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  1. I've lived with many dogs over the years, but until we got Sully I've never actually seen a dog bury something in the garden. Sully buries everything and he's a master at it! Chews, soft toys, chicken wings, balls, socks. You name it, if he's not ready to eat something, or if he's done playing with a toy then you have to watch him - he trots off to the softest bit of soil he can find and digs a pretty deep hole with his front paws, places the object in the hole and then uses his nose to expertly push the dirt back into the hole (ending up with a muddy nose of course). It's really very swee
  2. I'm confused. The local pet store owner told me yesterday that I shouldn't feed raw meat AND kibble together. I looked it up and indeed many websites say that because of the starch in kibble it changes the acid content of the stomach and can mean that harmful bacteria in raw meat isn't neutralised. However, I then look at the website for the RSPCA which is the UK's main animal welfare charity and on its greyhound adoption page it specifically says:- So what is correct? Am I okay to put meat in my greyhound's kibble or not??? He doesn't really like the kibble wi
  3. Being in the UK our laws don't work the same I don't think, but I don't see how we could be contacted by anyone as they didn't take our details and they don't know us. I think in the UK it would be a Police matter.
  4. Thanks all. Yes I understand that it's a tough one when it was the other dogs that were off the lead. My wife has explained the situation a bit more now. Apparently the other dogs were spaniel types, so not tiny dogs, but one ran up near to Sully but then lay down on the ground a few metres away. My wife continued walking along the path (a dirt track in a field to be precise) and she says that Sully was wagging his tail and didn't seem concerned. She allowed Sully to "meet" the other dog as it lay on the ground, Sully still wagging, but suddenly Sully went for it and had to be pulled
  5. I'm kicking myself at the moment as I feel this is my fault. Bear in mind we've had Sully for only 4 weeks. I wasn't even walking Sully at the time, my wife had taken him for a walk with our 7 year old son. They came back with my wife in tears because on their way home they'd met a pair of small dogs that were off lead and had run up to Sully and although initially things had gone okay one of the dogs rolled over in front of Sully or something and that caused Sully to react and grab the other dog. We were initially walking him with a muzzle on, but after a couple of weeks of encounters wit
  6. It sounds similar behaviour to our Sully. We've only had him a month, but like yours he is very calm and gentle with other dogs so long as they are stationary, even as far as basically ignoring them, but if they do anything more than walk he suddenly sticks his ears up, goes rigid and looks at them as though they are a rabbit, before bounding over and trying to grab them. This is especially the case with small dogs. I think it's basically just a case of de-sensitizing him to other dogs and getting him to realise they don't suddenly become prey when they run. How to do that is another m
  7. We've been trying to figure out what makes Sully growl at all of us sometimes when he's lying down, not just on his bed, but anywhere in the house. He doesn't actually mind being petted on his bed, despite the common opinion that they should be left alone, he wags his tail if you approach his bed and looks up and asks for love. HOWEVER, sometimes he growls and we couldn't work out what the issue was. We have finally made a connection though. My wife seemed to be getting more growls than the rest of us, she has been suffering from a slipped disc in her back this year and though that's heale
  8. Thanks again folks. To be clear, he's actually very good with other dogs (of any size) when they are on leads or just on their own plodding along off lead. He only reacts if there is a group of dogs off lead playing, then he wants to join in. I already use a harness as it just seems kinder on his neck. He leads very well, doesn't pull or anything, he's excellent. It's literally small fluffy things that make him hyper.
  9. Thanks guys. Yes I'm well aware that 2 weeks is no time, my point was that I want to know how to start reducing this behaviour ASAP rather than let it get embedded in his behaviour. I've been watching videos on how to maintain the dog's focus on you rather than on distractions, I'm going to give some of those a try. I fully expect it to take a long time, but you have to start somewhere.
  10. Hi folks So we've had Sully for two weeks now, 3.5 year old retired racer, he only retired about 5 weeks ago. He's pretty much been great in every way, can't fault his behaviour 95% of the time, he hasn't even bothered with the sofa and just prefers his own bed. Gentle as anything, no sign of startle stir and invites people to pet him in his bed and cuddle him. I've even got him coming to his new name already and I'm in the process of training him to lie down on command, baby steps but positive progress made today. The ONE thing that he certainly has an issue with though is his pr
  11. I think it was Brighton and Hove. He was trained by Claude Gardiner Greyhounds.
  12. He didn't! As soon as the advert was posted I was on it like a rash. We only couldn't pick him up straight away as they had some vaccinations to do and we were going on holiday for 10 days anyway, so we agreed to collect him upon our return.
  13. Hi folks, this is my first post here. I'm from the UK, me and my family have just adopted a 3.5 year old ex-racer. We have changed his name to Sullivan (Sully for short) as "Swifty" was a bit awkward to call. We are absolutely amazed at his behaviour and adaption to home life. He's been well cared for both by the racing trainer and briefly by the rescue centre (they only had him for two weeks). He's great with kids, walks well and is generally very affectionate and happy. He doesn't make a sound at night and hasn't had any toilet accidents, he's very clean and just waits for walk
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