5 Great Dog Toys Your Greyhound Will Love

5 Great Dog Toys Your Greyhound Will Love

I love surprising my greyhounds with new toys. They always get so excited when a new plaything arrives in the yard.

Best Toys for Greyhounds

Here are five ideas for types of toys that are most popular with the retired racing greyhounds I've trained and loved—both my own and the various foster dogs who have lived with us.

Which of these pup-approved toys will win the heart of your hound?

5 Great Toys to Get a Greyhound

  1. Stuffed Toy Animal
  2. Toy Animal With No Stuffing
  3. Squeaky Tennis Balls
  4. Rope Toys
  5. Food-Dispensing Dog Toys

How to Pick the Perfect Toy

Whether you're looking for a great new dog toy to amuse your own beloved greyhound or a gift for a new owner, here's an easy way to make sure to choose the right plaything for this unique breed.

Tap into their deepest canine instincts to pick out the toys they'll truly love! If you consider the background and physical characteristics of the sighthound, chasing prey is their whole reason for being. This is even more true for greyhounds than with many other dogs. Give them something to chase or something that looks like a critter they'd catch in the wild, and you're on a roll.

Play Into the Breed's Nature: What Is a Greyhound Born to Do?

In the wild, many many generations back, the greyhound would run, chase, hunt in a pack of other hounds, speed across the open savannah after small prey, take apart the captured critter, eat, then sleep.

And as a retired racer, that's pretty much what they were raised and trained to do in their previous life, isn't it? Only, on a track and with a fake bunny.

So, there's your clue — the perfect toys are the ones that remind them of prey.

1. Soft Dog Toy

You saw this one coming.

Greyhounds love stuffed toys of any kind, and a stuffed rabbit is just classic. This will ignite their prey instincts!

It's almost like American Classic had a greyhound in mind when they designed these toys. They are soft, cute, and fairly realistic.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) licensed American Classic large rabbit has been one of our top toys for ages.

Sadly, the rabbit is so popular that it goes in and out of supply faster than a greyhound can chase a bunny, but I'm certain your dog will find a realistic AKC plush squirrel, duck, or one of the other toys an acceptable alternative for prey play if you can't score a rabbit.

When it comes to choosing a brand, I also have only good things to say about any of the Jakks Pacific dog toys my greyhounds and their furry friends have enjoyed.

Squeaking Plush Dog Toys

They also like soft fluffy toys with squeakers. Of course, you will supervise your hound when they're playing with a squeaky stuffy since any dog who is determined enough can get that squeaker out.

Plush squeakies are not chew toys! If your hound is super-destructive with their toys, though, you may want to look for a no-stuffing plush toy or check out Furballz, a fluffy ball-shaped toy which is designed to be extra tough.

I recommend standing by with a camera in your hand, as there's nothing quite so funny as watching a greyhound play with a stuffed toy that squeaks, flinging it around and pouncing on it with their front feet and chomping on the toy to make it squeak, just so very delighted with their big bad doggie self, too cute! You will want to take pictures, or better yet, a video.

And here's one more I have to let you know about, the long squeaky snake.

If your greyhound loves to grab a toy and prance around with it, tossing their head as if trying to shake the life out of their plush prey, they're going to love this toy.

Its extra length seems to make our dogs feel like they're taking on a bit of a challenge in conquering this one.

Its length makes it hard to carry around without trailing and stepping on it, so one of those 6 squeakers is bound to squeak at surprising moments. This is great for the easily bored-with-toys greyhound.

Our dogs like to pounce on it with their front feet, too, trying to make it squeak.

2. No-Stuffing Plush Dog Toys

For greyhounds who like to get right down to ripping the stuffing out of their stuffed toys before you can leap to the rescue, consider an unstuffed toy.

I have yet to meet a dog of any breed that doesn't go mad for a Skinneeez toy.

Great for greyhounds who are talented at un-stuffing a stuffed toy in no time flat, Skinneeez plush toys don't have any stuffing in them at all, so Mom and Dad don't have to worry about the toy's innards getting eaten if they turn their back for two seconds.

Floppy and fun for the dog, and easy enough to tuck one in your bag or pocket to entertain your greyhound when you're out visiting.

The little flat fox is my greyhounds' favorite, but there's an unstuffed skunk that I think might be our next one, a very soft touchable plush!

In fact, there are a great many different animal shapes in the Skinneeez line of unstuffies, so you may have a very hard time picking out just one!

3. Squeaky Tennis Balls

Squeaky tennis balls are very popular around here, both with the hounds and with the humans. They're great to chase.

They're small enough to tuck into a pocket, ready to play a game of fetch at a moment's notice, or in the case of greyhounds, to play a game of "you throw the ball, and I'll chase it and grab it and run mad high-speed circles around you as I chomp down on my trophy and enjoy the squeaking noise it makes."

Greyhound owners, you know exactly what I'm talking about here!

4. Wild Rope Dog Toys

Rope toys, in general, are a good choice for greyhounds, as they are easy for them to get those narrow muzzles latched onto, and are great for use in training the all-important "leave it" command. This will put your hounds hunting drive to play.

I like the the rag rope ball the most because it really keeps a greyhound's interest, with lots of floppy bits that flap around when you toss the ball. Some of the pieces make an intriguing crackling noise, too, which will make those little rosette ears perk right up!

I also like that it can double as a throw toy for the greyhound with a strong chase instinct who prefers to chase down their toys rather than simply find them lying around.

Basic Rope Toys

You'd be surprised at how much a greyhound can enjoy a knotted rope, and the little strands of cotton can help clean their teeth at the same time, a bonus!

I do suggest that you keep the ropes as an outdoor toy until you see how much your greyhound throws it around.

Some dogs will lie down and chew away happily, but other dogs like to flip their rope toys in the air and send you scurrying to rescue your breakables.

One of my greyhounds seems to aim for the television, every time, so she only gets to play with the coveted rope toy when we're out in the fenced yard.

Your dog may be calmer, or not. Either way, these toys are a popular standby among greyhound owners I know, as well as in our own home, and they last practically forever.

5. Food-Dispensing Dog Toys

From a dog's perspective, what's not to like about the Kong Wobbler? You paw at the toy, and it wobbles wildly all around in unpredictable directions, dispensing yummy treats all over the floor. Hours of fun!

If your greyhound gets bored at home while you're at work, or tends toward "separation anxiety," the Kong Wobbler is often a wonderful solution.

It's a tough and durable piece of wobbly food-dispensing fun to keep the dog from looking for ways to "get in trouble" by entertaining itself, like playing with your best shoes.

Now, with a greyhound who is relatively fresh off the track and still in that "spaced out" state of mind in their new home, there's a chance that the Kong Wobbler may start out just a bit weird and freaky to them.

Tip: Put a dab or two of peanut butter on the toy, and they'll soon get interested!

Easy to wash, and a very durable "interactive feeding puzzle" your greyhound will come to love.

© 2011 flycatcherrr

aliciadonley on August 01, 2014:

He's an italian greyhound mix but he loves all of these toys! How funny! I wish I had one of those things he could chase!

flycatcherrr (author) on June 23, 2014:

@tazzytamar: Thank you, Anna. Glad to hear your ex-racer found a lovely home with you, and that he gets to enjoy a Kong in happy retirement!

Anna from chichester on June 23, 2014:

These are all great suggestions - my boy loves his KONG treat dispenser. He's an ex-racing dog and I can't believe the cruelty of the people that use these wonderful creatures and then abandon them as if they were garbage! Makes me so angry! Your lenses are wonderful :)

jolou on May 26, 2014:

What great ideas. I love the squirrel.

SteveKaye on May 25, 2014:

Actually, I have a cat. I checked this list to find out if she was on it (she's not). So now I can tell her to come out from under the bed.

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on May 24, 2014:

great selection here, I have a small dog, a shih-tzu (she's older too, but she still likes to play, she'll carry a big stuffed animal in her mouth, it looks hilarious!)

flycatcherrr (author) on March 05, 2014:

@ThreeQuarters2Day: I've got a death-to-stuffies toy-unfluffer in my pack, too. Fortunately he is also mad for unstuffed toys and anything with a rope attached. Your Brody is a clever good dog! Hope that Leah appreciates his self-restraint. ;)

Dawn Romine from Nebraska on March 05, 2014:

My Jack Russell unfluffs all his toys, but my Boxer just loves on them. If I give one to her and tell Brody, "No, it's not your baby" he actually leaves it alone and recognizes it as Leahs toy

flycatcherrr (author) on February 14, 2014:

@John Dyhouse: Lovely! I have a fondness for lurchers.

John Dyhouse from UK on February 14, 2014:

Sqeaky toys go down very well, but I am surprised how many soft toys my son's dog has at home. Saying he is part of the family is an understatement, my son has even set up a FB page for him under the name Dante The Lurcher

Takkhis on February 08, 2014:

There are something that my dog would like to play with! I have 2 squeaky tennis balls and my dog likes playing with them.

flycatcherrr (author) on January 30, 2014:

@Diana Wenzel: Oh, but rope toys are awesome! Count yourself lucky. Toby is flossing his teeth as he plays, and not disembowelling stuffies all over your living room while you're in the shower. :) I am a big fan of the rope toys, as are my pups. We have an exciting variety.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on January 30, 2014:

My dog only plays with his rope toy. Toby has not shown much interest in any other toys. Weird, huh?

dudexyx on January 14, 2014:

Looks like all dogs like Stuffed Squirrels. :))

Erin Mellor from Europe on November 03, 2013:

I didn't know you could get stuffing-less toys. Whilst not a greyhound, the Irish rescue in my life does like to gut a plushie, so that looks like a good choice.

flycatcherrr (author) on October 18, 2013:

@x10dit lm: Two words for you & Eric - "replacement squeakers"!!

flycatcherrr (author) on October 18, 2013:

@JimHofman: That's a fun trick for dogs to learn - and doesn't it always impress your friends? :)

JimHofman on October 07, 2013:

Our hound mix loved her stuffed toys! She knew them all by name and would fetch them. She had a squirrel toy like the one you highlighted squeeze it and it says, "Got acorns?"

x10dit lm on May 08, 2013:

Eric's favourite is his plush toy giant bone. It was more fun before he killed the squeaker in it but it's still his absolute favourite!

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on March 20, 2013:

I recently saw a movie that had a greyhound in it, what an amazing looking dog. Lots of muscles that need working out, for sure. I can see why quality toys would be important.

Dusty2 LM on March 01, 2013:

There were several toys the greyhounds liked to play with. The other thing the greyhounds liked to do was run around whenever they could. Even though they were retired, they got out each day, exercised and played. This lens is well done and Thanks for sharing this lens and the other lenses about the retired greyhound racing dogs. Again, Thank You for everything as I appreciate it. Have a Great Day! (^_^)

anonymous on September 12, 2012:

I have 3 retired greyhounds. They love sqeaky furry toys !!!!!

flycatcherrr (author) on July 11, 2012:

@ae dc: The Labradors I know are as crazy for the squeaky tennis balls as the Greyhounds are, and with a Lab you also can't go wrong with any toy that dispenses treats, such as the Kong Wobbler. :)

ae dc on July 11, 2012:

i don't have a greyhound but a labrador :-) i wrote a lens about her. i'm sure she's also going to enjoy these toys.

flycatcherrr (author) on March 03, 2012:

@anonymous: Oh, I know the ones you mean - a grey friend of ours has the Beaver, too cute!

anonymous on March 03, 2012:

Those are some great ideas! My grey happens to most enjoy the non-stuffed animal toys that have a velcro opening to put squeakers in!! They're made by Kong, and when a squeaker looses it's squeak, you can just replace it, and the puppy thinks it's a whole new toy. Genius!

anonymous on January 10, 2012:

Thanks for the great ideas.

flycatcherrr (author) on December 29, 2011:

@SandyMertens: I hope you do get a greyhound some day, Sandy!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on December 29, 2011:

Great gift ideas for your dog. I would love to own a Greyhound.

flycatcherrr (author) on December 27, 2011:

@freyalou: Is it your lovely Freya the Lurcher who's the rope toy fiend? She reminds me so much of a shorter-legged version of my little female greyhound - and may I say, Freya is so lucky to have found you!

flycatcherrr (author) on December 27, 2011:

@ShariBerry: Can't go wrong with a Kong, we always say! :)

freyalou on December 27, 2011:

Some great ideas here - lovely photos too! My greyhound cross is partial to rope toys, whereas my first foster greyhound loved anything with a squeaker.

Sharon Berry from Michigan on December 22, 2011:

I don't have a greyhound but my dogs love chew toys. The problem is they destroy them within seconds. The only thing that survives in our house are the Kong toys. Kudo's to you, another great lens.

flycatcherrr (author) on December 20, 2011:

@darciefrench lm: Morkie... that would be a Maltese+Yorkshire Terrier, I'm guessing? Yep, nothing like a terrier for doing a fast "squeakectomy" on a stuffed toy! :)

jadehorseshoe on December 20, 2011:

Pretty Lens.

darciefrench lm on December 14, 2011:

I used to have a Morkie who was 5.5lbs soaking wet - she could tear open a stuffed doggie toy in seconds flat :) Good quality rubber toys were the only ones that lasted.

Dog Toys for Great Pyrenees Buyer’s Guide

Choosing toys for your Great Pyrenees is important as they need adequate exercise to stay healthy. Finding some toys that will encourage him to run and chase are key to keeping his weight in check, along with regular daily walks. Playing with toys will also satisfy his social and intellectual needs, providing him with healthy opportunities for the two of you to bond. Like many dogs, Great Pyrenees can become destructive if they become bored, so some excellent quality chew toys should be a part of your rotation. High quality toys are not expensive, so choose a wide variety to keep your Great Pyrenees interested over time.

Our buying guide reviews the best dog toys for Great Pyrenees on the market so you can choose the right ones for your dog. The following are considerations when choosing dog toys for your Great Pyrenees and will help you choose which features you need for your dog’s toys.

Intellectual Toys

Great Pyrenees are known to be very smart, so choose a few toys that will give him mental stimulation. This usually comes in the form of a treat-dispensing toy that offers a reward for figuring out the challenge. Interactive toys include treat-dispensing balls, maze balls, IQ balls, hide-and-seek toys and puzzle toys. These can often be adjusted to be more difficult as your clever Great Pyrenees figures them out.

Toys for Exercise

Choose a few toys that will encourage your Great Pyrenees to run and chase and remind him of his history as a livestock guard dog. Squeaker toys are great, as well as toys with interesting textures. Fetch balls with erratic bounces will keep your Pyr on his toes, while a ball launcher will help you out immensely. Make sure the ball or fetch toy you choose is durable and is sufficient size to prevent choking.

Toys for Chewing and Teething

Chew toys are especially helpful to place in your Pyr’s crate, if he will be spending extended lengths of time there. Your Great Pyrenees has very strong jaws, so any chew toys need to be made from the highest quality natural rubber or nylon. These toys must be made from pet-safe materials and be BPA-free. Chew toys that are flavored or can be filled with treats are a great choice, too. Do not choose chew toys that can crack easily or toys with small parts as your Great Pyrenees will easily destroy them if he wants to, making them potential choking hazards.

15 Best Cat Toys That Indoor and Outdoor Pets Will Love to Play With for Hours

Obstacles, feather wands, scratchers and other interactive toys for cats that are bored in the house.

If you can't swing by the pet store for a food or litter restock without an adorable toy or two finding their way into your cart, we understand. There's nothing cuter than watching your kitty roll around on the floor with their favorite plaything, and watching that tail twitch as you take a new cat toy out of the package.

But cat toys aren't just fun for Fluffy they're actually good for cats' health. Veterinarians say that playing has several very real benefits for felines. First, it can help them maintain a healthy weight if they're running around the house regularly, rather than sleeping every moment away. That, in turn, can help them live longer and keep chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes at bay. Play also keeps them mentally sharp. Just like people doing crosswords or Sudoku to limber up their brains, puzzle play engages cats' minds and staves off boredom, which also boosts their mood.

Plus, playing with your pet can improve your bond, too. Whether dangling a feather toy, tossing a catnip mouse across the room, or setting up a cat obstacle course (yes, they exist!), engaging with your pet will strengthen your relationship, which can even lead to better-behaved pets. If you're convinced, check out our list of top-rated cat toys below — and share your favorites in the comments! Have a dog, too? We've also got recommendations for the best dog toys you can buy.

If you just brought home a new furever friend, welcome them with a starter pack with plenty of variety. With a tunnel for hiding, a dangling wand, balls, springs and mice, this set of 24 toys will give your cat lots of options as they figure out which types of playthings they prefer.

For the tech-savvy kitty, try a concealed motion toy that encourages them to pounce and play. Just turn it on and let colored lights and a fluffy-ended wand get your cat dancing. It works great for independent playtime and has adjustable speeds, so you can customize it to your pet's agility level.

Interactive puzzle toys like this one typically keep your cat busy for longer than less-engaging catnip mice or bell balls, which can reduce boredom-related destruction. The balls' movement mimics prey, so kittens and elder cats alike will love chasing them.

For cats that like to play with feather wands, set up this automatic flutter toy to keep them occupied. The colorful butterflies rotate sporadically, encouraging them to bat and chase them. It comes with replacement butterflies too, just in case they catch and shred one.

Catnip toys are classic for a reason: Just about every feline loves them. Most cats will get excited when they smell the catnip and chase it around, then adorably cuddle the soft toy when they get tired. These refillable versions come in fluffy mouse and koala designs, and the catnip is produced without added chemicals or pesticides.

This realistic-looking fish toy wiggles and flops when you turn it on, enticing your cat to chase and catch it. It also comes with a catnip pouch for extra play incentive, and recharges via USB so you don't have to worry about replacing batteries.

Give your cat some much-needed exercise by dangling colorful feathers for them to chase. The retractable wand adjusts for larger or more limited spaces and it comes with a number of feather bunches, to keep things interesting.

These low-fi felt ball toys work great for those who don't like noisy or electronic playthings. They're also pretty enough that you may not mind as much if your little furry angel leaves them all over the living room.

For small spaces, go for this collapsible corrugated cardboard lounger that's also a scratching post. It comes with an attached bell toy, to get them engaged. You can also change up the toy's shape, so they don't get tired of it over time.

Give your outdoor cat some fun stimulation (and keep them from hunting birds and squirrels) with these colorful electronic swimming fish. Just turn them on, set them in a bowl of water, and let your cat bat them around. They also light up, for extra engagement.

Many cats (and even some dogs) love chasing laser pointers. If yours is one of those, get them this automatic laser toy that they can chase without you. The light will move randomly across the floor for 15 minutes so your cat doesn't get overstimulated and you also don't have to remember to turn it back off.

Keep your cat from chasing your robot vacuum by giving them another critter to follow. These rolling toys work on carpet, tile, and wood floors and will move in a similar way to natural prey. The set also comes with several attachments, so your cat can play with a crinkle ball one day, a ribbon another and a feather the next, to keep them from getting tired of it.

If you need a stocking stuffer for your kitty, look no further. Cats love the bouncing motion of these colorful springs when you toss them across the floor.

Many cheaper catnip toys fall apart quickly, especially if your kitten uses them for teething or your adult cat gets really excited as they play. Because of their sturdier fabric, these bite-resistant catnip toys will last longer and they come in a five-pack so you can replace each one when it does wear out.

For a unique toy that really does it all, try this windmill cat toy. It rotates when your cat bats at the light-up balls, to encourage them to keep playing, and also comes with catnip to get them even more interested. The base has a suction cup you can attach to the floor or the wall for stability. Its nubbly center can act as a massager or a chew toy to help clean your cat's teeth, too.

5 Great Dog Toys Your Greyhound Will Love - pets

Yes! Greyhounds make great pets, they are quiet, well mannered, and very easy to live with. They are friendly, lazy, calm, affectionate, clean, loving, trusting, good-natured and very social.

The Department of Local Government and Communities has amended the Dog Act 1976 to enable appropriately retired racing greyhounds to return to the community as pets without having to wear a muzzle. Exempt greyhounds are granted a “Green Collar status” and issued with a Green Collar after passing the National Temperament Testing Assessment. This is great news for greyhounds and helps to dispel the myth that greyhounds are vicious – something we know is far from the truth.

The Department, through the Dog Regulations 2013, prescribed Greyhounds as Pets WA (GAP) as a training organisation for the purposes of exempting a greyhound from wearing a muzzle in public. What this means is that when you adopt a greyhound from GAP you will be issued a Green Collar and identification card which proves your greyhound does not need to be muzzled in public. GAP is currently the only greyhound rehoming group recognised in WA able to issue Green Collars.

Yes. Greyhounds are fostered by GAP for four to six weeks to expose them to as many new experiences as possible. Evaluation of the greyhound as a companion animal is an important part of helping GAP to ensure that the right dog goes to the right home.
Foster carers introduce their greyhound to new things like vacuum cleaners, glass doors, stairs etc. Remember that life in a racing kennel environment is a relatively sheltered existence and your home will offer many new experiences for most greyhounds.

Contrary to what a lot of people think, greyhounds are more like sprinters rather than marathon runners. This means that most of them only require a 15-20 minute walk each day. Many can sleep for up to 20 hours a day so are great for families and busy working couples. However there are exceptions to the rule and some greyhounds will require more or less exercise dependent on their energy levels and age.
As a large breed of dog, greyhounds actually require much less room than other breeds of a similar size and will often be found curled up around the house. We have greyhounds living in studio apartments, units and townhouses, as well as large homes and rural properties. They are well suited to most environments.

If you are fostering to adopt or fostering a greyhound you will be issued a wire muzzle. Unless your greyhound has received a Green Collar from GAP, they must wear a muzzle at all times in public areas, including when on walks. Greyhounds can only receive a Green Collar once they have officially been adopted from GAP. Therefore, this means any greyhounds that are in foster must wear a muzzle in public, even if you are fostering to adopt.

Once you have been issued a Green Collar your greyhound will not need to wear a muzzle in public. However, should you wish to leave the muzzle on when you are introducing your greyhound to other pets, children or new environments – such as a busy dog park – you can rest assured your dog is used to wearing one, it does not hurt and they can drink normally while wearing it.

No, by law greyhounds must be kept on leash in all public places.
Your greyhound will be issued a Green Collar making it exempt from wearing a muzzle in public, however it is still law for all greyhounds to be kept on leash in public places – this includes off leash dog parks. Greyhounds are sighthounds and are very fast, even a greyhound with great recall can see something in the distance and run off to reach it. A sighthound in chase mode can easily run onto a busy road or through a fence without realising the danger. Therefore, for the safety of your greyhound and in keeping with Western Australian law please keep it leashed at all times.

Most greyhounds do not come toilet trained. However, they are generally very clean dogs. Living in a kennel environment, most dogs do not like to soil in their sleeping quarters, and will wait until turned out to relieve themselves. When first brought into the home, the greyhound should be treated in a similar manner to a puppy being housebroken – taking the dog outside every couple of hours for the first week or so, especially after meals, play and long naps.
It is important over the first few days to watch the greyhound closely when it is inside your house, so that you may correct it immediately if it tries to go to the toilet. When catching the dog in the act, say a firm NO and immediately take the dog outside. When it then continues to go to the toilet outside, praise the dog profusely. Do not tell the dog off if it has an accident inside but you are not there to catch it in time. Correcting the dog after the event will only serve to confuse and frighten the dog – corrections must be made at the time of the discretion, and not afterwards.

Greyhounds are great with children that know how to respect dogs. The nature of the greyhound breed means that they are relatively tolerant and accepting dogs, such as having children playing with them, but this should not be taken for granted and children should never be left unsupervised around the dog.
We recommend, as with all dogs, that children are taught to respect the dog, especially around the dog’s bed, around its food and at meal time.

GAP aims to ensure that all of our greyhounds are sociable with other dogs. They generally get along well with other dogs, although they may not play with them. Common sense should be exercised during the introductory period and supervised feeding is ALWAYS recommended in a multi-pet household. Throughout the foster period, your foster greyhound must be introduced to other dogs. In order to experience different living arrangements, for example living alone or with other dogs, foster dogs will be moved between foster homes accordingly.

Like all breeds, some greyhounds are more compatible with some types of animals than others. During the greyhound’s time at GAP, we try to expose them to as many different situations as possible in order to understand how each individual dog will respond. From there we are able to provide advice on the best living arrangements for each individual dog, including their compatibility with other pets.
Many will learn to accept other pets if introduced slowly and carefully, always with strict supervision. Any introductions should always be carried out on lead, and with the greyhound properly muzzled, until the dog’s reactions can be assessed. Risks should never be taken with the safety of your own pets.

Both! It depends on what kind of dog you are looking for. We tend to match greyhounds to homes based upon the individual personality of the dog and the adopter’s requirements rather than their gender. We have approximately equal numbers of males versus females that we have placed into pet homes. In terms of acquiring a second dog for your household, there is no hard and fast rule as to whether you should get a male (if you already have a female) and vice versa. We have many happy families living with two female dogs, two male dogs, one of each or an uneven mix of genders. It all just depends on the dogs’ personalities, which is why we offer all adopters a trial period before finalising any paperwork.

For an average sized greyhound, it is recommended to feed a good quality dry food twice daily according to the manufacturers’ recommendations and then adjusted as required to maintain an ideal body condition. This is usually about one to two cups of biscuits. For variety and interest you can combine this with fresh meat, tinned sardines, vegetables, pasta rice and eggs. If you intend to feed a dry-food only diet, please ensure it is labelled as ‘complete’ to ensure your greyhound is getting a balanced intake of all necessary dietary requirements. More in-depth feeding suggestions can be found in our re-homing manual which will come with your greyhound.

Our dogs usually range from two – five years of age, however we do sometimes get puppies and older dogs into the program from time to time. The average lifespan of a greyhound is 12 – 14 years.

They are quite a healthy breed with very few inherited health conditions due to centuries of selective breeding. As a large breed dog, many of the medical problems such as hip dysplasia that are quite common in dogs of the same size do not commonly occur in greyhounds. As a breed, they can have sensitivities to anaesthetics so it is best to take them to a vet that has greyhound experience if an anaesthetic is required or greyhound-specific condition is present. Other ailments found in this breed include minor digestion related conditions, bloat and Pannus (an eye condition which is easily controlled with daily drops).

The adoption fee for all of our greyhounds is $350 which includes a dog that is vet-checked, vaccinated, microchipped, de-sexed and intestinally wormed.
All greyhounds that are rehomed via GAP have been through the National Temperament Assessment and therefore have been issues with a Green Collar. A Green Collar means that the greyhound is able to be un-muzzled in public areas.
GAP also provides all adopted greyhounds with a lead and muzzle (in case there are situations where you’d prefer to use a muzzle, for example introducing your greyhound to other animals).

The National Temperament Testing Assessment is a rigorous behavioural program developed jointly by all official GAP programs around Australia. It was written by a qualified Animal Behaviourist, in conjunction with each State GAP program and draws upon the collective decades of experience of these organisations. This helps to ensure that when you adopt a greyhound from GAP it will make a great pet and a wonderful addition to your family.

Should the situation arise where you need to find your greyhound a new home, regardless of the amount of time passed since the adoption, please contact GAP for assistance. GAP is committed to ensuring that the greyhound has a suitable home for the entirety of its life.

Pets love being the center of attention. That’s why your dog or cat will love being the subject of your many photographs. You can also take your pet with you to new locations and sites to photograph. Try taking a shot of your dog or cat in a new locale every day. You’ll expand your photography skills and bond with your pet.

Of these hobbies for pet owners, birding — also called bird watching — might be the most exciting. If you prefer to gaze out the window in your pajamas, cats are your natural bird-watching companions. If you prefer to be outdoors, you can also train your dog to stay quiet and still as you observe and track down new bird species. Just keep him close so he doesn’t disturb the birds!

It’s never too late to choose a new hobby. What are your favorite hobbies to do with your pets? Tell us all about them in the comments!

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