Specialist Care Tips

for Greyhounds and Rescue Dogs

Caring for a rescue dog can be hard, which is why our greyhound experts have put together the following care advice for retired racing dogs adopted from Greyhound Trust Cornwall. Contact us today, in Cornwall, with any further enquiries.


When you adopt your greyhound from us, they’ll come with a collar, lead, and muzzle, and will have been vaccinated, wormed, and usually neutered. Additionally, Petplan will provide the first four weeks of insurance coverage free of charge.


Obviously, we cannot guarantee a house-trained dog, but most greyhounds are clean in their kennels and once they know where you want them to “go”, they’ll be happy to stick to that routine.

Making Friends

If you are looking at rescuing a greyhound and already own another dog, we recommend that you bring them with you when you come to meet your new friend. The first meeting between the two dogs should always be in a neutral area, not including any areas where your dog regularly walks, as these are considered secondary territories.

Dealing with Anxiety and Fireworks

It is extremely important to remember that your greyhound may never have been left alone before, so if you do leave them at home, they may be scared and confused. So, we have a few tips to try and eliminate any separation anxiety.

Health and Maintenance

Greyhounds do make for wonderful pets, but it is important to keep a few simple ideas in mind when it comes to maintenance and health.

Heat and Cold

Greyhounds are particularly susceptible to extreme temperatures, as they only carry a small portion of fat on their bodies. This becomes much more obvious in cold weather, rather than warm weather.

Special Needs

The majority of greyhounds do settle easily into family life. However, there are those with specific needs who are also looking for homes. These are often dogs with behavioural problems, extreme shyness, or who are simply just so overwhelmed by the world outside the kennel doors that they experience adjustment problems. All of these dogs require special homes to meet their behavioural needs, where they can find inner peace and join the world outside their kennels.

Babies and Children

It is absolutely essential that when introducing a canine into a home where small babies or small children are present, special care is taken. This is no exception with greyhounds. Children must be educated to stay calm and gentle with the dog and have respect for its needs and its bed.

You should provide your dog with a place to escape so that when they have had enough, they can retreat into their own space. Greyhounds are a gentle, placid, and people-orientated breed, but all breeds have a breaking point when taunted by children, and neither children nor babies should ever be left unattended with the dog.

Getting Older

Ageing is a genetic process, and your dog ages much faster than you do, with dogs being classed as mature at just 18 months. The life expectancy of a dog ranges from 8 to 16 years and varies due to the state of health and breed.

Caring for Greyhounds

Adopting rescue dogs is a big responsibility, and our greyhound trust offers advice and support.

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