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Still wet behind the ears

Still wet behind the ears (3/9)

  1. Thank you for the information. Paddy is only 3 years old so still very young! His leg seems to be bothering him a lot this week but we have been going for short walks which he still enjoys as long as we take it slowly.
  2. We have had our beautiful Paddy for a little over three months and we absolutely adore him, he is the sweetest boy. We were told when we adopted him that he had a racing injury to his right hock that had been fixed. We took him to the vet last week as he had developed quite a limp. After X-rays they told us that he has severe arthritis to his right hock probably because the injury was not treated properly. He also has slight problem with the hip joint on that leg. Walking is sometimes painful for him and we have been advised to keep walks short and only when he feels like it. Has anyone had similar problems? Any advice on how to make him more comfortable would be appreciated. We are giving him seraquin and salmon oil with his food to see if that helps at all and we have metacam to give him on days that it is very bad.
  3. Our lovely boy Paddy has been with us nearly 7 weeks. I know it is still early days but every time I think things are going well we hit another snag. We had freezing issues to begin with on walks which then got better and walks were great. We had a problem with him mouthing which has greatly improved and we had a sleep startle incident. Since the sleep startle he is refusing to go out on his walks most days. He seems very restless during the day and exhibits a lot of calming behaviours, yawning, nose licking, turning his head away, averting gaze etc. He also walks around panting quite a bit. He will go outside in the garden and dig and do zoomies then he will lay down outside regardless of the weather, cold/rainy/windy. I sometimes have to entice him back in as I'm concerned about him getting too cold. He also sometimes starts barking at everything outside so I have to bring him in as the neighbours complain. He has been pretty affectionate since day one and was super affectionate before the sleep startle but seems to be more reserved now. We all adore him, but are trying not to overwhelm him and let him come to us. I'm assuming that it is normal to have these ups and downs in the early stages?
  4. I stay away from the term sleep aggression simply because if there is a bite that gets reported and you use that term, it will end up in a report, and maybe in court with a dog being labeled as aggressive who doesn't have an aggressive bone in his or her body. The term aggression or aggressive may end up giving a great dog a not so great fate when what really happened was a startle. We've seen it happen before. That is a very good point. I certainly wouldn't want him labelled as aggressive as he definitely isn't.
  5. Thanks for the advice and the correction I didn't realise sleep startle and sleep aggression were different. My kids are 8 and 10 so they know to leave Paddy alone when he is on his bed. My husband knows it was his own fault I have told him before that Paddy's bed is his safe space so we should leave him alone when he's there so he shouldn't have been stroking him anyway. Now I think he has learned his lesson. Paddy sometimes comes and does turkey pose and then lays down right in front of us and rolls around or bats at us with his paws until we stroke him. Other than that I guess it is probably not a good idea to try and stroke him if he is laying down even if he's not on his bed?
  6. We adopted Paddy a three year old ex racer about six weeks ago. Last night he went for and bit my husband,thankfully very minor injury. My husband managed to push him off and he seemed to come to his senses and back off. Paddy had been lying on his bed and my husband had thought that he was awake and had been giving him a goodnight stroke, so we think he must have actually been asleep and my husband startled him. Paddy then lunged and barked at him later in the night when my husband got up to go to the toilet. Paddy's bed was very close to ours so I think again it was sleep startle. I have rearranged our bedroom so his bed is further away from ours. It gave us all a real fright and we can't help being a bit wary of him now, particularly as we have two kids and our eldest loves to cuddle Paddy. Other than this he gets a little over excited when playing sometimes but will calm down if I end the game and walk away. Mostly he seems very laid back and docile. Does this sound like sleep aggression ? I have told everyone to leave Paddy alone if he is on his bed. Does anyone have any suggestions of how we can get over our wariness? Any thoughts would be very welcome.
  7. After about 3 weeks the walks got easier. I arranged a walk with another greyhound which seemed to help. We've had Paddy about 6 weeks now and he is usually keen to go on his walks. Now and then he will refuse, if it's raining too hard or he's just not in the mood so I just leave it and try again at his next walk time. He will sometimes not relieve himself for 12-14 hours because he won't go outside before bed! He seems pretty settled and far more relaxed now.
  8. Thanks for the advice. My boys are 8 and 10 so can be involved in his care. My eldest gives him treats but my youngest has just been keeping away from him so far.
  9. We have had our rescue greyhound Paddy for a week. This evening he got over excited and jumped on the sofa and went to nip at my youngest son (not aggressive, seems more playful) and nipped at my top. Later when my two sons were messing about on the sofa Paddy ran over and put his mouth on my youngest sons head, again it did not seem aggressive in any way just like he was trying to join in the play. I got in the between him and the boys and firmly said NO and he sheepishly backed off and lay down by the back door. Whilst there was no aggression on Paddy's part, it gave us all a bit of a fright. Does anyone have any experience of this? How should I address this behaviour?
  10. Thanks for the reassurance. He came out with me first thing this morning and we made it a few minutes down the road into the top of the park. He did his business and then turned for home. I gave him lots of praise and a treat. He is refusing to go out again now but at least I know he will when he needs too. I'll just be patient with him.
  11. I adopted a 3 year old male greyhound five days ago. First day went really well great on walks, toileting fine all was good. Second day started freezing on walks and sometimes refusing to go outside. Third day was difficult to get him to go far at all. Fourth day followed advice from the rescue centre about being firm and in control using gentle pressure on lead and we got on great all walks went well but then couldn't get him to go out last thing at night. This morning I managed eventually after his breakfast to get him to go out and then at 10.30am we went for another short walk. Since then he has gone to the back door several times and let me get us both ready but then he won't go out the door or will only stand on the step just outside the door. He won't even go down the steps into the garden so he hasn't been to the toilet for about 8 hours.
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