How much do greyhounds need to be walked? Expert Advice

What other kinds of safety issues should I be aware of?

We recommend a certain way to hold the leash for safety with a loop (slip knot) over the wrist and DO NOT recommend using retractable leashes with greyhounds. Because they have a small head and regular collars can easily slip off, a Martingale collar is the safest type to use. Children need to be older (generally 12 years old or more) before walking a greyhound. We recommend putting padlocks on gates, and being very careful about open doors, getting in and out of cars, etc. Put stickers or post-it notes at eye level on sliding glass doors for the first week or so until the dog learns what they are.

Can greyhounds be walked off lead?

As greyhounds are sight hounds, they can be distracted by movement and things we may not be able to see. Never let your greyhound off in a public place, unless you are 100% sure that they will return to you when called. Always use a muzzle when you first let your dog off the lead.

They like to show their affection with their whole body by rubbing their bodies against you. They might spend most of their time curled up against you or leaning their weight against you. This explains their nickname “Velcro dogs.” The greyhound also displays its affection by gently grasping with its mouth agape.

What kinds of medical problems do greyhounds tend to have?

We do thorough blood work, testing of TBDs (Tick Borne Diseases), and treat any medical problems (like broken bones or infections) that a dog may have when they come from the track. Some dogs may require a low dose of thyroid medication twice a day (inexpensive) and annual blood work. We provide you with information about signs and symptoms of TBDs so you can watch for any changes in your greys health. We recommend monthly Heartworm and flea/tick preventatives (Heartgard, Frontline, Advantage, Sentinel, etc.). Older greyhounds may benefit from supplements for arthritis like Glucosamine. Greyhounds have thin skin, and can get cuts and tears rather easily, such as when running through a row of rose bushes, or during play with other dogs. We do a home visit and recommend changes to improve safety as needed. Greyhounds are INDOOR dogs, and are very sensitive to temperature extremes, such as hot or cold weather. Fleece coats are recommended for chilly winter evenings, even inside, if the house is not heated.

We recommend occasional grooming with a rubber mitt to remove hair and help with bonding. Greyhounds shed some twice a year, and stay clean-smelling without a “doggie” odor. Bathing is recommended every 3 months or less frequently.

Greyhounds, as a rule, are quiet dogs and seldom bark. When they do bark, it is typically just a few warning barks.

How much walking does my greyhound need?