Hello, I am new to this group but would like as much advice on greyhounds as possible! Me and my partner are bringing home our rescue greyhound on the 11th. What we know about him is that he’s about 2 years old, good with other dogs but he is a food MAD (the rescue centre think he may not have been fed regularly previously and that he will probably get better with food once he is home and being fed regularly).
The main things we’d like advice on are; 1. Toys - he doesn’t really seem that interested in toys at the moment at the rescue centre, we were thinking of getting a kong for him but also unsure on size for this (we were thinking large?)
2. Jackets - is there a particular brand we should look our for?
3. Brushes - at the moment he seems quite fluffy and is malting/ has dandruff. Is there a particular brush we should get?
4. Bathing - how often should a greyhound be bathed?
Wouldn't worry about toys too much. Some never play with anything at all. Most of mine have tossed fluffy, squeaky toys around but you have to supervised in case he decides to rip it apart and might swallow the squeaker or stuffing. Charity shops often sell babies toys cheaply but watch out for anything loose like eyes he might pull off and swallow. Jackets you can't do better than the GAP shop which sells waterproof walking out coats. Some dogs like a fleece house coat/pyjamas for night-time especially if your house isn't very warm overnight. If possible let him sleep on a dog bed/folded duvet beside your bed where he will feel more secure and settle better in the early days at least. I just use an ordinary bristle brush regularly. Be careful if you use any sort of wire brush as their skins are thin and can easily scratch and become irritated by anything harsh. I have never bathed any of mine, just wipe their legs and feet with a towel or wet cloth if very muddy. In any case they shouldn't be bathed often as it washes the natural oils out of the coat. I'm sure someone else with more experience will be here soon to offer more help.
Agree with Sue - none of our greys have been that bothered about toys,apart from destroying them.Sort of gave up after our present girl was intent on eating all the squeakers - not a good idea.Our boy does like bouncy tennis balls -briefly.They have toys but mostly ignore them. Coats - Blizzard are fab for colder weather and long lasting.Made for sight hounds.Beware coats can be as addictive as collars.Our girl has coats for all different weather.And fleece house coats/PJs are great for chilly nights,especially as they get older. Brushes - ours love a Furminator,and they're great for removing kennel coat,which your boy sounds like he has. Our boy is the only one we've ever bathed,Mainly because of his kennel coat and the accompanying smell - thank heaven it was summer and could be done outdoors.The others had been fostered so nice foster parents had already done that!Otherwise just wet wipes etc as Sue said above. Food wise greys tend to be practiced food snafflers - they are convinced that the last meal they had is the last one ever.Probably because ex racers were fed rubbish anyway.And a decent diet doesn't always solve the problem. Before you bring him home practice putting all food out of reach,back of worktops is no good,you'll be amazed at how far they can reach.Our girl is too small to reach worktops and not really a jumper,she just encourages her large brother to pinch things and then steals it off him.It's just trying to remember to be tidy and put things away. More importantly enjoy your new boy (headaches and all!),they are so loving and gentle,you couldn't ask for a better breed.They are a breed apart,with their own quirks,but any worries you know where we are.Cath
mellyb123: hello im a brand new greyhound owner. i am more anxious then my dog.. any tips plz xxx
Feb 11, 2017 8:48:28 GMT -5
missfleur2003: Hello. I am new to this site and noticed that the posts for available dogs seem to be quite old. Some seem to be years old. Are the dogs shown still available.
Feb 27, 2017 13:43:46 GMT -5
littledinkk: Brand new Greyhound owner here too. Ditto what mellyb123 said! xx
Mar 6, 2017 8:09:31 GMT -5
peggy: Also a brand new greyhound owner, I love her already. It's hard to believe she is 4 years old, I have to keep reminding myself she was in a kennel and not a home. She is a beaut, but goes skits around food, I suppose it was the excieting time of day x
Apr 20, 2017 14:26:04 GMT -5
dasherman: Hi, can anyone offer any suggestions as to why when it is sunny, my adopted ex racer is terrified to leave the house to eat or drink or anything for that matter? Seems to be obsessed by the sky?
May 7, 2017 9:03:45 GMT -5
rusty1968: Hi has Magnum finally gone to a great home the details are old but he is lovely
Mar 10, 2018 6:03:17 GMT -5
curlyk: Yes he has been rehomed. I saw a while back. Not been updated on the site I think...
May 16, 2018 13:29:01 GMT -5
kiri07: I have been concerned with my 7 year old greyhound losing hair on her thighs, but it looks like it is a normal thing. She's losing a little in a few other places too. I saw someone say something about vetzyme condition tablets? I also heard organic oat
Aug 14, 2018 14:31:19 GMT -5
kiri07: can help grow their hair back as well. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Aug 14, 2018 14:31:49 GMT -5
steeveet: Hi there, just had our home inspection by a lovely lady with her Greyhound Arthur, who I could have happily snaffled as he was sweet and at home with our girl Belle. Does anyone here know how we now get to meet any of the dogs who need a home?
Oct 26, 2018 9:46:28 GMT -5
rachelb003: Hi Steeveet. LIsa has your homecheck and will be in touch ASAP to arrange for you to come to the kennels and meet the dogs. Thanks
Oct 27, 2018 8:16:27 GMT -5
steeveet: Thanks Rachel003, soo excited to meet a lovely new hound
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greylover68: Can I shout out advice re fireworks! Rock Rose which is a Bach’s Flower Remedy works fantastically! My great big big is petrified but a few drops of Rock Rose and he’s calm within minutes. It is for fear so would help with other things too.
Dec 5, 2018 14:05:42 GMT -5
angelahill: Hi I am interested in one of your dogs. Please call 07906330697 if there is anyone available to talk to. We have been home check by another charity.
Mar 18, 2019 14:02:01 GMT -5
cccbottle: Hi, am interested in Miss Lyra....how do we go about coming to visit her with our 9 yr old male Denis. please contact us on this board. left this on 8/4/19
Apr 8, 2019 9:01:19 GMT -5
edwardmatthews: Hello, my wife and I are keen to adopt our first dog. We're looking for a medium sized young dog. We live within big communal gardens and will be with him/her every day. Please call us on 07860 343 387 at your convenience. Edward and Alexandra Matthews.
Apr 1, 2020 17:35:44 GMT -5
ijustlovedogs: FIREWORKS!!! The first week in September!!
Sept 1, 2020 17:10:57 GMT -5
ijustlovedogs: Sorry pressed send by mistake. If readers here haven't done so already will they do so on the Change.org we
Sept 1, 2020 17:12:24 GMT -5
ijustlovedogs: Again...! Change.org petition website. Late walk tonight with my Lurcher and Greyhound. 9.30 and a full scale display in someone's garden. If Secret he Grey hadn't been on her lead there might have been a tragic accident.
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