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Hi all, I’ve been looking into rescuing a greyhound and think we may be a good fit apart from one thing, my parents have a flat by the sea that we often use, but the only access to it is up two flights of stairs, will rescuing a greyhound mean we wouldn’t be able to stay there? Thanks

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Shouldn't be a problem, but you may need to teach your adoptee how to 'do stairs,' if s/he hasn't encountered them during kennel life. Mine have always cottoned on very quickly, with the aid of a few treats, but you should find more detailed advice if you search for 'stairs' within the training and behaviour section of Greytalk.

Clare with Tiger (Snapper Gar, b. 18/05/2015), and remembering Ken (Boomtown Ken, 01/05/2011-21/02/2020) and Doc (Barefoot Doctor, 20/08/2001-15/04/2015).

"It is also to be noted of every species, that the handsomest of each move best ... and beasts of the most elegant form, always excel in speed; of this, the horse and greyhound are beautiful examples."----Wiliam Hogarth, The Analysis of Beauty, 1753.

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Greyhounds can definitely do stairs with the proper teaching, the caveat being the open stair risers found at most homes at the beach.  That can be an added issue, and you may need to teach them separately on these stairs.  It also might be helpful to get some cheap stair runners for when you stay there to add to the traction and to cover the open risers.


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I've gotten four greyhounds trained to use open-back stairs. Each one took a little time, but I got thru it and they know FOOD is at the top of those stairs!

Fuzzy took the longest, she wants to go up ONE specific side of the stairs and won't budge until she can. Roman was difficult because he's HUGE and I had to push and lift him to get his feet going.

Current Crew: Gino-Gene-Eugene! (Eastnor Rebel: Makeshift x Celtic Dream); Fuzzy the Goo-Goo Girl (BGR Fuzzy Navel: Boc's Blast Off x Superior Peace); Roman the Giant Galoot! (Imark Roman: Crossfire Clyde x Shana Wookie); Kitties Archie and Dixie

Forever Missed: K9 Sasha (2001-2015); Johnny (John Reese--Gable Dodge x O'Jays) (2011-19); the kitties Terry and Bibbi; and all the others I've had the privilege to know


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Going up is easier than teaching them to come down so unless you can carry your greyhound down the stairs don't leave it until you get there.

Grace (Ardera Coleen) b. 18 June 2014 - Gotcha Day 10 June 2018 - Going grey gracefully
Guinness (Antigua Rum) b. 3 September 2017 - Gotcha Day 18 March 2022 - A gentleman most of the time


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