Greyhound training does not have to be a difficult process as long as you are prepared and know what realistic results you should expect from your dog. For instance, if your Grey is a puppy, you need to understand his attention span is very limited. On the other hand, if you adopted him from a rescue and he is an adult, you need to take his background into careful consideration. For instance, was he abused or neglected? Did he only know a life of racing? Was he properly socialized? Is he familiar with any commands?
It is imperative that you find out if you are starting with a clean slate or if you need to work around any habits or issues your pooch may have developed from his life before you. Your dog’s previous experience can affect Greyhound training, so you may need to prepare yourself as you might require alternative teaching methods, such as hiring a professional trainer.
Nevertheless, once you have made the decision to train, there are a few things you will want to have to help make the learning process go as smoothly as possible. The following are some of the basic tools you should think about obtaining:
• Crate – Attain a crate that will be large enough to accommodate your companion when he is fully grown. He should be able to stand up and turn around without resistance. Crates are idea for housebreaking, quiet time and to keep your pet out of mischief.
• Collar – There are different types of collars you can obtain. Many people find that the martingale collar is ideal for Greyhound training because it is a good correction collar and is often used instead of the choke chain. All collars should fit comfortably about your dog’s neck.
• Lead – Obtain a 6 inch lead either made of nylon or leather. This is ideal for certain commands, such as teaching heel, stay and come.
• Rope –Strong ropes of varying lengths come in handy when you are teaching lessons outside and for the come command.
• Clicker – This is a small clicking device that is used instead of verbal praise to let the Grey know he has correctly followed through with your order.
• Treats – Good to give a canine as a reward to reinforce praise and a job well done. Treats can be anything from commercial dog snacks to a favorite human morsel (I.E. hotdog, cheese, etc.).
• Toys – Great for teaching fetch and for rewarding and taking breaks with your dog for playtime. Balls, plush toys and knotted ropes are fun choices.
• Obedience lesson guidance – If you have never trained a dog before you shouldn’t attempt your own version of Greyhound training without some form of assistance. Therefore, sign up for a class, purchase a training guide or video, etc.