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  1. As above, enjoy each day as it happens, and as you bond and start to trust each other, and calmly lay the foundations of house-rules, etc. Dogs can get a lot of mental stimulation from chew toys (especially ones that squeak or are filled with snacks) and simply sniffing and wandering (on-leash) in a quiet park. My grey likes those things. Apart from daily outings he mainly sleeps/snoozes and occasionally digs holes in my lawn.
  2. Hi. First of all give yourself a huge pat on the back for doing so well to help your dog. Has the dog been to a vet for a medical checkup? It sounds like you have some good advice from the behaviorist, and you've followed through with the training and advice, and more. If it just isn't working out, it isn't your fault, nor the dog's fault. Sometimes it just doesn't work. I'd also say that the well-being of all concerned is important. Cheers.
  3. Hi. You haven't mentioned how long you've had the dog. As for training, the adoption agency should be able to give some suggestions about how you can help your dog to be less stressed. A course in basic training which uses only Positive Reinforcement meathods, would be a good starting point. Without knowing more, I'd suggest your dog IS talking and saying "Please don't touch my head. I'm overwhelmed having this strange dog in my face. I'm tethered here and I can't escape." The easiest and quickest way to help your dog, is don't do the things that makes your dog stressed and barking. EG:
  4. HI. As a practical tip, never leave anything tasty/smelly on any benches ever unless (EDIT:)you're there to directly supervise, and always keep benches cleaned of anything that might be tempting for him - the reason being that if your dog does jump on a bench, he never ever finds a tasty/smelly reward for jumping up there. Instead give your dog a reward for having "all four paws on the floor". A general rule of thumb is to "reward behaviour that you like". Try to encourage your dog to behave how you like, as opposed to punishing behaviour that you don't like. Dogs quickly associate punish
  5. Hi there. Please permit me to be frank. I personally think it would help immeasurably if you had a change of mindset. Rather than thinking what's wrong with my dog, do think "How can I help my dog to feel more safe and relaxed in *this* situation". If your local park has dogs everywhere, find a different park or place (drive if necessary) with no dogs, or walk at a different (quiet) time of day. The longest process - Progress to training your dog with Positive Reinforcement techniques for this issue when the dog is calm and receptive enough (mentally) to accept training. Hop
  6. Hi Greytdoggy. It sounds like the most important things for you right now are mutually beneficial routines, and how to be calm and develop a two-way trusting bond with the dog. For that, I'd recommend in-home training/management, and/or a Basic Training class, with 100% Positive Reinforcement training meathods. If you're not 100% comfortable with all of a trainer's meathods, find a different trainer. Cheers and good luck.
  7. Hi. Ouch. Greys can be either 'wussy' or extremely stoic when it comes to pain. Losing interest in treats is an indication that there's some pain or other stress. My grey had a broken tail for a day or two before I 'connected the dots', the vet confirmed it was broken and a small section was amputated. I kind of miss his flicky/whippy bit at end of his tail but the recovery was uneventful. Keeping the wound clean and bandaged is important to help prevent infection. I'd personally suggest to give the wound some fresh air as soon as the vet says it's safe to do so. Good luck.
  8. Hi. Try to reduce direct eye contact between the dogs if there's potential for stress or conflict while resting, eating. I had to have separate eating areas with a closed door between, separate food dishes, separate water dishes, etc. For a couple of years I had temporary barriers entirely down the middle of my lounge room (but open at BOTH ends), with a comfy dog bed on each side. One dog could relax more without getting the 'evil eye' from the other. Then there's the inaudible (to us) growl, but it was somewhat harder to deal with. Cheers. Merry Christmas (or whichever holiday you celebrat
  9. It's especially important that your blind dog feels safe, comfortable, relaxed, and can trust you 100% at all times. It's good that the dogs are getting along better :). Cheers.
  10. Hi. I'd get a vet's diagnosis about the red itchy skin issue ASAP, and a second vet's opinion if necessary. Cheers.
  11. Hi. Without knowing your situation I'd suggest that when your dog seemed "calm" meeting other dogs before, he was stressed but not reacting physically. Now, he still becomes stressed or overexcited and *is* reacting physically. Until you can get him into lessons with a Positive Reinforcement behaviourist/trainer, I'd suggest to redirect/distract your dog away from his triggers (strangers and dogs), avoid them *before* he becomes reactive, walk at a quieter time of day or day of the week, walk in a quieter area with fewer strangers and fewer dogs (especially dogs (EDIT: offleash or) barking fro
  12. Hi Ellen. For now, please keep a comfortable* distance away from other dogs. Try see things from your dog's point of view. He's displaying clear signs of being fearful in those situations around other dogs. Don't make your dog Stay in those intense or potentially intense and potentially dangerous situations. As far as barking and lunging is concerned, he's trying to protect himself. If he perceives a threat and has no avenue of escape (flight), then the aggressive display (fight) is an alternative behaviour. We can generally see oncoming walkers and dogs from hundreds of metres away. In my opi
  13. 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
  14. 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.
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