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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Crate size reflects the need for greyhounds to have a private, safe place to eat, and more importantly, to rest. When not out racing, schooling, sprinting, being examined or treated, or out for routine turnouts, the most important need is rest. It would be irresponsible to have greyhound athletes loose in a large environment for extended periods of time. It is the trainer's job to control both the exercise and the rest for the welfare of each of his dogs. The greyhound's muscle cells in particular need time to rebuild after the exertion of a race. Complete muscle recovery takes approximately 3 to 5 days( Care of the Racing and Retired Greyhound, American Greyhound Council, First Edition, 2007, p. 319).

Professional Crates in a racer’s kennel are two sizes. 49" long, 36" wide, 35" tall and 43" x 30" x 32". Compare these with a typical in home pet kennel that is 42” x 32” x 30” to 48” x 30” x 32” for the monster size.

Most of the time dogs are lying down resting, but there is ample room to stand and change that all important sleeping position.

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Penny Wick