By Cynthia A. Branigan
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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.