Racing Life Of A Greyhound

When you bring a retired  greyhound  into your life, you need to take a moment to think about their past racing life and how it has moulded their behaviour and personality.  Some of their experiences are beneficial for them in their new life and some are not.  The good news is that most greyhounds adapt easily to pet life and before you know it they will have taken over your sofa and will be a muched loved member of the family.


Things to consider from life in a racing kennel environment:

  • Life is very disciplined with feeding, exercise and toileting routines happening at the same time each day.
  • The majority of greyhounds have spent their entire lives in the company of other large dogs but not usually small fluffy dogs.
  • They are used to being handled regularly for weighing, veterinary examination, massage, worming, nail clipping, etc.
  • Most greyhounds are regularly transported so are used to travelling and being crated.
  • Race dogs are generally taught to walk nicely on lead.
  • They are trained to chase but it is also part of their instinct after centuries of selective breeding.
  • Greyhounds are not taught to sit or lie down as this could mean a slow exit from the starting boxes.
  • As with any elite athlete, a race dog must be kept in peak physical condition to achieve good results.  This means they require the best quality nutrition and care.
  • A young dog that has not made it as a racer won’t have had the same level of handling and training as a older retired race dog.