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Any Greyhound mamas?

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or papas?

We adopted our Greyhound, Gideon, this spring. We're completely smitten with him! Everyone seems to adore him, even friends who aren't 'dog people"! He's a big cold-blooded grey, a really pretty fawn brindle. We got him from a rescue group that mostly fosters ex-racers but will take in any needy grey. He's just a giant lapdog (literally!) I know greyhound owners are some of the most devoted on the planet and I'd love to hear your stories!


Stacy
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How is he as far as following his nose? (If you know...) I've often thought I'd like to have an exracer (in keeping with my "rehab the racehorse" habits, I thought it would be good
) but I'm concerned that (s)he'd get a scent and take off when we were out riding, and I don't want a dog that can't go with me, bc that's half the fun, and I need a dog that I can trust to be outside by himself during the day in the summertime, without being yarded or babysat. KWIM?
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Then never a greyhound, unfortunately. Greys MUST be on-leash or on-lure (as in coursing) a hundred percent of the time. They don't have any ability to turn away from a lure (they're sighthounds, not scenthounds, so they don't follow scent--they follow a moving object), nor should they. They're bred to run AWAY from a handler TOWARD a moving object, which means they should never be unsupervised.

Otherwise Greys are some of the best dogs going.
Laurel, as much as I want to spread the greyhound love around, Joanna is right. They just aren't good off-leash dogs. I'm not sure if I'd want them around horses either since Greys are notoriously thin-skinned and small scratches that would hardly bleed or cause concern on other dogs often need to be sutured on greys.
: It's too bad because generally their temperment is perfect for horses.

Stacy
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I currently have 3 mutts, but have considered a greyhound. I think they're wonderful dogs, what little I know of them.
I really have my heart set on adopting a Greyhound. Im in massage school right now, but when Im done I hope to. I have an 11yo border collie/mix. My only hesitation is we will need to put in a bigger dog door, and Im not crazy about that idea........

Can you train a greyhound to be on voice command so they can be off leash? Thats how Ive always trained my dogs. But I know they are different.
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Originally Posted by thekimballs
Then never a greyhound, unfortunately. Greys MUST be on-leash or on-lure (as in coursing) a hundred percent of the time. They don't have any ability to turn away from a lure (they're sighthounds, not scenthounds, so they don't follow scent--they follow a moving object), nor should they. They're bred to run AWAY from a handler TOWARD a moving object, which means they should never be unsupervised.

Otherwise Greys are some of the best dogs going.

Well, better to know beforehand I guess, right?

Don't want to adopt a dog that would need to be rescued from me!! Kinda defeats the purpose....I guess I'll just admire from afar....
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I had a grey for many years and she passed away when my oldest was a year old.
Gracie was a beautiful white dog with brindle spots, and she was the absolute best dog ever. She was my first baby and I really miss her. I have not been able to scatter her ashes as I had intended to when she passed. I also fostered several greys when I was pg with dd1, the last one was about a week or two before I had her. It was fun and rewarding to teach the dogs how to be pets vs. racing dogs. I hope we can have another grey when the kids are older. Right now life is too busy.
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