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!