Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies

Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies


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“The next best thing to having an experienced Greyhound owner living with you.”
—Joan Belle Isle, President, Greyhound Project

“Anyone who reads this book and follows its guidance will have a happier, healthier dog and be a happier, more relaxed dog owner.”
—Hal and Karen Hawley, Greyhound Friends Northwest

The Greyhound has been celebrated in song and legend for thousands of years. Nowadays, Greyhounds are bred almost exclusively for racing. In the bad old days, prior to the 1980s, dogs that didn’t make the grade at the track, and those past their primes, were destroyed. According to official estimates, 60,000 of these noble, mild-mannered dogs were destroyed each year! Fortunately, a number of organizations now exist devoted to rescuing these unwanted dogs and placing them in good homes.

Thinking about adopting a retired racing Greyhound? Or maybe you’re already sharing your life with one of these charming animals. Either way, this friendly guide tells you everything you need to know to:

  • Understand the Greyhound personality
  • Find a retired racing Greyhound to adopt
  • Choose the right ex-racer for you and your family
  • Educate yourself and your retired racer
  • Give your new pal the diet and exercise it needs
  • Keep your dog healthy and happy for years to come

With plenty of good humor and straight-talk, Lee Livingood drawing on her forty-years of experience training adult rescue dogs to cover all the pros and cons of being a retired racing Greyhound owner, and she fills you in on:

  • The amazing 8000-year history of the Greyhound
  • Deciding whether an ex-racer is the right do for you and your family
  • Physical and behavioral characteristics
  • How to get a retired racer used to living in a home and be a companion
  • Dealing with common behavioral and health problems
  • Feeding, grooming, and exercising a Greyhound
  • Fun things to do with your hound

Bursting with expert advice on all aspects of living with an ex-racer, Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies is must reading for anyone considering adoption or who’s already taken the leap.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764552762
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 177,301
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lee Livingood has been training adult rescue dogs for nearly 40 years. She lives with two adopted ex-racers, volunteers for her local Greyhound adoption group, and writes for Greyhound and other dog publications.

Table of Contents


PART I: Getting to Know Greyhounds.

Chapter 1: The History of Greyhounds.

Chapter 2: Retired Racing Greyhounds 101: The Basics of the Breed.

PART II: Finding Your Soul Mate.

Chapter 3: Determing Whether a Retired Racing Greyhound Is Right for You.

Chapter 4: Getting Ready to Adopt a Retired Racer.

Chapter 5: Welcoming a Retired Racer into Your Family.

PART III: Training Your Greyhound for Life after the Racetrack.

Chapter 6: Living with a Retired Racing Greyhound.

Chapter 7: Learning to Speak Dog.

Chapter 8: Elbows off the Table!: Teaching Your Greyhound Basic Household Etiquette.

Chapter 9: More Training: Adding Multitask Behaviors.

Chapter 10: Dealing with Behavioral Problems.

Chapter 11: Helping the Fearful Dog Stand on His Own Four Feet.

PART IV: Keeping Your Retired Racing Greyhound Healthy.

Chapter 12: Feeding Your Greyhound.

Chapter 13: Grooming Your Dog.

Chapter 14: Preventing Health Problems.

Chapter 15: Avoiding Emergencies.

Chapter 16: Knowing What to Do When Your Retired Racer Gets Sick.

PART V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Reasons to Adopt a Retired Racer.

Chapter 18: Ten Things to Do Before You Bring Home a Retired Racer.

Chapter 19: Ten Rules for Training a Retired Racer.

Chapter 20: Ten Fun Things to Do with Your Hound.

Appendix A: The NGA Pet Certificate.

Appendix B: Resources.


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Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
alkerr57 More than 1 year ago
We were in the process of adopting a retired racing greyhound and this was one of the 2 resource books most highly recommended. I read it before we adopted our boy and it is an excellent source, both before and after adoption.
CMSchakel More than 1 year ago
This book was extremely useful and full of detailed information. It helped us decide whether our home was right for the breed. It's easy to read, gives many helpful insights and suggestions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great resource. We rescued a greyhound from the track and we can't imagine life without him! He's a big sweetie. If you are looking to adopt a sweet, family friendly dog, rescue a greyhound!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This and Branigan's book were very helpful when adopting my grey. This book has lots of good training tips.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If anyone is looking for a great book about Greyhounds and their care this is the book! Very informative and very easy to read and understand!
reneern120 More than 1 year ago
I have had large dogs my whole life. When I adopted Banana I though I knew everything that I needed to know about her and her care. This was not true, different dogs have different needs. This book was a big help!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for learning what to expect when you bring home your new greyhound.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If there is one flaw in this book, it's that it does not include all other dog breeds in the title. Though written for those interested in Greyhounds, the training and behavioral information is cutting-edge, and applies to every breed. Even if you're not planning to add a Greyhound to your family, if you have a dog, BUY THIS BOOK! You'll learn how to manage behavior problems in a kind and humane way, and how to 'catch your dog doing it right.' This book is such a breath of fresh air, and absolutely the one book I will recommend to ALL dog owners. I cannot rate this high enough. 5 stars somehow seems paltry. With the information shared here by Lee Livingood, I was able to turn my incorrigible dog into the 1999 National Service Dog of the Year.
AW_OC More than 1 year ago
Easy to read, lots of good info for people who have not previously owned a greyhound. Good points to think about when you are considering adopting a retired racer.
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This book is great. The information about the greyhound is interesting. The traing tips are invaluable. And its all broken up into easy to follow pieces just like all "dummies books." This is a must have for all greyhound families and maybe for any dog owner in general.
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