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    Default Greyhounds

    This should probably go in the breed specific section....oh well.

    I've read that you shouldn't let greyhounds off the lead but I've always seen them off-lead at the beach & park.

    Just considering other options if a Boxer doesn't work out for me.


    Thoughts???

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    You can let a greyhound off at a park or whatever if it is extremely trained but would I let my Greyhound (ex foster) or my whippets off at the park.....no way...they see a bird (my dogs pet hates!) they are going and they are NOT listening to me at all! Other people (more in the know) will probably have more extensive advice than me though!

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    I'm thinking about fostering a greyhound when I grow up. Love to see the replies to the thread!

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    I've also read that you're not meant to take scent or sight hounds off lead unless they're extremely well trained, but I've seen so many of both kinds of dogs off lead with no problems. They weren't super well trained and many didn't even "come" consistently, but they didn't stray far from their owner either.

    When I get a Pharaoh Hound I'm definitely not allowing him off lead unless I know he has at least a mostly solid recall AND am totally confident that he won't bolt after another dog or animal and disappear into the sunset never to look back. I'm looking forward to taking him to the dog beach and hiking off lead and all the normal things though. And if he really is like all the scary stories I read say they are, I'll get him a nice long lead to run around with until we're trained enough to go off
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    The trouble with sighthounds in general is that they have a much bigger personal range than other dogs, and than most people. They consider that they're still with you, even if they're out of sight - maybe within a half kilometre or so. They'll come back when they're finished what they're doing, but they may well get completely distracted. This is where the danger lies, as they have no regards for roads etc.

    Mine, including past foster Greyhounds, have off lead time at a local fenced oval. Many of the big sighthounds are not jumpers. Mine stay within four foot fences quite happily, as have the Grey's that I have fostered.

    It also comes down to individuality. I can let my boy off and he will stay within sight of me and come if I call him like I really mean it. But my girls aren't quite as bright... or obedient... and take off very fast and easily after rabbits etc.

    But I'm used to living with sighthounds too, you get used to picking your time and place, and watching for potential chase distractions like dogs, cats, rabbits, birds etc

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    Thanks for the replies.

    So it looks like you just have to make your own judgement.

    Anything else I should know about greyhounds?

    They sound like lovely dogs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loren View Post
    Thanks for the replies.

    So it looks like you just have to make your own judgement.

    Anything else I should know about greyhounds?

    They sound like lovely dogs
    Well...Santa's little Helper was a greyhound

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    How big is your lap? Cause most of them think they are lap dogs! LOL!

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    It depends on the individual dog - personally I have never let any of mine (my own or my fosters) off lead unless it is a fully fenced park. However one of my ex-fosters does get taken to the dog beach where he runs off-lead and plays with the other dogs there.

    However, I have found that they have pretty good recall once they have established a bond with you, although that is when they are running around my fenced 3 acre dog paddock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loren View Post
    Anything else I should know about greyhounds?
    Just that they make amazing pets. Far too underestimated. They are better suited to the average dog owner than ayone realises. And beautiful to boot!

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