One, who owns a greyhound or is
looking to own one, should be aware of the fact
that socialization is a very important factor, where
these dogs are concerned.
The greyhounds, as the statistics
support, have been mostly racing dogs, and 95% of
them have made a transition from racers to pets.
They are never really friendly with people whom
they don’t know and owing to their background
as racers they tend to chase them off at first sight.
In fact, there appears to be a
direct relationship between their chasing nature
and unsocial attitude. About 20% of these dogs have
an extremely high prey instinct.
A newly trained pet, or rather
a greyhound that has just turned into a pet, after
a long life on the racing tracks, is bound to be
skeptical of strangers. You will find it playing
to its heart’s delight with the people in
the house, but the mere sight of an outsider, an
individual, a dog, a cat or even a rabbit will set
him off. This happens primarily due to the fact
that he has been used to running along the tracks
all throughout his life when he had probably been
given specific objects to keep sight of, which he
could track down and thus win the race.
Once trained into a domestic animal,
the greyhound makes a wonderful pet. Its transformation
from a racer to a pet requires diligent training.
Owners are almost always successful in taming them
but when it comes to socializing them, they are
faced with quite a challenge.
The greyhounds are usually sensitive
and elegant, and very brave but they can be quite
willful too. They are to be socialized at an early
age before its too late and they end up turning
into timid beasts. Owing to his reserved behavior
towards his master as well as others, he tends to
Greyhounds are programmed as racers.
Unless warned, they would probably even run through
a glass door. They need specific care to the extent
that even the general dog collar or leash can do
Before taking a greyhound, one
should be perfectly conversant with the methods
to train him into domestic life. Adoption centers
with experts at handling animals are the best possible
options to turn to when one is at a loss with a
These professionals understand
the mind of the dog. A dog that is used to a schedule
of running at a particular time of the day and then
again staying locked in a room for the rest of the
day is bound to feel ecstatic when set scot-free.
Domestic life for him would mean running around
in his owner’s house all throughout the day,
without really having to follow too many ground
This however, has its pros and
cons. Settling into domestic life calls for certain
norms to be adhered to as well, aside from being
just a household pet. All these norms can sum up
to what we call socialization.
Indoors, within the household,
they are calm and adaptable to the point of being
lazy and are not even watchful or alert. But outdoors,
they need special care to get accustomed to the
While interacting with people who
are not family members, they need to be molded into
warm, friendly animals that know how to be at their
best possible behavior even when confronted with
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