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  1. Hey! I have no helpful advice at all, particularly for the issue you are having with him personally - sorry! All I wanted to say is that when we first got our grey 12 months ago he was a mess! Anxious, resource guarding, snappy, unable to be left alone even in a separate room without crying his heart out, terrified outdoors, lunging at squirrels, trying to grab small dogs, terrified of bigger dogs.... so I hear you. It's hard and there were times I cried my heart out wondering if I could ever give him a happy life! The one good thing is that we could always identify his trigg
  2. I'm a tiny 5ft 1 size 8 sort, my grey is around 38kgs. I absolutely prefer a harness and actually find I have more control. I know, as stated above, this is always a contentious subject. But personally I feel more confident and have no trouble keeping him from lunging, pulling and leaping. I have the Ruffwear Webmaster. When we first got our grey he was reactive to everything and would do anything to get a squirrel, including lunging (and screaming!). Watching him backflip on a collar when I pulled him back was terrifying, no idea how I didn't break his neck, so I switched to harnesses a
  3. Poor Benny! And poor you! It's not easy to see them anxious or struggling. We found our dog was very meek and shut down when outdoors initially, so no problem with small dogs or other fluffies. It was only once he started feeling more relaxed and confident that his prey drive kicked in. We live in a VERY busy area with small 'handbag' dogs running around off lead all over the place so luckily we had kept him muzzled on all walks anyway. We still do, a year later, but that's also because he's a food monster and people around here leave takeaway food detritus all over the place "Leave
  4. Hey! Congratulations on your new boy As you have already identified - he has different reactions to small dogs compared to other dogs so thats a great start. It's hard to say without seeing, but it sounds as though with bigger non-prey drive stimulating dogs he's just wanting to go and say hello. Ignoring the whole small dog reactions (that's going to take time, patience and a lot of training) how is he when you do encounter other breeds in close contact? Personally I would suggest, if he's not nervous, agitated or trying to get away, following his lead (ha - sorry!) and letting him
  5. Definitely. He is just not comfortable being alone, even now (a year in). That said, he's a lovely boy and is a lot more relaxed and has done brilliantly in all other areas so time, gentle patience and training have done wonders for his confidence overall. I really wanted to get another once he settled a bit (he was rehomed elsewhere previously and attacked by another dog so was very nervous of other dogs initially). But, alas, a surprise pregnancy put that on hold as I don't think I could cope with another greyhound AND a baby. Maybe one day....
  6. Just to be the party pooper - our grey was a very anxious boy for a LONG time. I started on SA training straight away and had to go from scratch and build up very slowly - 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 12 minutes....etc and it took months before he could be left alone even for an hour or so without agonising and crying his eyeballs out (poor neighbours!) He was (and still is sometimes) a very clingy, anxious chap so perhaps I got a 'duff' one in that respect and they usually adjust quicker, it sounds as though that is the case looking at previous comments. Whatever happens - goo
  7. Hey Overwhelmed! How are you getting on? Hopefully it’s all going ok? 🐾
  8. Aw bless her! Firstly - congratulations on your new addition! Secondly....stop blaming yourselves! Three days is absolutely no time at all and it's completely normal (albeit frustrating at times) for new greys to be incredibly nervous and anxious outside. Especially in busy areas with traffic, people ...etc. If you search all the forums you'll see many posts on statuing and freezing. It's going to take time to build up her confidence with all these strange new things. I'm lucky in that I have a small garden area for toilet trips, which was a godsend initially and saved me doing
  9. Awww. A TEN MINUTE bath?! Well done! Sometimes the small victories can seem huge You must be about two weeks in now? You're doing well to be able to leave him alone in a room - so well done for that. What was the situation with the bite last night? Was it similar to the last one (eg you leant over him?)
  10. You poor thing. It sounds as though it's all very stressful. Firstly.... breathe! You're not doing anything wrong. You're not making him miserable. You're not at fault! He's just overwhelmed, anxious and struggling with his new environment. Completely normal and you'll find a lot of grey newbies go through exactly the same things. I know I did and recall the first month of so was incredibly stresfull and I worried about all the same things (was I doing what he needed? Would he ever be happy?...etc etc). It's a tough time when you first bring them home and takes a lot of adjusting (f
  11. Personally, I think he's going to get upset initially until, as you said, he realises you always come back. They're used to kennels and company 247 so it's all a big change for him to get used to. I used to (rightly or wrongly) shut him out the bathroom and could hear him pacing and crying outside the door. Or if the doorbell went and I received a delivery I would shut him in the lounge and he would just stand in front of the door whining. I felt absolutely horrible about it at the time, genuinely sick at hearing him upset. But he had to get used to the those two basic bits of time alone
  12. This! Couldn't agree more! My grey is not a tactile, affectionate boy. He'll roll over for tummy tickles if I sit beside him and ask if he wants a tickle, but for quite some time - months - he couldn't bear being touched. I found when out walking just chatting to him really helped with freezing and panicking. And indoors too - if he was anxious or struggling I would just talk to him and he'd calm down. And if he peed on his feet (daily occurrence) I'd chat to him about cleaning his paws and he'd shift his weight and pass them up to me without panicking. Sounds daft and I must have
  13. It's hard! I had foster dogs (Jack Russells, Staffys, Bulldogs ...etc) and people were so much friendlier with them! Even people I used to see and say hello to give me and this boy a wide birth now. I had a small snappy Yorkshire terrier with a *lot* of issues (snappy, shouty, fear reactive) and yet people were friendlier with her than my big, gentle giant. I guess a small cranky dog is much less scary than a big 38kg muzzled dog! Mine has snapped a few times at little dogs (muzzle on, no problems) so I appreciate they may think he needs to be avoided, but as for everyone else ... *shrug
  14. You're doing really well! You know they are relaxed when they start rolling over for belly rubs. It's the little things like this that make it all worthwhile :-)
  15. Hey! Welcome! As everyone above has said - TAKE A BREATH! Have a nice cup of tea (or a huge bottle of vodka ) and relax. I've said it before and I'll say it again - although I may get grief for it - greys are NOT easy dogs. In my experience, and I've had/fostered a fair few breeds, my grey has possibly been the most difficult I've had. The adjustment times, issues and size make them (IMO) quite a challenge at times, particularly in the early days. I fostered mine pending permanent rehoming. That fell through and a month or so later I got the point where I just couldn't bear th
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