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  1. Hi everyone. A big thank you for all of the kindness and understanding you've shown me. I ended up returning Jack. To the credit of the rescue, they were incredibly understanding and made no argument about it at all. It all happened very quickly and a new set of foster parents picked him up the same evening. I was a snivelling snotty mess and felt just awful handing him over. He was quite happy to jump straight into their car! They had just fostered two other greyhounds and their first statement was 'wow, he really is massive'. They've kept in touch with me and they might just be trying
  2. Hey there. I understand what you're saying and the thought was very much in my mind. I had read a lot on positive reinforcement training and about trading up and treating dogs for good behaviours. It was always my intention to be the leader and I very much tried to do that through hand feeding him, doing obedience training every day, making him wait at doors for me to go through first etc. The very first time he snarled at me, and I think you commented when I posted about it, he jumped up onto my chest and scratched me. He's about my height when he jumps up and I was very clear in my mind that
  3. Hi all, thanks so much for your comments. He is my first dog yes. So I know I don't come with a breadth of experience with this. It's really interesting to hear about someone getting through it and having a lovely dog on the other side. My concern is that Jack knows instinctively that he has the upper hand and the air between us just doesn't feel right. I don't think that's his fault at all, I think it's my fear getting in the way and that's not something I can get on top of. I went through a hard time earlier this year with my ex-partner who made me feel a bit afraid (sorry if that's TMI
  4. Hey everyone. Feeling more than a bit stressed about my rescue grey Jack. I've had him for about 9 weeks and I KNOW that's a short length of time, but a few things have come up that make me quite uncomfortable. Firstly, when I got Jack I commented to the rescue that he was absolutely huge (definitely top percentile of greys) and that this was a bit of a concern for me. The idea was that he was a such a sweet and shy boy that his size shouldn't be a problem. He was very pully on the lead and still is (I harness him) and that's helped manage it but every walk is quite the workout. The
  5. I'm posting a lot here as my hound is so new and I'm a first timer! Jack will walk beautifully on the lead a lot of the time, which is great. He's most comfortable in the morning and likes to go to the park and is as good as gold next to me. However, sometimes when we're out walking he pulls really hard. At first I thought I needed to train it out of him, and I was trying the 'stand still and make them come back to you' trick. However, I've realised over the last few days that he's not pulling because he's confident and wants to sniff things, he's pulling because he's scared and he wants
  6. Hi Racindog, Thanks for your comment, although I admit it made me very nervous! I've thought about it but I think Jack really acts out of fear more than dominance. He's a nervous boy and this is his reaction to being overwhelmed. He responds to training quite well even though it's only been a week and in general I think he respects me. In this specific instance, I think I was in his space and I was trying to be firm but it probably came out quite frustrated. I think I just agitated him and then when I leaned over him he couldn't handle it. I will keep an eye on it.
  7. Thanks everyone! I thought I'd test out the 'ignore until it's time for me to wake up' thing - might take a few weeks but he will eventually get the picture that his whining will do nothing to get me up! He's a really bouncy boy in the morning too and I've found that even if I take him out, when I bring him back in he's really playful and won't settle down. I have apologised to all of my poor neighbours for what's coming! I'll check back here to let you know how it goes. Can't wait to feel human again and actually get a full night of sleep.
  8. Hey everyone. Don't think I'm really looking for advice as I know what I did wrong - would love to hear that I'm not the only stupid new greyhound owner in the world! I know all about positive reinforcement and have been working really hard on doing that with Jack. Today Jack was trying to lick up the open dishwasher door. I gave a firm no and moved his head gently away. He kept going back so I kept saying no. Looking back I obviously should have got a treat and lured him away with it, but I just wasn't thinking and kept saying no. He gave me a little growl and then when I said no again
  9. I know it's common behaviour for greys to be a bit whiny or barky in the morning. However, my new boy is 35kg and he will jump onto me and bark right in my face. He sleeps mostly on a bed in my room and then comes onto my bed to sleep at about 3am. He gets restless about 5ish, then starts whining and then moves onto barking. I know I need to ignore the behaviour so that he learns not to do it, but I'm wondering if it will work if I put him out into the hall when he starts barking? That way I can easily ignore him and he might get the picture? I physically can't ignore it if he's on top o
  10. I got my new boy Jack very recently. At first he just didn't acknowledge dogs at all. Now he has more confidence and he REALLY wants to say hi. He's friendly and not aggressive, just has a nice sniff, but the problem is that it's not a great behaviour. He's friendly, but that doesn't mean every other dog he meets will be. He is so big that even if I have his harness on and hold his leash really close, he can still overpower me to run to another dog. What's the best way to train this out? He's not that into treats when we're walking outside - and because he's friendly I don't want him to
  11. Hey! I adopted a greyhound last week and I've never had a dog before, much less a greyhound! I feel very nervous about getting things wrong and right. Yesterday he was a charming thing that slept all day and didn't make a peep. Today he got up promptly at 7am to pee in my plant pot and has been restless and frustrated all day. He snapped at me a few times (I don't think it was aggressive though) and whined and even barked at me! No idea why, we'd been out plenty of times, he had water and was fed not that long ago. I also give him a LOT of cuddles and attention. He wakes up ve
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