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Greyhound Adoption California
Greyhound Adoption California is a chapter of Greyhound Pets of America (1-800-366-1472).
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How will my new greyhound behave at first? A greyhound coming into your home will be puppy-like, curious, and affectionate. It may initially display some anxiety due to the new environment. Pacing, excessive drinking, panting are all symptoms. Your new dog may experience separation anxiety at being left alone initially. Your Placement Representative will help you should this occur. Since it is experiencing freedom from the discipline of the racing kennel, it may need to act out some puppy behavior, like chewing. It typically will quickly outgrow this. Your greyhound is anxious to please and can be trained to standard obedience commands with patience and consistency. It is used to a leash, loves to walk and will learn to heel quickly. Everything about a home is brand new to retired greyhounds, but they are fast learners. Your greyhound's foster home has taught him some things about stairs, windows, mirrors, cars, and televisions. But to be on the safe side you may want to put stickers on your sliding glass door so your dog knows it is a barrier. Establishing a routine with your greyhound is very important. The recently adopted greyhound will probably still be used to the routine from the racing kennel that they were at during their racing career. This routine will normally include getting up very early in the morning and frequent turn out period during the day for bathroom breaks. With time this routine can be replaced with your own routine. Are greyhounds affectionate? Because they have been in bustling kennels and a racing environment that requires extensive handling, greyhounds crave human company and affection. They have been handled a great deal during their early years by dog walkers, trainers, veterinarians and others. As a result, they are very good with adults unknown to them. A side effect of this is that they do not make good "protection dogs." At the racetrack, your greyhound had to share a human with a dozen or more other dogs. As a result, adopted greyhounds are eager to please and will soak up all the love you can give them. They are very sensitive dogs, and can sense your mood by your body language and the tone of your voice. You'll find that when they are not curled up for a nap, they like to follow you around the house so they know where you are. Are greyhounds active, noisy dogs? The most common misconception concerning greyhounds is that they are hyperactive. It is actually the opposite. Greyhounds are an inquisitive, gentle, mild, quiet animal by nature. The greyhound is basically a quiet dog and will spend much of its time sleeping in the corner of the room--unless you allow it a spot on the sofa. They are not barkers by nature, but will bark if excited or if they are trying to tell you something. They can exhibit a quiet but surprising independence. Their spirit has not been broken by their training or racing experiences. How should I correct my greyhound? For any correction, a firm NO! is all that you should need. Your tone of voice and a firm NO! will quickly let your greyhound know how to behave. Some methods taught by obedience schools prove too harsh for use with greyhounds and must be modified. In general reward based training methods work best with all dogs and especially well with greyhounds. Greyhounds respond well to training classes. While they won't learn as fast as puppies, the are very capable of learning general obedience training. Many of our greyhounds have earned their Canine Good Citizenship certificates. Are greyhounds sensitive to weather extremes? Yes. The absence of an appreciable fat layer on their bodies makes them sensitive to heat, cold, or rain. If outside for more than a short time in cold weather, they should be protected with a coat (such as the ones offered by Duds4Buds). No dog should be left outside during extreme temperatures.