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  1. Has a vet taken a look at her injuries just in case there is anything hidden causing her pain and preventing her settling at night? As greysmom says, you need to do some alone training so she gets to trust that you will come back when you leave her. I was told by my adoption agency that although I was on a weeks holiday when I got her make sure I leave her on her own at least once a day even if it's for only 10 minutes. Is she in a draft at the bottom of the stairs which is unsettling her? My Grace sleeps in the main through room on the sofa so she is off the ground and has a corner
  2. Time and patience. He's still getting used to his new life with all the strange sounds and smells and will take a little time to process what's safe and what isn't. Greyhounds tend to freeze if they're not sure what it is until they can work it out. Hopefully he's still going to the loo outside. Don't force him to go on a walk just take him calmly outside and wait with him. Take a chair and a book to read if you want but don't react to him or anything that happens. If he sees you're not worried then that's his cue not to be worried either but if you say things like "what a good boy" and g
  3. Can you walk a different route for a bit and only go past that gate with your partner? Has Max been neutered? I just wonder if the other dog had come into season and Max was just being a boy. Being reactive to other dogs and cats, also squirrels and anything else that moves is common with most greyhounds but most learn to leave them alone and that other dogs are really funny shaped greyhounds.
  4. I add a cube of home-made frozen chicken stock melted with a bit of hot water to Grace's food when she seems to loose interest in it. I put a whole chicken in the slow cooker with nothing added and cook until done. The liquid is put into ice cube trays and frozen. The good leg and breast meat I have and the pickings are frozen on a flat tray and then put into a tub ready to either give Grace a small frozen treat or used the same way as the frozen stock cubes.
  5. Greyhounds are usually only interested in other greyhounds and large dogs. As for people crossing over the street could be his muzzle or Covid. I would try with the muzzle off. When he sees a fluffy thing give the command "leave" with a quick jerk on the lead, keep walking and give him a "well done" after you've gone past. Walk with confidence without giving any outward sign that there is going to be a problem but be ready to react as soon as he sees a "fluffy thing". If he sees that the boss isn't interested in it hopefully he'll pick up on that and think I'm not either.
  6. You'll have to put your PPE on and perform a squeakectomy A quick incision in the stuffed toy and you can remove the plastic squeaker or put a hole in it before sewing it up again.
  7. That's probably me. I put Bazuka on the corn when her foot is dry after the morning walk. It is inert when it has gone white after a few minutes so it won't cause any harm if licked or mark the floor. Before the evening walk I put Burt's Bees Hand Salve (the one in the round tin) on each pad of the effected foot, put a baby sock over the foot and then a boot. This is left on for a couple of hours and taken off before bedtime. The morning walk I try and take her around the park on the wet grass with nothing on her feet this will loosen the corn if it is ready or sometimes remove it. Don't expec
  8. Grace does, you can tell when she's dreaming that she's remembering a race by the length of time her legs are twitching and her breathing
  9. Put it down to experience and don't blame him or your boyfriend. He was probably getting over excited and seeing your boyfriends arm suddenly appear into his line of vision didn't realise what it was just that it was out to deprive him of his new favourite toy.
  10. Is it on the front or back foot? Grace has corns on both but it appears only the front ones bother her. Instead of hulling you could try using a corn remover gel. Here in the UK I use Bazuka. It can take several weeks but hopefully it will either be able to be picked out or it will drop off.
  11. It can be hard work for both you and your new companion for the first few days until routines are set and he trusts that you are going to come back when you leave him. Where he sleeps is a personal choice. Like you mine sleeps downstairs on my, sorry her sofa but it took about a week before she was quiet through the night. Don't go down to him when he does cry as he'll see that crying works making you appear. Shouting down to him won't work either as he's getting the attention he wants. After three sleepless nights I found a solution to stop Grace crying. I appeared to go to bed as normal
  12. As the others have said time and patience. They seem to go through a honeymoon period before they realise how many things are new, then they start to overthink it and freeze until they work it out. Grace would always happily go for a ride in the car so if you use a car to get to your office she'll probably be alright.
  13. Using a harness can make a dog pull more as they can use their chest and whole body to pull on the lead. My preference is for a well fitted fishtail collar or martingale and when they pull give it a quick tug/flick, not hard enough to jerk the head or neck but enough to get their attention, and then let the lead go slack immediately giving the command "heel". If you don't keep the lead slack they think it's a game and continue to pull.
  14. Can you vary the walk and avoid that intersection for a bit? Greyhounds are contrary animals. At one stage Grace would only turn right out of the driveway, she grew out of it after a couple of months. She will go up the pathway between the houses to get onto the local park but only on the morning walk not in the evenings. If we go for an extra walk during the day it's got to be in the car.
  15. The first thing is to get your adoptee to walk past the other dog totally ignoring them. Dogs pick up on their owners attitude so if you start to react expecting a problem your hound will think something's wrong and react accordingly. When you see another dog be careful not to signal that you are expecting a problem but keep walking. If your hound starts to even glance at the other dog give a quick tug on the lead making sure to relax the lead immediately afterwards to get your hounds attention. You could give the command "leave" but keep walking without braking your stride. Give a quick
  16. In the first week of having Grace I stepped back off a chair I was standing on and planted my size 11 on her foot. I hadn't realised she was there as she had been asleep on her bed when I last looked. A short scream ensued with a very apologetic hug later and she forgave me. Week two, a large abscess appeared on her other front foot between her toes. Three operations and X-rays later and with a lightened bank account she got over that. It seems that during her racing days she had got small pieces of grit embedded between her toes that decided to make their presence known. We also hav
  17. I can't recommend a harness as the one I tried caused bruising each side of her chest. Grace has a soft house collar with her ID tag attached to it and a padded leather fishtail collar which is only worn when we go out.
  18. It is not generally recommended to take greyhounds to dog parks unless they are the only ones there because of their prey drive and using a muzzle isn't really an option because they can not defend themselves if needed.
  19. AS DocsDoctor said "There may also be an element of sleep startle - this is not uncommon in greyhounds. They can sleep with their eyes open, if you don't realise this woe betide you if you wake them suddenly, and they lash out." Say something as you get near just to warn him or as he seems happy not to sleep next to you could try to see if he would sleep downstairs
  20. Could it be made a requirement for users of Grey Talk to fill in their location, even if it's only which country they are in, in their profile so that when others respond to their posts they can give more appropriate advice? For example when asking for dietary advice when brands tend to be country specific or which insurance is best etc.
  21. Don't worry to much about how long it is between toilet breaks. Female greyhounds can hold it better than males and Grace will sometimes go 24 hours between poos and 12+ hours between wees especially over night. As you and BatterseaBrindl have said it's early days yet. Greyhounds are not like other dogs and sometimes seem to be more cat like than canine. Get into a routine and let her adjust at her own speed.
  22. Another vote for kibble. I add a spoonful of porridge oats and a little hot water, which I let cool down, to her food to help with Grace's bald thighs. I second MersyGrey in keeping him on the same diet as he's used to and gradually move to your preferred diet. Whatever you decide keep the protein level at 19 to 20 percent as any higher can cause health problems and a hyperactive dog. You might see recommendations to feed a diet with 28 percent but that is when they are racing.
  23. Tulip dark side of greyhound walking is you taking. Tulip trained you soon shall be.
  24. Not always true that being afraid of thunderstorms means separation anxiety. Grace is afraid of thunderstorms, fireworks and the sound of footballs being kicked but has no problems with being left on her own. But that just shows greyhounds are contrary animals and have the habit of proving you wrong
  25. The blue could be bruising. Might be worth a phone call to your vet to see if they injected a sedative into his neck before giving him the general anaesthetic?
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