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Questions To Ask Before Owning a Greyhound

  • Has each member of your household independently made a decision to own an ex-racing Greyhound? This is a long term commitment.
  • Are you willing to focus more on the dog's personality, health and characteristics. Greyhounds may have cosmetic scars due to racing.
  • Are you all committed to taking the necessary time and having the patience to make a greyhound part of your family?
  • Examine your current housing situation. If renting, does your property owner allow dogs over 65 Lbs? What happens if you have to move?
  • Will you commit to walking your dog twice a day? If in and apt will you take your dog out on leash at 2am if he/she asks to go out?
  • If you own your own home is there a fence 5 1/2 to 6 feet or other structures to provide a safe area without access to the street or a pool? We do not adopt to single family homes with yards without the proper fencing.
  • Greyhounds are inside pets. They do not do well living outside.
  • Do you work away from home over 8 hours a day or travel a lot?
  • If there is a change in your lifestyle for any reason do you have a plan for your hounds care and welfare? This is a long term commitment they are not expendable.
  • Have you reviewed your household budget to make sure that you can afford the costs of caring for your Greyhound? Costs include food, pet supplies, veterinary bills, grooming and pet sitters.
  • Do you acknowledge that adopting a Greyhound can be an 8-10 year commitment?


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Before Owning a Greyhound Getting Adjusted Getting Acquainted
Housebreaking Crate Training/Separation Anxiety Feeding and Treats
Exercise and Leash Control Hygiene Greyhounds with Children
Toys Stairs Veterinary and Medication
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