House soiling accidents should be few, but certainly may happen. Initially, make allowances for the change in routine, an upset tummy, a urinary tract infection (UTI) from lack of water during transport, or intestinal parasites. Worms and parasites will cause a dog to urinate and empty his bowls at inappropriate times. If housebreaking continues to be a problem for your dog, please schedule an appointment with your vet. Most greyhounds house train immediately.

Scold your dog in a deep, firm voice if he soils in the house, but remember to praise and reward him when he goes outside. Use a happy high-pitched voice to let your dog know he did something right. Greyhounds want to please their new owners and this makes them easy to housetrain. Do not strike your dog or rub his nose in a mess.

If your dog does not perform outside, yet you know he has to go, bring him inside but keep him on a leash while in the house unless crated or confined to a small area. Watch him every minute. Continue to take him outside until he goes and repeat the same command (such as “empty” or go “potty”) so he will learn to go on command. Give lots of praise and a small treat when he completes his business. Some racers must be trained to relieve themselves while on lead as they are accustomed to going while in the turnout pen (a large, fenced area).

When your greyhound wakes up and begins to move around in the morning, take him outside immediately. He should always be turned out after meals, when he wakes from a nap, after excited play, and right before you go to bed at night …it’s like potty training a child. Watch his body language, learn from your dog’s signals and YOUR mistakes.

Provide a mid-day break for your greyhound until he has had 4 to 8 weeks to adjust to your work schedule. Even though greyhounds are crate trained, the racing kennels turn the dogs out every four hours. Therefore, in the beginning, your greyhound will need to go out while you’re at work.

You can hire a professional service, ask a neighbor, or a reliable teenager to help with day breaks. The first week you can begin with a day break around noon. (Depending on how early you go to work.) After a week or so, move the break to 1:00 for another five to ten days, then 1:30, etc. until your dog can make it all day without a break. Of course, permanent day breaks are preferred and your pet will thank you for it!