Here you’ll find some useful links and book titles whether you’ve previously owned a dog or not.
‘Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies’ by Lee Livingood
Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies by Lee Livingood – This is an American book, so will be talking about methods of housing and training racing dogs, and certain medical problems, which simply do not exist over here. However, it has a wealth of information concerning the nature and character of the greyhound breed, and basic healthcare and welfar of the dogs and is worth a read. One thing to remember is that in the USA, there has been an ongoing problem with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in greyhounds which doesn’t occur here in anywhere near the same numbers, and the same appears to apply to bloat, or gastric volvulus. These things DO occur in the UK, but not in the near-epidemic numbers as they do in America.
‘The Other End of the Leash’ by Patricia McConnell
An excellent book about ordinary dog social signals and canine behaviour. It also gives a great introduction to training, based on a knowledge of normal dog behaviour and body language which any dog owner would find interesting and useful – greyhound or not!
‘How to Speak Dog’ by Stanley Coren
A truly eye-opening primer on understanding your dog. Body language, normal behaviour and canine communication, all in a very easy-to-read and absorbing format. I wish I could put this book into the hands of every dog owner in the country. Even if you have had many dogs before there is probably something you can learn from this one.
You may download information about the differences in greyhound bloodwork, in the form of a PDF, by clicking here.
You may download general ‘greyhound idiosyncracies’ health information, also in the form of a PDF, by clicking here.
Please be aware that this second package is written by Dr Bill Feeman, an American vet. Most of the information is valid for UK hounds. However, some is not. For instance, I have never, ever heard of Alabama Rot in a UK hound! Please ask your own vet if you are not sure.