Traffic — Greyhounds will never understand the dangers of traffic. Dogs raised on a racetrack are not accustomed to being near busy roadways. These sight hounds will focus on a quick-moving object way before you will. Please keep them ON LEASH in the outside world. Keep a firm grip on the leash, wrapping it around your wrist and hand. Always keep the dog leashed getting in and out of cars, trucks or vans. Don’t expect your hound to stay put when you open the car door – she’s trained to leap out of a starting gate!
Gates and Doors – They should always be locked. Make sure your greyhound is locked inside the home when service people are present. Check that gates and screen doors are relocked when the workers leave. Greyhounds can dart out of your front or back door in a split-second. Tell children to be extra careful, too.
Swimming – Anyone with a pool must encourage their greyhound to swim. They don’t leave the track with any experience in deep water, but given the chance to take the plunge, your dog will learn quickly. Walk along the side of the pool, encouraging your dog toward the shallow-end steps where he will learn to step out of the water. Assist your dog at first, offering words of encouragement. But make sure your greyhound learns to get in and out of the water without assistance for the times when you might not around to help.