Never forget that
farmers have the right to shoot any dog found in a field with stock -
they do not have to be chasing.
All dogs thrive on
a routine, and after he has had his exercise, you will be amazed at the
amount of time that your greyhound spends sleeping. He may, occasionally,
sleep with his eyes open, so try not to startle him and ensure that children
know not to disturb him. It is yet another of the joys of having this
type of dog to know that he is so easily satisfied.