Life Is Peachy. How My Lurcher Found Her Forever Home

Introducing Peaches the Lurcher

Lurchers are a breed originating from Ireland and Great Britain in the 1600s as hunting dogs used by poachers to catch rabbits and hares (Source). They are a cross between sighthounds and working dogs, often greyhounds or whippets crossed with collies or terriers. Lurchers have a strong prey drive but also make wonderful family pets.

Peaches is a 2 year old female lurcher adopted from a local shelter when she was 6 months old. She is believed to be a greyhound/collie mix. Peaches is very energetic and loves to run and play. She has a gentle, affectionate personality and loves attention from people. Peaches is extremely loyal and bonds strongly with her family. She can be shy at first around strangers but warms up quickly. Peaches enjoys curling up on the couch for naps and snuggling with her family.

peaches the lurcher playing in a field

Peaches’ Daily Routine

Peaches has an active daily routine to keep her healthy and stimulated. As a lurcher, she needs a good amount of exercise and playtime each day.

A typical day for Peaches starts with an early morning walk around the block or to the park for 30-40 minutes of activity (source). When she gets home, she eats breakfast which is usually a scoop of high quality dry dog food.

After breakfast, Peaches will play fetch or tug of war for 15-20 minutes to get more exercise. She loves chasing after balls and toys. Around mid-morning, she takes a nap for an hour or two (source).

In the afternoon, Peaches goes on a longer walk, about 1-2 hours at the park or hiking trails. She can really stretch her legs and run during this activity. When she gets home, she eats dinner which is a scoop of dog food topped with a spoonful of wet food or lean meat.

In the evenings, Peaches enjoys another short play session or training time with her favorite toys and treats. Right before bed, she takes a quick bathroom break outside. Peaches sleeps through the night with no issues.

On weekends or days off, Peaches gets extra playtime and longer adventures outside. But the daily walks are the most essential part of her schedule to keep her exercised and content (source). With the right amount of routine activity, she maintains a healthy, athletic build.

Peaches’ Home

Peaches lives in a cozy cottage with a large fenced-in yard. The cottage has hardwood floors throughout, which Peaches enjoys sliding around on. Her favorite room is the living room, where she has a giant dog bed right by the fireplace so she can soak up the warmth on cold nights (Bringing your new hound home).

peaches relaxing in her dog bed

During the day, Peaches spends most of her time outdoors exploring the yard. She especially loves sunbathing under her favorite tree near the back fence. The yard has plenty of room for her to run around and play fetch. At night, Peaches comes inside to sleep in her owner’s bedroom. She has claimed the area under the window as her own personal spot to curl up on her blanket (Lurcher Dog: Everything You Need to Know). Peaches always seems happiest and most content when she is snoozing in her cozy sleeping area.

Peaches’ Training

As a Lurcher, Peaches is an intelligent yet independent dog that requires patient and creative training methods. According to this source, Lurchers thrive on activities that engage their problem-solving skills. Peaches attended weekly obedience classes as a puppy where she mastered basic cues like ‘sit’, ‘stay’, and ‘come’.

Peaches has an affectionate yet timid temperament. She startles easily so positive reinforcement training was essential for building her confidence. With patience and treats, she became comfortable walking on leash, allowing handling for grooming, and greeting strangers appropriately. Peaches knows a few fun tricks including ‘shake’, ‘roll over’, and ‘play dead’ which we practice daily.

Overall, Peaches aims to please but training sessions should remain short and upbeat to hold her interest. Allowing plenty of playtime and exercise is key to channeling her energy and preventing destructive behaviors. With continued socialization and training, Peaches has blossomed into a delightful companion.

Peaches’ Personality

Peaches is a very friendly and affectionate lurcher with a calm, gentle temperament. According to Lurcher | Facts and Information, lurchers are generally amiable dogs that enjoy regular human contact. Peaches loves being around people and will happily curl up on the sofa for cuddles. She’s extremely patient with children and has never been known to snap or get angry.

peaches being affectionate with her owner

With other dogs, Peaches is playful and sociable. She loves dashing around the park with her canine friends. However, Peaches should always be supervised around smaller animals like cats, as her hunting instincts can kick in from time to time, according to Lurcher Dog Breed Information. But with proper training and socialization, lurchers like Peaches can learn to live harmoniously with other pets.

One of Peaches’ quirks is gently taking toys or belongings in her mouth and carrying them around. She never chews or damages the items – she just likes holding them! Peaches also has a habit of “talking back” with quiet whines and grumbles when she’s excited or wants attention. Overall, she is an affectionate, gentle dog with a calm demeanor perfect for life as a house pet.

Peaches’ Health

As a lurcher, Peaches is unfortunately prone to some health problems common in the breed. One of the most concerning is osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that often affects the legs (Lurcher Health Problems). Thankfully she has not shown any signs of this disease yet at her young age of 3 years old. Her vet does recommend checking her legs regularly for any abnormalities or swelling.

In terms of diet, Peaches eats a high-quality dry dog food formulated for active dogs. She gets 2 cups twice a day, plus treats for training. Her slim build means overfeeding can easily lead to weight gain, so her portions are measured carefully. As a lurcher, she’s also prone to gastric issues like bloat, so her food is divided into smaller, more frequent meals (Lurcher Dog: Everything You Need to Know).

Grooming a lurcher is quite easy thanks to the short, sleek coat. Peaches only needs brushing once a week to remove loose hair and distribute oils. Her nails grow quickly and need trimming every 2-3 weeks. Checking her ears weekly and cleaning as needed prevents infections. Overall she is a very low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming.

Peaches’ Gear

Peaches needs sturdy gear that can handle her energy and athleticism. For walks, I use a heavy duty collar and leather lead that gives me control and keeps her safe near roads. Her bowls are ceramic and raised to avoid lower back strain.

Peaches’ favorite gear is her cozy donut bed for naps and a durable nylon bone she loves chewing on. The bone keeps her occupied when she’s anxious or bored. She has destroyed plenty of plush toys, so we stick to tough rubber and nylon now!

When traveling, I bring Peaches’ bed to help her feel at home. And she always has her extendable leash and a portable water bowl. Proper gear makes adventures with this high-energy breed much smoother!

Traveling with Peaches

Peaches loves going for car rides and is always excited to hop in for a new adventure. According to one source, many lurchers enjoy riding in vehicles and do well on trips or vacations with proper planning and preparation (http://www.ngap.org/greyhound-traveling-y306.html).

Some tips for traveling with a lurcher like Peaches include making pet-friendly lodging reservations in advance, bringing along their bed and familiar items to make them comfortable, taking frequent breaks to stretch their legs, and securing them in a crate or harness in the car for safety.

It’s important not to overdo it on long car trips and keep the ride smooth and stress-free. Peaches settles right in for naps in the backseat but likes getting out to explore new places along the journey. With the right preparation and expectations, traveling with a lurcher can be very enjoyable for both dog and human!

Peaches’ Favorite Activities

Peaches loves running around and playing in the garden, especially chasing after balls and frisbees. According to this article from WagWalking, lurchers enjoy exploration walks, lure coursing, and obedience training. Lurchers need plenty of exercise, so Peaches’ owners make sure to take her on long walks and runs every day, as recommended by Barkercise.

peaches playing fetch in a garden

Some of Peaches’ favorite enrichment activities include homemade puzzles with hidden treats, scent games tracking toys dragged around the garden, and “find it” games where toys are hidden around the house. As discussed on the Lurcher Link forums, mental stimulation is as important as physical exercise for lurchers like Peaches.

Peaches also attends agility classes on the weekends, where she gets to run through tunnels, jump over bars, and climb platforms. Her owners say she absolutely loves showing off her speed and agility on the obstacle courses. She always has a big smile on her face when doing her favorite activities!

Life with a Lurcher

Lurchers can make wonderful pets, but there are some pros and cons prospective owners should consider before getting one.

On the pro side, lurchers are generally calm, docile, and laid-back. They are affectionate dogs that bond closely with their families. Lurchers are also athletic and make great jogging or hiking companions. Furthermore, they can be playful and goofy at times, providing plenty of entertainment.

In terms of cons, lurchers have strong hunting instincts and may chase small pets or wildlife. They require a lot of exercise and space to run. Lurchers can be stubborn and independent, making training challenging at times. Separation anxiety is also common in the breed. Additionally, lurchers are prone to health issues like bloat.

Prospective lurcher owners should be prepared to provide their dog with vigorous daily exercise. A securely fenced yard is ideal. Owners should use positive reinforcement training and be patient when training a lurcher. Providing plenty of toys and activities can help prevent boredom and destructive behavior. Due to their size, lurchers may not be suitable for homes with very small children. With proper care and training, lurchers can make delightful companions.

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