Mama Torri’s Words of Wisdom

 

The first two or three weeks are crucial for a smooth transition from kennel to couch.  DO NOT let them do something today that you do not want them to do in the future.

 

From Day One

  • When you get home, take them to the yard and let them investigate all they want
  • Take them inside and introduce them to your home on leash
  • If they act like they are going to go potty, tug on the leash and FIRMLY say NO, repeat NO and take them back outside
  • If there are other critters in the house, it’s time to introduce your Greyhound to them
  • Reintroduce your Greyhound to your dog(s) even if you have already introduced them during your visit to the kennel
  • If you have a kitty, one person needs to sit on the couch with the kitty
  • The other person needs to muzzle the Greyhound and slowly walk up to the kitty and let them sniff and smell
  • Any aggressive behavior (ears up, whining, pulling) will require you to tug on the Greyhound’s collar and give a FIRM NO, again say NO, BE NICE
  • Leave your Greyhound muzzled the first few weeks to a month if you are not sure your dog will be cat safe
  • They cannot eat with the muzzle on, but they can still drink
  • If you adopted a young Greyhound, you will probably need to use a crate
  • First day, put them in the crate for 15 minutes a few times a day
  • If you follow this crate schedule, it won’t be such a big deal when you actually have to leave the house for a longer duration
  • Do NOT give your new friend the run of the house
  • Use a baby gate to keep them in whatever room you are in until you feel they know the rules of the house
  • Some Greyhounds will understand right away, others will take awhile
  • If they start to do something wrong, you can be right there with a FIRM NO, NO
  • You will want a dog bed in the living room or whatever room you spend the majority of your time in and one next to the bed
  • You may not get a lot of sleep the first few nights
  • Your Greyhound may whine and pace as this is a huge transition for them
  • Greyhounds are not used to sharing their sleeping quarters
  • This is very important that I need to stress to you and your children: IF the Greyhound is lying down, leave the dog ALONE
  • Always call your Greyhound’s name and be sure to wake them up before you pet or play with them
  • Even the sweetest Greyhounds may snap if they are startled while sleeping
  • I tell them, “this is the first step to the best part of your life”
  • Greyhounds are not used to having to share their food so feed them separately from the other critters until they get used to each other
  • You may need to put some weight on your Greyhound
  • I suggest that you feed your Greyhound 6 – 8 cups per day until you don’t see any ribs or backbone
  • You can moisten their food to make your Greyhound more interested in eating
  • Occasional servings of people food is usually okay, but there are restrictions so become educated in what they should not eat (no onions, grapes, raisins, chocolate)
  • Greyhounds are served a gourmet diet at the kennel so they are used to eating veggies, rice, pasta  — you can mix these food items in with their dry food to entice them to eat
  • Anything given in “over abundance” won’t be pretty, just say’n

 

If you follow these simple rules, it should be a fairly easy transition for you and your new Best Friend.  Remember, if you have a problem or a question, please call, email or text us. Don’t let a problem get out of hand.  We can help you through it before it becomes a habit.

 

BIG HUGS from Mama Torri
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(cell) – 303.995.6929