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  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 anyon
  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 b
  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 i
  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 re
  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
  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
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