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Greenhound Assessments for Greyhounds

Greyhounds who have passed the assessment taken at Dogaholics, do not have to wear a muzzle in public places (whilst under the effective control of the owner) and can obtain their Green Collar.

If you have a pet or retired racing Greyhound and would like to undertake the assessment for muzzle exemption, here are the steps you will need to follow:

1.  Contact Greenhounds NSW to enrol in your greyhound in an in-home re-training program.   This is a self-guided 6-week course designed to help owners prepare their greyhound for the Greenhound assessment.  

In order to participate, an existing pet greyhound must be:

  • Microchipped
  • Lifetime registered with a council
  • De-sexed (unless the greyhound is registered with Dogs NSW for the purposes of showing)

There is no charge for participating in the in-home 6-week re-training program.

Undertake the in-home 6-week re-training program.

The aim of this program is to assist owners to prepare for their greyhound's green collar assessment. It covers many different situations that a greyhound may come across in its daily life as a pet.  If your greyhound has been a pet for some time, parts of this guide may seem very basic. However, it has been written to also take into account the greyhounds who are new to pet life, some of whom may have come straight from the race track or an impound facility.

You will be sent a workbook by Greenhounds which will enable you to record and self-assess your greyhound's progress through the 6-week in-home re-training program.

At the end of the 6-week in-home program and completion of the workbook, please contact us so we can book you in for your greyhound's Greenhound assessment.  The assessment is undertaken to determine if your greyhound is suitable for a muzzle exemption.

The focus of this assessment is safety and socialisation in public. For this reason, Greenhounds stipulates that the assessment not be carried out at the owner's home.  We conduct the assessment at our premises in Adamstown, NSW.  

As pets may act differently in the presence of an owner, owners are expected to be absent during the test.  It is expected that an owner will present their greyhound for assessment in good health and a clean condition. 

The Greenhound assessment is designed to identify that a greyhound is:

  • Friendly, approachable and manageable;
  • Shows no aggression towards other dogs (particularly small ones); and
  • Shows no aggression towards humans (particularly in the presence of food and toys etc.)

Immediately following the assessment, we will advise owners of the outcome.  

If a greyhound is found to be suitable, it is eligible for an exemption from muzzling when in a public place. 

If a greyhound is found not to be suitable, it will not be eligible for the muzzling exemption, however, the greyhound will able to re-take the assessment at a future time.

We will provide feedback to owners as to the reasons why a greyhound was unsuccessful, advice on how to overcome the issues and when it might be appropriate to re-book an assessment.

If your greyhound passes the assessment, we will advise Greenhounds of the outcome and your greyhound will be recorded on the Companion Animals Register as "muzzle exempt"

Once Greenhounds receives the completed workbook from you and assessment documentation from us, the Greenhound collar with ID tag and certificate will be issued. The fee for the green collar and associated administration costs is $49.50 paid directly to Greenhounds NSW.

COST:               $150 for Greenhound assessment per dog *

Our Greenhound assessments are conducted at our premises in Adamstown, NSW. However, we have had Greyhounds and their owners travelling from Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Central Coast, Cessnock, Port Stephens, Maitland and as far as Mid North Coast to undertake their Greenhound assessment and obtain their Green Collar.

* Please note, there is an additional charge for the Green Collar which is payable directly to Greenhounds NSW.  

For further information on the Greenhound program please visit

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