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  1. I think you've answered your own question He's associating the word walk with exercise and pee time. It's a bit like you going to the toilet before you go out because you always have done and he wants to do the same but the toilet part has been delayed but the sequence has already started and he can't cross his legs any more Go to the toilet and get yourself ready before saying the W A l K word.
  2. He sounds like he's settling in well and not all greyhounds suffer from sleep startle. I can approach and stroke Grace when she's asleep and she doesn't react even when she wakes up during it apart from going into the roach position for a tummy rub. I wonder if the growl is more of an invitation to play than a warning. "You're on my level now lets play greyhound style." But until you're sure continue to be cautious
  3. Grace also suffered with dandruff and balding thighs when I first got her so I bathed her once using ExmaRid Dog Shampoo which stopped the dandruff and itching and added Lintbells YuDERM Itching Dog to her food which she still has. Her balding thighs come and go depending on if she's moulting or not but the dandruff has stopped. She has only been bathed twice, once to get rid of the kennel smell and again to treat the dandruff. The last time was two years ago.
  4. You could put netting on the railings to stop heads going through. If it was black nylon netting, the same as used to keep fish safe in ponds, you wouldn't see it from a distance. When I went to choose a greyhound there was a large brindle male in the kennel next door to Grace's that was doing standing vertical jumps and his feet were coming three to four feet off the ground so a five foot fence with a run up would be no problem. But greyhounds are not known for their escapology (there are exceptions) but if they want to chase something or are frightened then they'll go for it.
  5. How old is Skelly? Greyhounds usually calm down from 4 years old. And what level of protein is in the food you feeding her? Retired greyhounds only need about 20% protein in their diets otherwise it can cause hyperactivity and health problems later on.
  6. Do you react to the noise? When he starts to bark totally ignore him, carry on with what you are doing and give him a reward when he's quiet again. If you shout at him or ssh him he'll think you're joining in and that he's doing the right thing because the boss is doing it too.
  7. In addition to the advice given by greysmom you could try spraying the the objects he's chewing with bitter apple.
  8. Congratulations on getting Ivy. Greyhounds are not very good at giving "I want to go out" signals so they need a routine. Take her out as soon as you get up and last thing at night as well as a couple of times in the day which includes her walks but don't expect her to go each time. Try and walk her at about the same time each day and she'll soon learn how long between toilet breaks and adapt accordingly Females are usually better at holding their bladder than males so don't panic if she seems to go for hours without going. My Grace often goes from 5 in the afternoon to 7 the followi
  9. These elite athletes are sprinters not long distance runners and only need two 20 minute walks a day. Having said that, Grace is only having one 30 min walk a day because like your Twyla, she doesn't want to go out again in the evening, but that might be because of the ongoing battle with her corns or she has taken retirement really seriously. If she's not being destructive or not settling then I wouldn't worry. Keep an eye on her weight and adjust her food accordingly. As for being happy, no more racing, soft warm bed/sofa, enough food and being waited on by a caring servant with nice w
  10. I have a basic raincoat for Grace without a liner but Grace being Grace prefers not to wear a coat of any kind. She doesn't mind getting wet in the rain unless it's very heavy and we don't go out in that anyway
  11. Welcome Sully. Another black hound joins the Grey Talk pack. Where did he race?
  12. Is it mostly when your daughter comes downstairs that makes him react this way? Does she walk down differently to the rest of you? As zimsmom suggested, call the adoption group and let them know you have an ongoing problem. It might be that they might have to take him back because you can't have a dog that threatens a member of your family. It is not a failure on your part and there will be another greyhound which will be more suitable.
  13. Greyhounds seem to go through a honeymoon period when you first get them and everything seems fine then they realise they don't understand this strange new world they find themselves in and freeze until they make sense of it. Yours seems to have taken longer than most to get to that stage. They do get over it with time, patience and a sense of humour. Can you take him to a local park when it's quiet so there are fewer noises and people for him to cope with? Search these forums for for statuing for advice and solutions.
  14. I wonder if something happened that frightened him one evening? It could be something as simple as a door slamming as your daughter came into the room, or raised voices and he's trying to protect you. You could try coming into the room with your daughter in the evening so he sees she's not a threat to you. Good luck and I hope you find the answer as he sounds a wonderful hound otherwise.
  15. You don't find out that if you want a dog don't get a greyhound until it's to late and you find your sofa taken over by impossibly long legs and your ideas on what life would be like with a "dog" is turned upside down, but now you wouldn't have it any other way. They also don't tell you about gas
  16. The obvious answer is don't leave food where she can reach it. Then start to adapt the "leave it" command by giving her a reward when she does instead of throwing treats at her as a distraction. Start by doing it on something you know she will leave on command and give her a reward straight away.
  17. I agree with ramonaghan and MerseyGrey. Continuing to punish him long after the event is lost on him. Put it down to a communication breakdown and a learning experience but continue as before the incident but don't put yourselves in the same situation again.
  18. It's impossible to know what causes greyhounds to suddenly take exception to something. Perhaps there was a loud noise just as the shadow of the fan went across his face. The quick solution is not to use the ceiling fan and get a fan that stands on the floor. The long term solution is don't use the ceiling fan for a few days. Then switch on the ceiling fan but be ready to turn it off as soon as he shows signs of distress. Don't react to him by comforting him while he's showing signs of distress as he'll think he's getting rewarded for being scared, but calmly turn the ceiling fan off
  19. Has the fan started to make a different noise? Perhaps the bearing is starting to go and it's emitting a high pitched whine which we might not be able to hear.
  20. I can't take all the credit as it's what I've gleaned from reading the more experienced members posts over the last two years. But thank you anyway.
  21. Grace stood pouting at me at my friends house. I thought she wanted to go for a wee, but no, as soon as I stood up from the sofa she jumped up onto my seat. It was my turn to pout at her
  22. You could be right about him sensing your pregnancy and the changes caused by the COVID pandemic. Perhaps subconsciously and understandably he's getting less or different attention and he's sensing he might be loosing his place in the pack and wants to remind you that he's still here. Unfortunately I don't have any solutions as I have no experience of your situation. Hopefully other's who have experienced the same problem will be more helpful
  23. I agree with the above. Time and patience and he'll start to understand his new world. It's a natural reaction on your part to comfort him when he seems scared but don't. Don't say things like "It's alright" and "Whose a good boy" and giving him a cuddle or stroking him etc. as that will reinforce that he's right to be scared. Ignore any scary noises, carry on with what you were doing and then give him a treat when he's calmed down again.
  24. Greysmom is right. Some greyhounds take longer than others to adjust to their new world. It took Grace nearly two years and she still surprises me occasionally. Go on with your lives without paying much attention to her and let her get used to you and your goings on. If she's going to the toilet in your yard/garden don't force her to go for a walk until she's ready. Don't compare her to the greyhounds on the videos as they only show the selected highlights. Greyhounds are supposed to like curling up next to their owners, Grace doesn't but will now let you sit next to her after having her
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