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Professional and Amateur Greyhound Racing

March 15, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 156

Greyhound racing is a particular type of racing in which greyhound dogs participate in a race held in a racecourse similar to that of a horse race course. In this race, greyhounds are made to chase a prey, which is usually an artificial hare or a rabbit. The dogs try to catch its prey in competition with each other and the first one to cross the line is declared to be the winner.

There are a number of countries that conduct greyhound racing professionally.In some countries the event is held just for fun. In the United States of America there are certain states where greyhound racing is banned and in some states it is held professionally - the word professional here refers to the way the greyhound is trained to complete the race.

Most of the time in the US, pet owners will hand over their greyhound to a trainer some two to three weeks before an important race. During this important period, the trainer will teach the necessary skills required for the greyhound to complete the race. It will be taken around the track, so that it gets used to the environment. During this training period, the trainers have to follow the guidelines provider by the American Grey Hound Association.

The American Greyhound Association provides a guide that needs to be followed by the instructors without deviating from it. The instructions include the food that needs to be taken by the greyhound and the type of training that needs to be given to the greyhound. There have been reports of the trainers and the owners over burdening the greyhound by providing excessive training. So the AGA conducts frequent audits where the greyhound is kept to find out whether the dog has been abused. The AGA has been performing this service as animal welfare organizations had been frequently complaining about the poor health condition of greyhounds.

During the days leading to the race day the greyhound should be put n the kennels near the racetrack. In the case of non-professional races, where this event is held as a fun activity, the owner himself looks after the dog and doesn't take the services of a professional trainer. In these amateur races, there is no money involved.In such casual races, there is no need for the dog to stay near the racecourse and there are no rules that govern those casual races.

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