About the Green Collar and Muzzle
People are often unsure of what the muzzle means and which greyhounds need to wear them. First we’d like to assure you that a muzzle does not necessarily mean aggression. Anyone who has ever met a greyhound will tell you what a sweet natured dog they are and what wonderful pets they make.
The Department of Local Government and Communities has amended the Dog Act 1976 to enable appropriately retired racing greyhounds to return to the community as pets without having to wear a muzzle. Exempt greyhounds are granted a “Green Collar status” and issued with a Green Collar after passing the National Temperament Testing Assessment. This is great news for greyhounds and helps to dispel the myth that greyhounds are vicious – something we know is far from the truth.
The Department, through the Dog Regulations 2013, prescribed Greyhounds as Pets WA (GAP) as a training organisation for the purposes of exempting a greyhound from wearing a muzzle in public. What this means is that when you adopt a greyhound from GAP you will be issued a Green Collar and identification card which proves your greyhound does not need to be muzzled in public. GAP is currently the only greyhound rehoming group recognised in WA able to issue Green Collars.
The National Temperament Testing Assessment is a rigorous behavioural program developed jointly by all official GAP programs around Australia. It was written by a qualified Animal Behaviourist, in conjunction with each State GAP program and draws upon the collective decades of experience of these organisations. This helps to ensure that when you adopt a greyhound from GAP it will make a great pet and a wonderful addition to your family.
Does my greyhound have to wear a muzzle?
If you are fostering a greyhound or fostering with the view to adopt you will be issued a wire muzzle. Until you have officially adopted your greyhound and have received a Green Collar from GAP, your greyhound is required by law to wear the muzzle when in public – this includes when on walks.
Once you have been issued a Green Collar your greyhound will not need to wear a muzzle in public. However, should you wish to leave the muzzle on when you are introducing your greyhound to other pets, children or new environments – such as a busy dog park – you can rest assured your dog is used to wearing one, it does not hurt and they can drink normally while wearing it.
Non GAP greyhounds
If you adopted your greyhound from one of the other greyhound rehoming agencies in WA, or direct from an owner or trainer, your greyhound is still able to go through the Green Collar Assessment.
To be issued a Green Collar your greyhound will need to be assessed by GAP staff. This process involves your greyhound coming into the GAP kennels for a period of four nights. While at our kennels your greyhound will be assessed against the National Temperament Assessment and, if they pass, they will be awarded a muzzle exemption in the form of a Green Collar.
The cost of a Green Collar Assessment is $175 which covers the assessment, the physical Green Collar and the cost of caring for your greyhound for four days, including food and board. Get in touch to book your greyhound in for a Green Collar Assessment.