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  1. We used belly bands on our boy when we brought him home. He wouldn’t mark with it on. For the first few weeks we used a panty liner in his belly band for accidents. Are you letting him sleep in your room at night? Ours has a bed in the corner of our room where he sleeps. He may be having night accidents due to noise or something like a garbage truck etc that freaks him out. Also he might be cold and waking up. It’s still early days good advice about house training like a new puppy. Good luck
  2. We never crated our boy, like yours he was pretty distressed when we left and wanted to chew when he first came. We gated him into the utility room where his bowls are and there is a full view door to outside and no door into the great room which we gated. Put his bed, a Kong and a toy in with him and he learned to feel safe and that we’d return home. We used a belly band for marking, he occasionally had an accident but soon got into the routine. Mine is very much a creature of habit and soon adjusted and was comforted in the routine. Good luck
  3. Reading some of the responses has helped normalize my understanding of our guy. He’s a 85 lb cat. Comes over two or three times an evening for a scratch and a lean then sleeps, has a few minutes of zooms then sleeps, eats then sleeps...I think I detect a pattern.🤭
  4. You might try cheese whiz in the Kong to replace the peanut butter. We put dry treats in the Kong, seal the small end with the cheese whiz, then the big end gets sealed with a banana piece and cheese or a marshmallow and cheese whiz then freeze the Kong. With luck ours can clean it out in about 15minutes but the frozen yuck keeps him Licking for awhile. We gated our guy in a small room that had a full view exterior door and view into the great room instead of a crate. The gate was plastic so chewing wasn’t as big a problem. Also we left country music playing as he was use to that at the track. It takes time.
  5. Ours had a marking issue. We used belly bands until he got use to the house being his kennel. Now a year later he doesn’t need them anymore, but we are vigilant when taking him to a strange house. Our vet said since he wasn’t neutered til he was 4 marking might be a hard habit to break but luckily he kicked it. Only gender thing I can think of. Other than our guy weighs 85lbs.
  6. Our hound acted like that with gastritis, flagyl and Prilosec worked in a day or two. Good luck.
  7. We’re lucky Toffee walks over and gives us the intense stare... if we don’t take him out he barks, he’s loud.
  8. Smelly cheese, marshmallows, stinky salmon and sweet potato treats
  9. Our boy marked when we first brought him home and had to wear a belly band for a while. He still wants to over mark other dogs, but has learned that’s only ok outside. We had a few episodes of pooping in the house mostly if left alone too long. Best advice is treat him as though he’s a puppy. Outside every two hours and ten to fifteen minutes after eating. Praise him when he does his business outside. We were lucky in that our boy learned to bark when he wants out. It’s a process. It theyre smart dogs and learn fairly easily. Good luck.
  10. Our boy likes to play catch with an assortment of small stuffed toys, he lays on his bed and we gently toss the stuffiey to him. He catches them in his mouth and uh hmm chews and shakes and tries to mutilate them. Helps him burn up energy. We have hardwood floors so he has to be careful with zooming or he ends up skating.
  11. This may not be helpful but here are some human dementia tips you might consider to improve sleeping at night. In humans we say limit daytime naps, my hound has made napping an Olympic event, but perhaps scheduled activity to enhance their natural nap/activity cycles. Limit blue light for the last couple of hours before bed. Blue light is emitted by flat screens, iPads, iPhones etc. Melatonin approximately two hours before bedtime. Exposure to sunlight during the day or use full spectrum light bulbs. All of this, in humans, is to reinforce circadian rhythms which are integral in sleep wake cycles. Finally take care of yourself, Ruby needs you healthy and happy.
  12. Hi, we’ve also got a new hound. Ours also would pace and cry going from room to room “looking” for us. We used a camera to monitor is how we knew. We found, and please note this is only our experience, that he was more comfortable gated into the utility room where his food and water dish lives. The gate is a low baby gate which he can nearly step over if he wanted. We leave a Kong, which he loves, a bed and toy. We leave country music on, which he was use to at the track. It has been a process, we also give our boy melatonin daily and compose treats when we’re getting ready to leave. He is much better now, I tell him it’s time for work and he goes to the utility and anticipates his Kong. I try to make our leaving a non-event for him. Pat on the head and tell him to have a “good day at work”. They are very sensitive to their humans emotions, if I’m stressed and anxious so is he. Good luck it will work out with patience.
  13. We’re new with a hound as well, you’ve gotten some good advice here. Our guy went up stairs first night no problem, coming down is a slower process think it’s their leg length and their far sightedness. To help them feel more comfortable in the area you want them to stay in feeding and watering in that area helped our guy. Good luck!
  14. Hi, we’re fairly new with a hound and have had some of this. I second the alone training and thinking about meds. We use melatonin and L-thianine chews. Our hound is ok with gating in the room his bowl lives in and has full view outside and into the great room. Listens to CMT while we’re gone. It took him about two months of building up to half a day being alone. Good luck.
  15. I thought I’d post a follow up on our grey. After some experiments what has helped Toffee the most is 3mg of melatonin a day and two “compose” (L-thiamine) chews about an hour before we leave for work. We still gate him into a contained area (tile floors) with toys, a Kong and some country music. We used a monitor so we could watch and find that he stays occupied with his Kong for about 45 minutes then alternates napping with watching out the full view glass of the door. We’ve been over a week without either soiling or a puddle when we get home. Leaving him a total of about 6 hours a day. We were reluctant to “medicate” Toffee but really the melatonin and the chews don’t alter his alertness and he seems much happier. Even in his daily interaction with us he’s happier. His tail is up and waging and he plays much more. Walks are much more extensive and he’s much more adventurous in strange locations. Many thanks to all of you.
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