Flying Treasury outruns her kennelmates in the race back to the other end of the sprint path.
Choosing the greyhounds that get sprinted on any given day is at the trainer's discretion. Active racing greyhounds in between "starts" (races) and dogs being rehabbed from injuries are two examples of dogs who might get sprinted. After sprints, it's back to the kennel to do second turnout and kennel work while the dogs rest.
A note to adoptive owners: A squawker is a fabulous tool, and it's not just for racing people. A squawker will bring your dog back faster than anything if he or she escapes out the front door. If you're interested in learning more about squawkers, check out Greyhounds of Eastern Michigan's store.
Why are they wearing those muzzles? For those of you who are unfamiliar with greyhounds and track life, these dogs have notoriously thin skin. Normal mouthy dog-play will tear holes in it. When you have several dogs running together at the same time, a plastic basket kennel muzzle is a smart precautionary measure to take. The dogs can still keep their mouths wide open and drink while wearing them.
This photo featured on Explore, August 1st, 2011.
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