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ChristineI

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  1. I adopted a greyhound about 3 months ago, and we've slowly been introducing her to our friends/family. She did fantastic meeting people for about 6 weeks, and then all of a sudden, she started getting really nervous, showing her teeth, and even snapping at people. We're not sure what caused this regression, but now she won't let anyone touch her except me and my partner. I'm going out of town in a couple weeks, and we've been trying to have our pet sitter over a lot, so she can get used to him before I'm gone. He was one of the first people she met when we first adopted her, and she did great. Now she won't let the sitter near her without showing teeth.

    We've tried giving him high value treats to give her, and she's extremely cautious, and most of the times won't even take it from him. We're hoping that just getting used to the sitter being around will be enough for her to start trusting him. Wondering if you greyhound veterans have any advice on the best way to earn her trust, as we're running out of time! Thanks in advance!!

     

    Edit-- We are also taking her to my parents' house tomorrow (about an hour drive away) to meet their dog and go to a dog park for the first time. We're hoping this will give her more confidence and reduce the issues she's been having with other people, but definitely open to input if anyone thinks it's not a good idea!

  2. Thanks so much to both of you for your expertise!! The article was a great read, and it's reassuring to hear that carrying her won't further traumatize her. 

    In the past day, we started trying to train with a longer leash, allowing her to willingly come be with us outside (which is rewarded), or stay inside where she's comfortable. We are fully expecting that it's going to be a long process, but it's going great so far!  Any other suggestions or ideas are greatly appreciated!! :)

  3. Hello! I am a new greyhound owner; we just adopted a retired racing hound about a month ago. I'm having a lot of trouble taking her out to go potty. We lived in a large apartment complex in Denver for the first two weeks, and she absolutely despised walking through the halls and going in the elevator. She hated going so much that my partner had to carry her to the dog park every day.

    We just moved into a townhouse, so the grass is about 10ft away, but she is still so hesitant to leave the house. She freezes right at the doorway and refuses to go further. So, again, we carry her 10ft over to the grass every day. She still seems really spooked and her tail goes between her legs, nose drips, and she looks around frantically and tries to pull us back to the door. Even if there aren't many noises. She gets really nervous when the wind makes the leaves rustle, and other 'normal' noises like that. We take her out as little as possible to avoid traumatizing her, but we still try to take her out a few times a day. We don't have a fenced yard, so we can't just leave the door open for her, as I've read about with desensitizing training. She is very food motivated, but when she is outside, she ignores all food (seemingly due to fear). 

    Inside the home, she's absolutely perfect. Sweet, affectionate, and growing into her personality more every day. Really the only issue she is having is going outside. 

    We're at a loss for what to do or try now. We know that becoming a pet is a HUGE adjustment, and moving didn't help (even though her potty spot is way closer now). We're hoping you greyhound veterans have some new ideas for us!! Thanks so much in advance! 

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