Aside from the benefits to your relationship, training your Greyhound advanced tricks will be fun! Friends and family will be amazed at parties and BBQs when your greyhound gives you a high-five, army crawls for a treat, rolls over, or even more. Not many people have seen these beautiful dogs first hand, so introducing the breed to new people and showing off just what amazing pets they can be is an amazing service that might inspire others to adopt a retired Greyhound in need.
Greyhounds also have shorter attention spans than other dogs. Before you begin training, make sure that your dog has had plenty of time to run and play and "get the wiggles out." You'll have a hard time teaching him to roll over if he just wants to play. Limit your training time to about 10 or 15-minute intervals. It's OK to do it a few times a day. After the morning walk and before breakfast or after an evening run and before dinner are perfect times to train.
Below you'll find three different tricks you can try to teach your dog. Read through each method and adjust as you need. With a lot of time and patience, you'll be able to teach your Greyhound advanced tricks in no time.
Is it feasible to try to teach my dog to “roll over”?
My dog is very healthy for his age, and he knows a lot of tricks already. He definitely knows more than most greyhounds, and he’s part Saluki. However, he learned his tricks years ago. He flops onto his side readily when we say “bang!”, so step 1 of rolling over is already good. I tried teaching him to roll over today using treats and he seemed to get frustrated because he’s used to doing a regular routine of tricks before getting a treat. I know he’s a little old, and greyhounds tend to struggle with tricks like that. Is it worth trying?
Hello Kyndle, That just depends a lot on pup's own body - does he have arthritis, joint, bone, or pain issues? Pup should not be too old to learn mentally if he is otherwise in good enough health physically. I would teach it on something firm but cushioned, like a thick rug or thick yoga mat, go slow, and reward small attempts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMRRLUyAIyw Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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