A friend of mine took on a greyhound puppy that had been born unofficially to two unregistered greyhounds (For breeding purposes) all she had ever known was the life of a pet dog, just a couch with two meals and three walks a day. The owner of this little bitch, now seven, although she was three when she did the trial, is a strict anti-racer and is adamant that greyhounds are trained to chase with lots of incentives to make them do so. So just as an experiment I said okay, letís take her to Ockendon to see if she does chase, even though she had never seen a greyhound track or a mechanical hare in her life. So I gave her a hand slip, and this is what happened. I came across this video which was made, shortly before everyone was thrown out of the Ockendon complex, and the control booth for the greyhound track was mysteriously set on fire. So for historians it might be interesting. Also, another friend of mine who has a ex-racing greyhound bitch, asked me to ask the community if there is anything she can give her hound to keep at bay the build-up of lactic acid that sometimes hits her after chasing rabbits over the park. I would appreciate any suggestions. Bryan. EXTERNAL LINK
Hi Bryan, all greyhounds are genetically programmed to chase, they are sighthounds and if they do not want to chase there is nothing or nobody that can make them chase, you can use any incentive you want, it wont make him chase.
Back in the 80's, Bernon Steveni paid a lot of money for a hound from Ireland called Cushy Ritmo. He had the potential to be one of the greats. Initially he won a few, but then stopped chasing. Bernon Steveni was not to be beaten. He become totally fixated on making Cushy Race, he took him everywhere but Cushy was determined, he never raced again, except once. Brentwood, Essex had a flapping track where they used to run match races, over If I remember correctly was 250 yards straight on a peat surface. Bernon took him there, and he condescended to run and outclassed the field and won easily, but he never raced again. You're right, if they don't want to race, they don't.