greyhound for a racer

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  1. mrose_s

    mrose_s BusterLove

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    my dad is considering getting a greyhound in the next few years. he reckons to race it you need to blood it. i disagree, the last thing we need is a blooded greyhound when we own 2 rabbits and cat and a small dog.

    positive reinforcement trainign and pure instinct would get it to run right?
    i think if we get one, it should be off the track... but then there is always the gamble it will try to kill the other animals...

    the reson i think getting this dog is ok is because i know it will have a good home to come back to when its racing carrerr is ova...
     
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    People that race them usualy have way more than just a couple because it is such a long shot. To just get one and race is probally going to cost more. I don't know where your from though,maybe its different. I just know when my aunt got hers the guy was getting rid of like 100 more.
     
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    Renee750il Felurian

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    Go to the stickied thread in the rescue forum. There is a racetrack closing and there are hundreds of active racing dogs that need to be rescued or they will be killed when the track closes.
     
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    mrose_s BusterLove

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    i heard about that, but i live in australia...
     
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    mrose_s BusterLove

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    yeah, but i dont think we are seroious about it, more like a pet that might earn his keep :D, l
     
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    I hate greyhound racing..or animal racing of any sort..the conditions most of the owners put them in are disgusting..you have like 10 greyhounds in a kennel under terrible conditions and its FREEZING in there..no beds, matting, even a rug!..they are worm infested, no vet checks..and when they can't race anymore they're left to die..its so sick..I don't support racing because although there may be good owners out there, they are rare in this so called "business" and it doesn't help the fact that the bad ones are still gonna flourish..maybe instead of getting your dog into racing, you could do it for fun instead of money...they have special clubs and stuff..you could win trophies...just a suggestion..
     
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    mrose_s BusterLove

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    yeah, i dont like it heaps much anyway.but it might be better off to save one that might end up living in those squallad conditions, fly chasing might be fun for it
     
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    What does that mean to "blood it"??
     
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    I think blood it means to have it taste and kill a rabbit so they are racing for a kill. No way , MRose, would this be a house pet.....rescued greyhounds are a sorry bunch and thank the good Lord there's a huge rescue group for these poor dogs and yet so many are put down. It's almost like wanting a Pitt , but have it learn it's keep by fighting. Please have him re-consider.
     
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    i dont seee the problem with owning one as long as it is treated fairly and trained to run not to "kill" it probably wont even happen and if it does, it will end up sleeping in the house.
    but i will listen, its not like i have ever owned a greyhound, i would like to know if this is going to be a bad decision
     
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    I doubt owning just one will allow for any wins. Definitely not enough wins to earn it's keep :(.

    Alot of greyhound rescue places organized just for fun races where no money is involved, just to allow the dog a chance to do what it was bred to do...RUN...without the drawbacks associated with professional racing.
     
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    ok, sounds fun, flychasing sound good to u guys?
     
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    what is fly chasing?
     
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    lewer coursinf it is called sorry, got the name confused, a heap of pullies along the ground with a flag attached to a string and your dog gets to chase it.
     
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    Hi, not sure of the rules in Aus but but here greyhounds have to be registered to race and have a licenced trainer with kennels to live in while racing or you would have to apply for a trainer license yourself. For one dog it can cost a lot with very little financial reward. If you want an ex racer (and they are are fantastic dogs) that desperately need homes then it really depends on the dog whether it would like coursing, many retire due to injuries which whilst not stopping them from living a long and happy life may stop them running seriously. Greyhounds like nothing more than a shortish walk a couple of times a day with maybe a quick sprint a couple of times a week and a very comfy sofa the rest of the time. If you want more info there is a link I can send you but Im not sure if Im allowed to on this forum.
     
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    whippet?

    Think about a whippet too if you want it to run in a sport, but not for money. I don't know how the "bussiness" of racing is in Aussie but its detestable here and I wouldn't own a dog so it could participate in that kind of life.
     
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    Greyhound racing is a bit controversial here, in Australia. There is a greyhound racing track at the end of my old street (I still live closeby), and most of the people there would have about 4-5 dogs each.. but I guess if this was in the country they'd have double the amount of dogs. The council does not permit the greyhounds to be in the parks surrounding the greyhound track unless they are wearing muzzles.

    Anyway, it is really nice that you are thinking of resucing an off-the-track greyhound. There are many other sports you could persue with your dog besides racing. What about agility or flyball (which I think is what you were referring to, not fly chasing?). Is your dad really keen on racing this greyhound?
     
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    Whippet would be no good for my dad, he doesn't like little dogs, anyway it isnt going to happen, he says things a lot that don't happen so all is good
     
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    Who told you greyhounds kill??
     
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    What do you mean?
    I ment it as in they have a HUGE prey drive. I am not sure I completley understand you.
     

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