Greyfort Greyhounds


Stud Book & Kennel Club Registered Sporting Greyhounds

Our Puppy Room Set-up & Puppy Socialization Sheme

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Firstly, we are not an actual breeding kennel. Any puppies that come here are raised in our home and smothered with care and love. We feel that this is the best way to raise nice healthy, mentally stimulated, well-adjusted puppies.
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This is our custom built box that we designed and built that utilizes the Misty Method principles. The Misty method of raising puppies uses three areas that are designed for different functions but work together for the betterment of the puppies learning. The box was build in the UK from non -porous plastic ( instead of wood), there are no sharp edges and all doors stack in stages. It is situated in it's own room with plenty of sunlight, heating and close to our own bedroom and kitchen. You can see a sample of the production design and style further below, although this picture is what the maker sells most - a dual version, we decided that we would like to make our own custom build. Should you be interested, please ask and we can pass on his number. He makes professional whelping boxes for the racing greyhound farms and private owners. The set-up fully comes apart into pieces and is power-washable. It of course has the pig rails as well.
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The first area is the whelping box with a pig rail included and then removed when it’s no longer needed. The puppies are whelped in the first area and have access to mom until they are weaned. A heating pad is provided in a portion of the whelping area to help make sure the puppies stay warm. We also use a heating in the whelping room to maintain the proper temperatures as the puppies needs change.

The second is a potty area. We use wood chips instead of newspaper to train the puppies where to go. We believe the woods chips smell similar to the outdoors and helps with house breaking the puppies. The potty area is opened up at 3 weeks to take advantage of the puppy’s natural instincts to leave the sleeping area to potty. The wood chips are removed as needed and replaced with a new supply. This makes house breaking a puppy a snap. We also find that when we take the puppies out to other areas of the house to explore that if we provide them a smaller container filled with the wood chips, the puppies will potty in the chips and not on our floors. This happens as early at the 4th week for most.

The third area is all about exploring and fun. We rotate all kinds of textures, toys, small crates and things to climb under and over. Every day we switch out different items to explore. This area is opened to the puppies during the day and closed off at night to help with a sleep schedule. The play area is in addition to all the exploration the puppies get in different areas inside our home, outside when the weather allows, friends’ homes and car rides to name a few ways.

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At 3 days old, starts the "Bio Sensor”, "Super Dog" or the early neurological stimulation program as it has been called and continue to day 16.

The "Bio-Sensor" program was developed by the United States Military's canine program and has been proven to give the puppies a superior advantage that lasts a lifetime.  To read more about the program and the steps we take,  Click Here.

In addition to all of the above, sights and sounds are a big part of a dog’s life. As soon as ears start to open, the sound effect CD's start to play at a low volume and over the weeks it increases to the actual sound level of the object making the noise. The puppies are exposed to sounds of thunder, fireworks of all kinds, heavy machinery, small children playing, infants crying, kitchen noises, gun fire or all calibers, etc. This helps to prevent sound sensitivities when the puppies get out in the real world. Everyone has had or seen dogs who go crazy over thunder or bark the entire July 4th weekend. This sound exposure reduces if not eliminates this behavior completely.

You can order your Sound CD here
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We do many other things that are too many to list with the puppies all the way up to the time they leave for there forever homes. Pups go for road trips of several hours each way for evaluations, ears and for pleasure. We take them to as many different places as we can go such as the mall, Bauhaus, Clas Ohlson, the woods, the pets shops to visit with everyone, friends homes.

We set agility tunners and plastic pols of water, uneven surfaces, fill the garden with obstacles they need to negotiate and learn to navigate.

We invite children and adults of all ages to come interact with them. All of this exposure is after shots and always supervised. We feel that when the puppies do leave, that they we have sent them off into the world with the skills and exposure they need to be a successful member of the family.

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Here are some example early socialization cubes. Anything can be used and they are very economical to build. The frame is made from PVC piping, similarly to the way you would build an outdoor off the ground beds.


You can also order one similar Adventure Box from here
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The bellow puppy ourdoor pens are not ours, but we are thinking of building similar once, as they are just fantastic , don't you agree?
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SWIMMING


Once older everyone learns to swim. Please watch Dene 3 years and Adele 10 months swimming away at the pool:

Greyhounds Love to Swim from Grey Hound on Vimeo.



RUNNING


Below are some of the running possibilities at and around our place. Sand road, fields, grass paddocks, off season beach, etc. We believe greyhounds need to run a lot while growing up, in order to develop all motor skills and get to know their bodies. Welcome to visit us anytime!
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TRAVEL


Here is a video of how our hounds travel:

SwedishAdventures2013 2 from Grey Hound on Vimeo.


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