Despite being bred for coursing game and racing, your Greyhound is still pretty fantastic to have in the house. He’s gentle, intelligent and affectionate. Yours may be a puppy, so his racing days are still in the future. However, for him to be an effective hunter or sprinter, he needs to be well-trained and that means starting with the basics, such as ‘sit’ and ‘down’. But currently you are struggling to get him follow any of your instructions, so it’s time proper training was introduced.
Training him to lie ‘down’ will prove invaluable. It is precisely the sort of command you may need when out hunting. However, even at home, it will come in handy. For example, the ‘stay’ and ‘roll over’ commands start with going ‘down’ first. So, it will help instill discipline and start the training for a number of other instructions too.
This is one of the first and easiest commands you can teach your Greyhound. Plus, because they are relatively smart, he should get the hang of it in a matter of days. Training will consist of initially conveying to him what it is you want him to do. Once he understands the ‘down’ command, you simply need to reinforce training with the right tasty motivator.
This type of obedience training can take just a day or two if your Greyhound is a receptive puppy. However, if he is older and stubborn, then you may need a while longer. It could be 10 days before you see consistent results. Having said that, don’t be put off by a few days of training. It will be more than worth it when he responds and is on the path to being a well-trained and responsive Greyhound.
Before you get to work, you will need to collect a few bits. Stock up on some tasty treats. Alternatively, break his favorite food into small chunks. You will also need a favorite toy, such as a tennis ball, plus you will require a clicker.
Set aside just 5 to 10 minutes each day for training. Choose a time where you both won’t be distracted and practice in a room where valuables aren’t at risk of getting broken.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a can-do attitude, then work can begin!