Before your new friend arrives, you will want to make sure that you have a few basic things:
Greyhound-sized crate....we recommended that you crate your dog in the beginning when he will be left alone in the house. This will help him to settle in quicker and protect both dog and home in case he becomes anxious when you leave. The minimum size should be 32-inches high, 42-inches deep and 28-inches wide. If you wish, your follow-up support representative can discuss weaning from the crate once your dog is comfortable.
Soft dog beds...greyhounds are bony and need a nice soft place, or two or three, to lay.
Food and water bowls, toys and treats.
ID tag...with your home and cell phone numbers.
Food...We recommend a high-quality kibble with meat as the first ingredient. Avoid foods that contain a lot of filler grain or meat by-products. There are many good brands out there and we are happy offer recommendations as well as discuss healthy add-ins and snacks.
A veterinarian with a good knowledge of the greyhound...if you do not currently have a vet, our Vet List is a great place to start. Be sure to also inform yourself with Important Medical Info.
Once your dog is home, a Follow-Up Team member will call on you to check in and see how your first week has gone. This is a good time to share stories about your dog and to ask more questions. We are also here to help you over any bumps in the road as your new dog adjusts to the changes in his life. If you are experiencing any difficulties, please let us know right away. Do not wait for us to check in. Problems can be more easily resolved when addressed immediately.
Expect for it to take several weeks for your new greyhound to settle into his new surroundings and start to really feel comfortable. Adopters often marvel at the silly and playful personality that starts to emerge from their quiet and stoic hound. Remember that everything is new in your home and your rules may be different from what your greyhound has known before. Show great patience and understanding as you help your dog learn your household rules and you will have a happy and well behaved dog who will always trust you.
Greyhounds want to do the right thing and to please their people. They learn quickly with gentle reminders. We can chat with you about positive-reinforcement training for your greyhound. You can also find lots of great tips and information at Trainers Academy. We highly recommend their Greyhounds-Only Training Class.
Make sure that you also take a little time to explore our Good Stuff page for all things greyhound!