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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!
  14. Oh bless her! Firework season was ridiculous this year - every night for weeks. We were out with our grey and some young ruffians who had got hold of fireworks were chuckling them about. One hit a car about 20 feet away, scared the crap out of all of us, and we had a similar issue - subsequent nerves on walks. Luckily he got over it relatively quickly. My grey was a *very* nervous and reluctant walker initially. He still is if only one of his 'pack' takes him out, and not both of us. It used to take 15 - 20 minutes to get him out the door and into a local park which is about
  15. Leaving her alone for 8 hours straight is a very long time, especially for a new grey settling in. It could be boredom, loneliness, anxiety OR she just can't hold it in for 8 hours (neither can I!) As MaryJane says - she'll need a toilet break at some point during the day. Hopefully you coming home at lunch will help and she will get into the routine of holding it in during the morning and afternoon periods if she knows someone is going to come, let her out and give her a tasty treat for doing it outside instead. Personally, I would definitely recommend getting a dog walker or pet s
  16. Congratulations Our grey gets quite upset if he is confined (eg a crate) or separated from us. When we leave him alone - which isn't very often but we are doing it regularly for short periods to get him used to it - we just dog proof the lounge and bedroom, shut the kitchen door and let him roam. He's much better with that and, after pacing a whining for a few minutes, just settles on his sofa now...albeit a bit morosely. Have you tried giving him more space with a treat and leaving him for a short period to see if that helps? Letting him have access to his usual comfy spots may help?
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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!
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