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HeyRunDog

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  1. Take a book, sit near the crate but not so close that she growls and turned away so you are not looking directly at her and read her a story. After a bit get up and leave, don't touch the crate. Each time sit a little closer until she accepts that you aren't a threat.
  2. Six weeks is just at the start of your new greyhounds journey into his new life and it will take time for him to adjust and trust that you are looking out for him. As 1Moregrey says, slowly introduce him to the new sights and sounds of your neighbourhood. He takes some of his cues on how to react from you, so if you start to tighten his lead and get wound up in anticipation of something that's happening he's going to think it's panic time. Stay calm but be ready to react if something happens but not before. Don't comfort him until he's calm again otherwise he thinks you are rewarding him for being afraid. You could also try to teach him the "Look at me" technique so you can distract him before he notices the problem. That is a good idea. Going on greyhound walks really improved Grace's confidence. Talk to the other owners and explain your problem and try to walk in the middle of the group so your boy can see how the others are reacting. He will improve. It took my Grace a couple of months to get used to the traffic, now she doesn't even notice a noisy motorbike going past. After 3 and a bit years she still doesn't like noisy children or the sound of footballs being kicked but she no longer dances around on the end of the lead in a panic. Time, patience and humour are all you need to get through this with a bit confidence thrown in for good measure. PS. What's your greyhounds name?
  3. Apparently, according to new research by "experts" (ex = something that has been and spurt = a drip under pressure) dogs know when you are due home because you smell, or more accurately your smell decreases. As everyone knows dogs have a superb sense of smell and if you go to work and come home at the same time most days your dog knows when you are due back because your odour has decreased to a certain level. It saves them having to look out of the window waiting and more time sleeping
  4. You contact customer services to double check that their peanut butter doesn't have xylitol in it.
  5. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have a rummage in the garden for a couple of stones and I'm sure Grace will put her nose in to help I like the idea of using an item from the national sport but I'm glad I don't live in Scotland as a curling stone might need a bigger bowl
  6. Has anyone used an insert for their dog's food bowl to slow down their eating? (The dog's not the owner's ) Grace has started to produce more bottom burps than usual and after a bit of research I read that one cause could be the gulping down of food which introduces air into the digestive system. After a hunt on Amazon I found a star shaped device that sticks to the bottom of the bowl with a sucker. I didn't want to replace the bowl she has now as it fits in the raised food and water stand. Her diet is the same, she has a regular worm treatment and we live in the UK so it's not hook worms.
  7. Grace used to react to other dogs but nowhere near as reactive as yours but had a healthy interest in cats and squirrels. I found a quick tug on the lead (short sharp pull and immediate release, I'm not playing tug-of-war) to get her attention and at the same time NO in a firm voice curbed her enthusiasm followed by praise once she lost interest. Once she was calmer I would introduce her to other dogs we met on our walks as long as both of them were on their leads. She is a lot better now but like other greyhound owners I don't let her off the lead unless it's in a secure area with no other breeds of dog.
  8. Congratulations BigMac on landing on a comfy bed Hopefully you'll get some fries while your new owner is eating their buttered toast.
  9. In my opinion I think something's happened in his past. The common denominator in both cases seems to be the bending down. Has someone bent down and snatched his food bowl or toy away? I don't think he's doing it with malice because he comes to you for reassurance afterwards because he knows he's done something wrong. Be careful when he does come to you after the incident you don't inadvertently reward him for his behaviour by comforting him. You could see if you can make him react by repeating the actions that caused him to grab the arm or shoulder. Does doing the same movement slowly make any difference? If he doesn't grab when bending down slowly keep repeating it a little quicker each time to desensitise him, and don't forget to reward him when he doesn't do anything.
  10. You might have a greyhound if... You can't get on the sofa. There's a sudden pungent aroma.
  11. I think you can communicate better through a lead and collar than through a harness. With a harness the dogs strength is distributed across his chest making it easier to pull against you. When he jumps say NO or DOWN and move his lead downwards so your hand is nearly at ground level. Don't forget to give him praise and or a treat when he's got all four feet on the ground. You could also have a look at the Battersea Dogs Home video on stopping dogs jumping https://www.battersea.org.uk/pet-advice/dog-advice/how-teach-your-dog-not-jump If you find you still want to use a harness I suggest you use both and use a double lead with the shorter leg connected to his collar.
  12. Mynah birds swooping are not a problem I've encountered in the UK but I guess it's the same for any situation, gentle exposure until your greyhound gets used to them. Unfortunately I guess you never know where or when the little flying devils will attack. Freezing is a common greyhound problem, freezing in the middle of the road is doubly so . Put a couple of fingers through the collar and with a slight lifting motion, as if you're about to bowl your dog down the bowling ally, and walk.
  13. I didn't know you could get GBBO overseas on Netflix and yes it is a beautiful greyhound. Lets hope Jairzeno doesn't get knocked out so Maxi can make another appearance.
  14. Unless you are using the crate for safety reasons don't get hung up on using it unless the dogs uses it voluntarily. Be consistent with how you leave them. I put my shoes and coat on without interacting with Grace, grab my keys, put a prefilled Kong on her bed saying "Goodbye, be good" and leave. Also get yourself a cheap baby/pet webcam monitor so you can observe what the dogs are doing when you are properly out of sight and sound. I think they can sense when you are still nearby.
  15. It's up to you whether or not your greyhound sleeps in your bedroom, downstairs or somewhere else. Grace happily sleeps downstairs and it took about a week of whining and crying (Grace, not me ) before she got used to it. She goes for a last wee at 7pm now puts herself to bed around 10pm even if I still watching the TV and is happy to laze around until 7 ish when she tells me it's walkies time.
  16. As others have said, give him time to get used to you and his surroundings. Talk to him while you are walking so he gets used to your voice and it will also reassure him. Grace wouldn't take treats when I first got her unless I put them in them in the palm of my hand and held it out flat.
  17. Grace is insured with Bought By Many. They have always paid out quickly and with the minimum of fuss. Grace recently had to have a tooth extracted after knocking it partially out chasing a squirrel. I put my claim in online that evening and they paid it into my bank account at 11:30 ish the following day.
  18. Being a greyhound owner is a bit like driving. You start off thinking you know how everyone behaves and quickly learn they haven't got a clue and you learn to second guess what might happen, and just like driving, it's the larger that will get blamed so it has to avoid the situation to start with. I know, I'm a retired bus driver.
  19. I don't think they do faded black polo shirts and jeans to fit greyhounds either.
  20. I've had a similar experience but the owner was in sight talking to her friend and taking no notice that her dog's enthusiasm was starting to upset Grace. In a very loud voice I asked "Would you control your dog". She didn't half give me a look but called her dog and put his lead on. Usually I put myself between the "friendly" dog and Grace and make a fuss of it and grab it's collar. That makes the owner realise it's time to control their dog especially with the stories of dog nappers in the press. It also helps that I'm 6ft 2in and 18 stone.
  21. Update on Grace minus one tooth. Grace thanks everyone for all the best wishes. The power of a greyhound to recover still surprises me. A day later and she's eating her kibble with the same speed as ever and apart from an occasional extra bit of tongue action on that side of her mouth you wouldn't know anything had happened. Mind you the Loxicom (pain killer) might be helping . She's got to visit the vet again next week just to check there is no infection. I think the cats in the neighbourhood can breath easily again as it seems as if it was a grey tree rat (squirrel) that cause the problem as the little appeared at the same time again this morning. My wallet has also recovered. I submitted the claim online that evening and the following morning at 11:30 am it was paid into my bank account
  22. Grace has a low prey drive. She ignores cats on her walks and only looks with interest at squirrels in the park. She even wags her tail when she meets even small dogs ans spends most of the day laying on her bed under the front window watching the world go by. Yesterday, as normal, she's "resting" on her bed when suddenly she gets up and despite her corns runs at speed through the open patio door down the garden chasing something. I chase after her in my socks shouting her name to no avail as she disappears behind the bushes at the end of the garden. She reappears looking sorry for herself with blood pouring from her mouth. No she hadn't caught whatever she had been chasing but had knocked her top right canine tooth on the concrete marker post and it was hanging on by a thread. A wallet lightening £450 trip to the vets later and she's sleeping off the sedation. Mind you the vets did clean the rest of her teeth while she was under and clipped her nails. It's a reminder that no matter how placid and how low a pry drive your greyhound has they are hunters and will chase with purpose anything that runs.
  23. I wonder if there's enough peanut butter in the world to reproduce "The Greywatch" by Rembrandt?
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