The sport of greyhound racing has always been a popular one. It also means that it has created the need for homes for those dogs which are being retired from racing. More people are now taking an interest in adopting retired greyhounds, but it means that they have to be committed to training them for adaption to a new lifestyle.
Talking to the Greyhound
One of the often neglected aspects of training the retired greyhound is knowing how to speak to them so they will respond. Keeping in mind that as a racer, the dog has been exposed to a lot of noise and lots of people. It will take time for the dog to adjust to the quieter setting of the home. However, these dogs are sensitive by nature and need to be spoken to calmly and given reassurance. Going to a new home means everything is strange to them, and this breed is suspicious by nature. It will definitely take a while for them to adjust to new ownership and routines.
The Learning Curve
Greyhounds are very astute at learning. Being part of the racing circuit has contributed to this. It is essential to reward the dog when he has learned the lesson being taught. Patience must be exercised if the dog is not responding as quickly as hoped for. Their training regime while on the racing circuit was probably a lot different to the tasks they are now being exposed to.
Building a Relationship
This breed of dog is susceptible to the actions of their owner. They will respond to the moods of their owner accordingly. If the owner is upset, then the greyhound will show signs of stress. When the owner is happy and calm, this is also displayed in the dog. Many dog breeds when upset will become hyperactive. The greyhound is the opposite of this. They tend actually to shut down when they are upset. This means it will be difficult to get them to respond to any command. Getting upset with them when they are like this just makes the situation worse. Resorting to a patient and calm manner is the best approach.
It may take some extra work to train the retired greyhound for the family home atmosphere, but it is well worth it. This breed of dog is kind, gentle and loyal. They deserve the opportunity to live out their years in a warm, loving family environment.