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Training any dog requires consistentcy, committment and patience. We promise that your perseverance will pay off and help in building a loving relationship with greyhound.

In this section..

Basic Training | Toilet Training | Exercise
Obedience Training | Letting Off the Lead | Recall Training | Distraction Training | Letting Go | Introducing Pets


Your retired Greyhound will not usually be toilet trained BUT as a mature dog they will want to be clean and will be able to regulate themselves (unlike puppies).

*Routines must be established from the start – it is best to take a dog home when someone is available all the time for 2-3 days.*

‘In my experience the majority of retired greyhounds are clean from day one’

  • Initially take out for a short walk in the garden every hour – Praise and Treat, then reduce to every 2 hours.
  • DO NOT PUNISH FOR ACCIDENTS – take dog outside immediately if possible.
    Clear up mess with biological solution (Biotex) or specialist cleaner from pet shop.
    Disinfectant doesn’t work - it smells nice to us but dogs can still detect the underlying odours.
  • If you have to go out in the early days you can put newspaper by the back door in case of emergency but do not do this regularly.
  • Always let your dog out after feeding, first thing in morning, last thing at night.
  • Learn your dogs’ ‘language’ – some circle, pace or whine if they want to go out. Some just stare. Greyhounds tend not to bark as much as some breeds.
  • Dogs will quickly learn to ‘perform’ on command. Choose a suitable word or phrase, repeat when dog ‘goes’, then praise.
  • Toilet Training can suffer a set back when RAINING (used coat). Also in THUNDER and FIREWORK NOISE - You will need to ensure you are with your dog outside for that last 'wee' of
    the night to reassure.
  • Excessive WATER DRINKING - STRESS and CENTRAL HEATING can encourage a dog to drink too much, particularly at night leading to night time accidents.As long as your dog has had sufficient water you can take the water bowl up at night until your dog adjusts to new routines and heating levels.

You can train your dog to use one designated area in your garden. This is
particularly good if there are children using the garden.

A ‘sand pit’ area can be marked out which will make it easier to pick up etc.
Remember a lot of dogs like to have a private area to use.

To encourage use move previous faeces/urine soaked soil to designated area
and leave until dog uses that area the next time.