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  1. Silly question but does he limp on all surfaces or just hard ones?
  2. The only time Grace sits is so she can look out of the back window of the car. Goodness knows what the driver behind thinks when he sees a greyhound's head suddenly appear looking straight at him.
  3. I agree, if your OH takes over looking after him he'll hopefully accept that he is OK to walk with. When you are out walking and you leave your OH with Samson don't make a big deal of it. Just a quick "see you later" and go. Don't even break your stride, tighten the lead or give out any other signal.
  4. I'm glad you've got past the first few hurdles and now you have the confidence to get over the ones to come. Grace has been keeping me on my toes with new quirks for over two years and counting.................
  5. I too have been known to be seen carrying a greyhound home because she "superglued" her feet to the pavement It's a common trait with greyhounds and most of us have gone through it in various degrees. When you first got her she would be overwhelmed with all the new sights and sounds and now she's had time to get used to them she's decided that she wants to make sure of some of them and check out if they are dangerous or not, so statues until her brain sorts it out. But they do get better with time and patience. If she's happy to be taken to the park then do so but don't force the issue.
  6. You have to remember that greyhounds aren't socialised with other dogs when they are young and have only been around other greyhounds. When you are out walking with him and you see someone with a calm quiet larger breed of dog ask them if your dogs can say hello to each other, but don't be surprised if he totally ignores the other dog. Let them have a quick sniff and move on as soon as he seems uncomfortable. Eventually he will become more accepting of other dogs and start to accept them but don't expect a quick fix.
  7. It's a corn and unfortunately there is nothing new. Try duct tape, Burt's Bees hand salve, corn plasters/ointment etc. etc. If the corn is persistent some owners recommend a small operation where the tendon to the toe is cut so it becomes a sprung toe which means no pressure is put through it when walking. That's OK but it puts more pressure on the other toes and what happens if she gets a corn on one of those? I've been through nearly all the "remedies" in the last couple of years as my Grace has three corns on separate toes on one one of her front feet. It is now a case of managing
  8. I second that. Hopefully it's resource guarding but get him to the vets sooner rather than later
  9. The same here. Grace had the saline bag boot after she had her foot op. I used to put one of my old boot socks over the bag to give her a bit of grip.
  10. I agree. It took several months before Grace would walk wherever I wanted to walk with her, and even now over two years, later she'll occasionally decide that a short walk is enough and turn back home.
  11. Greyhounds respond to bribes and persuasion and like to give the impression that it was their idea to do something and not because they were told to do it. Are you shutting her in the crate or just putting her in the room with the crate door left open? I'll think you'll find most greyhound owners don't use crates but if you must use a crate put it in the room where you spend most of the day with her and leave the door open so she can decide if she wants to go in it or not. A week and a bit is not long and she'll still be getting used to her new life so continue with the alone training
  12. Set a routine and stick to it so he knows what happens next and knows you are coming back. In my case I make sure I'm ready to leave with shoes and coat on, keys in my pocket etc. I give Grace her Kong on her bed, say "see you later" and go. If I forget to give her the Kong she doesn't settle the same if I don't leave immediately.
  13. Welcome to the world of contrary greyhounds. Who feeds her and takes her out for toilet breaks? If it's your wife perhaps you could do it instead for a bit so she gets to trust you to the same level as your wife. AND don't worry, as long as she is eating, getting a bit of exercise and going to the toilet let her get used to the change in her own time and I agree with MerseyGrey when she said "Try not to encourage her out there, because the less you coax them, the quicker they do the thing you want them to do!" You're lucky in that when she freezes she will walk home. Grace woul
  14. I hope you are both OK and the nerves have settled down. To make a saline solution add 1 level teaspoon of salt to 500ml (2 cups) of cooled boiled water. Although by now it's probably started to scab over so if it's not showing any signs of being infected I would try and keep it dry. Greyhounds heal surprisingly quickly. To stop licking cover it with an old sock and tape it around the sock. Be careful not to let the tape rub and cause a sore. You could spray the sock with bitter apple and let it dry before putting it on to stop her licking it. Here is Grace after her abscess rem
  15. As you may know Grace suffers with corns. She has three on three different toes of one front foot and two on one toe of the other and we have tried different remedies for the last two years since they appeared. For the last six or seven months I have been taking her to one of the various the parks near me in the car so she doesn't walk on any hard ground, and using a dog nail grinder I've been grinding the corns and her nails down when she jumps into the back of the car before we go to the park. (It saves me bending down ) If she has to walk on hard ground I've been putting a baby sock ov
  16. There is a difference of opinion on whether dog should sleep in your bedroom or downstairs in another room. I think as yours has sleep startle she needs to sleep elsewhere. You have a couple of choices. As you suggested you can shut her in the sitting room, say goodnight to her, switch off the light and leave. You could put the radio on quietly tuned in to a classical music station to give calming background noise. Warn the neighbours as you'll probably have a few nights of whining and barking but you have to be tough and don't go and see her. If you go and comfort her she'll think that's
  17. Use a martingale or fishtail collar instead of a harness as they give you more control. With a harness the dog can pull on the lead using all his body strength. If you are worried about him slipping his collar use a double ended lead with one end attached to the collar and the other to the harness. Teach him the "Watch me" command so as soon as he seems to take an interest in another dog you can distract him and keep walking. https://www.battersea.org.uk/pet-advice/dog-advice/how-teach-your-dog-watch-me-command
  18. ....and me. I had to explain to him the difference between how male and female dogs pee. I also offered him a bag of poo which he declined. Pity really because I have a regular daily supply
  19. Are you walking him tensed ready for when he sees another dog with a tight lead and your husband walks along without a care in the world with a slack lead? If so you are signalling to him that something frightening is around and you need protecting. Your husband gives him the message he's in charge and all is well.
  20. Agreed. If there's no sound of squabbling then they've probably sorted out themselves who sleeps where
  21. She's just interested in fast moving things. She'll get used to them. Stay calm and relaxed and don't anticipate problems otherwise she'll pick up that something could be wrong. Keep walking with a slack lead but if she freezes give it a quick tug and give the command "Let's go" Guessing from the pheasant reference you're in the UK?
  22. Grace does three poops on her morning walk at 7:00 am and that's it for the day. She wees during her morning walk and after having her second meal at about 4:30 pm. Occasionally she'll wee again if the opportunity arises such as just before she gets in the car to go and visit someone but often it's 12+ hours overnight between pees. Rolling on the back is normal for greyhounds and as someone some time in the distant past thought they looked like a dying cockroach it's called roaching. Don't let her do anything you don't want her to do later. The usual mistake is feeding treats when yo
  23. Fishtails also let you explore your creative side using a rotary tool and acrylic pens.
  24. Grace does 3 poops on her morning walk. The first is always nice and firm but they decrease in size and firmness each time. I read somewhere that because greyhounds have large heart and lungs compared to other dogs their digestive tract is shorter to make room for them so there is less time to remove the water from their waste.
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