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"A no-nonsense guide to the joys and pitfalls of adopting the retired racing Greyhound."
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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.

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"The next best thing to having an experienced Greyhound owner living with you."
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"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

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 27, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764552767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764552762
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Santoski on 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!
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jace E. Mouse on 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.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "poppins61" on 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.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Melissa J. Walsh on 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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Bennignus on March 30, 2004
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The only thing I really have to say is this: if you're planning on adopting a retired racing greyhound, you really should have this book on hand. It covers just about everything you'd need to know, from helping your dog adjust to home life, to day-to-day care. You WILL have questions that need to be answered, and, outside of those that concern you to the point of contacting the adoption group, this book will answer most of them for you. I have read many books on greyhound adoption (yes, I'm a proud "parent" of one, myself), and I have found that, overall, this is the best. If nothing else, it's very good to have on hand.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Peter Schmidt on June 20, 2003
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!
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