Greyhound Trust South Lakes
Charity numbers:  269668 & SCO4404

Fostering and Homing Greyhounds in Cumbria and the South Lakes

This website covers all the Greyhounds coming to the branch from 1st January 2018. To see the 500+ Greyhounds homed between July 2004 and December 2017 visit

If your dog won't come back

We are not experts, but having had greyhounds for many years and been homing greyhounds since July 2004 we can draw on the training we received during that time along with our experiences in order to help others.  What is written here is a new revision of my book 'Caring For My Rescued Greyhound'.  It's a guide only because every incident and dog is different.  Jenny Stott

(The term him also refers to her)

Back to the list of tips:
Remember -  a dog off the lead is a dog out of control. 
No matter how well trained he is, if he decides to ignore you he can.
Letting him off the lead.
It's very important to teach your dog recall before letting him off the lead. Once let off the lead if your dog won't come back when instructed to do so don't panic, there are four ways of getting him to come back to you and one very important thing to remember.


When your dog runs off and you call him back if he doesn't come straight away, when he does come back NEVER tell him off - praise him.

You praise him because he's come back.

No matter how upset or angry you are, if you tell him off he will think you are telling him off for coming back not for running off and not returning when called. If you tell him off he will be reluctant to come back the next time as he thinks you will tell him off again. 'Grit your teeth', smile and praise him and give him a treat if you have one so as to reinforce you are pleased he came back to you.