Smart Greyhound Training Tips

Greyhound training will be a challenge for you if you think you will be able to zip through lessons and expect your pal to learn all he needs to know in a week.  Teaching a dog commands takes time, no matter what breed you own.  That said, just because it may take time to train a canine, this doesn’t mean that the process has to be a struggle.  It can be as smooth as you want it to be as long as you implement the right technique combined with patience.

The following are some smart Greyhound training tips to guide you down the right teaching path to success:

Good communication – Training isn’t strictly about manners and obedience; it is first and foremost about building a good relationship with your companion that involves trust and communication.  Thus, while you need to be firm in your lessons, there is no reason for you to be harsh or angry with your animal.  This breed has a sensitive nature and can be easily offended depending on the tone of your voice.   Upsetting him and evoking feelings of fear will only work against you in the long run.

Have fun – Greyhound training sessions are about practicing and learning but who says that obtaining an education has to be all work and no play?  You want to capture his interest and make him enjoy the process.  Thus, teach only for short periods (no more than 5 – 10 minutes) and take plenty of breaks in between and play with him.  Boredom leads to distraction and a distracted pooch absorbs nothing.

Be consistent not relentless – At some point during lessons most dogs will have a stubborn streak and will try to resist your commands.  If he’s determined to do his own thing, take a break or try a different lesson instead of attempting to force him to obey you and go back to the original task later.

Keep it short and simple – Teach one command at a time and break it down into small steps.  Only move forward when you are confident your pooch has a complete understanding.  Don’t try to cram too much into his mind at once.  Let him learn and gain confidence.

Always praise – Praising and rewarding your pal is a must in Greyhound training.  He needs to know when he pleases you.  Dogs like victories, let him enjoy it.  Praise is a fabulous motivator.

Basic Greyhound Training: The Tools

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.