Now that you've adopted your wonderful Greyhound, you may be wondering what activities you can do with your new family member. Second Chance Greyhounds attempts to offer a variety of activities that would fit every owner's time schedule and commitment as well as the personality of your Greyhound.
- Canine Good Citizen Certification - If you adopted your Greyhound from Second Chance Greyhounds, more than likely he/she graduated from our prison training program which means your Greyhound has the basic skills needed to pass the CGC test. Ideally, you and your Greyhound have had ample opportunity to work on the commands learned while in our program and are ready for the official testing. To locate CGC tests in your area, please visit this link.
- Animal Assisted Activity - Animal-Assisted Activities are basically the casual "meet and greet" activities that involve pets visiting people. The same activity can be repeated with many people, unlike a therapy program that is tailored to a particular person or medical condition.
- Animal Assisted Therapy - AAT is a goal-directed intervention directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise, and within the scope of practice of his/her profession. AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning.
- Lure Coursing - Lure coursing is a humane sport which re-creates the chase of the hare by the pursuing hound. Eligible sighthound breeds include Afghan Hound, Azawakh, Basenji, Borzoi, Cirneco dell'Etna, Greyhound, Ibizan Hound, Irish Wolfhound, Italian Greyhound, Pharaoh Hound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, Scottish Deerhound, Sloughi, Whippet. For guidance in preparing your Greyhound for lure coursing, please contact Patti Peterson.
- Straight Racing - Similar to straight racing done by whippets in NAWRA, WRA and CWA, the hounds race 200 yards on a straight, flat track. Visit Large Gazehound Racing Association's website for further details, requirements and schedules.
- Oval Racing - This non-professional sport for sighthounds is overseen by an organization called NOTRA (National Oval Track Racing Association). Please visit their website for further details, requirements and schedules.
- Agility - Dog agility is a sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for time and accuracy. Dogs run off-leash and the handler must control the dog by voice, movement and body signals. No food or toy incentives are permitted and the handler cannot touch the dog nor the obstacles. The obstacles can include A-frames, dog walks, see-saws, various tunnels, different types of jumps, pause tables and weaving poles. Visit AKC's website for further details, requirements and schedules.
- Obedience - Greyhounds are capable of showing in obedience. They must be small dog safe, as they will be working closely together. Because of the training your SCG Greyhound received in prison, he/she will be an ideal candidate for this type of activity. Visit AKC's website for further details, requirements and schedules.