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  1. Agree about asking the vet to check for a urinary tract infection - it definitely sounds to me as if this could be the problem, especially him wanting to hold it in on the way out, and failing. This isn't typical of a young, healthy male dog - I am always amazed how long they can and will wait for the right spot. Tiger my latest adoptee doesn't even want a bathroom break when I get up, will save it all up until we go out for a walk after breakfast and he can mark his favourite trees and lamp-posts!
  2. Thanks @ozgirl and @GreyPoopon! He continues to settle in happily and now I think feels very much at home here. Seems much more comfortable about being approached on his bed, though he has developed a bit of a habit instead of taking weird stuff to that - yesterday his sponge which I had left on the draining board. He tried to eat it (he is super-keen on food!) and finding it less than tasty tore it into chunks and scattered those around instead! I thought you might all like seeing this photo of him that my neighbours took recently - they keep a jar of treats for him and he has worked out out how to stick his head through a hole in our shared back wall to be given one!
  3. Please - never, never take him on a moving escalator! The TfL Journey Planner has an option to find escalator-free routes, and it's actually getting easier all the time, as lifts are installed to improve accessibility. Once or twice I've been caught out, and had to ask a member of staff to switch an escalator off, so we can use it as a fixed stairway. That will mean a few minutes wait, because they have to put someone at the top and the bottom, but as the nice chap who I had to ask the first time said, "That's all right, my dear; I'd much rather organise this than have to sort out a dog who's got a paw trapped, and maybe his claws ripped out - I've had to do that before now, and it was awful!"
  4. What a handsome chap! What's his name? That's great that you've made progress with the stairs; I think up always comes easier to these guys than down, so again just be patient and he will get there! Sounds as if he's beginning to feel more comfortable generally which is also great news
  5. Hello Sarah, are you in the UK? If so I wouldn't worry about the crate - they're much more of a thing in the US, where the dogs have lived in them when they trained and raced and so find them reassuringly familiar when they retire to a home. UK racers live (usually in pairs) in kennels and don't have much experience of crates, except when they are being taken to the races. If you do want to try a crate your rescue might be able to lend you one while he settles in. But a greyhound-size crate is a big thing to accommodate in our smaller UK houses and I'm not sure how useful it would be. What I have always found useful here while my guys were settling in is to give them the run of as much of the house as I am comfortable with them using while I am out, but closing the door to my bedroom and bathroom and putting an upturned stool on the sofa in the living room! Doc my first greyhound had separation anxiety initially and I tried closing him in just a small lobby area with his bed when I went out, to see if confinement made him more comfortable. It didn't! What worked best in the end was giving him the run of the house, as above, and a special food-treat just as I went out so that became something to look forward to. Good luck! These first few days can feel very hard, just be calm and patient and things should soon improve!
  6. What a trainer might do I guess is to suggest a one-to-one session first, to assess the dog first, though mine was happy for us just to turn up, having worked with lots of greyhounds already. She's moved away I think and now Winkie Spiers is the one I most often hear being recommended, here in South London. NB I have no personal experience of her, however.
  7. Hi there - I'm also in London! Doc, my first greyhound had a very high prey drive and got much too excited about puppies initially; with their squirmy movements they can look very like prey.... What worked for us was finding a good, all-breeds, positive reinforcement dog training class. Here Doc got to learn that all those other funny-looking creatures he kept meeting in the streets were just other dogs, like him! The trainer also invited us to come along to a puppy class, and sniff a few puppies under carefully-controlled conditions - again, once he realised that they too were dogs, no more problems. And it was an education for me too, in learning to read doggy body language. I doubt such classes are running in lockdown, but they would be worth seeking out when they resume - maybe your vet can recommend someone local. You could also go to a trainer one-on-one, of course, that might be helpful initially, but the brilliant thing about classes is that you automatically get to meet and work with all those other dogs. PS: meanwhile, I would continue to walk him in a muzzle; better safe than sorry!
  8. Thanks everybody - and from Tiger too! He says it was a greyt birthday
  9. It's Tiger's first birthday celebration here, and despite the restrictions of lockdown we've managed to celebrate a bit. Two walks in lovely sunshine (yes since last Wednesday we're allowed to take more than one a day again, hurrah!), a pig toy to play with, and most popular of all, a first goat's foot: Even with this small photo you can probably see that it's more like half a goat's leg, with the foot still attached. I get them very inexpensively from my local halal butcher - traditionally they are used to add body to a stew, I think. Ken used to love them and I was pretty sure Tiger would as well. It should help get any remaining plaque off his teeth, too - they were very brown when he arrived and although he's good about letting me clean them, and Plaque Off (a seaweed-based UK remedy) has definitely helped, the back ones are still a bit grotty. I've also ordered him a new martingale (dark blue denim) and house collar (in a suitably bold red, blue and black design) but somehow I doubt those will create nearly as much excitement when they eventually arrive!
  10. +1. My Tiger is a resource guarder and got returned to the rescue from his first time for biting while guarding his bed. I failed to read his body language properly and got bitten myself, a week in. Then again, a month later, through carelessness on my part just like you - I was trying to get him up for a last loo break before bed, and should have made sure he was properly awake and/ or found him a treat first! Though both incidents felt scary at the time - these things happen so fast - I knew in both cases when I thought about it that it was really my own fault, and actually the second incident represented progress, truth to tell - having got to know me better he growled first and it was more of a snap than a bite. I know that in his case a lot of it has to do with the fact that his first home was small and rather chaotic and noisy, and he got disturbed rather too often in his bed. As he relaxes into my quieter house we are becoming more trusting of, and affectionate towards, each other - he is happily lying on his bed beside me as I type this, with his nose about six inches from my feet - but all the same I need to remain aware of the need to remain respectful of his space.
  11. Definitely get the vet to check her over asap; pancreatitis is one possibility.
  12. Happy Birthday to the Divine Miss M, all the way from London. Looks like you had a greyt celebration! x 11!
  13. Well remembered @FiveRoooooers and @EllenEveBaz! The zodiac sundial paving is since Doc's time, but here is Ken reclining on it. I think the photo I posted before was probably a more elegant version, minus the yoga mat! But I can't find that one right now - and this one does give you a bit of an idea of the rest of the garden. Originally there was a lawn, but the paving and gravel is more practical, and also gave me the opportunity to expand the flower beds. When the sun hits the paving it is like a radiator and both Ken and now Tiger like to lie directly on it, at other times the yoga mat provides a welcome bit of padding. Unfortunately Tiger decided that must be good to eat the first time I got it out for him, so it now has a chunk out of the corner!
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