I recently adopted a retired greyhound from the Raynham/Taunton track. She's a wonderful couch potato, but I can see she needs to get rid of her energy. As I don't have a fenced in yard, I was looking for a fenced in area to let her run. I noticed in other discussions, there is one in Fishkill and Montgomery. Has one been put in New Paltz yet? I live in Town of Newburgh, so I'm centralized. Thanks.
Good for you that you have adopted a retired greyhound. Prepare yourself; most people that adopt greyhounds often end up with two and sometimes more. It just kind of happens. First you find out for as big as they may seem, they really don't take up that much room. Anyone that has a greyhound will tell you that. I guess you can call them the big little dog. Here is good news, your greyhound is retired! This means, he is not in training and not racing any longer. One misconception is that a retired greyhound needs all this room to run and lots of exercise which not true. If you are fortunate to have a 6 foot fenced in-yard thatís all the better but it is not necessary. You will notice that retired greyhounds are excellent walkers; they will walk your pace and are well mannered. This is part of the early training they receive. They love to walk and daily walks are all that is needed. A good half hour walk is good for a two to three hour nap afterwards. They take their retirement seriously. But be warned, given the chance to chase a furry white object on the other hand is just too tempting. Being sight hounds they can see a white piece of paper rolling in the wind up to a half mile away. If you don't have the right grip on your leash, the dog will be off to the races. Unless you can run at 45 mph, you are simply not going to catch or nor can you expect him to hear you once he is locked on. Make sure you have the proper collar and know how to hold the leash correctly. If it moves fast, the greyhoundís former training and instincts will take over. So, I would not be to concern about running the daylights out of your dog. A daily walk is all that is needed. Unless your dog has been well socialize for few years, I would be concerned about taking him to a doggie park where smaller dogs are running free. Carefully test the waters first. Good Luck Tcorniel