Andy is a very sweet boy, he gets excited to go out and meet dogs. He is an ex racing Greyhound so will need owners who are ready to show him the world outside of racing and let him settle into his home environment. He has socialised whilst being in our care with both other Greyhounds and other breeds. He gets excited to say hello to them and will happily go over and greet them.
Due to his previous training Andy does have a very high prey drive and can be very strong on the lead, he would not be able to live with any cats or small animals but his owners would also need to be aware of his prey drive may extend to small dogs. He is sociable with larger dogs however dogs with high prey drive can sometimes mistake a small running dog in the park for the lure they have been trained to chase, he is trained to wear a muzzle on walks and we strongly advise that this is continued in his new home. He would love a secure garden where he can run about and play safely. However generally, greyhounds are a very lazy breed, being nicknamed the 40mph couch potato!
Although he has never lived in a home, they generally adapt well and love nothing better than a comfy place to stretch out and snooze the day away, greyhounds do well with 2 or 3 shorter walks a day, greyhounds are built for speed, not stamina, and use up their energy in short bursts, this leaves lots of time for napping, cuddling and playing.
Generally, Greyhounds are quizzical, sometimes shy, very sensitive, and surprisingly gentle. They possess superior intelligence and can exhibit a quiet but surprising independence. These are not animals whose spirit has been broken by their training or racing experience.
Because of their early training, retired Greyhounds have never been without the company of other Greyhounds and have never had the opportunity to really be a puppy. They may need to act out some puppy behaviour, like chewing, which they typically quickly outgrow. They are eager to please and can be trained with patience, consistency and positive reinforcement. They are used to walking on the lead and will learn to heel quickly. Most Greyhounds do not know how to sit, climb stairs, or play games only because they have not yet learned. With time they can learn all of these things. Likewise, they have not been exposed to general household items, hoovers, tv’s and suchlike, they generally adapt quickly but will need time to adjust to these new experiences.
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