Over the years we have sold pups to owners
1) New to the sport
2) Have never bought a greyhound pup before
And many say 'Ive bought the pup, now what do i do?'
If you have never had to make arrangements for
a greyhound puppy before and are unsure of the process from being a cuddly six week old pup to a fully fledged flying machine
(we can all dream, cant we?!), then the experience can be rather daunting. This page is designed to explain each step of the
rearing process, to give you an idea of how the cute little puppy you picked out will learn its trade!
Once you have bought your pup, you will need to decide
where to have him/her reared. Usually when we sell pups, there is the option to have them reared on at the current establishment
they are at. We highly recommend that anyone purchasing a pup from us has them reared at the facilities we recommend, as good
quality rearing facilities are hard to find.
Rearing up to 12 months consists
mainly of lots of unrestricted access into areas of grass where the pups can run around and where their bones and muscles
can develop.During this time the pups are kept
with all their littermates, although as they grow bigger the group may have to be split into smaller packs for safety reasons.
At about 12 months,the pup’s freedom is more restricted and they are brought into the kennel block to adjust
to kennel life.Between 12 and 15 months (depending
on each individual pup) schooling begins. Some rearers school pups, others do not, in this case you will have to find a schooling
facility. Schooling usually starts off by putting pups up a gallop behind a drag hare, to see if the pups chase.
If the pups chased the drag then
next up is a visit to the schooling track, where the pups are allowed to watch older dogs trialling. Hopefully your pup will
show an interest in the artificial hare that the other dogs are chasing, and get very excitable. In come cases, where pups
are extremely keen they are allowed a handslip behind the hare. A handlslip is simply a trial round two bends where the pups
are not put into the traps, and are instead slipped by a handler.
Usually if the pups chase well in their handslips, they return the following week for their first introduction to
the traps.Some schoolers hold pups in the traps (with the front open) whereas some lock them in straight away, either way is
acceptable it just depends on the individual and what they think will suit each dog best.
After their first introduction to
the traps they are given one (maybe a few more) solo trials over 2 bends, and once the schooler is satisfied they are chasing
the artificial lure they are given a trial in company. All this means is that the pups will have a mixed trial (against one
other dog), this is to test to make sure that the pup is genuine. Usually if all goes well in the dogs mixed trial they are
stepped up to a 4-bend trial, and if the schooler is satisfied then arrangements are made to place the pup into a racing kennel
to begin its career as a fully fledged racing greyhound.
Its important to note that; some
schoolers leave it at one four bend trial and then send the dogs into racing where they can improve and learn their trade
on the race-track, whereas others prefer to give pups more schooling trials so they grade into the highest grade possible.
MORE PHOTOS TO FOLLOW!
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REMEMBER ~ Once you purchase your pup, you are responsible to ensure it is well cared for for the rest of its life. If
you are unable to take him/her home on retirement then there are a range of organisations that specialise in placing retired
greyhounds in loving homes.
All our own pups are brought over very lightly schooled, we prefer to watch them progress.for example: we would much
rather a dog grade in with a 30.50 and watch it progress to being a 29.50 dog than to bring a heavily schooled pup over who
grades in 29.90 and only improves 40 spots to become a 29.50 dog.