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- The ex-racer just off the track was on a strict potty schedule. Remember
he/she is crate trained and is used to someone coming at regular intervals,
about every 6 hours, and letting him/her out. They haven not had to
tell anyone they had to go out. If you keep this in mind and establish
a routine of trips outside, your pet will be well on the way to being
- When your dog first comes to your home, before bringing the dog inside,
immediately take it to the place you want to have it relieve itself.
Once the dog does go, make sure you give him/her lots of praise.
- At first, accompany your dog whenever you let him/her out and always
make a big fuss over the dog right after they relieve themselves.
- Keep your greyhound on a true schedule. Keeping the dog on a schedule
will solve most problems.
- Training your greyhound should not be difficult. Your dog may have
an accident in the house. If it is excessive, call a Vet. Your dog may
have a urinary/bladder infection or other medical problems.
- If on the first day your dog urinates in the house, soak up the urine
with an old rag. Place the rag outside where you want your dog to relieve
itself. Let it sniff around the rag. The scent of its urine will help
it get the message about where he/she should eliminate.
- If your pet is male, he may try "lifting his leg" inside
to mark his territory. Again, a sharp verbal reprimand will get the
message across. Then take him outside and praise him to the skies when
he goes in the right place.
- When your dog first comes home he/she may have loose stools. When
it becomes accustomed to your house and its new food its stools should
harden and become normal.
- The first couple of days take your greyhound out more often, every
2 to 4 hours especially if you see it sniffing or walking in circles.
They may have to go out more due to their initial stress. Using your
crate in the beginning when you leave your house and at nighttime will
speed up the training process. Your dog will not want to soil in a confined
- Once your dog is trained we suggest your dog be given a chance to
relieve itself every 6 hours including immediately after it wakes up,
after breakfast, once in the afternoon, before and after dinner and
immediately before bedtime.
- After your dog plays hard, wakes from a long nap or greets visitors
take our dog out and give him/her a chance to relieve itself. After
any excitement, any dog may have to relive themselves.
- If you are regularly away more than 6 hours each day you will need
to plan for someone to take your dog out to keep him/her on its schedule,
or train him/her to use a doggie door.
- Once they learn their schedule your hound will learn to sleep all
night without going out.
- Do not yell or scream or hit your dog if it has an accident. It is
the best way to lose your hounds trust. Ex-racers are raised in crates
and can hold themselves easily for 6 hours. They do not want to have
an accident and if they do its usually due to nerves, not knowing where
to go, being taken off their schedule or a possible medical problem.
- When you have animals, it is inevitable that you will, at some point,
have messes to clean up. Some cleaners are NATURE'S MIRACLE granules
for messy cleanups, SPOT SHOT (aerosol, or Oreck's pet stain remover
for messes on carpets. Follow up with NATURE'S MIRACLE to eliminate
the urine or fecal smell. StainAway and Dog-Tergent works extremely
well. ODOBAN (liquid that you mix with water) is very effective for
pet smells, and is completely safe around pets. Home steam cleaners
are very useful to help clean up accidents.
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