Greyhounds are excellent animal athletes. As they work and perform throughout their racing careers, they usually work until they are between 1.5 and 4 years old. Throughout this time, they become adjusted to being walked and lead on a leash, so upon retirement from their profesional careers, they make excellent pets!
As a retired athlete, they are intelligent, quiet, calm, clean, gentle, and all around good-natured and happy to adapt to a new home life. They react well to positive attention and reinforcement and so they are a pleasure to train and work with for the new families they become a part of.
They love affection and although they do want exercise, they do not need as much space to run as many might think. Inside the house, they like to curl up in a corner on a soft rug. They are quiet creatures and perfectly well behaved inside a house and around people.
Greyhounds spend most of their lives with other dogs, people, and handlers, thus they are very sociable animals and get along well with others. Their personality makes them an wonderful breed to be near kids. Their intelligence and dedication make them an perfect companion. And because they are well mannered, they are well behaved around company and in public.
There is certainly a local Greyhound Pets of America club near you. So think about adopting a former Greyhound racer. For more details, check out the Greyhound Park of Tucson. Various chapters have different expectations and fees, but each will encourage you to come visit and find out more about whether a Greyhound might be right for you!
You can also help by volunteering your time. All local clubs need volunteers to help with care, veterinary appointments, and even just shopping for doggie supplies. Of course, financial donations are also needed, but your time and love is needed most!
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