Behavioural patterns and challenges of the Greyhound breed: Veterinarian Answers

Dog owner question

"Hi! We recently brought home an English Greyhound from the shelter. He is a very calm and sweet dog, but we noticed that he was very shy from the first few days.

At first we thought he just needed time to get used to his new environment, but he has been with us for two months now and still has a lot of anxiety. Especially when we go for walks, she gets very nervous and is scared at the slightest noise. How can we help him?"

Vet's reply

"Hi! First of all, I'm incredibly happy that you've given a home to an English Greyhound! This breed is extremely fast and strong, but also very sensitive and gentle.

Anxiety is common among greyhounds, especially from sudden noises or unfamiliar situations.

Unfortunately, what you are experiencing is not uncommon among shelter dogs, especially greyhounds, which often grow up in difficult circumstances.

Anxiety management is individual and depends largely on your dog's temperament and history. However, here are some suggestions you may want to try:

Anxiety Management

There are medicines and natural supplements that can help relieve anxiety. Consult your vet to see what might be best for your dog.

Positive reinforcement

Use positive reinforcement to encourage your dog. Praise and reward him every time he acts bravely or confronts his fears.


A professional dog trainer and behaviourist can help you manage your dog's anxiety and solve behavioural problems.

Daily routine

Greyhounds, like most dogs, respond well to routine. Try to walk him at the same time each day so that your dog can anticipate what will happen. This will reduce his anxiety!

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Calm environment

Try to make the environment as calm and safe as possible for your dog! This could be, for example, a comfortable, quiet place in the home where your dog can rest, or walks where there is less noise and traffic.

It is important to be patient with your dog and remember that change takes time.

And above all, love and support him through this process. Good luck, and don't hesitate to ask if you have any further questions."