IN a shift of policy due largely to pressure from owners, the Macau Canidrome has insisted that its agents worldwide buy even younger dogs for Asia's only greyhound track. The latest batch of 16 dogs, valued at $15,000 each, will be drawn tomorrow night and the average age is two years and two months with the youngest only 17 months. ''What it means is that dogs will now have their entire future at the Canidrome. They are going to do all their racing here, get to know the track early in their racing careers and obviously will have a much longer racing life,'' said kennel chief, Brian Murphy. ''We are now intent on buying dogs of two years and under. Initially, owners will see slower times because these will be essentially inexperienced dogs but when they adapt the times will become correspondingly quicker. ''It is a most worthwhile change in policy but our owners really did want these younger dogs,'' said Murphy. The demand for dogs is continuing with last week's auction bringing in $170,000 for 12 dogs. Top price was $25,000 for Dancing Flag, a well-performed youngster. Dancing Flag was knocked down to Scots-born banker Bob Montgomery, based in Kuwait. Bob and Hongkong-born wife Marie have bought an apartment in Macau and intend to settle there when he finishes his final stint in Kuwait. There was misfortune, though, this week for another well-known expat owner, Charles Wink, the top man for Securicor in Macau, a Canidrome sponsor. Charles was involved in a car crash on his way to the track on Tuesday, suffering leg and arm fractures and is recovering in hospital. Meanwhile, the first auction involving sealed tenders will be held on June 20 and the Canidrome is making sure that some classy performers are up for sale on that night. Chief official, Danny Osmund, said: ''We think a lot of our Hongkong members will find it very useful. They can't be here but they do know what dogs are up for sale as we inform them through the newsletter. ''In this way, they can bid what they feel the dogs are worth and simply get it to us. We will open the tenders on the night. It is a fair way of doing it.''