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  1. As others have said he did what greyhounds have been bred for and I would take some consolation in that he killed quickly and not playing/tormenting like a cat would with a mouse.
  2. Grace is quite happy to stay on her bed safe in the knowledge that I'm in the house and isn't overly affectionate but will happily enjoy fuss and attention if I go to her but then she doesn't suffer with separation anxiety.
  3. Don't be surprised if he ignores his toys to start with. It took Grace a couple of months to start playing with hers and then only stuffies that squeaked. I break milk and gravy bones in two as Grace always seems to think treats come in pairs, I don't know where she got that idea from Two things missing off your list are time and patience. Don't expect too much for the first few days, give him space and time to adjust into the alien world he's been dropped into. Don't make to much a fuss of him and let him come to you.
  4. There is no law that says greyhounds have to sleep upstairs, Grace sleeps downstairs quite happily knowing I'm in the house. I think that she whines because she knows that you'll come down, give her a bit of attention and a treat....result from her point of view. You have two choices. Either teach her how to do stairs and she sleeps in your bedroom (there goes your privacy) or tough it out. If you decide on the latter it might take a few nights for Arrow to work out that the treats are no longer at the end of a whine.
  5. First off. I think it was totally irresponsible of the foster home not to take Duchess back as soon as you had problems. I bet they had been trying to get Duchess off their hands for ages but that doesn't help you now. It'll take time for your Toffy to readjust but remember dogs take behaviour cues from their owners. Try and remain calm and ignore the cane corso, don't suddenly panic and call your dog in but calmly carry on. Also Toffy might be trying to protect you. How friendly is this dog? Could you make friends with it and let your hound see that this dog is OK?
  6. I agree a 4+ year old low energy dog would be good and dogs do exist who don't have separation anxiety despite the impression sometimes given. I know because I've got one. She looks forward to me going out because she gets her Kong full of kibble. As for elevators mine doesn't hesitate when I visit my mother in her flat (apartment) on the 3rd floor but get it used to stairs too for when the elevator breaks down. Remember a lot of patience, humour and time is needed when you first get your hound but the more you put in the greater the reward with these lovely animals.
  7. ....or safe. Whatever you use for flea/tick or worming treatment it is a poison of some form, it has to be otherwise it wouldn't kill the little blighters, and it is balancing act of administering enough to be effective without harming the dog. At least with the commercial treatments from the vets / pet store they have been tested and meet a set standard. I know there have been stories of ill effects on some dogs from these treatments but overall the number of affected animals is very small but it grabs the media's attention whereas the alternative remedies don't.
  8. I've had people cross to the other side of the road when the see Grace who is small even for a female greyhound and a couple of children called out "Look running dogs" on one of the greyhound walks
  9. Only a fortnight to go until June 9th. You can find out if there's a walk near you here https://www.greatglobalgreyhoundwalk.co.uk/non-uk-walk-schedule/
  10. Careful how you secure any covering and keep checking it's not rubbing. When Grace had an operation to remove the webbing between the toes on one of her front feet I used one of my old socks held on by microporous tape just above her ankle around the sock and covered with a poo bag to waterproof it and another sock to give her grip if she had to go out.
  11. Bambismom that's good news. Hopefully it is just a case of getting used to your routines. I apologise if I gave the impression that it isn't a sign of separation anxiety. I just think new dogs get labelled to quickly with separation anxiety when they are just getting used to a new diet and routines and then the new owner starts to worry which is then picked up by the dog.
  12. Grace is the same, she won't come for cuddles or affection and is overjoyed to see me when I come home from work but if I've only been gone for a couple of hours she might open an eye just to check who it is . If she's already on the sofa she'll quite happily stay there and enjoy tummy rubs etc. and she luckily she doesn't suffer with sleep startle as both of us (Grace and me) have been known to fall asleep stretched out together.
  13. I'm not that mean. Grace did get the last corner in her bowl but only after I had cleared the plate away.
  14. It doesn't sound like separation anxiety. Perhaps it's the yogurt in the Kong that's causing the pooping. Try filling the Kong with kibble and plugging with a bit of peanut butter. The American Kennel Club has an article about feeding yogurt to dogs https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/can-dogs-eat-yogurt/
  15. I'd run out of marmalade for my toast this morning so I used some of Grace's peanut butter. Grace, who usually stays on her bed while I'm eating, got up and stood next to me giving me the hard stare as if saying "That's my peanut butter." Only going back to her bed after I'd finished it. And they say greyhounds sense of smell is less than other dogs... So number one chore for today is to get some more marmalade.
  16. Grace can only dream of having a butt that hairy. Are you sure it was only 1 1/2 miles....he can't even raise the energy to get on his bed
  17. Greyhounds aren't the only ones not to like the smell of cooking lamb, I'm not to keen on it either, other meats are OK but something about lamb
  18. And check regularly that it's not rubbing. Luckily greyhounds heal quickly so hopefully Tera won't have to put up with it for to long.
  19. Sounds like sleep startle. Let her snuggle for a bit but before she falls asleep tell her to get down.
  20. Try adding some salmon oil for dogs to her food. It smells but mine loves it and it's rich in omega 6 and omega 3 which is good for the coat.
  21. I think it's excited/happy panting. Grace starts to pant when I stop the car at the park, when I say walkies, when we visit my mother, (the ginger biscuit lady as Grace thinks of her ) or anything she thinks is pleasurable.
  22. I agree. Grace goes during her early morning walk at 6am and then again during her afternoon walk at 4pm. She doesn't seem to need to go in-between times and isn't desperate to go even then....and yes she does have access to water all the time. I also think females can hold on longer than males.
  23. It sounds like you're doing fine. You've only had him for two weeks and I think he's still just settling in and getting used to the idea of sharing with another dog. I'm relatively new to having a greyhound and like your Tres she's a retired racer but over the 11 months she's been with me she is still continuing to develop her personality and behaviour. I think it's easy to forget the tremendous change between a life of racing and being a pet these dogs experience.
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