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  1. Grace was having a nap outside on the lawn in the shade after our morning walk so I thought I'd give her her breakfast outside. She got up, walked past her feeding bowl totally ignoring it and stood in the kitchen where she is normally fed waiting for me to get her breakfast.
  2. That is a difficult one because they change that much once they are adopted and as you've had such a perfect greyhound before you are always going to compare the two and it's going to be difficult to find a direct replacement. Have a word with your adoption agency about your lifestyle, whether you want a male or female, quiet or lively hound and let them find you one. Have an open mind with plenty of patience and humour and you'll be rewarded with a great companion. None of us have the perfect greyhound we dreamed of but we all have a great four legged friends.
  3. There are two breeds of greyhounds. Those that are in your face fuss junkies who won't leave you alone and become your second shadow and the ones like Grace, Pablo and Buddy who are just happy to be in the same home as their owners and are that chilled nothing fazes them apart from, in Grace's case, screaming children, thunder, fireworks and the sound of a football being kicked. Why put the effort into climbing onto the sofa or going upstairs when it takes less energy to collapse onto the floor? Why worry where your servant is? They'll turn up and feed you. Why get excited about going
  4. Happy Gotcha Day Buddy. I'm in Grace's bad books. I forgot it was her second Gotcha Day on Wednesday last week Going to make up for it tomorrow though when it's her sixth birthday
  5. Well done It sounds like you and her are making good progress. It could be that there are certain sounds that only occur in the day that she doesn't like but she will get used to them. As your behaviourist advised, if you stay confident and don't react before the problem happens and as she continues to bond with you, she'll see that you aren't worried so she won't be. It took Grace two months not to be spooked by traffic and nearly two years not to come running inside when the neighbours children are playing and screaming in their gardens, and we're still working on the sound of a footba
  6. Has anything happened while you were walking him solo? A sudden loud noise or movement for example? Do you always go the same way and is it the same point that he stops? You could try both of you taking him for a walk and then after a while your wife goes her separate way and you and your greyhound continue your walk. As with all greyhound behavioural problems it takes time and patience.
  7. I agree and it's going to take time and patience. With these contrary hounds it could be the feel of rain landing on her or she doesn't like wet feet or even the noise of it. As long as she is going out to wee and poo I wouldn't worry about her not exercising for a few days.
  8. It is going to be hard on your part to get him used to being left alone whilst you go upstairs to sleep, shower etc. He doesn't want to be left alone and he's scared that this nice human isn't going to come back so he cries and like magic they return. You've got to be hard hearted and not return when he does but only when he's quiet. The first few nights I had Grace she cried when I left her to go to bed then would go quiet for an hour then start up again. Shouting down to her would quieten her for a bit until she realised I wasn't coming down so off she would go again. I tried coming dow
  9. I agree with giving him a treat when you go out. Grace gets a Kong filled with kibble and a small plug of peanut butter, and like MerseyGrey's hound, she looks forward to me leaving her so she can have her treat and get back to undisturbed snoozing. Crating and dogs sleeping upstairs in bedrooms is more prevalent with our American friends. Grace sleeps downstairs and has the run of the main room but hardly moves off her blanket on the sofa so don't feel your boy has to sleep upstairs. It can take some hounds a couple of years to shake off their racing days so with time, patience and
  10. Has she been spayed? If not perhaps it's something worth considering.
  11. Unless you know any small dog owner who is prepared to help with his socialising I think all you can do is keep on with the leave it training. It took Grace several months to learn that everything small and furry isn't prey. Now she even ignores cats
  12. I think you've got to be hard and ignore her crying because at the moment you leave, she cries, you come back which is a result as far as she's concerned. You need to get her to trust and accept you that you are coming back no matter how long you leave her.
  13. He's probably wondering where these distorted voices are coming from. The first couple of time I watched a YouTube video with Grace in the same room she wasn't happy until I showed her where the strange sounds were coming from by showing her the screen and was the same with a WhatsApp conference call. Now she shows total indifference.
  14. 36.5% is very high for a retired greyhound. I think the recommended level is about 20% otherwise it can cause health problems
  15. Lovely looking hound and her weight is OK by the look of her. She might be loosing a bit of muscle mass now she's out of training and greyhounds always look very thin next to other dogs. If you go onto http://www.greyhound-data.com/index.htm and enter your dogs racing name or ear tattoos and look at the racing stats it might tell you her racing weight. My Grace's racing weight varied between 24.5kg and 25kg and she still weighs the same.
  16. Does anyone else turn their dogs food bowl round so their hound can get the last bits? Does anyone else carry their hound 50+ yards over a piece of particularly sharp stoned pathway? In my defence Grace suffers with corns and even with boots she doesn't like walking on sharp stones. Does anyone else stop mid walk just to give an ear rub? Or is it just me?
  17. I agree with the others, don't keep bathing her and book a check-up by the vet just to check everything is OK and to put your mind at rest. It could be what she has or is being fed on causing her to smell. Grace smelled of the kennel when I first got her which wasn't helped by the smell of the flea treatment they had put on the back of her neck. I had to wait a fortnight before I could bath her and when I did what a bedraggled sorry looking hound she looked until she had dried off. I think the last time I bathed her was 18 months ago to help with flaky skin.
  18. Annie's dreaming of roaching Lambie with mint sauce and new potatoes mmmm....
  19. I don't know whether like is the word I'd use but I don't dislike mine. I insured Grace with Bought By Many when I first had her and like most of the other insurers there is a 14 day wait before you can make a claim. On the 15th day she developed an abscess between 2 toes caused by grit from her racing days. Several visits to the vet and two operations later and the bill came to just over £2000 which they paid up with no problems. I also get free video access to a 24 hour online emergency vet and get 20% of my premium back each year I don't claim.
  20. Who feeds him and takes him for walks? If it's you get your partner to do it with you or on his own to see if that gets him to accept that your partner is above him in the pack
  21. Give him time. He's just entered a bewildering new world and it takes time to understand it. Just because he is OK with a new experience one day doesn't mean he will the next. Statuing seems to be one of the many quirks that greyhounds have but it doesn't last forever and they do get over it. Grace was the same, walked OK for the first few days and then when she started to realise this world is more scary and strange than she first realised and she thought that statuing was the answer until she worked it out. You could find another dog and owner to walk with or try the same way the traine
  22. You say you checked his pads, did you check the rest of his joints to see if he has a bad back or arthritis etc?
  23. She'll soon get over it although persuading your boyfriend not to throw the ball around might be a good idea as she'll associate the sound of it bouncing with it landing on her.
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