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  1. 15 hours ago, MerseyGrey said:

    I’m sure you’re right that your partner and Sampson have bonded. But does he ever feed Samson? That might help to strengthen the bond even more and might help you out a bit more. I have a clingy boy as well but he will at least walk with my husband!

    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.

  2. 14 hours ago, Ellen said:

    Only 4 weeks in, but although it's a bit of 3 steps forward, 2 steps back definite improvements, and I take encouragement from previous posts reminding us that the dog I have now  is not the dog he can be in 3 to 6 months.

    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.................:D

  3. I too have been known to be seen carrying a greyhound home because she "superglued" her feet to the pavement :D

    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.

    You could try high value treats to get her moving or walking around in circles or just waiting it out. If this fails you could try how the trainers do it when they are putting the hounds into the traps for a race. You stand to the side of your greyhound and put a couple of fingers under her collar. Then confidently, using the same motion as if you are ten pin bowling take a step forward and apply a forward and slight upward movement to the collar and give the command "Let's Go" and start walking. This worked for Grace and I only had to do it four or five times.


  4. 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.


  5. 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 her corns by grinding them down with a dog nail grinder and taking her to the local park in the car so she only walks on grass. If she does have to walk on a hard surface she is perfectly happy with a boot on just that one foot.

  6. 12 hours ago, Time4ANap said:

    A vet check is the first priority.  Your dog may be in pain or have some blood related value that is off and causing odd behaviour. 

    I second that. Hopefully it's resource guarding but get him to the vets sooner rather than later

  7. 13 hours ago, DocsDoctor said:

    In similar circumstances my vets have given me an old saline drip bag or so - these are nice thick plastic and big enough to slip over a bandaged paw. Cut the top off, then cut a row of five or six little slits an inch or so down, and thread through those something with a bit of give (they gave me some bandage I think, but strips cut from an old pair of tights also work) that you can tie in a bow when it's on. It's a bit clumsy but does work.

    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.

  8. 6 hours ago, BatterseaBrindl said:

    You're probably right.

    Things are so new to him...he's never been out walking 'in public' before.

    I'd make the walks short for now...let him do his business and then turn for home before he gets anxious. 

    Praise him/treat him a lot, but don't push him for now.

    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.

  9. 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.:D

    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. A lot of the forum members recommend the book "I'll Be Home Soon" by Patricia B. McConnell to help with your hounds separation anxiety.


  10. 6 hours ago, BatterseaBrindl said:

    Jack needs to learn 'leave it'!

    Start with a small yummy treat in your hand.   When he turns to look at it, say 'leave it' and close your fist.  Leave your fist closed until he turns his head away.  This may take only a few seconds...could take minutes.  Then, as soon as he turns his head away, praise him... 'GOOD BOY'  and say 'take it'. 

    Repeat, repeat, repeat.

    Don't make this a marathon.   Do it a just few times a day.   Start to change it up...ask him to 'leave it' with a stuffie. 

    My guys will 'leave it' for their dinner bowls.  

    This also will come in handy when one day you're walking along the road and he looks to grab an old mouldy sandwich from the ditch.

    You could also spray the door with bitter apple

  11. 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 wouldn't move in any direction if she decided to freeze giving my neighbours a laugh to see a six foot bloke carrying a greyhound back home. Then she would only turn right out of the drive which meant we would have to walk around the block to turn left. After a while, with time patience and a good dose of humour she got over it.

  12. 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 removal from between her toes two years ago showing off her sock. You might need a longer one so it can be fastened higher up to avoid the injured area.



  13. 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 :D) If she has to walk on hard ground I've been putting a baby sock over her foot and then her boot. The baby sock keeps her claws together, including her dew claw, and makes putting the boot on easier.

    This morning she didn't want to jump into the car and instead wanted to walk to the park on the pavement/sidewalk with no boots on :yay:clap:pepper

  14. 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 the way to get you to come back and will keep doing it.

    Or put her bed in another bedroom, put a child's safety gate across the door and leave both doors open so she can hear you.

    Have you started alone training yet?

  15. 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.

  16. 19 minutes ago, Remolacha said:

    Yes, even though I had a man accuse me of not picking up after my dogs when I had two full poop bags to wave at him!

    ....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 :rofl

  17. 1 hour ago, stevevt said:

    It's hard to suggest a plan without knowing what's happening. Can you stay up and watch or set up a camera so you can see what's going on? It's at least possible your Galga is moving to the couch on her own, your new guest takes the vacant bed, and there's no drama. 


    Agreed. If there's no sound of squabbling then they've probably sorted out themselves who sleeps where

  18. 3 hours ago, torster said:

    One thing this morning when we were out walking, there were some dogs running of lead in the park and she kind of froze wouldn't stop staring at them, I couldn't get her attention and she didn't want to come away. She's been very good with most dogs she's met on lead, so I think it must be when they are running free but I didn't understand if she is frightened or excited or feeling predatory?!

    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?

  19. 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 you're preparing food or giving her a crisp and then wondering why she won't leave you alone when you're eating.

    There is plenty of help and advice on this site so don't be afraid to ask even if it is the most daft question ever. Your hound isn't that unique and whatever happens it's happened to lots of us before. They might look delicate dogs but are pretty robust and not like other dogs at all and with time patience and a sense of humour they make the best companions.

  20. 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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