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RULES & REGULATIONS FOR THE
GREYHOUND FESTIVAL OF THE BLUEGRASS
The Shamrock Greyhounds are very excited to be hosting our 7th annual event. That being said – we are still going to make some mistakes, so please be patient & kind. We are all dedicated volunteers and we are truly doing the best we can. Sometimes it may seem like it is not enough, but please keep a smile on your face & enjoy your Greyhound weekend.
Hotel Accommodations: The Sleep Inn Hotel is very excited about hosting a weekend of Greyhounds. Let’s show them how wonderful our greyhounds truly are. If your hound has an accident, please clean it up immediately. Please be respectful of hotel rooms. Do not leave your dog unattended if they are not use to being left alone. Muzzling them to avoid damage to the room in encouraged.
Please walk your dogs outside often. There are plenty of grassy areas at both the hotel & convention center. Please clean up all of your animal’s waste.
Leave your hotel room clean and free of dog poop and/or pee! We can not stress this rule enough! If you leave dog feces and/or pee in your room upon checkout you will be charged additionally for the clean up! Water & Food: Please put your dog's water bowl in the bathroom on the tile floor or bring plastic to put under the bowl if they must be on carpet. Please cleanup if your dog is a messy eater.
Crates: These are not required, but if your dog is accustomed to them please bring them for your room.
Please bring adequate bedding for your animal. Your Greyhound will need a soft surface to lie on while attending classes and during human meals. If you cannot provide bedding for your dogs during these sessions, please do not attend. Nothing is more disturbing than a tired Greyhound without a bed on which to lie. If you dog(s) are going to use one of the hotel beds, please bring a sheet from home to cover the bed. That way you can take your dog hair home with you.
THE CONFERENCE ROOM HAS CONCRETE FLOORS – YOUR DOG WILL NEED A BED!
Muzzles: Please use a muzzle if you are going to leave your Greyhound unattended in the hotel room. If your dog has issues with meeting new dogs - or is not friendly - please have your dog muzzled throughout the event. This will prevent any potential problems with hounds. Muzzles are a safety tool if used properly.
Accidents: Please clean up any accidents immediately. If you cannot please notify an event volunteer, so they can address the matter. We want to leave a good impression with the hotel and although we know accidents will occur, we want them cleaned ASAP. Be sure to walk your dog often to avoid accidents.
If your dog lifts his leg on the building, please wash it down with water to avoid attracting flies. This is your responsibility as a responsible pet owner. If you are walking your dog and you forget your poop bags, please ask another Greyhound owner for one. Please do not walk off and ignore your mess.
Shedding: Greyhounds do shed - particularly when stressed. Please bring paper towels or whatever you use to wipe your Greyhound down. Please don't pet a shedding dog and then leave the hair on the hotel floor - please dispose of it in properly.
Leashes: All Greyhounds will be leashed at all times. No flexi-leads are to be used during the Festival. Please bring a lead no longer than a 6ft for your hound. They also will be under their humans' control - i.e.: do not tie your Greyhound to your table/chair when you are eating. It is your responsibility to keep an eye on your hound. If your dog becomes stressed or tired, it may be time to retire to your hotel room for a rest. Always be aware of what is going on around you.
This is a Greyhound only event: While your own dogs might be considered small dog safe - other Greyhounds might not be. Therefore, we are implementing a GREYHOUND ONLY RULE. This rule is purely for safety and not about discriminating against other dogs. Exceptions may be made UPON REQUEST for other large sight hounds, not the little ones.
X-pens: There will not be room in the Grand Ballroom for you to set up an x-pen. Your dog(s) must be kept on lead and under your control at all times. Please do provide bedding for your Greyhound(s) as it is going to be a long weekend for them.
Dog Aggression or Insecurity: If your dog displays aggression of any kind they would be better left at home. If you must bring them, then they MUST wear a red bandana at all times. You are responsible for supplying the bandana. You should also put a muzzle on your Greyhound when he is in large groups. It is your responsibility to warn others to stay away from your dog. Not following this simple rule could ruin someone's weekend. By insecure or aggressive behaviors, we mean any behavior (space, alpha, fear, shyness, etc) that could cause your dog to growl or bite another dog or person. This does not mean you have a bad dog, just one that may not be comfortable in these large gathering. If this description fits your Greyhound, we strongly encourage you to leave them at home.
If you see a dog wearing a red bandana please respect the dog and give them the space they need. Not all dogs enjoy being crowded or approached by strangers
ID Tags: Please be sure your Greyhound has up to date ID tags in the event they get loose. All dogs must have their name and current owner info attached to their collar. If you have a way of adding your mobile phone number to this information that would be helpful for the weekend.
SAFETY: Please keep safety in mind all weekend. Please gauge your dog's mood and don't push them. If they need a break - give it to them. Your priority is your hound and if you need to miss something to accommodate them then that is your responsibility.
Wristbands: While attending the festival, you MUST wear your wristbands at all times to be allowed into the activities. These will be given to you in your registration packet.
Shamrock Greyhound Placement, Paroquet Springs Conference Center & Sleep Inn are not responsible for any mishaps, accidents, misdemeanors, whatever, etc of any participants - human or hound.