Rocky is a very playful and energetic greyhound. Just like all the greyhounds here they have entered WARS after retiring from racing. He loves toys and long walks. He is a very energetic boy. Furthermore, Rocky does have a prey drive and therefore wouldn’t be suitable to live with cats or small furries.
Rocky LOVES people. He is extremely affectionate and wants nothing more than to please whoever is around him.
He has retained his puppy fur as he is the soften dog anyone of the staff here have ever touched and boyy does he enjoy you testing that theory.
Rocky is a great companion that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance as he will spend most of the day sleeping. However, he can also enjoy long walks, lots of play time and enrichment feeders.
Rocky is obsessive with food. He will require a home who doesn’t leave food around, even on the kitchen surface as nothing will stop him from getting it.
Rocky would suit a home as an only pet as he guards his toys from other dogs. Due to this he also needs to be in an adult only home so that nobody takes away his toys.
If he were to go to a home with a child they must be 16+ as fast movements and loud noises make Rocky uncomfortable. Rocky loves long or short walks on fields or pavement however, he would prefer a rural home as he gets quite overwhelmed in build up areas with overwhelming stimulus. Greyhounds dont walk for miles and miles. They like medium length walks and a run off the lead if the environment suits it then they would happily sleep on the sofa for the next couple of hours.
Rocky has no recall and has an high prey drive, therefore he needs an owner who is okay to have a dog that will always be walked on a lead. Rocky just like most greyhounds is used to wearing a muzzle. Rocky is not a dangerous dog by any means however to protect wildlife and small little dogs that enter his comfort zone a muzzle will be required. A lot of people think muzzle make their dog look bad, however, it is very common with greyhounds. The staff here and dog owner community see a muzzle as a responsible greyhound owner making an active effort to control their dog.
Rocky and all the greyhounds will need an owner who understands that dogs like these are not house trained and will need some learning with guidance by WARS.
The behaviour of rocky in these kennels are not a representation of what he will be like in the kennels as they all dramatically change when not in kennels. However, It appears that rocky loves people and struggles being left. Ideally he will need a home where he will rarely be left. Or at least for a small period of time.
Rocky walks very well on the lead, however, he does have the ability to pull on the lead if he sees a furry rabbit at the end of the field. Therefore, he will need an owner who has the strength to hold on to him if this were to happen.
Rocky needs a home where there is a secure garden he can run about in, with at least 5 foot fencing.
Criteria to be eligible to rehome this handsome young man:
Rocky is a greyhound that has previously been raced. Greyhounds themselves tend to be quiet and calm, enjoying the creature comforts of home mixed with a few walks here and there. Rocky is no different. He like most greyhounds is rather sensitive and docile so will need to be trained with a calm and light hand with plenty of praise over vocal correction.
He, like many greyhounds have a strong prey drive so it’s important that this is channeled in the right way. This can be through playing chasing games with toys and having fluffy toys that replicate what they would usually chase. Instead of trying to stop them chasing wildlife, you should facilitate that need to chase and grab in a suitable way, using toys.
Using toys like this can help with this https://www.amazon.co.uk/ANG-Braided-Outdoor-Interective-Training/dp/B0171F11BS?ref_=fsclp_pl_dp_1
This is also a good toy as if replicates what greyhounds would usually be chasing. It is important to have two of these as you should never take away a toy from a dog but rather exchange is for something with equal or higher value. This prevents guarding behaviours that could arise which is defined as "the anxiety/fear of something deemed valuable to be taken away". https://tinyurl.com/y2evd3zn
Also wearing a muzzle out in public is a very responsible thing to do.