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  1. He might be teething so make sure he has toys that he can chew instead of you. When you tell him NO do it in a firm calm voice not an excited shout, pick him up and put him on the floor or in a pen so he knows play time is over and be consistent. Greyhound puppies are notorious for being hyper-active and needing a lot of exercise so good luck.
  2. It's not that unusual for greyhounds to take a backward step. Grace used to freeze, then she wouldn't turn left out of the driveway, now she won't go for a second walk unless it's in the car although she'll happily go for the early morning walk without going in the car. The idea of just hanging out so she can get used to the sights and sounds does work. Grace was scared of noisy traffic so we would stand well back from the busy road on a side street for a few minutes each day and I wouldn't pay any attention to her until she relaxed then we'd walk back home. Each day we would stand a litt
  3. He might take a couple of steps back temporarily but it won't go wrong. Greyhounds sometimes go through a honeymoon period where they go along with the flow and then get scared when they start to over analyse and think "WHAT AM I DOING?"
  4. You have not failed, you just didn't have a greyhound that suited you. Greyhounds have as many personalities and traits as people, you don't get on with everyone you meet for what ever reason so why should you get on with every greyhound? I hope it hasn't put you off adopting another hound, and if it hasn't have a word with the adoption group to see if you can foster with a view to adoption.
  5. But granite worktops are so easy to remove counter surfing paw marks from
  6. You greyhound has been parachuted into a strange noisy world that he doesn't understand and is looking to his new mentors which things are safe and what to be afraid of. If you act concerned and worried and fuss over him he'll think that there is something to worry about but if you act confidently and show no concern he'll eventually pick up on that and start to relax himself. Don't reward or comfort him when he's acting scared as he'll think that he's right to act the way he is but be ready with praise and or a treat when he doesn't. I agree with 1Moregrey, relax and take a moment to bre
  7. I'd try taking him for a walk with his muzzle off and see if he still does it. Perhaps the muzzle is causing an itch and he's adjusting it.
  8. That could be part of the problem. He's a little anxious so he let's you know by whining and you tell him he's doing the right thing by whining when you comfort him. Have some small treats in your pocket and as soon as he's looking disinterested and isn't whining give him one with a bit of praise.
  9. Bit too cryptic for me. Might have to explain a little more
  10. I'm also slightly old school and used a similar technique to EllenEveBaz to stop Grace counter surfing in so much as the first time she put her nose over the counter it was a firm NO and a very gentle tap on the nose, I only had to do it once. Grace also doesn't get any treats or leftovers when I'm having a snack, preparing food, eating a meal or clearing up. They are given to her either in her bowl at her next meal time or later on so she doesn't associate my food with hers. I think the main thing is not to let them get away with something you don't want them to not even once.
  11. He's had a fright and his confidence has been dented so he'll look to you for support and clues on how to behave. If you change how you are walking and tighten the lead when you see another dog it'll put him on his guard and he'll either be ready to defend you by attacking the other dog or be frightened because his owner is. Walk confidently and keep a slack lead and as soon as he takes an interest in the other dog a quick tug on the lead and immediately slacken it again telling him to "leave" but keep walking. As soon as he's walked past the other dog or ignored it don't forget to praise him.
  12. As cleptogrey suggested put another dog bed out for her and if possible at the other end of the room and leave the crate door open. If you don't need to shut her in it for safety reasons take the door off. Let her come out when she's ready and as Time4ANap says, take her out as soon as she's finished feeding. Greyhounds have a tendency to take a step backwards in their behaviour as they try and work out their new world. They want to understand what every noise is and where it comes from before accepting it as safe. Grace would walk quite happily for the first week after I got her then she
  13. I have found something even more exciting than a squirrel to Grace. She bounced around with pleasure, ears up and eager to run after it. Luckily she was on her lead otherwise it might have needed a premature pit stop. It was a..... ....remote control green car being driven very quickly around the local park. I think it was the noise of the electric motor as well as the speed it was moving that took her back to BCP (Before Couch Potato)
  14. You might find this video useful from Battersea Dogs Home. Use the technique shown when yours starts to pull towards other dogs, cats, squirrels etc.
  15. The usual first sign is limping on hard surfaces but not on soft although I don't think it's as obvious on the back feet. A small dark dot appears first which is easier to see if the pad is brushed with a damp toothbrush then as it grows it becomes a hard lump. The chances are she's trodden on something sharp or salt from the road has irritated a cut.
  16. My first thought was....You're brave....taking on a young greyhound. Make sure you're stocked up on chocolate because you're going to need the sugar rush to keep up with him I would give him a couple of more days to settle in before deciding to get a crate. If you do use a crate you don't have to shut the door, just use it so he has a sheltered safe space he can go to. I second the use of bitter apple to help stop the chewing of things he shouldn't but make sure he has plenty of things he can chew and I would start alone training sooner rather than later so he doesn't get used to the
  17. Does she have her kibble dry or with water? She might have just eaten her food too quickly and swallowed that much air it made her sick. If it's just one paw she's licking it could have been damaged by the ice and the salt into the cut wouldn't help. There is a chance she's developing a corn. Grace often licks the paw with corns after a walk.
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  19. Good advice from 1Moregrey. Also include not giving your hound titbits when preparing food or feeding him/her when you are eating. Don't be surprised if your new hound doesn't do anything for the first few days and let them come to you when they are ready. Grace ignored me for the first two days apart from eating and going to the loo.
  20. I think you have answered your own question. You have not failed it's just for some reason he's not right for you and your family. Your family's safety comes first and you would never forgive yourself if he went further and seriously hurt someone and then had to be put to sleep.
  21. If she's OK with sleeping in the living room and with you closing the door behind you then there is a good chance she will quickly get used to being left alone. Leaving the TV or radio on quietly is a good idea. I did that with Grace for the first few weeks at night (she also sleeps in the living room) and when I went to work. I also got a cheap webcam from Amazon to see what she was doing when left alone. It was one of the most boring videos ever. She would eat her treats from her Kong, a quick mooch about then fall asleep on the sofa, only occasionally moving to change which side she wa
  22. I've found their phone number on Google if you want to try phoning them. +1 303-522-5911
  23. Grace doesn't steal food despite unintentional opportunities presenting themselves . I'm a great believer in not giving her treats or leftovers during meal times, while preparing food or even a crisp when I'm having some. She gets a couple of half gravy bones (treats come in two's so I break one in half) two or three times a day, anything else goes in her food bowl ready for her next meal. Putting her into a crate when you leave her is not mandatory and you have to be careful she doesn't start to associate the crate with something bad is about to happen. Get yourself ready but don't pay a
  24. The old adage is to have a dog that is the opposite sex to the owner. Whether that is true or not you'll find arguments both proving and disproving it. Also generally male greyhounds are more clingy than females. Toileting depends on the dog, it's training, the owner and how clear it's "I need to pee" signals are. A set routine for meal times and toileting opportunities are the best defence against accidents. I'm lucky when I got Grace as she had only been in the adoption kennels a short time off the track and she knew not to mess in the house without any training from me. In the 2
  25. Enigma and greyhounds go together like greyhounds and sofas I don't know how long you've had her or how long this has been going on, but having done a quick Google search of "Dogs gag when drinking water" the most common reason seems to be Kennel Cough but I guess as you've already had the vet look at her he would have noticed that. I would be wary of giving her Gatorade as it contains Acesulfame K, a cancer causing sweetener. It might be a condition you both have to live with and hopefully she'll grow out of it.
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