Start reading Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies® on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies® [Kindle Edition]

Lee Livingood
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

Digital List Price: $15.99 What's this?
Print List Price: $15.99
Kindle Price: $9.05
You Save: $6.94 (43%)

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $9.05  
Paperback $9.53  
Unknown Binding --  

Book Description

“The next best thing to having an experienced Greyhound owner living with you.”
—Joan Belle Isle, President, Greyhound Project

“Anyone who reads this book and follows its guidance will have a happier, healthier dog and be a happier, more relaxed dog owner.”
—Hal and Karen Hawley, Greyhound Friends Northwest

The Greyhound has been celebrated in song and legend for thousands of years. Nowadays, Greyhounds are bred almost exclusively for racing. In the bad old days, prior to the 1980s, dogs that didn’t make the grade at the track, and those past their primes, were destroyed. According to official estimates, 60,000 of these noble, mild-mannered dogs were destroyed each year! Fortunately, a number of organizations now exist devoted to rescuing these unwanted dogs and placing them in good homes.

Thinking about adopting a retired racing Greyhound? Or maybe you’re already sharing your life with one of these charming animals. Either way, this friendly guide tells you everything you need to know to:

  • Understand the Greyhound personality
  • Find a retired racing Greyhound to adopt
  • Choose the right ex-racer for you and your family
  • Educate yourself and your retired racer
  • Give your new pal the diet and exercise it needs
  • Keep your dog healthy and happy for years to come

With plenty of good humor and straight-talk, Lee Livingood drawing on her forty-years of experience training adult rescue dogs to cover all the pros and cons of being a retired racing Greyhound owner, and she fills you in on:

  • The amazing 8000-year history of the Greyhound
  • Deciding whether an ex-racer is the right do for you and your family
  • Physical and behavioral characteristics
  • How to get a retired racer used to living in a home and be a companion
  • Dealing with common behavioral and health problems
  • Feeding, grooming, and exercising a Greyhound
  • Fun things to do with your hound

Bursting with expert advice on all aspects of living with an ex-racer, Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies is must reading for anyone considering adoption or who’s already taken the leap.



Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

"A no-nonsense guide to the joys and pitfalls of adopting the retired racing Greyhound." Bruce Skinner, Editor in Chief, A Breed Apart Praise for Retired Racing Greyhounds For Dummies® "The next best thing to having an experienced Greyhound owner living with you." —Joan Belle Isle, President, Greyhound Project "Anyone who reads this book and follows its guidance will have a happier, healthier dog and be a happier, more relaxed dog owner." —Hal and Karen Hawley, Greyhound Friends Northwest

Find out about your retired racing Greyhound's special needs

Get the lowdown on keeping your dog healthy and content Are you thinking about adopting a retired racing Greyhound, or are you already sharing your life with one? This fun and friendly book is bursting with expert advice on all aspects of owning an ex-racer: understanding the Greyhound personality, taking care of your new friend, teaching good manners, and much more.

Discover how to: Find a retired racing Greyhound to adopt Choose the right ex-racer for you Manage your new friend Educate yourself and your retired racer Maintain good health, proper exercise, and diet

Get smart! www.dummies.com Attention pet owners! Get free Dummies Daily e-mail newsletters Sign up today for tips on dogs, cats, or birds Keep your pet healthy and happy — the Dummies Way

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4148 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V4GAF0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,319 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best book on the subject May 16, 2006
Format:Paperback
I appreciate the time the author took to write the book, but I was disappointed with it. It's worth adding to your library, but Cynthia Branigan's "Adopting the Racing Greyhound" is a much better book - easier to read and organized better.

The content is strangely organized; it repeats and is sometimes contradictory. Maybe it was over-edited by the publisher or has been re-branded from books on other breeds.

Here's an example of a key inconsistency:
The book uses the word "click" extensively when talking about training - about 200 times on pages 89-120.
Page 90: "From now on, when I say *click*, I mean make this sound. When I say *treat*, I mean reward your dog."
Page 99: "When I use the word click, that means that you should use your verbal or mechanical reward marker, such as making a sound with a clicker, and then reward your dog. Never click without treating afterward."

For a Dummies book, I wish they'd have dumbed-it-down a bit more. Here is one quote from the book that illustrates my point: "When I say 'treat,' that's short-hand for reward. It doesn't have to be food. Remember a reward is anything a dog will work for." Remember that I'm a dog dummy. What else would you suggest besides food? I don't think it's petting, because you remind us not to make it something you'll do at times when the dog isn't showing a behavior we want to reward. I don't think it's a favorite toy, because the dog has to stop the training session to play with the toy. Honestly, I'm confused.

This book has some good advice that I didn't get elsewhere:
- To minimize anxiety, don't give the dog too much attention shortly before leaving or immediately after returning. (I believe the book suggests within 30 minutes.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies September 18, 2000
Format:Paperback
This is the best greyhound book for owners/prospective adopters I've seen, and I've collected them all. Beautiful photos, easy-to-read information. Vast topics not seen elsewhere, and help for specific problems like separation anxiety. Great advice for families with young children. Add this to your greyhound library - a must!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for dummies April 20, 2001
Format:Paperback
Like most greyhound adopters, I had to read "THE BOOK": Cynthia Branigan's book on greyhound adoption as part of the screening/adoption process. This book is almost as essential for newbies to the greyhound world. Despite Lee Livingood's credentials in the greyhound adoption community, I didn't expect much from this book because it was, after all, for "dummies." I was happily surprised to find that it is a wonderful complement to Branigan. I bought two copies; one to keep at home right next to "THE BOOK" and one to give to the local humane society's library.
Anyone who wishes to learn more about these special dogs, or who wants to be owned by one, should have this book.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Greyhound Book Out There! February 21, 2001
Format:Paperback
As an owner of a retired racing greyhound, I have read several books on the subject and spent endless hours surfing the web for information. This book contains everything you need to know to properly care for and train a greyhound. Although it seems to sugar coat the life of a racing hound, it does a wonderful job of describing the needs and idiosyncrasies of this gentle breed. I highly recommend it to any prospective adopter.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Our adoption agency included Cynthia Branigan's "Adopting the Racing Greyhound" in the adoption package for our first greyhound. Do I wish they would have sold us the Dummies book instead.
In one reading, it's easy to see why "Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies" is superior to anything else out there. Here are some of the highlights that were valuable to us:
1. TRAINING
All throughout, there is much ink given to training. This book spends A LOT of time teaching you how to train your greyhound its name, behaviors, tricks, and commands. The training is very easy to understand, and it is oriented toward positive reinforcement and rewards.
2. HEADING PROBLEMS OFF AT THE PASS
There are a lot of potential problems addressed here, ranging from rivalries with other dogs, helping him get over fear, as well as a huge section on possible health issues and what to do about them.
3. FOOD
A big section on different things to look for while reading food labels.
4. HISTORY
It talks about what the dogs went through during their life at the track, so that you better understand where they are coming from when they enter your home.
Other books that we have read discuss these same things, but in a more general (and less-helpful) way. Here you find simple, practical advice.
If you want just one book on the subject of retired racing greyhounds, this is it!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Race to Buy This One February 12, 2003
Format:Paperback
My wife and I read this book before we adopted our ex-racer. The book greatly helped us in preparing for our new best friend: it describes the Greyhound history, basic characteristics, how to prepare your home (and yourself), proper foods, and much more. Thanks to this book, we saved ourselves many hours (and dollars) in preparing ourselves and our house for our Greyhound.
But the book proved even more valuable after we adopted our hound. After a second reading, we understood much better what to do in addressing some minor problems and behaviors.
If you are thinking about adopting an ex-racer, first read Chapter 3: Determining Whether Adopting a Retired Racing Greyhound is Right for You. You'll be able to tell after this chapter if the Greyhound fits your lifestyle. If the answer is yes, buy the book immediately. It will become the most valuable source of information about your new best friend you'll have at your disposal. Then enjoy your new pal. You're in for loads of fun.
242 pages
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The world would be a better place!
Everyone should adopt a greyhound!!!!! The world would be a better place!
Published 10 days ago by Cynthia M
5.0 out of 5 stars not just for dummies.... a must have
Great book for reference when considering adopting a rescue hound.... very comprehensive
Published 14 days ago by Karla Winick-Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great reference material for first time and long time Greyhound owners.
Published 1 month ago by Gail
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for someone looking to adopt a racer
Published 1 month ago by Terry Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars A great help
A very clear description of what is involved in adopting a Greyhound.
Published 2 months ago by Jean H. Lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars must read
Love this book. A must read for any one thinking of adopting a retired racer. Very thorough.
Keep it on the self for future reference. Read more
Published 2 months ago by reviewer
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright
Too wordy and does not go into common things the greyhounds will
Encounter I'm the home
Published 3 months ago by lmatton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very helpful
Published 4 months ago by Susan Edgar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read, makes you think also
Published 4 months ago by Susan J. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Information
We have just rescued a greyhound. This book is wonderful info on the breed. If anyone is getting or already has a greyhound this is a must read.
Published 6 months ago by Linda C. Raybern
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Look for Similar Items by Category