The greyhound: a breed apart

Greyhounds are a breed like no other – quirky and curious, a jumble of contradictions. At rest, they’re goofy and ungainly, often sleeping with their legs in the air. But when they run, they’re transformed, moving with a mesmerising grace that can take your breath away.

Learning to love life beyond the track

For ex-racing greyhounds, life beyond the track is a whole, new world of weird.

They’re used to kennels and outdoor living, crates and racetrack traps. The domestic

everyday can feel like an assault course of the unfamiliar. Some take to it like a

spaniel to water. Others need more time and patient help to adjust.

Gentle training at the dog’s pace

For dogs that have never been inside a home, household appliances can be

overwhelming, stairs an incomprehensible obstacle. Even a gentle walk can be an

overdose of the unfamiliar and they just freeze.

These attacks of uncertainty mean they can appear slow to learn new skills, are

anxious with people and fearful of contact or show poor social behaviour with other

dogs. They may react to other dogs on lead or snap if startled from sleep. But all of

these problems can be addressed and behaviour improved with the right training.

The good news is that the greyhound is a big foodie. This combined with their innate

curiosity makes them eminently trainable with gentle, reward-based techniques.

Once they understand the rules of engagement, training can really fly. Once the

worryingly new becomes happy normality they settle into being the happy

companions that are a delight to have around.