Your Greyhound wouldn’t hurt a fly. He’s calm, collected and friendly with everyone. So you want to be able to let him off the leash so he can stretch those running legs. However, you live in a busy area with lots of traffic and vehicles around. So you’re worried if you let him roam around off the leash that he might get involved in an accident. Therefore, you need to carefully train your Greyhound off the leash.
Get this training right and there will be a number of positives. Firstly, Greyhounds simply cannot get the same amount of exercise if they are walked on a leash. So if you are out at work for a lot of the day and don’t have too much time to walk him, then this could seriously improve his quality of life. Also, Buddy is simply far happier off the leash and what other motivation do you need than that?
Training a Greyhound to walk off-leash won’t necessarily be easy and it certainly comes with risks. You may not be able to control your dog if other pets suddenly appear on the scene or they like the look of something on the horizon. So rigorous obedience training will be used, while you instill a dependence in them to stay close to your side.
If your Greyhound is still a puppy then they should be a fast learner and you could see results in just a couple of weeks. However, if your dog is older with years of bad habits under their collar then you may need a couple of months. If you get this training right you’ll never have to worry again about the gate being left over and them escaping. Furthermore, the increased exercise they will get from being off the leash is actually good for their mental health!
Before you start work, you will need to gather a few bits. A training leash will be required. As will treats or their favorite food broken into small pieces. Another important component is a secure space where you can practice off-leash.
You don’t have to set aside specific time for training, instead, you can practice when you’re out on your daily walk. A friend will also be required for one of the methods below.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and optimism, then work can begin!
I got my pup from Spain when she was 4 1/2 months old. we have been working hard on recall and she is very good at returning. We live in a rural area and we walk in fields and she reacts to rabbits/hares etc, just bolts off after them. Will this always happen or is it possible to train not to react? I worry she will run too far or onto the road.
Hello, I would start by working up to more distractions in your training. Pay attention to the PreMack Principle and long leash training sections from the article I have linked below. These need to be practiced around all types of distractions like dogs, the field where small animals appear, and people to ensure pup is reliable before attempting true off leash. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-to-come-when-called/ Some many dogs, if you will consistently practice those methods I mentioned often (recall should be done hundreds of times in training, not just a few sessions for true reliability), but for those with really high prey drives, very scent driven, or high wander lust, some remote collar training might be needed following that training. Start with the methods I mentioned above because that are important to teach before attempting any remote collar training anyway. If you find pup is a dog who needs additional consistency with recall, then check out this trainer, who specializes in off-leash training and animal chasing behaviors. Overview of training: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtJxSXu4rfs How to videos and examples: https://www.youtube.com/c/JamiePenrithDogTraining/search?query=come Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Olive is an ex-racing greyhound who retired in May, I’ve had her a couple of months now and although she is very lazy, she also enjoys exploring when we are out on our walks, I want to to be able to let her off the lead when on walks without worry of her running off. She shows an interest in squirrels when on walks so killing little animals is something that worries me! I have started letting her off the lead once we get back from our walks and we are outside the house (she just waits patiently on the doorstep while I unlock the door). The rescue centre I adopted her from also warned me never to let her off the lead due to her breed. Does this mean Olive will never be allowed off the lead? Or is there a way I can train her to be obedient off the lead?
Hello, I am quite sure that the rescue centre had the right intentions, telling you to not let Olive off the lead. If she is recently retired, remember she has been spending lots of time being encouraged to chase small moving things.This is not easily trained out of a Greyhound and I do think that you would most likely be upset if she caught something and caused the little creature injury or death. You can work on perfecting her recall to see if she comes to you without any distractions or hesitation. But I would practice it at the dog park where it is highly unlikely that a squirrel would be around: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-come-back. If you would like her to be able to run, why not join a flyball club? Olive would be amazing at it!
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Rain is 3 years of age I got her from dogs trust how is the best way to get her stop freezing when out on walks or get her to return to me I only had her a few days ago or how to get her to play with toys
Hello Michael, Check out ruffwear.com Ruffwear has various types of dog coats depending on how cold it is where you are. They have fleece and even down - which tends to be a lot warmer than the coats sold in most pet stores. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Reel In" method or one of the other method if he seems more motivated by movement or treats. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Check out the video that I have linked below for how to get him interested in toys and picking them up. https://youtu.be/D-uUQE32FuU Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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