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  1. We did give this a go at the very start, wiping him down with a wet cloth every time we came in from outside. Tbh it seemed to make him more uncomfortable!
  2. He was at the groomer for his first bath after our vet visit. It helped with the dry skin but didn't make much difference to the itching. It did make him lovely and shiny though! I'm not sure we could wrestle him into the bath in our tiny bathroom, so i'm hoping that we can get a spray or supplement that helps! Thank you, will take a look at 4legger
  3. Does anyone have any recommendations for topical itch relief sprays or creams? For background- Ivor has been nibbling and scratching at his skin for the last few months (it started when he was shedding in the spring) He had a lot of dandruff while shedding so we upped his grooming and added sardines and coconut oil to his diet, and that cleared up the dry skin. However he still seems to be itching a little, and now has some thinning hair on one thigh and his tail. I'm a bit confused because most of his coat is lovely and shiny and his skin isn't dry or broken anywhere, just a little pink all o
  4. Here he is! 20200603_163542 by Zoe Hamill, on Flickr 20200603_163504 by Zoe Hamill, on Flickr
  5. This is so true! We fully understood that resource guarding and food in particular could be an issue when we were doing our research on adopting. We definitely got too comfortable too quickly, looking at what happened now on both occasions I think 'what was I thinking?! I KNOW not to do that with any dog' We are working with a trainer who is guiding us through some leave/drop exercises and we are hopeful that we can work around the issue. After speaking to the rescue centre we also realised that we had exacerbated the problem. Ivor was bolting his food so fast that he was choking and reg
  6. Thank you both so much for your responses. What has worried me is that it feels like an escalation, with much less of a warning before snapping this time. Although I'm starting to doubt my memory now, I think there was a brief freeze but no growl and the bite caused punctures and bruising. I'm going to speak to his rescue about any guidance they have. I'm trying to keep in mind that both incidents were around food and were not out of the blue. I'm so worried that we're just not the right home for him :-(
  7. I'm sad to say we've had another bite. We've been working on Ivor's resource guarding and doing really well, so well that I got careless :-( He snapped at me as I refilled his bowl and connected, two punctures to my forearm that needed a trip to minor injuries last night. I fully understand that once again this was my fault, but I'm looking for advice on how to rebuild trust with him. And a bit of reassurance, has anyone else experienced this kind of bite? Does it mean we are the wrong home for him? We've already contacted a trainer who is confident we can work through the problem and that suc
  8. Absolutely, I can see now that we reacted badly and ignored his signals, I was so freaked out about him choking on the pit that I got tunnel vision! Lesson learned, we need to stay calm in emergencies instead of making them worse. He's such a sweetheart usually that we totally took him for granted instead of paying attention to what he was telling us. I'm really glad to hear that its not as serious as it felt at the time, I think it gave us all a scare!
  9. Thank you so much for the reassurance, it's really helped put my mind at ease. I'll have a look at trading up, and I think it was a timely reminder that we need to work on our basic obedience and manners as well. It's easy to forget that he is still a dog and we need to respect that, despite the fact that most of the time he's a big cuddle bug!
  10. First time grey owner here! Apologies for the long post but I'm a bit desperate... We've had Ivor for 3 months and he has been an absolute star throughout. Friendly with dogs and strangers, a gentleman at the vets and can't get enough of cuddles with us. But today, he managed to get hold of an avocado stone and I panicked about him choking on it so tried to grab it out of his mouth. He growled and I ran to get some treats to distract him (hoping he would drop it) but before then my husband also tried to get hold of it and Ivor snarled and lunged at him, biting him in the arm. It almost br
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