Should You Adopt a Greyhound?

136734-greyhoundsThink about adopting a Greyhound if you’d like a dog that:

  • ls intuitive and sensitive: a rare mix of stoic strength and fragility.
  • Is “to the manner born.” These dogs have a history of pampering. Get ready with the soft beds and stuffed toys.
  • Will follow you from room to room and preferably to work. These dogs bond quickly. Take the dog and soft bedding to work if you run your own business or work in a small place with controlled traffic that might not mind a quiet serene couch potato.
  • Won’t bark. Unless it learns to from your other dogs.

If this interests you. Be ready to:

  • Abandon chemicals. With its low body fat, the Greyhound’s detoxifying organs are not its strength. You risk your pet’s death if you use commercial flea collars or pesticides on your lawn or garden.
  • Abandon every preconceived notion you may have about dog training, particularly the harsher methods. These dogs will not respond to anyone without plenty of loving and stroking. Then a firm “No!” suffices. Never shout or hit.
  • Leash your dog at all times. Look for fenced football fields for your dog to run in, and be ready to go for frequent brisk walks. Best of all, get your yard fenced.
  • Get carpeting, especially on stairs. These dogs have a hard time with smooth. hard surfaces.
  • Pamper this beast with soft bedding: soft toys: radio music when you’re gone and other canine company. After all, they have never been alone.
  • Housebreak with patience. You’ll need the time to do this – right. The dogs have been “kennel trained” and just need to be shown that the whole house is now their “box.” It helps to use a crate at first and slowly wean the dog from it.

Important Guidelines You Agree to Follow If You Adopt a Greyhound – Please Consider Your Adoption Carefully, You are Making a Long-term Commitment

  1. An identification tag must be kept on your greyhound at all times, stating your home address and phone number.
  2. When outdoors, your greyhound will be leashed unless in a completely fenced area.
  3. Your greyhound is to be housed indoors.
  4. Your greyhound must never be tied to anything.
  5. You understand that your greyhound has not been raised in a home environment and will need time and patience to adjust, and you will never discipline your greyhound by hitting him/her.
  6. You agree to keep your greyhound up-to-date on all necessary shots and medical needs.
  7. You agree to keep your greyhound as a pet and never use it for racing, breeding or laboratory research.
  8. If your greyhound should be missing for any reason, you agree to call 2nd C.G. , the police and animal control immediately.
  9. If for any reason, you decide you cannot keep your greyhound, you will return him/her to 2nd C.G., who will then find a suitable home.
  10. You agree to allow a 2nd C.G. representative to follow up with phone calls and /or visits.

What Does it Cost?

We ask for a donation of at least $200.00 to cover the cost of spay/neuter, vacinations, transportation, food, housing and miscellaneous medical needs.

Requirements

You must have a fully fenced yard at least four feet high.
No children under the age of 5 years.