Adopting the Racing Greyhound by Cynthia A. Branigan

By Cynthia A. Branigan

The first variation of this booklet was once liable for inspiring tens of millions of individuals to undertake ex-racers. Now, this absolutely up-to-date variation positive factors groundbreaking veterinary info no longer to be had at any place else. Greyhound authority Cynthia Branigan–who has put over 4,000 Greyhounds via her organization–offers up to date facts at the expenses concerned with adopting in addition to new overall healthiness details, resembling warnings approximately tick-borne illnesses and recommendations on procuring veterinary assurance. Branigan conscientiously explains how one can deal with a Greyhound–everything from feeding and grooming to training–and the right way to expand the dog’s existence span. Readers also will discover a wealth of up-to-date details on health conditions in Greyhounds and the most recent in assessments and treatment.

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Are you likely to compare the new dog unfavorably to the old one? Do not consider getting a new dog unless you are willing to accept him on his own terms and are willing to recognize his unique gifts. Incidentally, if you currently have a dog who is aging and/or ill, consider carefully whether or not a new addition will cause him to feel pushed aside, either literally or figuratively. How old are you? If you are either on the younger side or the older side, I have some things for you to think about: 13 ADOPTING THE RACING GREYHOUND For those in their late teens or early twenties, you are at an age when your life can take many unexpected turns.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: WHAT YOU MIGHT NOTICE WHAT TO LOOK FOR AND Regardless of whether you choose your dog or he is chosen for you, it is helpful if you can get some idea of a dog’s history, and, with any luck, his medical history. Bear in mind, however, that for some dogs, such information is nonexistent. Not all trainers are 34 Choosing the Right Dog for You good record-keepers. Many dogs, for example, receive their yearly inoculations but no records are kept. Some adopters mistakenly assume that trainers keep a “baby book” of each dog’s first training session or first winning race.

The main thing to keep in mind is matching their temperaments. If they get along, then it doesn’t matter what sex they are. I am always astonished when people applying to adopt a Greyhound from me insist on a female because they are sure that males will urinate in the house. I am quick to point out that males are every bit as easy to housebreak as females. Furthermore, if a dog of either sex is soiling the house, it is the fault of the owner, not the dog. A housebroken dog may have an accident if he is under stress or brought into a new environment.

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