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  1. Condolences, so sorry for the loss. I remember when you got him, has it really been that long ...
  2. As already noted, it is "misdirected aggression" and the best way to correct it is to catch it before it escalates to the bite/unwanted behavior. If you are very watchful, you can tell when the dog starts to concentrate/fixate on an object that is likely to cause escalation and that is when to redirect it. It can be as simple as quickly changing direction/reversing course or giving a "watch me" command and rewarding when it is obeyed.
  3. Do not feed chicken - many dogs are allergic to that protein. Switch to lean hamburger - 90% and see if that helps after a few days. You can also try a fish like tilapia. Also, cook up some oatmeal and give about 2 to 3 tablespoons.
  4. Can you provide a photo? If a cleaning was done 2 years ago seems pretty soon to have another one ....
  5. Dr Remillard is who I worked with 17 years ago when one of my dogs had an acute kidney issue - this was when she was at Angel. I also got regular and cancer diets a few months later. I developed great diets from the base diets and I have used ever since. This was before she started her web site and started packaging the vitamin supplements as a product.
  6. Two of my greyhounds would hurt themselves trying to get out of the crate (digging and trying to bend bars with teeth). I stopped using them completely for my greyhounds.
  7. I posted a kidney diet along with regular diets that I fed my dogs over the years. I suggest that you do a search on "kidney diet"
  8. One gift that I appreciated was flower bulbs that I happened to plant at my parent's grave. Another gift I received was a small sculpture of my dog laying down with wings.
  9. Yes, refrigerate it. Also, you want to catch a first morning specimen so that the specific gravity will be accurate. Let the vet know that it is the "first morning".
  10. I just finished this book and I think it has great coverage on medicating dogs for various issues. It is not greyhound specific but, some of the problem behaviors are what could be seen in greyhounds. The author was the director of the Animal Behavior department at Tufts in Grafton Ma, hard to tell if he is still practicing in that position. Again, a good read with many case studies. https://smile.amazon.com/Pets-Couch-Neurotic-Compulsive-Psychiatry/dp/1476749027/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1564523443&sr=8-1
  11. Drugs will help. I used gabapentin with one of my greyhounds when we needed to make the hour trip to the oncologist for his chemo treatment - it helped to chill him out but, it will not last all day. There are other drugs that vets use for separation anxiety that could also help.
  12. One of my greyhounds was like this - would never drink water when we were out but, we used to do all-day events and to not have him drink would be a serious risk to him - what I found always worked was vanilla milkshakes from McDonalds ... never failed.
  13. Home-made diets are great - you can experiment and find what works. I've been doing it 10+ years and my dogs are doing great on it.
  14. Try adding some cooked oatmeal. It has fiber and it used in many of the sensitive diets available commercially.
  15. As others mentioned, it's relative. I would suggest that you do turnouts on a leash with new greyhounds until you get a better sense of how they regard the fence. This is what I used to do with my fosters until I was sure they would not challenge the fence.
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