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CeeCee
Posted: Dec 14, 2004 at 6:02 PM - CeeCee's 11th post Copy Link
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I noticed in a picture of Betty that the lead out had the lead behind him when walking Betty out for parade. Is this just how that particular lead out holds the lead or is it common practice to have the lead behind you when walking the dogs onto the track?

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FullHouseRacing
Posted: Dec 15, 2004 at 8:47 PM - FullHouseRacing's 4th post Copy Link
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It all depends on how comfortable they feel with the greyhound. The main issue is the safety of the dog. If the dog is calm and the leadout doesn't have to worry about the greyhound slipping his collar, then he can give the dog more lead and allow the dog to walk in front of, to the side, or behind the leadout. If not, then the greyhound is usually kept close so that if the greyhound starts to get too excited and attempts to slip the collar, the leadout is there to catch the dog before it goes running off. Its all based on the greyhound's mentality. If he is overactive, he will probably be kept close. If the greyhound is not overactive and relatively calm, the leadouts are supposed to give them more lead and space to walk for more comfort. Hope that answers your question and if you have any more, feel free to post and I will try my best to reword or rephrase it.

-Cory Owens

Edited Dec 15, 2004 at 8:47 PM by FullHouseRacing
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