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  1. My 37kg grey certainly hurts if he jumps up or catches feet. So I feel your pain I’m tiny so him jumping up wasn’t an option. However I obviously didn’t want to tell him off or dissuade him - it’s been delightful watching come out of his shell and leap around happily. I found that if he didn’t keep all paws on the floor - backing away, telling him ‘no jumping’ and immediately redirecting him towards his toys (throwing them, playing with them...etc as soon as he got a bit hyper) worked wonders. Now when I come home (or when he’s having a silly moment) he’ll run up to great me and the
  2. If we aren't in the kitchen my grey will still sometimes counter surf. He now does it furtively (ie when we've left the room and he thinks we cant see him) because he knows it isn't allowed. He's a food monster so he probably always will! However we make sure we don't leave food out and have trained him to know that a sparingly used "NO!" means no so he stops whatever he is doing that is causing a telling off. A week and a half really isn't very long at all, it can take many months for a rescue grey to settle, relax and become their 'true' selves. So I wouldn't fixate too much on how he
  3. Absolutely this Can I be the odd one out and suggest you don't *have* to return him if you feel you can handle him, ie you are confident that when he's lunging you are strong enough to hold him without him either of you being put at risk? A good muzzle (again - mixed views on this) ensures that he can't do any damage, and may help you feel much calmer when walking him knowing that he can't hurt another dog. This can give you the breathing space and confidence to work on his issues. Time, patience and training when you've built a bit of a bond can work wonders. We live in Londo
  4. As others have said above - it's not that uncommon for your dog to growl at you. I find greys are pretty vocal in this respect, perhaps more so than other breeds which could be why other people are shocked about it. Mine was very growly and snappy when I first got him. He's less so now but does growl occasionally. He growls if he's uncomfortable with something I'm doing. He also growls (good naturedly) if we're playing with his ball and I take too long to throw it. Either way - I've grown to understand it's just his way of telling me something and I don't get upset or worried about
  5. Aww bless her! She looks a lot like my grey too! Even with the white on the nose being more on one side than the other! We've all been there. It can take months of patience and encouragement to get a grey relaxed and used to anywhere that isn't their comfy, trusted home. Ours is an absolute food monster, food obsessed, but if he's nervous he won't eat at all so I do get how difficult it is trying to positively reward with tasty treats outdoors. There's no quick fix, sadly. But you'll find as time goes on she will gradually improve, with the odd small step back and then a few ste
  6. Great suggestion! We found this too with a slip lead (completely by accident, it was the closest thing to hand so popped it on). Ours was snappy and nervous if we ever tried to move him, the second we put a slip lead on he just got up and moved. It transpired the kennel he came from them used them for training. Well worth trying!
  7. Thank you. I genuinely hope he finds a child indoors less stressful than he does outside. Sounds as though Grace is fine if it is a controlled interaction Obviously I guess I won't know until the baby arrives. My grey is just such a shy, gentle and nervy boy it is hard to know what I can do to make it easier for him (and me!)
  8. It took us months to get our chap to even get the concept of training. He was very timid and didn't like being touched so we couldn't pat his bum, try to guide him down with treats or try to manoeuvre him into any positions without panicking him. We eventually just did what you are doing - saying "down" several times (he doesn't stand up for long ) and then when he did so giving LOTS of excited praise and a nice treat. A few days of doing that several times and he picked it up, which surprised us. He's not a fan of 'tricks' but will do anything if food makes an appearance! Also sitting -
  9. We had a labrador when I was growing up - mischievous wotsit who would do a runner if anyone left a door or gate open. One night about midnight when my sister came home and got distracted he dashed off out into next doors garden, ran around avoiding our clutches and ripped up all their lawn and plants. He just found everything a fun game. Everyone above is correct - any dog will potentially run off through an open door, not just a grey.
  10. I'm nearly five months pregnant. Unplanned surprise at the age of 42 (I always wanted dogs not kids ) and quite a way to go yet, but I'm trying to work out how I'm going to manage it with a big, nervy grey who avoids kids like the plague out on walks. I know obviously the big scary outdoors is different to his indoor comfy home but he backs away nervously and on the couple of occasions that a kid has lunged at him to stroke him (argh!!) has panicked, jerked and jumped out of his skin. I have had my lad for just under 9 months now and he's doing great. He was re-homed elsewhere from racin
  11. Exactly as greysmom says! I fostered dogs before adopting my grey. It was heartbreaking waving each of them off. But their time with me gave them time to adjust, feel some love and get used to home life before moving on to a forever home. Don't feel like a failure. Feel like a great person who gave Ally a safe home, love and training before going on to find his perfect permanent place. Had you been fostering instead of adopting the outcome would be exactly the same, you just would have mentally felt different. I doubt that helps right now - but you see the point! Big hugs!
  12. Haha snaffles quickly.....Brilliant! I personally found using both hands was pointless as mine just tried to lick and chew the fingers off BOTH my hands in an excited effort to get the treat (apparently his nose only works when he's squirrel hunting or searching for a bit of dropped cheese, and clearly switches off during training sessions ) So I started again just using one hand, kept the treat tucked into a closed fist, said "leave it" repeatedly and then rewarded him when he stopped trying to get it. One he got the hang of that (which was surprisingly quickly) and pulled away for
  13. Ahh that’s lovely! Zoomies are terrifying (how do they have so many flailing elbows?) but lovely. She’s obviously settling well 😀
  14. I chatted to my parents about my dog (snappy, growly ...etc) when I first got him and they had similar comments to your sister. I think it's hard for owners of other breeds who aren't used to greys and their settling in processes to understand, so I can completely understand why she might think perhaps Cleo would be better sent elsewhere. Daft as it sounds - I took heart knowing that, whilst a growly snap coming from a big 30-odd kilogram dog is bum-squeaking scary when you aren't used to it, it was just his way of telling me that he was nervous or uncomfortable so I knew to back off a b
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