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This is speculative really, as I'm doing that thing where I start looking at all the greys in shelters and start fawning over them (I assume normal women feel this way about human babies, haha). I've got a 6yr male, Rumble. As far as he's concerned, if something is hound-shaped it's a friend, but I don't know if this would translate to living together. The only thing he's aggressive or aggressively possessive of is bones, so I don't let him have those. Otherwise he's a relatively soft sod. 

 

How does introducing a second dog normally work out? What experiences do people have? 

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Oh, you are asking a bunch of enablers here :lol. Greyhound to greyhound introductions usually go very well as ex-racers have been used to being around other greys all their lives. Its best to take your current dog along and let him "pick out" his new friend if possible. If you do that and he shows no preference, then take whoever you like. I had my first grey as an only dog for about 6 months and after that I always had multiples, either my own or fosters, and never had any problems. You should still keep an eye on the at first, muzzle or crate them when you aren't around, because even if they get along, at first there can be squabbles as they sort things out. for how long? It depends, and you will know by watching the dogs, probably only a couple of weeks.

Go for it! :D

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I've always had multiple greys. Up to 4 at once. 

If you want to start slow, go for walks with other greyhounds.  See if he likes girls or boys more. It's usually the opposite sex, but not always. You can also see if he likes to be alpha. Play dates with other greys help too. 

Then you can try fostering if available.  

Work with an adoption group to get a good match.

But overall I've found most greys seem to get along with most greys.

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If you have the space, the time, and the funding to support another large breed dog in your house, then there really is no reason not to have more than one!!

Greyhounds have always lived around other greys, so they are more comfortable with company.  Very rarely do you find a greyhound who is more comfortable as an only dog, or, really *needs* to be an only dog due to behavioral issues.

I second going for walks or having playdates with friends to see how he does.  Most "experts" recommend two dogs be opposite sexes, but I've never found that to be an issue.  Your experience may vary, obviously, depending on your dog's personality.

Work with your adoption group to find a second that fits in appropriately.

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Yup.  Asking the wrong group for advice :P   We've been a three-dog family for over 25 years.  

That said...you're the ones that have to weigh the pros and cons.  You've been given excellent advice and lots of things to think about from the others.

 

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Lots of people say that having two is easier than having one…I’ve been where you are now, feeling the same but have always stopped short of going to meet and greet another grey because of Buddy being so grumpy with other dogs (although someone we see regularly on our walks who is a former grey owner told us last week that we should just go and get one. Greyhound owners are enablers :lol). If Buddy were more predictable I would definitely have another.

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19 hours ago, Moo said:

This is speculative really, as I'm doing that thing where I start looking at all the greys in shelters and start fawning over them (I assume normal women feel this way about human babies, haha). I've got a 6yr male, Rumble. As far as he's concerned, if something is hound-shaped it's a friend, but I don't know if this would translate to living together. The only thing he's aggressive or aggressively possessive of is bones, so I don't let him have those. Otherwise he's a relatively soft sod. 

 

How does introducing a second dog normally work out? What experiences do people have? 

I'm thinking the same. Do I get another?

The only things stopping me at the moment are my health (I have rheumatoid arthritis), can I afford it (food, insurance, vets), and more importantly, can I get two greyhounds in a Ford Focus? :D

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Haha, I shouldn't have asked :lol

How do multi dog households transport your longdogs? I don't drive but live with my aunt, but her car just about fits Rumble on the back seat (Ford Fiesta). Unless one could go in the boot? :ph34r I should NOT be pondering this as much as I am! It's a shame though as I work from home and probably do have the time, space and money, the transport is probably the biggest issue really. I'd love to consider fostering though if it ever came up. Given how perplexed the poor things are when they get to a home it'd be nice to give them a stepping stone to settling in. And Rumble took to house life remarkably well (I think he had maybe 1 accident at night) so maybe he'd be a good mentor?

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I’ve had 3 in the backseat of my car.  Not ideal, but it works for short trips.
I have a hammock…even for one it’s great and keeps the dog from sliding off.
 

 

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7 hours ago, HeyRunDog said:

I'm thinking the same. Do I get another?

The only things stopping me at the moment are my health (I have rheumatoid arthritis), can I afford it (food, insurance, vets), and more importantly, can I get two greyhounds in a Ford Focus? :D

Of course you can get 2 Greyhounds into a Ford Focus, though how much room would be left for you is another question.  If you drop the back seat the dogs will have plenty of room but if you are trying to get two people, their luggage and two Greys will be a bit tight.  I suspect that the biggest problem would be headroom in the boot for the dogs, if they can manage with the back seat then you should be home and dry.

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I've always said that for two greys, it's definitely 2x the money, but 0x more work, and 4x more fun.  

Greys are generally so docile on leash that I find it no more trouble to walk 2 than to walk 1.  (I start having trouble with 3.)  Not as much guilt leaving 2 at home compared to 1.  Spats will happen occasionally, but it almost always works out ok.  

One easy way to make more space in a car is to fill in the rear footwells with something until they are level with the back seat.  I started out with stacks of newspapers, then graduated to an old piece of foam mattress, cut up to fit.  That way I can make the hump in the middle level with the seats, too.  Cover the whole thing with a rug, and suddenly there is a spacious lounge for multiple hounds.  If you need to have the back seat for humans, it just takes a minute to clear everything out and you only have to warn your passengers that they will be covered in dog fur.  

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I should have added that there is a walk on the first Sunday of most months which starts at the Lark Lane entrance to Sefton Park which is run by Cheshire and Merseyside Greyhound Trust. They often need foster homes for their dogs…just saying.

Good to hear about the Ford Fiesta as that’s the car I’m looking at next (I currently have a small SUV but Buddy hates it because he can’t see out of the windows and it’s hard for him to get in the boot)

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 (I currently have a small SUV but Buddy hates it because he can’t see out of the windows and it’s hard for him to get in the boot)

greyhound torture device 

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