Ever since you’ve had Rocket, he's been quick on his feet. You take your Greyhound out for a walk, as soon as you throw that ball he's off. Half the time he's sprinted across a field and ready to catch the ball before it has even hit the ground. When he sees another dog on the horizon he's also off at lightning fast speeds. You always intended to train your Greyhound to race and now you know he definitely has the attributes needed to become a speedy racer.
Training your Greyhound to race is fun for both of you! You get to work closely together and bond while also working towards a goal. You then get the proud parent moment when you see them bolting around a track overtaking other Greyhounds. Training is also fantastic exercise for them, helping to keep them fit and healthy into old age.
Training a Greyhound to run is pretty easy. But training them to race to a high standard is no easy feat. You will need to set goals and gradually build up their speed and stamina. You will also need to get them used to the racing environment and running around other dogs. To do all this, you will use a range of positive reinforcement techniques. Training will also consist of looking at their diet and other lifestyle changes to make sure they are in peak physical condition.
Remember you’ll need a serious amount of willpower to successfully train Rocket to race. It will be challenging to keep both of you motivated and working hard, so this training isn’t for the faint-hearted. It could take anywhere from a few months to years to get them race ready. The methods below will work with both puppies and adult dogs. But if they are older it may take them a little while longer to respond to training.
Your Greyhound will need a few things before you get started. A launch box will be the first thing to train them with, so you will need one of those. You will also need a lure, a long leash, gates and a coat to keep them warm during winter training.
You will also need a generous supply of high-quality dog food to ensure they are in top shape. Some healthy dog treats will also be used to motivate them during training. Lastly, make sure you are patient. Rocket doesn’t speak human so stay calm and take it slow! Further down the line, you will also need a track and other dogs to train around.
I am interested in training lachdawg for racing, however am unsure of how often we will need to train. Is it daily or will that wear him out too much?
Hello Lachlan, First of all, keep all training short and easy until one year of age. Up until a year of age dog's growth plates are still changing and they are more prone to breaks and injuries. A dog under a year should not be exercised strenuously. Racing greyhounds are typically run about three times a week, with time in between for their muscles to repair and grow. You can practice normal training between runs, teaching him to follow things at a slower pace and focus on the prey, but keep these sessions very low key and slow. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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