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Q: Greyhounds

November 1, 2008 | By Ann119 | 12 answers | Expired: 2137 days ago

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How do you get a greyhound to sit?

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Chellie G.
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Nov 15, 2008

This may be a silly answer, but I would suggest watching "It's Me or the Dog" on Animal Planet. It is difficult to explain how to teach a dog commands through the internet (text only answers). The lady on that show always has effective methods for dealing with animal behavior. You should give it a chance. You won't regret it. ^.^

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Rainie
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Nov 07, 2008

I have never owned a greyhound, but at my obedience class it was stressed that you NEVER push down on the dog's rear to make it sit. You can damage the hips, especially with certain breeds such as my German Shepherds. We were taught to tug up on the leash, and to use your hands to gently "squeeze" the sit muscles on the back. using your thumb and the other fingers on the other side, you place your hand over the dog's "waist" and gently squeeze the sides while pulling up on the leash with your other hand. Sometimes a treat works well. I like to use a treat and hold it close to my chin, and the dog looks up at you and sometimes will sit to get the treat, and also giving you their attention to your face at the same time.

I don't know if this would work with a greyhound, but I guess you can try!

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marcia h.
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Nov 03, 2008

I don't have a lot of personal experience with greyhounds but it sounds as though it would be wise to settle for lying down instead of trying to get something that is not comfortable or natural.

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Janet R.
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Nov 02, 2008

Our rescued greyhound never sits either. We were told they rarely do.

Our greyhound never fetches anything either. They are a breed unto their own...built for speed alone. But so sweet and lovable...

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Robyn W.
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Nov 02, 2008

LOL. I don't actually have an answer for you, but I just thought this question was amusing, because now that I think about it, I have never seen a greyhound sit. They are always standing or laying down.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Nov 02, 2008

When we rescued our Greyhound, we were told that very few of them will sit. The better muscled they are for running, the less likely they are to sit. You can easily teach them, with treats, to squat with their butt an inch or so from the floor, as that is their natural way of sitting. Mik, our Grey, learned this squat after a few days, but never went all the way to the floor. He also barked only one single time in the four years we had him.

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Ethel02
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Nov 02, 2008

I have 2 rescued greyhounds 1 is 16 1/2 I've had her since she was 3, she is beautiful and smart as they come, but she has never been able to sit, the other grey I adopted at age 6 she sits beautifully, my wonder Black lab eats!!

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Kelly
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Nov 02, 2008

I know many greyhound owners who have had trouble getting their greyhounds to obey the sit command. It is believed that it is difficult for them to sit because their long backs & well-developed muscles make sitting uncomfortable for them. It can be especially painful for them to sit down on their hind legs on hard surfaces. Physiologically, it is just more comfortable to lay down. You can get them to sit with proper training & perserverance but if it appears that this position is uncomfortable or painful it would be better not to force the issue. You can have a perfectly trained dog without the sit command becoming part of the regimen.

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mandy r.
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Nov 01, 2008

my greyhound mix puppy doesnt like to sit either! However, when there's treats involved, she is the best sitter that i have ever seen! hahaha

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Terabibble
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Nov 01, 2008

I don't have any hands on experience with this though my brother has two rescued greyhounds. Neither one of his sits either... I think it must be difficult for them. I know a dachshund who won't sit either.

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