Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies

By Lee Livingood   |   Published On: Sep 1, 2000
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The Wiley Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies is the next best thing to having an actual Greyhound expert living with you. Celebrated in song and legend for thousands of years, Greyhounds are bred almost exclusively for racing, and sadly those who didn’t make it at the track or who were past their prime used to get pet down. Fortunately, a number of organizations now exist to rescue these noble, mild-mannered dogs and place them in good homes—and this book tells you everything that you need to know about sharing your life with one of these charming animals. Perfect for anyone thinking about adopting a Greyhound or who already lives with one, it answers all your questions in an easy-to-read manner.

In this book, you’ll learn everything you need to know, starting with their incredible 8,000 year history, understanding the Greyhound personality, how to adopt one, and how to choose the right ex-racer for you and your family. It also covers what you’ll need to feed him, how to exercise him, common behavioral issues and how to address them, grooming, health issues and fun things to do with your loyal pal. With plenty of good humor and straight talk, and bursting with expert advice on all aspects of the breed, it’s a must for any Greyhound enthusiast.

About the Author

Lee Livingood has been training adult rescue dogs for nearly 40 years. She lives with two adopted ex-racers, volunteers for her local Greyhound adoption group, and writes for Greyhound and other dog publications.

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    Lee Livingood

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    Sep 1, 2000

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Table of Contents


Part I: Getting to Know Greyhounds

  • Chapter 1: The History of Greyhounds.
  • Chapter 2: Retired Racing Greyhounds 101: The Basics of the Breed.

Part II: Finding Your Soul Mate

  • Chapter 3: Determing Whether a Retired Racing Greyhound Is Right for You.
  • Chapter 4: Getting Ready to Adopt a Retired Racer.
  • Chapter 5: Welcoming a Retired Racer into Your Family.

Part III: Training Your Greyhound for Life after the Racetrack

  • Chapter 6: Living with a Retired Racing Greyhound.
  • Chapter 7: Learning to Speak Dog.
  • Chapter 8: Elbows off the Table!: Teaching Your Greyhound Basic Household Etiquette.
  • Chapter 9: More Training: Adding Multitask Behaviors.
  • Chapter 10: Dealing with Behavioral Problems.
  • Chapter 11: Helping the Fearful Dog Stand on His Own Four Feet.

Part IV: Keeping Your Retired Racing Greyhound Healthy

  • Chapter 12: Feeding Your Greyhound.
  • Chapter 13: Grooming Your Dog.
  • Chapter 14: Preventing Health Problems.
  • Chapter 15: Avoiding Emergencies.
  • Chapter 16: Knowing What to Do When Your Retired Racer Gets Sick.

Part V: The Part of Tens

  • Chapter 17: Ten Reasons to Adopt a Retired Racer.
  • Chapter 18: Ten Things to Do Before You Bring Home a Retired Racer.
  • Chapter 19: Ten Rules for Training a Retired Racer.
  • Chapter 20: Ten Fun Things to Do with Your Hound.

Appendix A: The NGA Pet Certificate

Appendix B: Resources

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  • Good Read!!

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    I've owned other breeds, but needed a resource for Greyhounds. Excellent book with a lot of valuable information. I have referenced this book many times. I'm using the info and enjoying my newly adopted retired racing greyhound.

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  • Good beginners book

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    It really has great general information. It helps folks to acclimate their new family member in the right way. I have a female Irish Greyhound that has become a real clown and not to be leary of everybody. They are really gentle souls . She is so cool with small dogs. These dogs are really traumatized on the track life and deserve a loving retirement.

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