Greyhound Safety

Like most pets, Greyhounds can get into mischief and you should be prepared to handle it. This page describes important safety information concerning your greyhound friend and provides information on how to take advantage of Greyhounds Only’s lost dog search and rescue teams.

Here are some simple tips that all greyhound owners should know.

Make sure that your dog is wearing a properly fitted collar.
Too often a hound can slip out of a collar that is too loose, especially when spooked.

Always have identification tags on your dogs with your phone number.
Use your cell phone number–you’ll probably be out searching for your hound and not sitting by the home phone. In addition, make sure that you update your dog’s tags when you change your phone number!

If you do not like the sound of tags, tape them together or buy a tag silencer, but keep them on.

Keep your dog on a leash at all times and always hold the leash around your wrist.
A slip-knot is an effective means of keeping the leash from sliding off your wrist if the dog suddenly pulls or if you are distracted.

Leash your greyhound before opening the door.
Especially if your dog is a bolter or new. You never know when a dog might decide to make a break for it!

Never use a flexi-lead (retractable leash).
If you drop the handle and your dog takes off, he or she will be frightened by the plastic handle chasing behind.

This goes along with keeping the leash around your hand. Retractable leashes offer you NO control over your hound, and most people don’t use the backup safety strap with it. Keep in mind that it takes THREE paces for a greyhound to hit top speed. So by the time your hound reaches the end of his 20-foot retractable leash, do you really think 1) you’ll be able to hang on or 2) your dog won’t pull you over if you do?

Never let your dog run loose unless in a fully enclosed fenced area with at least a five-foot high fence.
Unless, of course, you can run 45 miles per hour. We’re betting you can’t.

Check that all gates to your yard are closed prior to letting your dog out.
Consider having gates that can only be opened from the inside so that people/neighbors cannot simply walk in.

Beware of contractors or utility people who may leave your gate open. If your gate isn’t within eyesight, consider locking it so it can’t be accidentally left open.

The same advice holds true if you are running your dog in a fenced-in field. Always check that the perimeter is secure and that the gates are closed.

Place signs on your fence letting strangers know that you have dogs that may be in the yard.

Anticipate the season.
Fireworks on the Fourth and thunderstorms can be terrifying to dogs. If you have a door with a screen on the top only, remove the screen window to the storm door to give out the Halloween candy so that the door can remain closed. Consider a baby gate as an additional barrier if you are entertaining.

Never leave your dogs outside alone.
Dogs can do some pretty amazing things if they become panicked, including scaling a fence.

Consider alternative means of identification, such as microchipping.
This may not be effective in preventing a lost dog; however, it many be useful as a means of identification if your dog is turned into a vet or dog officer.

If you are traveling with your dog, consider temporary identification including where you are staying.

Beginning May 1st, 2008, Greyhounds Only began microchipping all of its adopted hounds. It is a safe and effective method of identifying a lost dog. While most of the hounds we adopt out are also tattooed, ear tattoos can be difficult to read or can be disfigured in an accident. If your hound is not microchipped, we highly recommend you doing so.