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  1. The nipping is genetic. It is in his genes and he is going to express it. What it is is prey drive. It is the reason greyhounds chase the bunny so to speak and is their key to survival in nature. He also has something called hunt drive. Hunt drive is what gets them to keep searching and keep trying to capture the prey. You will probably notice that he likes balls or squeaky toys or will get excited at squirrels? You cannot give his genes a makeover. In reality strong drives are a good thing and are highly prized and coveted for working dogs. It gives the dogs a capability to do things tha
  2. And he knew you would love them to....Thanks for sharing. Always feels good to get a little shot of Rocket Man.
  3. What a wonderful update for his remembrance this year. Isn't it amazing how they teach us some of the most important things from the bridge? You are right, he taught you well. He will be with you always. His presence on this forum is still palpable. Rocket is still a part of us all and oh how wonderful that is. God bless you and Rocket! Always loved. Never forgotten.
  4. You didn't do anything wrong in my opinion. YOU are the boss and are the one who rules that household and should be the one in control-not him. You don't have to ask him or bribe him into doing whatever you want. He actually wants and needs a leader. Letting them control things is actually harmful on many different levels. It can affect their confidence, make them a shell of what they could be etc., and in your case it sounds dangerous to me. You'd better be very careful he doesn't bite you at such times because he is clearly dominating you. I think you should find an experienced knowledge
  5. With clicker training you MUST reward immediately after clicking or marking the behavior with a conditional reinforcer(also a must). It is not something casual that you can successfully do without a thorough understanding of it or you can really screw up the dog. I would suggest that for starters go to https://leerburg.com/articles-obedmarker.htm and read some of the articles on clicker training so you can get some kind of an understanding about it. You have to "charge the mark" and other things-all are critically important- or else you will ruin the dog because he won't be able to l
  6. Great video. I have a whiner and it does get on my nerves sometimes for sure. Mine will whine over ANYthing no matter how minor. If he wants his food NOW and doesn't want to wait for me to prepare it; if he is outside with me and another pack member and he wants to go back inside NOW, not 5 minutes later after the other dog has a chance to potty hehe. I plan to try and whine back as you suggested and see what he does. He doesn't roo- and I love rooers- and I actually have tried to teach him to roo but he is not into that. And if you go anywhere in a vehicle be prepared for CONSTANT loud whi
  7. Yes, definitely report it to Animal Control. I have been an Animal Control Officer and also a Police Officer and we WANT these incidents to be reported so we can build a case if necessary in order to protect innocents from being attacked by such rogues. Whose to say they won't go after a child next? Please report it. Special hugs for your girl. What a terrible thing to go through. Hope she gets well soon. In the future you had better take a club of some sort or a stun gun or something with you to protect yourself and your girl. (The civilian pepper sprays available to the public are not reli
  8. "The “don’t mix kibble and raw” is a myth." THIS!!!!! It can't be said any better than this. It is perfectly OK to feed both together. I feed like Remolacha, also for many years, without any issues.
  9. 101 is NOT, I repeat NOT, a high or unusual temperature. The behavior changes are likely the result of feeling like crap from taking high power antibiotics he doesn't need etc. I implore you do not blindly trust a vet. It can have a bad outcome. Research it yourself with legitimate sources and you will find his temperature(s) are completely NORMAL. Our working dogs we have to take their temperatures several times at different levels of activity when we get them to establish a baseline of what is normal for EACH DOG. And there can be some pretty big differences between dogs. Also the exp
  10. The other posters beat me to it. DR.COUTO !!!!!! Thats who you need to consult with. He will most likely be able to get to the bottom of whats going on. Call Dr. Couto before you do anything else IMO. God bless you and your dear houndie.
  11. From a K9 Handlers perspective I would be unconcerned about the possessiveness/bite over the peanut butter kong. MANY dogs are possessive of food-its genetic to a certain extent- it doesn't concern me. Simply trade up for something she wants more to remove it or just don't give her anything she will fight over. I see no point in flexing your muscles so to speak to her over treats or food or anything else. I believe in letting them eat their food/enjoy their treats in peace. Actually possessiveness in my line of work is a desired attribute as it tends to mean they will be a good work dog :). I
  12. I so identify with your description of dealing with Tiger. What an appropriate name! I don't have an issue with greyhound Octane but Turbo, my working Malinois pup (50 lb/10 months old), is a lot like Tiger. First I have to muzzle him so he doesn't seriously bite me and get treats ready. But I literally have to man handle him and lay on him to hold him down so I can do it. And I use a grinder because I don't want him to ever get quicked in the least or there would be no hope of ever doing it sanely. I have been trying to use treats etc since he was 8 weeks old! He carries on so bad no one wou
  13. Wow. I totally understand what you have shared and Andy will be with you always. The heart KNOWS what the mind can't understand sometimes.
  14. Before making any final decisions I would see how she responds to perhaps 10-20mg of prednisone a day. I am a holistic person and won't even use a canine NSAID but I got to tell you the difference that I have seen that steroid make is astounding. I am told there is even a saying among vets about not letting go of a dog before trying it because it can make such a dramatic difference. Aggie was on I believe 10mg twice a day and I have to admit it was a godsend and gave her many additional good and happy days/months/years and she didn't cross over until she was almost 15 thanks to that. Just some
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