3.Training Your Greyhound
One of the main reasons Greyhounds make such wonderful pets is that they are easily trained. Retired racers believe that people are all knowing and all powerful, making you the natural choice to set the ground rules. Keeping your dog under this illusion will be a great benefit to your relationship.
The role as leader or coach of your Greyhound is a serious responsibility. The messages you send will shape your dog’s idea of the world. Here are a few tips that will make the training process go smoothly.
Establish Boundaries of Acceptability
Outline ahead of time what is an acceptable and not acceptable behavior for your Greyhound and make sure all family members abide by the rules.
- Can he get on the furniture?
- Where can he sleep?
- Where can he eat?
- What will his treats consist of?
Be Consistent with Your Rules
Don’t allow them to do one thing today and not tomorrow. Simple training techniques and praise will work wonders with your Greyhound. Call or ask your GPA representative for suggestions.
Correct Ways to Reprimand
In most instances, a firm, sharp tone of voice will be enough to reprimand your Greyhound. If you are looking for an alternative, try a squirt bottle filled with water. A couple of squirts of water will make a Greyhound think twice before attempting the undesired behavior again.
Once your Greyhound knows the family rules, another effective way to reprimand him/her is to firmly scold him/her and then totally ignore him/her for several minutes. Greyhounds crave attention and this approach will reinforce their guilt. Never, ever hit your Greyhound.
Do Not Reinforce Negative BehaviorRemember that your dog will respond to your reaction, not your words. If he/she seems afraid of something new, and you cuddle and coo over him/her, your Greyhound will soon get the idea that he/she should react timidly to a new situation.
Instead, try an upbeat tone, encourage your dog to try the new situation and reassure him/her by stroking his/her neck. Always praise your Greyhound when he/she has done something good.
Be aware that home life is a new experience for your Greyhound and simple things like stairs, glass doors, and shiny floors may frighten him/her at first. Take the time to show your Greyhound that these new things are not a big deal and easily mastered.
A swimming pool looks like another walking surface to the unknowing Greyhound and could become a hazard if you don’t take precautions.
Be in Charge
Throughout the dog’s life, he/she has relied on someone to set boundaries for him/her. First his/her mother, then his/her trainer, now you. Your Greyhound is counting on you to tell him/her what is good and what is not good. Always remember, you are in charge, not the dog.