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Thursday
May172018

Greyhounds off lead. 

It's great to see greyhounds run with free abandon but can be nerve-wracking and a safety nightmare. Not every owner lets their dog off lead and its better to be safe. Even in enclosed spaces things can happen to them. We have only let one girl off (with excellent recall) in open parks. We had her from 1 and she was 100% reliable for 10 years. We used to run our other dogs in a farmers enclosed fields, on the beach, or in a RGT Kennel's exercise field on occasions and still took precautions.
 
Mobile phones: Remember to have one or two mobile phone numbers on the ID tag and to carry a phone for emergencies. I'll never forget the day our Dizzy Rascal ran through the woods to a group of builders who tied him to a van and fed him bacon sandwiches. No amount of recall works if your dog is tied to a caravan. I was panicking listening to his yelps, thinking he was injured, but he was just rooing for more bacon. Luckily the builders called my partner, who called me, and I tracked him down only metres away but hidden behind a fence and a caravan site.
 
Warming Up: Before letting dogs off, we walked, trotted and ran with them on the lead around the perimeter to warm up and avoid ligament tendon, or muscle strain. It also gave us a chance to check the field.
 
Type of fence: Barbed wire is dangerous but other types can be risky too if invisible. For example I have known one dog break its neck on a chain link fence while running away from another dog at top speed. Sometimes fences are not high enough and dogs will try to leap over and injure themselves too. And often in a farmers field there will be barbed wire fences lurking behind hedges. Some of the enclosed fields for hire use what is known as deer fencing which is mostly fine wire squares that allow smaller animals through. It's a type of fencing that tends not to impact on the beauty of the countryside but it's less easy to spot from a distance with its fine wire so could be dangerous to your hound if in a zoomie frenzy.  Walking the perimeter close to the fence shows it to your dog and they might mark it, as in pee on it, but also as in becoming aware its there.
Gates: If there is a gate, somebody could inadvertently open it during a zoomie, and your dog might spot it and be out of it at 45 mph. We usually plant someone at the gate to ensure if its opened by the public, it gets closed again. We also ensured if someone was about to enter the field with another dog, that we warned them to wait while we put our dog on the lead before they entered.
 
Type of ground: Look for potholes or rabbit Warren's. I've known of one dog locally break his leg getting it caught in a rabbit hole. Hard ground can tear up pads a bit, the racing industry tar them with hoof tar. I find keeping them in good condition helps them to be more elastic and rip less. Be aware that running downhill causes an overextension of the tendons at the wrist and this can cause a tendon injury. There are exercises you can do to help that but if be unhappy about my dog running down a steep slope. If the field has longish grass, the tough stems can get pulled between dew claw and pad and slice through like cheese wire. This happened twice with our dog so on the second time, realising it wasn't a unique injury, we had his dew claws removed by the vet and never had to worry about them as they were always getting caught. Some people tape the dew claws gdown to avoid it, especially when coursing. Vetrap works well to keep them safe too.
 
Climate: If it's a hot day and you've got a black dog they're going to create a lit of heat from running and not recover well. I wouldn't let my dog off on a hot day as they don't always make good decisions. On hot walks we use a white cool coat dampened with water and we carry a folding silicone bowl and a huge water container. You never know when you're going to need to wet a coat, pour water on an over heated hound as well as provide drinks.
 
Dog's apparel: Catching your dog if you need to will be difficult if you don't leave a collar or a harness on. And, just in case of a freak escape, you want to ensure your dog is microchipped and has an ID tag. With flighty dogs we normally leave a harness on because that is easy to grab hold of as they go by. Muzzles are advisable if you want to avoid them eating dead things or catching wildlife or small dogs. We use basket muzzles in plastic, but whippet sized for my girl. And if we're worried about it slipping off, we belt it through her collar. Our boy Dizzy was a blue brindle and remarkably camouflaged all year round as brindle is nature's best disruptive pattern. He was impossible to see the other end of the field so he wore a little hi-vis vest (his yellow bra we called it) and you see these on dogs that go coursing. 

 

 

 

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