GreyhoundAngels has started a new Q&A on our social Facebook group, but sometimes it’s hard to find old posts, and there are some folks who still aren’t really in to Facebook.
We will be posting each answer here on the blog under the category “greyhound tips” to make them easier to find.
The first two tips are from Carolyn Gale who has a retired racer called Clancy and has been involved with rescuing Weimaraners for many years.
No dog wants to do the same walk day in day out, nor do we! One way to enrich your dog’s life is to do a range of different walks. These might depend on the amount of time you have, the weather, and so on. Alternate the route you take TO and FROM the park, mix up the walk locations, and the time of day that you walk.
Think too, about your ‘tools’. Harnesses are good as they minimise strain on necks. Face it – the neck and shoulders of our greys are some of their strongest body parts – we shouldn’t be pulling and yanking on this as they will win, and do themselves damage in the process. Include a ‘sniffing’ walk into your repertoire of walks. These walks are nice and slow and are dictated by the dog; when and where they want to sniff. Sometimes walk alone, other times organise to walk with other dogs! The most important part of this message is ‘mix it up’ and keep them on their toes with variety!
It is worth remembering that the greyhound is a breed that should be kept lean. This is a racing breed who should have a lean and fine silhouette. It can be difficult, in the face of modern trends of dog and pet obesity, to remember that our breed is a breed whose skeleton was not designed to carry excess weight, and this is even more important if your dog is an ex racer who may have had broken bones.
Keep your hound lean and you will maintain their health, longevity and well being. Every dog is different so it’s not constructive to go by an ideal weight ‘number’. Instead go by look and feel. To see the last few ribs and the shadow of the hip wings IS healthy. Use their adoption weight as a guide, or their race weight if you have their race records. With sterilisation and the significant loss of muscle as long as your dog is hovering around their adoption weight you are on the right track. Be careful of being bribed by those big brown eyes as well – many greys are very very food obsessed but it’s not healthy for them to over eat or be overweight as so we, as their guardians and carers need to help monitor this for them.