Daily Life with a Hound

However much you love greyhounds or Lurchers and want to adopt one please stop and consider the day-to-day realities of living with a sight-hound. This may not be the right time in your life to adopt. Some people think that rescued dogs should be grateful for any sort of home and anything will do. Not so.
You can always support the hounds by attending various events. Careless treatment and loneliness are little better than cruelty and neglect... to the dog... There are fates worse than death for any hound. It has been said that “a greyhound coming from a racing kennel to live in a family home is rather like a human landing on the Moon.”
A working Lurcher would experience the same "where do 'I' fit in?" problems. Whatever past life the hound has had he/she may not be very pleased with the safe and loving home you offer immediately.
Even if “home” was a filthy shed. It WAS home.

  The Down Side with a Hound
Expect to make a long-term commitment, probably the next ten / twelve years.
Expect your couch potato to turn into a 40 mile an hour sprinter when off lead.
Expect your mild-mannered darling to become a killing machine at sight of "small fast movers."
Don’t expect a guard dog. You protect your hound not the other way round.
Don’t expect your hound to be bouncy for all of its life. Like us they slow down with age.
Some of them eat pooh. Theory 1. The natural response of any dog that has ever been hungry.
  Theory 2. In their wolf pack days "someone" had to remove evidence.
Newly homed hounds behave like ducks that have found a mother and follow you EVERYWHERE.
There will be a lot of unfinished tasks ... you'd rather be out with your hound. Please see below.  
The Up Side with a Hound
You’ll make new friends. People you don’t know will come along and chat about your hound.
You’ll wonder how you’ve lived so long without a hound (or two: our world is full of failed carers)
You’ll lose weight. Regular walks and carrying 15kg bags of complete mix will soon show.
You can’t solve the hound problem but you’re making a very important contribution.
Your house will be tidier. Newly homed hounds are very curious – and hungry – and tall.
No more left-overs. Meat, gravy, veg. can be added to their meals.
No more wondering what sort of dog you prefer. Hounds are addictive.
No more wondering what to do at weekends. Go fundraising with your favourite group
When things go wrong there’ll be at least one pair of uncritical eyes looking lovingly at you.
No more guilt about unfinished tasks. There’ll be someone in the house who is lazier than you.

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 Feeding Your New Hound

Hounds eat the same food as other dogs. (they prefer yours ... just leave it on any surface under 6ft high) Financially they're on a par with breeds such as Labradors.
However new owners may like the following hints.

Most groups recommend that you have some Complete Mix ready for your new hound and a large bowl with high sides. Their pointy noses make them rather untidy eaters and their long legs mean that a raised surface is easier to manage ( stool or similar will be adequate)

Retired greyhounds don’t need anything higher that 22% protein. Doctor John’s Silver or Gold, Greyhound Maintenance or Working Dog Complete is what most dogs have been used to in kennels. Because greyhounds have very little body fat we recommend putting a little cod liver oil or even sunflower oil in the main meal. The same will apply to any retired hound. ie one that is being kept as a pet.
Newly homed dogs may have loose motions from the stress involved in “moving house.”
If this happens include a raw egg or cooked rice, or a few slices of cheese in the next meal. An adult hound can safely have two or three raw eggs per week. They would certainly have found some when living in the wild.

Estimate 4 – 6 mugs of complete mix and water in total, per day, according to size and weight. Complete Mix with thin oxo gravy is always acceptable. Please remember NO SALT if you are cooking for your greyhound. Not too much offal. If you add a portion of meat subtract a mug of mix from the total. They really like veg. which means a portion of non-salty left overs can be included in their meals.
PLEASE REMEMBER the natural diet of a hound is Raw Rabbit. Fur for roughage, meat for protien, veg. in the stomach. All we're trying to do is civilise their tastes.

One Meal ?  Most greyhounds in kennels have one meal at midday. You can always continue this regime with one meal plus treats when they are good. Try to include some protein and a portion of cooked vegetables in this meal. Mince meat, sardines, cooked sausages or whatever else you have to hand.

Two Meals ? A lot of retired hounds have two meals per day. This is a good idea for settling a new dog and giving a feeling of security. A light breakfast of milk and cereal or brown bread and milk or biscuit and milk.
A main meal of Complete Mix and some tasty bits as above. Preferably before evening unless their tummies refuse to behave rationally otherwise. We know of one who now has her meal at 9pm just to be clean over night.

Three Meals ?  If your hound is very under weight try dividing the food intake into three. Hounds can be rather thin when they arrive. Your problem will be NOT over-feeding. Too much food too soon will upset his/her tummy and too much weight will make him/her slow and miserable. You should be able to see the last three ribs: but not from 50 yds away and not having to feel about for them or just have fond memories of where they were. Hounds have fine bones that won't take a lot of weight which is why their natural life span is longer than other Tall Dogs

Brown bread and butter, Bonio biscuits, dog chews, fried brown bread, dried tripe, pig’s ears and anything else you fancy from the Pet Shop. Lights ( lungs ) are cheap to buy and a good excuse for a day out. They reek to high heaven when cooked. (all that stale air) In general terms local Pet Shops will usually give better value than the Super Stores and the staff will probably take more interest in you and your new friend.