The Dos and Don’ts of Greyhound Exercising

While your greyhound will likely spend most of its time lazing about the house, it’s important that they get the opportunity to burn off this conserved energy on a daily basis. While you may look very laidback while indoors, the truth is that a greyhound needs at least 1 hour of exercise daily.

Playing in the yard with your greyhound is perfectly acceptable, but a walk around the neighbourhood or at the dog park will be a lot more mentally and physically stimulating. There are however dos and don’ts for exercising your greyhound.

The Dos of Exercising Your Greyhound

  • DO exercise your greyhound for at least 1 hour daily.
  • DO walk, run, and play with your greyhound on a daily basis as this will help them bond with you and your family.
  • DO check your greyhound’s paws while out for a walk or run. If they start to limp or look uncomfortable, check to see if there are any objects stuck in between the pads of their paws.
  • DO work your adult greyhound for 1.5km-3km for the first few weeks and work them up to 4km-8km over time.
  • DO walk your greyhound in the early morning or evening.

The Don’ts of Exercising Your Greyhound

  • DON’T exercise your greyhound in the heat of the day.
  • DON’T become impatient when exercising your greyhound. They have a tendency to stop dead in their tracks if they hear a foreign noise or become nervous. Don’t push them to keep going like you might do with real money online pokies, rather offer verbal encouragement.
  • DON’T forget that greyhounds are prone to sunburn as they have very short hair. If you enjoy spending time in the sunshine with your greyhound, make sure to get dog-specific sunblock.
  • DON’T forget a washable mat which they can lie on when travelling with your greyhound. Greyhounds are slim and find lying on hard surfaces uncomfortable.

The Dos of Leash Control

  • DO use a regular 1.8m leash and keep your greyhound next to your left leg while walking.
  • DO offer verbal encouragement and treats when leash and harness training your greyhound.
  • DO allow your greyhound enough time to inspect any new areas before turning it loose. Check all perimeters and make sure they are secure.
  • DO keep your greyhound leashed when visiting the dog park if it’s full as this will help to prevent any potential injury.
  • DO check for mole or groundhog holes if you want to let your dog run. Greyhounds are fast and they can easily break a leg if they hit one of these holes.

The Don’ts of Leash Control

  • DON’T get impatient while your greyhound is learning to do its business while leashed.
  • DON’T give your greyhound the opportunity to get out of your car or yard without being leashed.
  • DON’T allow your greyhound to run on the beach without a leash and harness. Greyhounds are poor swimmers and he/she may run into the water.
  • DON’T leave your greyhound unattended near any body of water.

Lastly, DON’T forget to have plenty of fun!