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  1. Hi. I'm not a dog professional (IE: It isn't paid work). The behaviour you describe isn't bad behaviour; it's just dog behavior. Possession is 10/10ths of the law . The first full day that I had my current grey, I leaned over to pick up a toy that was near him and he promptly 'told' me "Hey! You're crowding my personal space and get the **** away from my toy." - he bit me on the arm (without drawing blood) and I've respected that his space and his possessions are his, ever since. He's a great dog and we've been pals for more than five years now. As for the furniture, I calmly and quietly tau
  2. Hi. If your dog picked up dampness on her paws and ears at 12°C, they would be cold to touch. A rule-of-thumb I use to put a coat on Max, is 15 Celsius and below, or if he appears to be cold. Cheers.
  3. Sounds like your dog has trained you very well . The more you give, the more he expects. A Positive Reinforcement type trainer/behaviourist can EDIT:assess your and your dog's situation and help with a plan that's in your and your dog's best interest. In the meantime: https://greyhoundrescue.com.au/2020/03/23/nine-greyt-boredom-busting-ideas-for-your-hound/ Cheers.
  4. Hi lulah62. Play should be fairly even between potential playmates. As a rule of thumb, one dog chases or instigates play, and then the other chases etc. If one dog is always the chaser or instigator, or is disrespecting another dog's space, I'd be inclined to manage the situation. Peace.
  5. Hi Graham. Two weeks is a short time. Prey drive and chase drive has been 'designed' into hunting and racing greyhounds. The search bar above, and the link below should get you started with some training tips. Cheers. https://easybreezefarm.com/greyhounds/leash/
  6. Hi mountaingrey21. In short: After two weeks, this is within the realm of normal for a new dog trying to make sense of his whole new world, sights, smells, sounds, new people, routines, etc. etc. etc. Dogs are all individuals but they're pretty adaptable, if given the time, patience and good calm guidance to learn, and feel safe. *Calm* praise can be less overwhelming for a grey (or any dog) that's scared of everything. If you have a range of dog toys at home, noise and movement helps. It's a good idea to swap some out with others occasionally so that your dog sees 'new' toys, even if he
  7. Hi SweetenerH. Very early in your OP is the quote "... the muzzle he wears (because of his high prey drive for fluffy things) ..." . Without knowing more, please keep using the muzzle in public until the dog is assessed to be safe in public without one. If your dog is growling at another dog, it's a clear warning that your dog is uncomfortable in that moment and doesn't feel safe. At that point (preferably before that point), the first thing you should do is calmly create more space between your dog and whatever is making it growl so that you dog feels safer. Try walk your dog at a less-busy t
  8. Hi AnnieKangaroo. Helping your dog to be more calm and less excited in the situations you describe, would be helpful for the dog in the short and long term. Cheers.
  9. Hi. Yes, but fear of 'things' can be a life-long issue for a dog. With proper training, management, and understanding, and patience, for both dog and human, you can help make your dog's life less stressful. The most immediate help is avoid things that trigger your dog's fear, or at the very least create more space between your dog and the trigger. That's sometimes an impractical option, which is where a good behaviourist who uses Positive Reinforcement, counter-conditioning, etc., can help you and your dog for the long term. Best wishes.
  10. Hi AnnieKangaroo. A well adjusted Martingale *should* suffice when walking your grey IMO. My Max has had a wide (about 50mm or 2") Martingale collar for a long time with no problems. www.etsy.com/au/ has a nice range. He has a fitted (at the shop) Haqihana harness but it's been hanging up unused almost since new. If Annie is jumping about on-leash and backing out of collars and harnesses, I'd make calming of that behaviour a priority. Cheers from Brisbane.
  11. Hi NeuroticGrey. With fearful behaviour in dogs (and people), relieving it in gradual steps is a realistic expectation. I'd suggest looking for the help of a behaviourist/trainer who uses Positive Reinforcement type meathods and has a science-backed understanding of dog behaviour. He/she can assess your and your dog's situation directly, and plan for the benefit of the dog now and ongoing. Peace.
  12. Hi. I didn't read all of the thread/link below but there should be some good pointers in there, both practical and behavioural. Sometimes greys want to cooperate less, the harder you try . Maybe start with shorter walks, a quiet park and/or at a quiet time of day, calm consistent routines, no pressure etc. etc. Some greys fall straight into their brand new role/routines/home/family/situation. Some need time before they want to venture out into their big bad new world. Best wishes and stay safe.
  13. Hi. Most probably he's confused and wondering how you are talking in strange/unfamiliar voices all of a sudden. Dogs are smart but modern tech is evil trickery ) . Peace.
  14. Hi. A good behaviourist who uses Positive Reinforcement type meathods could assess your and your dog's situation first hand. Sometimes the smallest details matter. It sounds like you're responding appropriately, so well done. I would personally announce my presence with a calming voice, and give ample personal space when walking past (every time), in addition to dropping the tasty treat. I wouldn't punish/chastise the growl, but do take notice of the circumstances. For the moment, less eye contact, less sustained touching, and *no* sustained eye contact should help. A behaviourist could make a
  15. Hi. I don't have advice to add, but I'll say that dogs get stressed just like us. Have you heard of Spoon Theory for dogs? Especially in this time of COVID disruptions, some parts of this https://yourdogsfriend.org/spoon-theory-and-funny-dog-gifs/?fbclid=IwAR16b1nW_pwMoCWtTS9nt80AOkALjQfOXWQZ8_cVXhXrA8dGgNIjd3EwF1Q article may be helpful. Peace.
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