Sighthounds

Sighthounds are a diverse group of dog breeds who often share similar personality & behaviour traits. They can pose a challenge to those who are unfamiliar with them and I know that I personally am very reluctant to trust anyone else with my own dogs. However, with years of experience working with, rehabilitating and learning from these dogs, I feel I am ideally positioned to understand and cater for their specific needs.

Leads and muzzles

All sighthounds are genetically programmed to hunt. Dogs from a working background, whether it be racing or coursing, have often had their chase instincts and prey drives nurtured during early life, meaning that special care must be taken around wildlife, livestock, the friendly neighbourhood cat, and sometimes even other dogs (usually of the small and fluffy variety).

Appropriate management varies from dog to dog, and I am happy to be advised by individual clients as to what combination of leads and muzzles you recommend using for your particular dog(s). I understand that a muzzled dog isn’t necessarily an aggressive one and that an on lead dog isn’t necessarily an unhappy one. Equally I understand that some sighthounds have been trained to and can enjoy freedom to run off lead safely in appropriate environments. I will never let a dog off lead unless you have specifically asked me to and I concur that it is safe to do so.

a woodland walk with sighthounds: note the selective use of leads and muzzles (and in this case a long line)

Emotional baggage

Sighthounds can carry all sorts of emotional, and sometimes physical, baggage depending on their background prior to rescue. It can take time and patience and often a lifetime’s work to counter things like lack of socialisation, inappropriate punishment, isolation and neglect. With an awareness of  potential behavioural consequences such as fear, nervousness and aggression,  first hand experience of dealing with these and a sound knowledge of behavioural science I aim to accommodate these sort of issues within the service I provide and make every dog feel comfortable and at home regardless of their background.

Big precious lumps

While it can vary widely from dog to dog, on the whole I think it’s fair to say that sighthounds are quite lazy dogs! They are not called 45mph couch potatoes for nothing, and in between brief burst of energy many love nothing more than to spend their days and evenings snoozing on the sofa. And that’s OK – with a houseful of sighthounds of my own I am not precious about my furniture!

House coats and PJs are worn by many short coated sighthounds when the weather turns cold and I am happy to dress your hound as you see fit! I also understand the great lengths one needs to go to to persuade certain sighthounds to venture out in the cold and wet, and that they will often not even entertain this idea until they have been swaddled in a warn and waterproof coat!

with my own greyhound Dennis, visiting greyhound pup Joe and my podenco Gizzy: what’s mine is theirs!

Health matters

The combination of speed and paper thin skin does not bode well for many sighthounds! I have regular experience of the minor cuts, nicks and scrapes that these dogs manage to sustain in day to day life – there is always a first aid kit to hand both at the house and in the car. Equally I will not hesitate to whisk a dog straight to the vets should they sustain any more serious injuries.

Being deep chested dogs, sighthounds are prone to bloat so I understand the importance of leaving time between exercise and dining and can also raise your dog’s food and water if that is what they are accustomed to. I am also aware that many of these dogs can have sensitive tums so am happy to give only treats you feel are appropriate for their diet.

Sighthounds only

Sighthounds love sighthounds – they seem to recognise each other for the uniquely superior form of dogs that they are(!). By making the day care and home boarding services I offer available exclusively to sighthounds this means your dog can relish in the company of their own kind, and any hounds who are upset by the presence or behaviour of non-houndie types need not worry.

My own four dogs are used to sighthound boarders and fosters and are always welcoming to other dogs in our home. Their own calm and relaxed natures seem to rub off on any newcomers, helping to alleviate any stress your dog may experience through being apart from you.

visiting lurcher Stumpy & my own greyhound Dennis relaxing together on the sofa


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