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  1. Ah! Can’t imagine you fancy riding around in an elevator for hours 😂 We have a Ruffwear Webmaster which goes around the shoulders, chest and the bottom of his chest/tummy. I was reluctant to move him using the handle initially but have found that gentle ‘encouragement’ (ie gently moving him but not yanking) doesn’t case him any harm or discomfort. Plus he doesn’t have much choice but to move with me if I use the handle. I find giving him a tug and getting a bit of momentum going helps. I found it impossible to do that with collar/lead.... he was able to get the strength behind him t
  2. A cow that had never.... That made me chuckle! I'm lucky in that my grey is HUGELY food obsessed and very receptive to an excited voice. He'll sit, down, sit, wait, paw.... just for an oh-so-exciting bit of carrot now. Bring out a high value treat and he trips over himself with excitement. Training really helped us to bond as he was so nervous and introverted. I have no idea what I would have done if he hadn't been so receptive to food! That said, for the first few months or so he just needed space to relax into his surroundings. So I agree wholeheartedly with 1Moregrey
  3. Ahhh The good old freezing issues. We've all been there - they can statue for quite some time when nervous (or lazy and stubborn ) It's a scary world out there for them, all strange new noises, and you'll likely find he also panics a little with any loud noises (sirens, mopeds...etc) that he hasn't heard before. I'm sure you'll get plenty of good advice from the pros on here. It sounds like you're doing brilliantly already (well done with the toilet training) and trying different things. Personally, I have found that patience and routine are key to progressing. Our boy was, an
  4. I always go for 'off' and training first ...but have shamelessly resorted to opening the fridge and rustling the cheese bag if necessary, or opening the treat cupboard with dog food near our bedroom - always works a charm Anya - if I try to pull anything from under him whilst he's settled he will grumble. I'll only ever stand at the corner of the bed and flap the duvet around, rather than try to pull it from under mine. It's great the slip lead is working though. Gives you something new to add to the mix.
  5. Our boy doesn't like being pushed or moved, especially if he's sleeping. He's also very big so I can't lift him. He doesn't seem to have sleep startle - he's just a stubborn wotsit and can be a little growly and snappy occasionally with the bed or treats. He has his own bed in our room. If he does crawl onto our bed in the early hours of the morning I put a light on, talk to him to make sure he is awake and (from a bit of a distance) jiggle the duvet whilst pointing to his bed and saying "off". He grumbled, growled and snapped a little at first but with consistency, lots of positive prais
  6. Congratulations! She sounds lovely and is clearly settling well already. It took our grey a good few months just to waggle his tail at us, and longer before we could pat him/stroke him without him panicking in fright - poor thing. So you're doing great! The velcro/following will ease off once she is more comfortable and less anxious. You will hopefully find in time that she won't instantly jump up and follow when you leave a room, but may give it a few minutes before coming to see where you are. And then gradually that time will increase until one day you're in the kitchen and reali
  7. Aww bless him. As HeyRunDog says - nerves and new surroundings. Frustratingly, especially when nervous, they aren't great at asking to go either which makes it all a bit more difficult. Stick to a routine with plenty of toilet opportunities and praise him hugely with a great treat when he does go. With plenty of time, patience and encouragement he will get into a routine and relax. I also found in the early stages taking my boy on the same walks he would use the same spots for wees and poos so that helped. Aside from that - GOOD LUCK!
  8. We're 10 months in with our lovely grey, and also expecting an (unplanned - eek!) baby in a few months time. I'm trying to plan ahead and think about making any adjustments sooner so he can get used to things gradually, rather than leaving it until a baby arrives and having him associate any changes directly with the arrival of the new offending child. Sleep startle is not a huge issue compared to some greys - he sleeps on a sofa in our room and knows he has to stay on it overnight until we get him up for breakfast. However, he does occasionally get up and clamber onto our bed in t
  9. Thats certainly an odd one - quite a head scratcher! Does it apply both ways - ie is it physically the door, and he is wary of coming *in* as well as out? If it's just going out through it that is bothering him it could well be that opening the door is the gateway to the scary outdoors (rather than being the actual door itself). It may just be the different sounds in the city suburbs - it's surprising how scary greys can find completely innocuous noises. And I can imagine living in the Dales (beautiful - you lucky thing!) was lovely and quiet compared to where you are now. If that's
  10. I hear ya. I'm 5ft 1 (and a half - you know that half is important ) and about 50kg and my grey is also 37kg. It's not easy and they are big, powerful dogs for us little 'uns.. In all honesty, my horse/dog scared the cr@p out of me at times when he first arrived 10 months ago. He was incredibly nervous, a fiend to walk when small fluffies were around and turned into a resource guarding devil with my bed and stolen tasty treats. I was a fosterer for a local charity and I think that really helped, as I had the mindset with each dog (all different breeds) that I was just a stepping sto
  11. Samson's Day: * Wake around 9am and clamber onto our bed (not a big fan of cuddles but has worked out that if he sprawls his 37kg out lengthways across our legs when he wakes up we will too) * 9.30am - Breakfast, toilet (we have a small garden) and then back to bed. He's not a morning dog, likes to eat and then sleep for a few more hours. He'll generally sprawl out near wherever I am working and snooze * 12ish - Big stretches, wander around checking where the pack are located, waggly tailed greetings and then performs Operation Food Reconnaissance to see if anything is lying ar
  12. You had snow??!! I didn't get any. Just rain - I LOVE snow. Leave the dog.... take me out for a walk :-) It sounds as though when she IS outside she's loving the walks, so that's brilliant. Well done! You've clearly made her feel relaxed and confident enough outdoors to let her excited nature shine through. I do think greys generally just have absolutely no idea what they are supposed to do in the strange alien place now known as home. A couple of things I tried that you could give a go if you haven't already... * I trained a specific whistle (just a little set tune). It was
  13. It's probably hard to imagine it now but it does all gradually get better with time. Honest! In three months you'll look back and think 'wow, it was hard to see the progress on a daily basis but she really HAS come a long way'. I used to worry about everything - was he happy, was he scared, could I give him what he needed - and I agonised over his anxieties and how hard it must be for him. I learnt over time that just being cheery and matter of fact about anything that is worrying him and, in extreme cases, excitedly showing him ham gets him moving past anything :-) Food trumps scary!
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