Living in an apartment with a greyhound takes a big commitment to meet the dog's needs, and to give it the best possible life.
Just like people, greyhounds need to go to the toilet every few hours, and definitely first thing on walking up in the morning. So, unless you are home a lot, or have a dog walker, this is not easy to manage. Even when you have a totally secure area for the dog to toilet, greyhounds are very large dogs that produce a lot of excrement. A greyhound and an apartment are not always an ideal mix, so please consider the following before you apply to adopt or foster a greyhound.
GSN will not place a greyhound in a home where it has unsupervised access to a standard height balcony railing, as they are big dogs that could easily jump over with fatal consequences.
Generally young greyhounds under five years are too lively to be suitable for apartment living, as they need more stimulation and may become destructive if left alone for 8-9 hours.
Greyhounds cope better in an apartment if you are not working full time and are able to walk them during the day, play with them, and give them the companionship they crave.
You need to be prepared to take your greyhound outside to toilet at least four times a day, unless your balcony is the toilet area and is securely built up to a height of at least 1.5 metres.
Greyhounds cannot last 8-9 hours during the daytime without being toileted. If you work full-time, you will need to have a dog walker come at lunchtime to toilet your dog. You will need to toilet the dog first thing every morning when it wakes, and be home promptly from work to toilet again (no Friday night drinks with your working mates or catching up directly after work!) and then last thing before you go to bed.
If you are working full-time, the greyhound will have no stimulation during the day in an apartment, and should ideally walked before you head to work, and again when you arrive home. All greyhounds need at least a 30 minute walk every day.
Obviously, being able to take your greyhound to work or using a dog-walker or doggie-daycare centre will assist you to manage some of this issues.