Making Your Sighthound Happy

Sighthounds love to run, periodically setting off at speeds that leave you deserted. Physically, these dogs have an athletic, slim, and streamlined shape with relatively long legs and a long, slender face with close-set, forward-pointing eyes.  Breeds in this group are the short-distance, rapid sprinters of the canine world, which is the reason your dog wants to take off all of a sudden.

They hunt by sight and often follow the impulse to pursue quick-moving objects. Contrary to what many may think, they do not need a large amount of exercise; it is the kind of exercise that is significant.

Greyhounds, for instance, are sometimes known as the "60 mph couch potato" because their short, intensive bursts of energy are separated by long stretches of napping. Two 20-minute strolls a day can be sufficient for these dogs if they can run free in a protected, level area with no streets to present a risk. 

In spite of their hunting inclinations, your sighthound ought to be a joy to exercise. It can, without much stress, be trained to heel walk, but you must make a point to keep a decent hold of their lead, as an unexpected cat or a passing cyclist or jogger can trigger their pursuit impulses.

Dog Playing

Sighthounds appreciate exploring the backyard or garden and will joyfully occupy themselves pursuing birds, falling leaves, or other quick-moving objects. Neighborhood cats are also a diversion, even if the dogs get along with cats in their home.  Therefore it is essential to train these dogs to keep them safe.

These dogs will make their own "prey," hurling or throwing balls and toys into the air and afterward pursuing and jumping on them as they land and roll.

Leave an assortment of safe toys in the yard for them to play with like balls and safe, large indestructible chew toys. They may likewise appreciate more destructible toys like stuffed animals or consumable bones. However, make sure to bring them inside during a wet day. 

Numerous sighthounds appreciate burrowing as well, so placing some treat-filled toys around the yard or in a plastic ball pit set aside as their burrowing zone.


Playing with You

Discovering protected, appropriate spots for quick, active dogs to practice away from your yard can be challenging. Some breed associations enlist greyhound race tracks for fun racing activities, and watching Afghans or any sighthounds run around a track at maximum speed is an amazing sight.

Locate a protected, hound-friendly beach or close by field to work out, play fetch, and practice recall training, all great workouts for these breeds. A ball-thrower to expand your tossing distance would allow your dog a greater chance of hitting its top speed.

Sighthounds can act a bit like cats in their play--stalking, pursuing, and jumping on their toys. Attach a toy to the tip of a length of rope and afterward urge your dog to pursue it.

You could even connect the rope to the end of a strong post, for example, a floor brush handle, to make a canine adaptation of a cat’s angling pole toy.


Enthusiastic Holding

Your sighthound commonly longs for comfortable beds between those eruptions of energy. Indeed, even larger breeds of this group can curl up snugly into a dog bed; if you need to make your own bed, an old duvet folded up would make an excellent bed.

Your sighthound can develop close bonds with other dogs, although toy dogs may trigger their chasing impulses if they behave a lot like quick moving toys. Cats and even rabbits would be able to live cheerfully in homes with sighthounds, but that relies on whether they have been raised together and how cautiously they are introduced and supervised.

If you have cats and want to adopt one of these dogs, make sure the dog has grown up with cats in a breeder's home to give you the best opportunity to introduce your new pet to its family. Once you bring your sighthound home, it would be best to start training.

Be especially cautious if considering taking on a rescue sighthound if you have small animals, and maybe as your veterinarian for recommendations for a behaviorist to help you introduce your new family member.


Feeding Sight Hounds

Your sighthound most likely is not food-motivated except if they are hungry from activity; indeed, some sight hounds can be very particular about what they eat. Nonetheless, as they enjoy quick-moving toys that they can pursue and catch, you can make eating times all the more fun by placing half of their day by day dry food portions in toys that hold food.

Use about 10% as rewards when training, particularly when instructing your sighthound to recall. The rest of the allocation can be divided into two meals and served in a bowl.  

Sighthounds can make amazing companions for active families; though they require quite a bit of training and care, the effort is certainly worth it.

Shelly

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