Greyhound puppies are affectionate dogs that get along with the entire family. However, they are very sensitive and are a breed that does better with older and calmer children. With that sensitivity comes easy distraction and a tendency to be somewhat distressed by noise and confusion. Their nature makes obedience training time-consuming and requires patience, but it is necessary to build your dog's confidence and help create a bond between pet and owner. It is important to stay gentle so that your puppy reacts positively to the training.
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Do not use punishment to train your dog. Greyhounds are sensitive and extremely intelligent breeds and will take what you say literally. This includes spanking your dog and rubbing its nose in the aftermath of its accidents. Punishing your dog will lower its confidence and make it less likely to attempt to do things the right way.
Correct your greyhound and be done with it. Although greyhounds are smart, they do not have the ability to think logically. If your dog has an accident or does something wrong, correct it once and move on. If not, it will be confused as to why you are upset with it without any association to the mistake it made earlier in the day. By correcting your dog once and only once after its mistake, it will remember to associate the correction with the action.
Be persistent with your greyhound. Some owners become frustrated because while greyhounds are eager to please, they tend to be more independent than other breeds and are not motivated by traditional training methods such as food training.
Socialise your greyhound. They are a breed that needs early socialisation with other dogs and people in order to build self-assurance. If your puppy does not become accustomed to noise and people at a young age, it may become excessively fearful of loud noises and timid around people it doesn't know.
Keep training short and simple. Greyhounds do not have long attention spans because they tend to notice everything. A few minutes of training a day will be enough for your dog to begin to learn the correct habits.
Make commands such as "sit" and "heel" a common part of your day. Although intense training should be done only a few moments a day, it is important to remain consistent and let your greyhound know that you want it to obey commands at all times.
Reward your greyhound with positive reinforcement. Due to your greyhound's sensitive nature, it will be more likely to respond to this than to negativity.
Tips and warnings
- Keep in mind that greyhounds are predatory to small animals by nature, so they are not recommended in homes with smaller pets such as birds and even cats.
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