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One of the most important things to our program is adoption success.  We hope you will find what you need to create and keep a happy and healthy household from these resources.

Behavior & Training

  • Managing a shy or fearful dog takes some finesse. The average instinct is to coddle the dog when in reality, they need the exact opposite.

  • Being able to read canine body language can help get you and your dog out of sticky situations where in a multi-dog household, out for a walk, at your local pet store or at the dog park.

  • How to curb destructive chewing.

  • Thunder phobia and fear of fireworks are major stresses for some dogs. Help your dog overcome those fears through these practical steps.

  • Greyhounds are truly pack animals because of the way they are raised and their competitive nature. Knowing how to manage that dominant behavior is key to a happy pack.

  • Please learn from this article the dangers of using a flexi or retractable leash with your Greyhound. Greyhounds (dogs that can run 40 miles an hour) should never be on a retractable leash.

  • While we do cat and small dog test our Greyhounds before placing them, not all cats and small dogs are created equal. Please take great care when introducing your new Greyhound to the pets in your home.

  • While most of the dogs we place are not puppies, house training an adult dog is very much like house training a puppy. Here are some great tips toward reminding your Greyhound that the house is now their crate.

  • Puppies may be cute when the nip and bite while playing but, an adult dog mouth isn't quite as cute. If your Greyhound is a nitter, nipper or biter, here are some great tips on making it stop.

  • The Nothing in Life is Free program is a great way to manage your dominant dog. Using NILIF, your dog earns everything it gets.

  • This tutorial is a great reminder on how to train your dog (or cat) through using praise and treats and other positive reinforcement instead of scolding.

  • Helpful information on how to prepare your pet for the new baby.

  • Is your dog marking its territory in your home. Here are some great ideas to stop marking behavior.

  • This article discusses the basics in reducing separation anxiety in your pets. Since Greyhounds have never been alone, working through separation anxiety is one of the most difficult behaviors that new "only dog" owners will experience.

  • Our own Foster Coordinator put together some of her tried and true tips and tricks for managing separation anxiety. Since Greyhounds have never been alone, working through separation anxiety is one of the most difficult behaviors that new "only dog" owners will experience.

  • So, you've had your Greyhound for a while and he/she has really settled in and listens to your commands so, why not try letting the dog off lead? Please learn from this person's experience to answer the question for your situation.

Medical

  • This website post discusses Cushings and Addisons Diseases and their commonality in Greyhounds.

  • Greyhound tails are like whips and can easily break open, spraying blood everywhere. Bandaging them isn't so easy.

  • This is a great list of items to include in your dog's first aid kit.

  • Greyhounds don't have body fat so they are more susceptible to heat exhaustion than many other breeds. Please take precautions to make sure your Greyhound is safe in the heat.

  • These are hard, painful areas found on the digital pads of Greyhounds. A Greyhound may have 1 or more corns, and they may vary in size and exact location on the pads. They all share the generally circular appearance, the hard core, and they are consistently painful at least to some extent.

  • Creatinine concentrations can be different for Greyhounds than they are for other breeds.

  • Rarely Greyhounds will test positive for Ehrlichia. This article discusses the condition and follow up testing.

  • Food allergies account for about 10% of all the allergies seen in dogs. It is the third most common cause after flea bite allergies and atopy (inhalant allergies) Food allergies generally account for 20% of the causes of itching and scratching in dogs. Food allergies plus atopy account for another 20%.

  • Greyhounds aren't the same as other breeds and this article documents many of the things that make them medically different.

  • Dr. C. Guillermo Couto is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialties of Internal Medicine and Oncology. He has coauthored the best selling Small Animal Internal Medicine textbook (Elsevier), now on its 5th Edition, has published over 150 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and 150 book chapters and is an expert in Greyhound and sighthound medicine. CVC provides consultation services and educational opportunities in veterinary and comparative oncology, hematology, cytology, clinical pathology, transfusion medicine, and sighthound medicine.

  • Greyhound blood tests do not return the same results as the average dog breed so it's important to know how to analyze the results. Always check your Greyhound's blood panel results against this list.

  • Greyhounds are one of the few breeds that work as universal blood donors. Your Greyhound could qualify as a blood donor too. Find the contact information to get your dog tested here.

  • One of the admirable features of our Greyhounds is their long delicate tail. Another is their happy disposition and joyful wagging when they're happy. Unfortunately, when you put the two things together, you can have a minor disaster in just a few minutes. It's called "happy tail".

  • Heartworms can kill your Greyhound and, in Missouri and Kansas, our temperatures never get cold enough to kill the causing factors so treating all year round is recommended.

  • Hypothyroidism is one of the most over-diagnosed conditions in veterinary medicine and is a scapegoat for conditions as diverse as lethargy and hyperactivity, shyness and aggression.

  • Does my Greyhound Really Have Kidney Disease? Greyhounds will sometimes be diagnosed with kidney disease when the creatinine levels are off for other breeds and maybe not even typical for other Greyhounds but, they could still be typical for YOUR Greyhound.

  • As our greyhounds age, quite a few of them, especially the males, become weak, wobbly, and/or painful in the rear end. Many of these are affected by lumbosacral stenosis (LS), a narrowing of the last part of the spinal canal, which causes compression of the nerve roots.

  • Some cases of pancreatitis have no cause that can be readily identified. An equal number can be directly traced to the dog consuming greasy or fatty food. Pancreatitis is no more peculiar to greyhounds than to any other breed.

  • This eye disease is also called chronic superficial keratitis. It's a chronic, immune-mediated disease that can affect both eyes, and if not treated, can cause blindness. The eyes develop areas of inflammation that can cover the corneas, blood vessels grow across the eye to the affected areas, and pigmentation may develop on the surface of the cornea.

  • By far, in greyhounds, the most common reason for multiple nail loss from multiple feet is pemphigus-aka symmetrical lupoid onchodystrophy (SLO). In pemphigus/SLO, the nails separate at the base and come off.

  • The adult Dipylidium caninum lives in the small intestine of the dog or cat, attached to the intestinal wall by several suckers as well as by a structure called a rostellum which resembles a hat with hooks on it. Most people are confused about the size of a tapeworm because they only see its segments which are small; the entire tapeworm is usually 6 inches or more. IMPORTANT: It is nearly impossible for tapeworms to be passed among pets or to humans.

  • Get the lowdown on hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and more.

Our Impact

  • Total Dogs Adopted

    422

  • Dogs Adopted in 2017

    13

  • Volunteer Hours in 2017

    342

  • Adoption Events in 2017

    19

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