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The rehabilitation of a galgo

The abandoned galgos that we rescue are taken to a shelter or foster home where they start adapting to a new life.

In the foster home it is important to observe their behaviour and ensure they begin to trust humans after their traumatic experience. They should be treated gently, with no brisk movements or raised voices.

It is important to provide a stress-free, predictable environment with a routine of walking and feeding. They quickly learn how to cohabit with a family, other dogs and perhaps cats, although you should bear in mind that patience is needed as the period of adaptation is stressful for the animal.

It will soon be apparent whether or not the galgo suffers from separation problems. If they were to show symptoms of anxiety in the absence of the owner, a behaviour modification programme will need to be put in place.

The galgo will also need to learn the rules of domestic living: to eliminate outside and to not steal from bins or from the table. This latter behaviour is very common in galgos that have been strays, since scavenging was previously their only means of survival.

Whilst the galgo is in foster care, we assess its psychological and behavioural profile in order to find the most suitable adoptive family and environment.

Galgos have typical breed characteristics but each dog is an individual and may be confident or shy, young or old, friendly or fearful and may or may not be sociable with other animals.

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