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  1. We have 3 year old Staghound littermates. Kaja likes to play with toys in the yard and Potter is the opposite of your Hoku...she carefully brings all toys that are outside back inside--which would be fine, except Kaja is still playing with them! I guess she's more "fun police" than "toy hoarder."...but you're right, hounds are crazy!
  2. Beautiful boy! And he looks like he's very much enjoying himself. For me, it's a risk/reward analysis. I have two 3-year-old Staghound littermates (failed coyote hunters). One of them looks and acts just like a fuzzy greyhound--she LOVES to sprint at the dog park, including bounding into the woods and dashing along narrow trails through the brush. Yes, sometimes she ends up with a scuff or a scrape (she has the typical greyhound thin skin), and a stitch or two might be in her future--but the joy she shows when she's running makes that minor risk acceptable to me. I compare her running to my sports; I've done a variety of sports over the years, and sometimes I've gotten injured--but the joy of the sports has always made the injuries worth it. I guess it's looking at the tradeoff between his enjoyment of running and the level of risk he's taking, and making the decision based on that...
  3. If he's going out several times a day and isn't having potty accidents in the house, maybe he doesn't need to go out any more often. I know that once I went back to work after the summer (I'm a teacher and my husband works from home) my girls stopped going out in the middle of the day. I take them out at 6 am and my husband is home all day but he says they never want to go out...they wait until I get home, even if it's not until 5:00. So if he's happily going out some times, and not having accidents, I'd say don't worry about him. He sounds like a good boy!
  4. It sounds like he's scared of the noises outside? I have one like that--but as with yours, she resists getting up off her bed to come outside but once she's at the door she's fine. We've used various "tricks" to get her to the door without forcing her. Sometimes we open the garage door so she thinks we're going in the car (which she loves), sometimes we take her sister out and just wait outside until Potter comes to the door, we've taken her out different doors, sometimes now (she's getting a lot better) food even works--it didn't before. More info about what he does would help us give better advice. Do you walk him, or does he just go out into the yard? What times of day will he willingly go out? You said morning, and then 10:30 at night? Maybe he knows these are times when it's quiet outside. How does he feel about going in the car? Have you done any obedience training with him? Hopefully a little more info will lead to some more good ideas!
  5. I'm interested in this, too, because my 3-year-old staghound littermate girls Kaja and Potter do this too. They were together at the coyote hunter who bred them until they were almost 3, then they were rescued. We adopted one and then the other was a bounce and we got her 4 months later--so they were together their whole lives except for 4 months (and we've had them together almost 3 months). Shortly after getting Potter, the second one, we fenced in part of our yard. Kaja wants to play in the yard and tries to get Potter going, but Potter usually shuts her down (and sometimes returns any toys we've brought out to the house). On the other hand, Potter loves to run at the dog park and I can tell she wants to get Kaja to run with her--but Kaja would rather saunter and sniff. Obviously they know each other well and generally get along great, but sometimes they do get kind of loud in the yard when Kaja wants to play and Potter doesn't, and I always wonder if I should let them go or intervene. Last night Potter did actually run and play a bit at last turn out, though, so maybe they're starting to figure it out. I'm glad that I read here about how loudly they can play, though, because when they do play they can sound kind of alarming!
  6. We have 3-year-old staghound littermates Kaja and Potter. Their background is that they were bred and raised by a coyote hunter; they lived in outdoor runs with dog houses, with their parents and brother. Last fall they and their brother were put up for free on a Craigslist-type publication when the owner realized they were poor hunters. A local greyhound rescue scooped them up. They went to an emergency foster for a couple months--they were quite underweight--then to the rescue kennel. We got Kaja in early March, then Potter in July (she was a bounce). Kaja is the one I'm writing about. She housebroke easily--in fact, after a couple of first-day accidents she's been perfect (I suspect most of the housebreaking took place at the emergency foster) and has a bladder of steel. But...every so often--she's done it maybe 6-7 times in the almost 7 months we've had her--she pees the bed (her dog bed and, just now, a couch.) The last time she did it was in July, so there's usually at least a month between incidents (so I don't think it's medical). I've actually seen her do it once--she'll be doing what we call "DiggyDiggyWump", where she digs and circles on her bed and then curls into a ball and flumps down...except instead of curling into a ball she squats and pees! I don't know what she would do after she pees because the one time I saw her I of course interrupted her and took her outside. It almost seems like a brain fart--or perhaps, brain pee--like she just forgets what she's doing. As I said, she's otherwise perfectly housebroken. It doesn't have anything to do with her sister's arrival, because all but 2 of her incidents occurred before Potter got here. I'm not sure if there's anything to be done--I really can't ban her from dog beds and couches, there's not enough x-pens in the world, and then I'd also be blocking Potter, who is innocent (although she has her own infrequent potty issues related to "I already have soft poo today and now I just heard thunder.") I've only caught her in the act once; I suspect it mostly happens overnight. If anyone has an idea I'd love to hear it, but I'd also like to know if anyone else's hounds does this. We've got good couch covers and washable beds and it's pretty infrequent so we just deal with it, but bed-peeing will make Kaja very unattractive to potential dog-sitters next summer (the ones we know all take the dogs to their own homes). Here's the culprit in drier times (that's my mom's little dogs' bed; trust me, her own beds are the right size!)
  7. Good point, Greysmom! DH comes the door to greet me when I come home (he works from home). It is cute, I must say--my whole family waiting for me when i come in the door but he's not skilled at doggie interventions nor really interested in "having to do something" with the dogs when I come home. So I guess for now, it's just "enjoy the little nutballs"--they really are doing well, and you're right, it's fun to see them excited (plus that "garage door obsession" of Potter's does come in handy--after a thunderstormy night last night I couldn't get her to go out for morning potty...until I opened the garage door and then she just couldn't resist running to the door and I was able to get her out. So maybe I don't want to counter-condition that behavior after all...
  8. Thanks for the thoughts! BatterseaBrindl, good point! I do need to keep things in perspective; our last 2 dogs (and DH's only 2 dogs) were very mellow "only" dogs, so we had 20 years of "oh hi you're home, let me open one eye in greeting" to compare our current two to. Our girls really aren't that rambunctious, but DH is convinced they're going to kill themselves/each other (and Potter's bloody knee didn't help). In reality, though, they do stop quickly and to some extent I need to relax (and convince DH to relax). Kightfam, good thoughts! I think that's a good approach if things get more out of hand (I think that's what I'm also worried about--that they're going to egg each other on to more and more crazy behavior). And thanks for the kind thoughts--they're such sweeties, and for the most part are doing so well...I just want to do everything I can to help them be happy dogs!
  9. A question about my pups (sort of SA but maybe not really?): I have 3 year old staghound littermates. They were together their whole lives except for 4 months after they each got adopted; then Potter bounced and we got her. They get along great--a little sisterly snark when someone gets too rough playing, but in general they share furniture, don't resource guard food, etc. Kaja had very mild SA at first (mostly whining when DH, who works at home, went downstairs and she was too afraid to follow.) I'm a teacher; we got Kaja in March and by the end of the school year she was totally fine with my leaving routine, was fine with the 2 of us leaving together, and no longer followed DH around the house. Enter Potter in July. Her first house was too noisy for her and she was scared all the time. At our house, she's had some difficulty getting off her bed to go outside, but we've worked around it and she's doing great. We have made a great effort to never force or her to go out (never put the leash on her and made her come out, or carried her out like her former owners had to). She is so passive and submissive that I think forcing her would have really set her back. So we used tricks--take her sister out, rustle a cheese wrapper, etc, all of which were successful at various times; the one sure-fire method to get her off her couch, though, was to open the overhead garage door. This always brings her flying to the door to the garage, at which point she happily goes out if we attach her leash. We haven't had to use the garage door trick in a month or so, but her garage door enthusiasm--probably combined with a little SA--has taken on a life of it's own. I went back to school two weeks ago. I did a little alone training with the girls but didn't think they needed much; Kaja was already good and Potter seemed pretty calm. They usually do OK with my leaving routine in the mornings (DH is home but in bed at this time). But, any other time we open the garage door (coming home or leaving, even if one of us is home), the little nutballs go crazy--for a minute or so. Thundering up and down the stairs, flinging stuffies, sometime snarking at each other when they jump on the same couch. It truly only lasts a minute or less--when I come home (when DH is home with them) I can hear them yodeling as I get out of my car--by the time I get inside the frenzy is over and they trot upstairs and jump on the couch. I think Potter's garage door excitement combines with anxiety about leaving/excitement about arriving and they wind each other up. And even though it's short, it's dangerous--Potter already whacked her knee on something and got a small cut. So, I need to chill the nutballs out. I don't want to crate Potter when we leave, even though she was crated at her former owner--I'm afraid that if we have to insist she go in, we will hugely set back her progress on trusting us about going outside. So...counter condition the garage door? How? Block them from racing up and down the stairs (if we got an x-pen we could do this)? Separate them into different adjoining rooms (x-pen again) when we leave? If we get a 4-foot x-pen (they're 50 lbs, small girls) are they likely to try to jump it and, if successful, might they then try to jump our 4 foot fence (though they are always supervised outside)? (Oh, and Potter has had a couple potty accidents when left alone, so maybe another vote for confinement)? Should we do alone training in general? Other thoughts? Sorry--I'm a special ed teacher/behavior analyst and over-thinking is my game! Here's the nutballs, chilled out and sharing someone else's bed... Thanks for any ideas!
  10. Love how he's figured out how to do zoomies in the tiny puddle!
  11. Good questions--the hike was only a mile to a mile and a half, and it was about 55 degrees, so I don't think she was overheated/overtired.... She was completely fine until she crawled in and got stuck...but it sounds like she's not the only one who reacts to stress like this!
  12. Update: The kitty didn't end up coming to the cabin (little brat ran and hid when my sister got out the cat carrier so she stayed home with the older cats), so no worries about the bedroom. Potter has done fabulously (it's her second cabin trip)--and every time I put my shoes on to take the girls for a walk she runs to the door and bounces around until I put her leash on. Huge improvement over her reluctance to get out of bed at home!
  13. Kaja (3 year old staghound, we've had her for 6 months) had a weird behavior today. We're at the cabin with her and littermate Potter, and they're doing great, having fun on walks and adjusting well to a different house. Both are pretty timid/passive girls. So today DH and I took them in the car to a place to hike. After the hike, we went to put them in the car, a Subaru Outback with the back seat down, a "hammock" clipped to the front headrests, and a foam mattress pad and fabric couch cover for padding in the back. Instead of jumping in through the back seat door, as usual (we had a bike on a bike rack so couldn't open the hatch), Kaja crawled into the back seat floor, under the hammock. She crawled all the way in--and then got stuck. We had a bike pump and some jackets on the floor, and it was like she couldn't figure out how to get out. I got in the other side, unclipped the hammock and folded it back, and then flipped up the back seat back. Now I'm sitting on the back seat and Kaja is on the floor--but she still couldn't/wouldn't move. I ended up lifting her hind end and then front end onto the seat with me (she's very passive about being handled so I knew I could do this safely.) And then, she...well, I don't really know what word to use. It was like she just completely shut down. Legs limp, lying on the seat, put her head on my lap and closed her eyes. I could not get her to react/respond at all. We drove about 5 miles and stopped for food; I stepped out of the car for a minute and she did pick her head up, but when I got back in the car she put her head back on my lap. Even a piece of pepperoni held right under her nose got no reaction. It was really weird. No panting, shaking, etc., but she was definitely not acting normal. Since she had crawled in so slowly I knew she hadn't hurt herself, so it must have been just a stress reaction. When we got back to the cabin 15 minutes and i opened the door she stood up and jumped out and was completely normal. Actually, it reminds me of her first day at our house--on the couch, head on Dh's lap, calm but also "shut down" (wouldn't get off the couch, eat treats, etc.) I guess that's just how she deals with stress? Anyone else have a weird little houndie like this?
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