Your Greyhound is the gentle and kind companion you’ve been longing for and is the perfect family pet. He is eager to please you and because of this, he will be relatively easy to train. He is overly affectionate and friendly, which means that he wants to greet passers-by when out on a walk. This isn’t always ideal, especially if those people don’t like dogs. It’s important that your Greyhound learns to sit in certain situations like this so that you can stop him in his tracks.
Learning to sit will also be a foundation for a whole host of obedience commands. By teaching him to sit, you are teaching him manners and respect, which are priceless traits for a dog to have. He will need to learn that you are the pack leader and for this to happen, he has to believe you are in charge.
It’s important that you train your Greyhound to be obedient to you as he has the innate behaviors of a hunter. When he catches a scent, it is only natural for him to want to run after it. It is also important that he learns to sit and wait patiently at the side of a road or before you put his food down.
If he is a youngster, he should pick up the training quickly as he will be enthusiastic and receptive to training. You should start to see results in a couple of days. If your Greyhound is slightly older, then you may need a little longer for him to get the hang of it. Try repeating the training at different times of day and vary the location so that he does not get bored. Due to Greyhounds' conformation, you may not want to make him hold the sitting position for too long as this can be uncomfortable for them.