Hello from Greyhound Welfare

Since Greyhound Welfare’s founding in 2002, we’ve found forever homes for more than 1,300 retired racing greyhounds in forever homes and built a vibrant community of adopters and volunteers. As part of our work to keep our community connected, we’ve produced a quarterly newsletter, The Skinny, for several years. Now, we’re reformatting The Skinny as a regularly updated blog. Greyhound Welfare’s Blog will feature all the same useful information that the newsletter offered – like tips for keeping your dog safe, tackling common greyhound challenges and celebrating greyhound quirks. Plus, we’ll keep you updated on the latest Greyhound Welfare news Read more »

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Dog Parks

Ideally, dog parks are best used to socialize with dogs that know each other and to attend during off peak times.  Under these ideal conditions dog owners can maximize control over any situations that may arise.  It is essential for each dog owner to use common sense, exercise precaution/safety and to know your dog.  A dog that is overwhelmed by large groups of dogs, that is snarky/bossy, that likes to chase other dogs is better off not going to a dog park. Muzzles – If all dogs in attendance at the dog park are greyhounds, each greyhound must be muzzled.  Read more »

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Tips for Keeping Your Greyhound Safe

* Make sure your dog is wearing a collar that is properly fitted. * ALWAYS have identification tags on your dog with your phone number. If you do not like the sound of tags, tape or rubber band them together or buy a tag-bag or silencer but ALWAYS keep them ON. * Consider using a second collar for tags and other identification that will not be attached to the lead in case the first collar is slipped. * Keep your dog on a leash at all times and always hold the leash around your wrist. * Leash and secure your Read more »

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Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases: An Overview

Ticks are a year round nuisance.  Ticks don’t jump or fall from trees looking for their host.  Rather, ticks climb up to higher places off the ground and wait for a passerby so the tick can grab on to the new host. Although ticks are year round, Fall is a particularly bad time for ticks (and fleas).  The cooler temperatures and shorter days cause these pesky parasites to seek warmer places to live.  That means your greyhound is a prime home.  Leaf piles, high grass, bushes, brush undergrowth are all prime places for ticks (and fleas) to hide. PREVENTION Monthly Read more »

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So, you want to adopt one of our “cat trainable ” greyhounds?

What does this mean? A greyhound labeled “cat trainable” (CT) has shown a low prey-drive. This means that even if the greyhound shows some interest in small animals in indoor settings, the greyhound has been distractable  with a treat and a verbal correction (i.e., “no kitty”) and a mild tug on the leash.  For outdoor settings, few greyhounds are disinterested in small animals such as squirrels, feral cats, or other dogs. Some of our CT greyhounds, have been fostered in homes with cats. Others have simply been tested and observed around small animals, as the foster home doesn’t have cats. Read more »

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Positive Reinforcement Schools

Information on Schools and Trainers Recommended Group Training Classes Group Training will expose your dog to other breeds in a controlled environment, and help your dog learn to respond to commands with distractions. We recommend group classes (not private) for retired greyhounds as this will help with your dog’s socialization while developing the skills you need to work with your dog for life. School Location State Website Positively Dogs Annapolis MD http://positively-dogs.com You Silly Dog Baltimore MD http://yousillydog.com Dog Latin Bethesda MD http://doglatindogtraining.com Wiggle Butts Brookville MD http://wigglebuttsdog.com Clicker Savvy Canines College Park MD http://clickersavvycanines.com The Coventry School Columbia MD Read more »

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Lost Dog Recovery Toolbox

Lost Dog Recovery Toolbox BASICS __ cell phone or walkie-talkies fully charged __ flyers (hand outs and pole) __ emergency contact and search-specific volunteer phone list __ map of the search area __ staple gun with extra staples __ packing tape in case the poles are not wood __ extra leash and collar EXTRAS __ highlighter for the map __ binoculars (infrared for night time searches if you have them) __ can of wet, smelly food or tuna and smelly treats & food bowls __ water (for you and your pup) __ pens & paper __ change of socks & Read more »

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Feeding Your Dog a Raw Diet

  What is the BARF diet? Many dog owners, in the interest of choosing a nutritional diet for their pet, have found success with the BARF diet. “BARF” is an acronym that stands for “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food” or “Bones and Raw Food”. It can also be known as SARF, or “Species Appropriate Raw Food”. Rather than feeding a dog, cat, or other domesticated pet traditional commercial pet food, the animal is fed a diet based on what the animal’s ancestors ate naturally. Dogs, and their relatives, wolves, are naturally “opportunistic carnivores” or omnivores. (Cats are true carnivores). For dogs, Read more »

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Escape Proofing Your Greyhound

How not to Become a Member of the Runaway’s Club by Marcia Herman We have visions of our Greyhounds following us around while we move from place to place, while working in our gardens, walking on the beach, or hiking in the woods. These are lovely fantasies, but they should never become realities unless our loyal, royal companions are in a fenced area or attached to leashes. Even highly-trained working law enforcement dogs have been known to bolt and be killed while on duty. Often, instinct is more powerful than training. The vision of a Greyhound loose on the beach Read more »

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Corns

What are corns and where do they come from? Corns are hard protuberances that appear on the pads of greyhound feet. They may initially present as a tiny dot that eventually gets bigger until the corn breaks through the pad. They can grow quite large if left unchecked and are extremely painful for greyhounds. Imagine walking around with a pebble in your shoe that you cannot get rid of. Add that to the multitude of nerve endings in dog feet and you will get some idea of why they are so painful. No other breed of dog is known to Read more »

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Books on Greys and Dogs in General

Love Has No Age Limit by Patricia McConnell and Karen London CLICK HERE to Purchase Book on Amazon AND Support GW Adopting the Racing Greyhound by Cynthia A. Branigan CLICK HERE to Purchase Book on Amazon AND Support GW Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingood CLICK HERE to Purchase Book on Amazon AND Support GW I’ll Be Home Soon – How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety by Patricia McConnell CLICK HERE to Purchase Book on Amazon AND Support GW Childproofing Your Dog by Brian Kilcommons, Sarah Wilson CLICK HERE to Purchase Book on Amazon AND Support GW Read more »

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