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The white plastic tip on racing muzzles help to determine the winner of the race if it’s too close to call and a photo finish is needed.
What Does Benching Mean?
Benching is very important in the care of a racing greyhound. The trainer is looking for everything from muscle soreness, swelling, bruising, small cuts, sore cuticles, fleas and ticks.
Trainers usually bench the dogs the day after the race (some will do before and after) in order to catch anything that might be bothering the dog and treat it promptly and appropriately. If something more serious is suspected, such as a bone injury, the dog is taken to the vet for an x-ray.
Sprint paths at the tracks can be used for various reasons. Kennels use them to run the dogs between starts. They can also be used to condition a racer that is coming off a rest or an injury.
Some track kennels have whirlpool tubs. The racers enjoy a soak to help ease sore or tight muscles.
Lures at the tracks have names. Rusty, Sparky, Spunky, Harrison Hare and Casey are just a few of them.
Stuffed toy rabbits and bones, red or white flags, tassels, windsocks, and others are used as lures.
Racers drink fresh water and are cooled down with hoses, kiddie pools, walk through tanks and dip tanks then walked after they race.
Combining water cooling techniques and walking them helps to lower their heart rate and body temperature. It also aids in relaxing their muscles.