What to Expect on Your Home Visit

After an application has been received, a Placement Representative calls to arrange a Home Visit. The Home Visit is made by the GAGR Placement Representative and their own Greyhound. The visit is a no obligation, educational visit to help the potential adopter and the group decide if adopting a Greyhound to the family is a good choice.

GAGR strives to make good matches between families and Greyhounds and during the Home Visit questions will be asked about the family’s lifestyle, home accommodations for a dog, and the Representative will go through a check list of items to talk about.

We have included the list so potential adopters can preview and note items of particular interest.

9192 US Route 20A

Hemlock, NY 14466

Toll Free: 877-211- 1451


New Home for your Greyhound

  • Glass doors and stairs (stickers on glass; carpet vs. hard flooring; screening and entry doors are also ESCAPE routes)
  • Housebreaking vs. kennel training
  • Monitoring w/small animals and children (monitor children as well)
  • Separation anxieties (if it occurs, what to try; practice “alone time” from the first day)
  • Do not allow your greyhound on the furniture.

Walking and exercising

  • Always on lead unless absolutely sure area is totally enclosed (never ‘tied out’)
  • We do not endorse off leash dog parks (use at your discretion as there is an element of risk for harm to your greyhound or for your greyhound to do harm to another dog.)
  • 6’ or 4’ lead (retractable not recommended) (hand through loop and optionally try a slip knot as shown on The Sighthound Underground)
  • Requirements are minimal (walking is all that’s really needed for most greyhounds)
  • Warm and cold weather (winter coats) (single layer of fur, low body fat)
  • Toys, what, why and when


  • Bloating (to avoid, feed 2X a day, avoid strenuous exercise 1 hour before or after feeding; can be fatal)
  • Food and requirements (do not overfeed; watch weight; check ribs)


  • Wire crates recommended – 42” x 28” x 32”
  • How long and when to stop (depends upon the dog and the household – highly recommended for at least 3 months)
  • Invisible crate space (most greyhounds have it; usually goes away with time and trust)


  • Champagne or martingale collars (‘sight hound’ collars) (why we use them and how)
  • Brush teeth often (minimum 2 or 3 times weekly; ideally, every day)
  • Vet knowledge of greyhounds (ask around)
  • Vet care prior to adoption (spay/neuter, UTD shots, dental, etc.)
  • Teeth scaling (may be needed annually for some dogs)
  • Tattoos (where, what they mean)
  • Injuries (when they arrive)
  • Injuries after they get home (skin tears, broken claws, etc)
  • Flea treatment (pyrethrin based shampoo) (only as needed)


  • Adoption donation* ($350.00; includes spay/neuter, dental, up to date vaccinations; Martingale collar and leash set, copy of Greyhounds for Dummies. Donations are applied toward GAGR’s mission of bringing hounds home).
  • ID tag (must be worn at all times; suggest getting ‘personal’ ID tag as soon as possible)
  • What papers come with dog? (pedigree, health certificate, info book, etc)
  • Color and sex (may choose sex and temperament, not color)
  • Greyhound activities (for greyhounds and their families)
  • Volunteers (always needed)

Placement Representative’s name and phone number:

Other contact name and number – Cindy Bauer, President (585)314-0187

*Adoption donation subject to change without notice. (Rev 12/28/2016)