Now that you have decided to take the plunge, you are checking off the steps towards bringing home your very own retired racer. You filled out your adoption application, scheduled your in-home, made a few visits to the local pet store for some items, and browsed the Allies For Greyhounds website figuring out which dog will become your new best friend. You have been thinking, planning, and preparing for this day, and now it has finally come! What an exciting day for each new adopter!
Amongst the excitement, it is important to remember that these first weeks/months are an important transition period for your greyhound. Adopters new to greyhounds may have questions about their greyhound’s reaction to them and their new surroundings. It is important to remember that greyhounds have a unique upbringing full of structure and routine. If they are coming straight from the adoption kennel, the home environment is entirely unknown and may seem chaotic and unpredictable.
A greyhound’s perspective on coming home: Thoughts of a Greyhound
Although this article is not breed specific, the behavioral observations are spot on: 5 Common Mistakes Adopters make when bringing home a new dog. The way you introduce a greyhound to your home will have an impact on their comfort level, and set a foundation for training in the future. Some of the things people often do to make them comfortable (ex: showering them with hugs and kisses, giving unrestricted access to all areas of your home) may actually overwhelm them.
Most of all, this is a time of learning and growing together. Mistakes may be made, but with time, patience, and good advice, you too will be well on your way to becoming an experienced greyhound owner!
Also, remember that Allies is a helpful community. Our closed facebook page for adopters is full of greyhound owners who love to answer questions and brainstorm solutions to any difficulties you may encounter.