Best Food / Best Coats / Lack of Playfulness
My wife and I are the proud owners of a 3 year old Greyhound, named Justin. He was a rescue dog and adds so much life and calmness to our life.
I stumbled on you sight, and want you to know that it is very helpful. So many things to know, and I thought I know a lot of it..HA!!..We are still looking for the right food for him, and trying to get him to play more. We did give him a ''Greeny"..big mistake ...What food do you recommend? Right now we feed him Science Diet, but we want to keep him healthy.
We live in Up State NY so a coat is needed too. We have one now, but any good shopping sights that will help, and not break the bank??
I'm glad you find my site helpful. How blessed you are to have Justin in your lives and you in his.
Regarding food, Science Diet, as far as commercial brands, is one of the best. Adding vegetables, cooked rice and omega oil to his food ever so often can be a good idea. I don't know if you saw the information on a raw food diet on my site, this is the best food you can feed your dog but it is a bit of work. But it can be made easier by incorporating the dog's food planning, shopping and preparation into your own. Also vets often carry very healthy brands but they are usually pricey and as well, many areas have local businesses that make healthy, organic dog food- check your directories. They can vary in price but usually a bit more expensive as a rule-but it is worth it in order to keep your dog healthy.
Regarding coats, any large pet store should carry perfectly adequate coats for larger dogs. But if you want something nicer and more specifically made for Greyhounds you would probably pay a bit more. If you contact a local Greyhound rescue group or breeder they would probably be able to direct you to someone who makes coats for Greyhounds. They are usually more attractive and Greyhound specific and price can vary. These groups can often also lead you to someone who makes martingale collars, which are great for Greyhounds. Following are a few links to on-line Greyhound dog coat businesses:
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Regarding playfulness, all Greyhounds are different in temperament, some are very playful and some less so. And x-racers never learned to play - it was all serious business from the get go. But over time you can teach them, you just need to be patient. Have you tried having him run between you and a partner or friend? This can sometimes bring the playfulness out and it is connected to something they are familiar with. Find an enclosed area, stand a few hundred feet (sight distance) apart, let him know you have treats and take turns calling him from one to the other. As you know Sight-hounds enjoy chasing things and it's good exercise. Also playing hide and seek can be fun for greyhounds; using a favorite toy, treat or person have one person hold on to him and the other go and hide the toy/treat or themselves in another room or area and then let him go. Just a caution, I'm sure you know you need to be careful with x-racers with respect to small animals, as I'm sure you know their tendencies, so unless you are not worried make sure no other small pets and small animals are around for these games.
I hope this helps-have many wonderful moments with Justin
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