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  1. One more vote for Olewo carrots. After trying everything and resorting to raw, I gave Purina Pro Plan Sensitive Salmon and Rice with Olewo carrots and hallelujah, decent poops. Still not as firm as raw, and usually one soft one (though not quite diarrhea) on longer walks but more than acceptable. My only fear it that availability in Canada seems to be through Amazon.ca only and can be intermittent. Anybody have other sources in Canada?
  2. Thanks for the reply. The cocker is a senior. Just ambling along in a straight line. No noise, no playful movement, and these are dogs that know each other and had been walking together for around 15 minutes at that point. That's why this is so strange. And my dog has never shown any sort of fun police behaviours. His general disposition is that he tends to mirror whatever other dogs are doing. Matches play with play, calm with calm, etc.
  3. Nearing the end of a walk, my two year old male greyhound and I met up with my neighbour and her senior female cocker spaniel. The dogs greeted and we walked the last two blocks together. The dogs have met many times. The spaniel was on a flexi lead and was a few feet ahead and off to one side, just trotting along. My greyhound was at my heel. Suddenly my greyhound lunged toward the spaniel barking very aggressively. Could this be frustration at wanting to engage and not getting there? If so, why not whining or a less intense bark? He just seemed so aggressive. I gave a very severe c
  4. Last two meals have been raw. As of this morning poop is perfect. So I guess that rules out parasites. The peanut butter is peanuts only - that other crap (hydrogenated fat, icing sugar, artificial sweeteners, etc.) is simply not allowed in the house. I have tried a few different foods with various protein sources. I will try Purina Pro Plan at some point but raw just works. I mind the cost less then the fact that it is a total PIA to handle, store, defrost, prepare, clean, etc., etc.
  5. Having a problem with my two year old boy. Soft poop with some diarrhea. I have been feeding Natural Balance lamb and rice. We got there because it has the shortest ingredients list. Basically lamb and rice. Previous foods I had tried (various sensitive stomach options) seemed to have a broader range on starches so I was attracted to the rice only option. He started OK and then gradually deteriorated. The pattern has been mostly the same with anything I have tried - OK the first few days and then gets softer. The only other food he gets is a Kong with about three tablespoons of peanut but
  6. Ha! I yelled in his face and chased him to his bed the last time he barked. Hasn't barked at me since. Obviously got the message. He now asks for attention with a barely audible whimper or rubbing against my leg like a cat. He has also learned that if he holds a roach position long enough, sooner or later someone will rub his belly.
  7. @Hubcitypam, thoughtful of you to ask about my young boy Tommy. He is doing well. We keep him confined to a dog-proofed portion of the house when we are away - kitchen, family room, about half of the main floor. The house is glass so he has good views in all directions. The door is left open to the yard so he can come and go, sun bathe etc. He is never alone for more then 5 hours and seem to spend the time sleeping. The exercise routine is now a one hour walk after breakfast and a one hour walk, after dinner. The after-dinner walk includes 30 minutes out to the local high school to m
  8. Hello Everyone, I have been down this road with a greyhound that has extreme prey drive. He learned that if he would spin and thrash backward away from the leash, simply tucking in his elbows would allow him to get out or almost any harness, including several mentioned above. Think of Houdini getting out of a straight-jacket. The only harness that would keep him secure was this one: It is the PetSafe Surefit Harness. The only way the dog can escape is if his head comes off! It is the only one I have found that is designed in this way Here he is in his prime. Some of you here wi
  9. 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
  10. 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 d
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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 coup
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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 gratifi
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. OK, so I am thinking of adopting a dog that will bite if its feet are touched. What are my options for trimming nails? Is there a mild sedation without intubation that a vet can do? Or better yet that I can administer? I can muzzle and physically control any dog and do its nails, but with this one I do not want to do anything that will hurt our relationship. This dogs future depends on my ability to earn its trust.
  22. Please pay close attention to the stories and advice offered here. Your greyhound should not be touched when lying down. This behaviour may decline as he becomes more comfortable with life in your home or it may not. Every time he growls, you should smile and be thankful that you have a dog that is proud enough and confident enough to tell you that he'd rather not be touched when lying down. Growling? He is simply talking to you in his language. Don't take it personally. I always positively reinforced the growling with a "good boy" and then I would back off.
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