What you will need for your Greyhound Rescue greyhound/s
- A strong LEAD (one per greyhound). And a 30-40cm splitter if you have two hounds and wish to walk them on one lead.
- A MARTINGALE collar. Never use a standard collar when walking your greyhound. As greyhounds have smaller heads than necks they can slip out of a regular collar. Martingale collars tighten if they pull and will not slip over their heads. There a many sites online where you can order these, we suggest you support an Australian greyhound rescue charity such as Friends of the Hound or Greyhound Safety Net and purchase one from them: http://www.greyhoundsafetynet.org/?q=phb
If you are uncomfortable walking your greyhound on the collar, or your greyhound has a tendency to pull on the lead; we recommend the ‘easy walk harness’ found in a few pet shops or here: http://www.ebay.com.au/bhp/easy-walk-harness or the ‘freedom no pull harness’ found here http://www.freedomnopullharness.com
- A COAT. Greyhounds really feel the cold and will need to wear a coat when outside for any length of time on days cooler than about 16 degrees and overnight (even when inside) throughout the winter. If it is cold enough for you to put a jumper on, put a coat on your hound. They do not need to wear their coats when exercising (unless it’s a freezing day and you are only doing a slow 10 min stroll around the block). We recommend Annie’s Coats http://anniescoats.webs.com/cosyhomecoats.htm and Pet Paraphernalia http://www.petparaphernalia.com.au (mention your hound is adopted from Greyhound Rescue for a discount on the muscle tops).
- A GOOD VET. Ask fellow greyhound adopters for recommendations of vets in your area that have experience with greyhounds. If unsure ask Greyhound Rescue.
- QUALITY FOOD. We can advise you if we are aware of anything that disagrees or is not suitable from our obervations for your new hound. For eg. some hounds have difficulty digesting kibble containing gluten, some cannot have bones etc. But in general we recommend to buy high quality premium dry dog kibble with a high protein content. It is very important to feed your greyhound the correct amount of biscuits as listed on the packet. They will REQUIRE this amount per day. If you add things listed below, it must be on top of, NOT instead of. Please avoid budget brand SUPERMARKET KIBBLE – in our experience a large number of our rescue greyhounds suffered from stomach upsets and runny stools after eating low quality kibble, not to mention the lack of nutrients. If you are a foster carer and you cannot afford food, please get in touch for assistance in this area. We do not recommend feeding your greyhound tinned dog food. We have found from experience it can be the cause of upset tummies and is generally speaking not very nutritious. Greyhounds can have some kind of fresh meat, (mince or chunks) mixed with their dry kibble, however it is not compulsory. Rice and pasta can also be given. Veggies like – carrots, sweetcorn kernels (cut off the cob), sweet potato, green beans, peas, spinach and zucchini are excellent sources of fibre and vitamins. Avoid onions, garlic, leek, cabbage, asparagus. Oily fish like sardines and tinned salmon are great for a greyhound’s skin and coat, one or two tins a week mixed with their breakfast or dinner is a great way to add some vital omega oils to their diet – very cheap to buy too! Use the ones in oil not brine or tomato sauce (too salty). A raw or cooked egg can also be added a couple of times a week. Fresh raw bones such as lamb brisket bones and chicken necks are also good for teeth. Never feed cooked bones! If you wish to give a home made diet to your dog always have your recipes/meal plans checked by your vet. And always feed your hound twice a day.
- TOYS. Many greyhounds like to play, and some may not play instantly but will learn to. Playing with your greyhound will strengthen the bond you have with them. Look for toys like balls, soccer balls, tug of war ropes and soft toys (from pet shops only). Some greyhounds are overly stimulated by squeaky toys so tread carefully in this area. We also highly recommend treat and puzzle toys for mental stimulation such as the KONG range and the Kyjen Puzzle Toys – https://shop.kyjen.com
- UNDERCOVER OUTDOOR AREA. For the dog’s bed when you are out during the day at work or play. A covered deck, verandah or pergola is ideal, ensure the grey’s bed is protected from all the elements. If you do not have one of these a large kennel will suffice.
- TWO BEDS – indoor and outdoor use. For outdoor we recommend a raised hammock style bed (can be bought from good pet supply stores). Add some old blankets, towels or cushions to make it nice and comfortable. For indoors there are a plethora of good dog beds around so shop around- you can even order online. It important to get a well cushioned one as greyhound elbows are very boney! If you wish you can move your dog’s indoor bed out onto the hammock when you go out rather than having extra bedding out there, but this is up to you. The comfier the bed, the better nights sleep you will get 😉
- RAISED FOOD AND WATER BOWL STATION. Any type of large bowl will do for food, you can just buy from supermarket. The reason the bowl must be raised is because greys suffer from bloat which can be deadly. An upturned crate or two is ideal, or you can use an upturned bucket or storage container. Or get the home handperson to make a raised bench! For water outdoors a bucket is simple- just make sure it’s always full to the brim of fresh water.
- MUZZLE. Greyhound Rescue can supply you with one for $20 in addition to your adoption fee. As we are a Charity unfortunately the adoption cost cannot cover this. The muzzle must be worn by your hound when walking in a public place. This is still the law. Hopefully one day it will be changed so that non racing greyhounds do not need to wear muzzles anymore. Laws are different in all states, territories and local councils- do check with your local council. GAP Vic and Greenhounds NSW have programs where your grey can be tested (for a fee) and issued with a green collar if they pass a temperament test. It is up to you if you wish to do this.
- POO BAGS. Lots. All responsible dog owners clean up after their dogs when out walking.
- A SOFT BRUSH. Always use the softest bristles. We also recommend grooming gloves as they seem to remove more hair than brushes do.
* This covers most of the common queries we receive about what you need if you are planning to adopt a greyhound. If you have any more questions do not hesitate to contact us.