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  1. My young (20 month) boy barks at me for attention. There is no pattern as to time of day. Sometime he wants a belly rub, sometimes play. I get that responding to the barking trains it, but he won't quit if I ignore him. He begins with a gentle ask but escalates if I don't respond. I once yelled at him and he stopped but I hated myself for it. He gets lots of belly rubs and play but there are times when I simply can't give him the attention he desires Lest anyone think this dog is lacking in exercise, let me assure you that he is exercised to the extreme. Daily, at least two hours of high paced leash walking, one hour of galloping with other dogs in a large field, and at least one and often two rounds of insanely intense zoomies in the yard. Not just 30 seconds of butt-tuck hopping around, I am talking about full acceleration, ground thumping laps that can last 3 or 4 minutes. When he's done he collapses in exhaustion. Tips to stop the barking? Thanks.
  2. Thanks greysmom. Yes in fact he does get a second running session at the park after a about 10 minutes of recovery. Today he had three good ball sessions, that's why today's indoor rocket launch was so shocking. I use multiple balls so when he gets the furthest from me while retrieving the first, I throw another in the opposite direction. He ends up running many hard 100 yard sprints. I'm on top of the puppy proof thing (mostly). The challenge with this guy is that nothing scares him. A can of pennies that would terrify and traumatize most, is just another interesting thing to this dog - even if it falls on his head lol. You think you have the place secure only to find some item you overlooked, that he has ignored for weeks, being turned into the latest greatest toy. I worry that one day I will return home to find the furniture stacked to aid access to the interesting things I have placed up high. This guy seems that crafty. The training and NILIF will be the hardest part for me. I have had two greyhounds and they both died not knowing a single command. They had zero restrictions placed on them, were granted total freedom indoors and outside, and not once did they put a toe out of line. (To be fair, they were both 6 years old when they came to me). This is new territory for me.
  3. Hello All, My 18 month old boy is an absolute sweetheart - the type of affectionate, engaged personality that every greyhound owner hopes for. Plus, no startle or fears of any kind, no SA, good with other all other dogs, cats, etc., roacher, snuggler, nitter, and sleeps silently 9 hours through the night. Perfect dog right? But WOW, the energy and curiosity present two problems. First problem is the running in the house. Every single morning without fail we travel to a massive field of perfectly mowed grass - greyhound heaven, and my boy runs his guts out. He will chase and retrieve a ball or chase other dogs with his ball in his mouth. He goes until he ends up flopped on his side in the middle of the field. I leash him up and drag him for a 20 minute walk in the area and then short car ride home. That's where it gets exciting. Some days he appears to get so happy that he literally explodes in a fit of high speed zoomies around the house. Our house is a large multi-level open plan affair with good wall to wall carpeting in many areas which only makes things worse. It is the most insane and dangerous thing imaginable - a greyhound going 100% in a house. It's all I can do to get him out of the house and into the yard which he turns into chopped up sod in a matter of minutes. My question is will I be waiting until he is 3, 4, or 5 years old for this to wind down. Second problem is this guy gets into everything and he is quite crafty about it. He is so smart (not a desirable attribute in a greyhound), that he has figured out that rules only apply when the person who makes them is present. Nothing on a counter or anywhere else is safe. Yesterday he scored a quarter pound of butter by pulling the edge of a table cloth just enough to shift the butter dish from the center of the table where it was out of reach, to the edge of the table and within easy reach. He then gently lowered the dish onto the floor. I was in the next room and heard the soft clunk of the dish being placed on the floor. Suspicious I checked and spotted him in the kitchen without noticing the butter dish concealed under the kitchen table by the now lower hanging tablecloth. The amazing part is that when I called him out of the kitchen, the dog calmly accompanied me to my room where I was dressing to depart, lay down on his bed, and waited for me to go. When I was gone he simply returned to the kitchen to enjoy the fruits of his larceny. Food items are of course understandably tempting but everything within reach is a potential toy. My wife's pantyhose are a particular favourite. Question: Any chance of this dog abandoning this behaviour? Or am I doomed? I admit that part of the problem is that I prefer a soft touch with dogs and struggle to be the disciplinarian type - I can do it but it's not my preference. I also wonder if a young dog must be allowed to be a young dog. I don't want to crush natural behaviours to which he is entitled. I would love to hear from anyone who has had younger greyhounds about how their dogs' energy level and behaviour evolved and any strategies that helped. Thanks.
  4. hmm... reading this I have a sense that what occurred may not be so straightforward. As to who is responsible that is clear - the owner of the off-leash dog. But as to the dogs themselves, there are a range of possibilities. The dog that ran up to Buddy may have just been running over to say hi and try and engage in some play. It's possible that the dog had poor skills when it came to letting Buddy know that he was not a threat, and just wanted to play. Alternately Buddy may have missed the friendly cues and reacted as if the dog was a threat when in fact it wasn't. It doesn't take much to go from a few missed cues to a full brawl. Dogs with poor communication and perception skills often get their signals crossed when meeting other similar dogs. When they happen to get it right they suddenly seem like they are just fine with other dogs and it becomes hard to explain the inconsistency. This also explains why a dog with superior communication and perception skills will rarely if ever have a problem, even with other communication challenged dogs.The best "communicators" can even calm quite aggressive dogs. If you have ever had the good fortune to have one of these, and they are not that common, they can be a marvel to watch in a crowded dog park.
  5. Thanks all. He is improving day-by-day. Maybe he is a quick learner (fingers crossed). He seems to have got it that ultimately he will get to meet dogs that he sees so it's OK to be patient. Yesterday without being held he waited patiently at the edge of someones property until the resident dog sauntered over to say hello. He really is a super fellow. Just very young and super curious and eager about everything. Next up, prey drive - this new guy is a bit exuberant. If anyone remembers, I live in a neighbourhood that is overloaded with wildlife. Rabbits on every lawn, at least a couple of deer on every block. A subject for another post in a few days. Here is the late greyt Hester getting along with the wildlife:
  6. OK, so it's possible that this dog is as young as 18 months (he may even have been born with that white spot on his chin). That is reassuring as the energy level is puppy-like. That behaviour in a four year old would suggest a problem dog. With no tatto you never can be sure. I had the opportunity to spend time with two 10 month old greyhound puppies and their intensity and endless energy terrified me. A non-stop ball of wrestling dogs. Thanks everyone. I think I have a real gem on my hands. For an 18 month old he is relatively chill.
  7. Is it possible for an 18 month - 2 year old to have this much grey? No ear tattoo - sorry. The body, behaviour, and teeth, resemble the average two year old. But he was raw fed so the mouth should be good.
  8. Can we get more specifics? Stubborn about what? Is there a problem? What are you trying to train the dog to do exactly? Of course anything that makes the dog's life happier and more interesting is a good thing and training regardless of need can accomplish this. However, there are other "philosophies" of greyhound ownership that are worth considering. If you do not have a behavioral crisis on your hands, why not start from the position that you are now the custodian of a fully mature and proud animal that knows what it is, knows what it wants, and maybe even knows better than you what is best for it. After all, he has been a dog all his life. Maybe if you just focus on doing a good job of looking after its physical health with nutrition and lots of exercise, and it's mental stimulation with fun play and by taking it to different, interesting places, interacting with other dogs, other people etc., you my find that in time a very special bond will form naturally. When this happens your dog may have a great interest in trying to do what you feel is the right thing - to please you. While you are waiting for your greyhound to become a good companion to you, try to be a good companion to it - he really needs that at this stage in his life.
  9. I have a new boy (it's only been two days) who's greatest joy in life is meeting other dogs. As soon as he lays eyes on a new dog, he goes into locomotive mode and pulls like mad to engage. At contact he is perfectly gentle and reasonably polite if a bit too bum sniffy. If he is denied contact he will bark an invitation to play. The other dog knows what the bark means, but the other people assume he is being fierce. My approach has been to kneel down and hold him back with an arm around his chest and ask the other dogs owner to bring their dog over. I'm trying to teach him delayed gratification. It seems to work and he was better today during several greetings. No squirming, lunging, or barking, but there is still a long way to go. What else should I be doing? He is not food motivated, so distraction options are limited. As per usual the presence of a leash complicates the whole thing. I prefer to control him with my hands. I just don't like the impact on the dogs body language of their straining against their collar. Worth noting he is young - less then two years old. My previous two greyhounds never barked or even required any corrections, so this is a bit new.
  10. Be careful with the crate. If Spirit panics and tries to chew his way out of the crate, he could do serious damage to his teeth and mouth. And using a muzzle to protect the teeth may result in damaged paws from trying to dig his way out. Too many believe that because a retired racer was in a crate at the track that it would work at home. There is a big difference between being in a crate with 20 other greyhounds beside you and being locked in a crate in a strange house completely alone.
  11. Muzzle and guide the foot through by holding the upper leg, maybe lower leg. My house will look like a dungeon with a pulley system hanging from the ceiling.
  12. Thanks for all this info. A body sling is a great thing that I have always kept in the back of my mind. Previous dogs have simply never needed anything like that. I have to be careful here. This is a dog that bit somebody that was wiping its feet. I don't think it's and anxiety issue. My guess is a fear reaction. Desensitization is a given but will take time and does not guarantee success. Muzzle for sure regardless of who is doing the work. I still am curious to know if there is a doggie sedative, valium, ativan, or the like that would put a dog in a totally chilled out state.
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