Behavioural welfare

Last updated 21 October 2020

Even the ideal welfare standards, promoted by Industry Codes of Practice, make little considerations for the ongoing, life-long behavioural welfare of greyhounds. Greyhounds are commonly confined to their kennels for prolonged periods of time, without any socialisation with other dogs. Housing may be insufficient for housing dogs, with a huge amount of leniency afforded to industry participants to improve. Greyhounds are also frequently housed in isolation, an unnatural state and a supplementary stressor for social animals like dogs (Working Dog Alliance Australia. 2015. Review and Assessment of Best Practice – Rearing, Socialisation, Education and Training Methods for Greyhounds in a Racing Context – July 2015).