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About MerseyGrey

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  1. If you live in a high rise you probably need to be more proactive. I wouldn’t wait until he starts peeing before I took him outside. Assuming that you are currently at home most of the day, start to get your boy into a routine that you are going to be able to maintain when life goes back to normal. Take him outside and wait with him until he has a wee. Give him treats. Eventually he will work out that the faster he pees, the quicker he gets his treat. Then he will get used to going at certain times. We have tried to maintain our pre-lockdown routine of early morning walk, followed by a wee before my husband leaves for work. Then Buddy holds on until I get home, and very often he doesn’t go straight away because he is too interested in cuddles and belly rubs. It might be another 20 minutes after I get home before he decides he needs a wee, so boys can hold it. You just need to get him into a routine, and that is the case, regardless of where you live. Good luck!
  2. He’s a handsome dude! You’ve got some fun times ahead 😍
  3. We’re in the UK so travel here is a bit different as we don’t have to worry about crossing state boundaries. The longest journey we’ve done with ours is about five hours and he handled that no problem. I’m confident he could go for longer. Sometimes the only way to find out is to give it a try. It sounds like you’re planning on building up to that really big journey which will give you an idea of how well she handles it. Ours travels in the boot of our car, and as long as we keep the temperature at a good level for him, he’s perfectly comfortable, although we might have to wear an extra layer to stay warm! The boot is lined with veterinary bedding and with a thin memory foam bed on top of that and that seems to fine for him. We’ve never had to stop overnight but I would treat the hotel the same way as any new place that I would take him too with regards to security/escapology.
  4. Welcome Sully and Graham! That face would get lots of kisses in my house
  5. She is adorable and looks like testing both your cat and your other dog! Thanks for the pictures!
  6. I think you’ve done the right thing. I hope I’m brave enough to do the same if I’m ever faced with this kind of tough decision
  7. The ears were the only thing I could see when page loaded up on my iPad, and they are epic! She is beautiful, but I am very partial to a black dog with a frosty face 😍
  8. There was a recent post about kefir being good for pup’s tummies so I suppose it’s a similar thing. From my point of view the milk smells too much like goat’s cheese, which I love but just can’t stomach the smell when it’s milk 🤷‍♀️
  9. Gas. Yes. And how they become the centre of your world, so you rush home from work to see them, and avoid going out because you don’t want to leave them alone. How they become the topic of almost every conversation you have with your spouse as you discuss how much sleep they’ve had, how far you walked, how many poops on the walk (and the consistency of said poops), and how my heart swells when I see him do something cute ie. everything he does. Which I can then talk about. Most of all, I was unprepared for how happy he makes my husband. The look on his face when he sees Buddy’s reaction to me coming home from work is just about as good as Buddy’s reaction itself.
  10. I’m sorry if I made you feel bad. It wasn’t my intention and is the reason why I put the disclaimer at the end of my post. My advice was based on my experience and certainly I believe that in your situation, in the short term I would not continue to ostracise my dog, and in the long term I would seek to modify my own behaviour. If I was concerned about a repeat incident, I would consider finding a behaviourist. You came here for advice. That’s what I would do. Someone else might do it differently. If you give it few more days you might get more responses.
  11. I’m not sure that ‘social shunning’ will mean anything to him in relation to this particular incident. As for looking ‘guilty’, that is a human emotion projected onto an animal by humans. You’ve already said that you recognise that the way you behaved was a trigger for his reaction so maybe you need to remain mindful of your behaviour. If your boy has an excellent behavioural record before this incident I don’t see that you need to do anything further. Withholding treats and affection probably won’t help and greyhounds respond much better to positive reinforcement anyway. There are some much more experienced people than me on this forum who might be able to recommend training books to help you with your boy’s reaction to being leaned over in general, but until then...don’t lean over him! (I’ve just read this back and it sounds like a cyber bum-smack, which is not my intention! I hope you come to trust him again. And totally agree with ramonaghan!)
  12. That looks like the perfect place to spend an evening reading, listening to your favourite album and supping on a glass of your favourite cold drink. I love the cushions too, particularly the crane cushion
  13. I have no experience of this behaviour myself, but I think others might recommend that you stop him from going on the sofa. He could be guarding his space, so give him a space that is out of the way and truly his own and that he doesn’t have to share with anyone else.
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