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  1. Thanks @HeyRunDogfor the great advice 😊 Just had a mini victory. He had my husbands cap and I just stood back calmly, told him to drop it which he did briefly. In that moment I rewarded him with a treat. Cap went back into mouth and again I told him to drop it, which he did. Another treat. After a couple more rounds of that he just let me take it with no growling. I think it's all about being 'on it' but not confrontational. Does this seem to be on the right track and to continue in this way?
  2. Hi guys, Me again! I just can't stay away 😂 Our almost 2 year old, gorgeous boy who's been with us just over 10 weeks has started displaying some resource guarding behaviours - mainly freezing and growling. It's not constant and seems to be with things like shoes, clothes he manages to get hold of, bags etc. He's currently OK with toys and food, although if he has a particularly high value treat, like a pigs ear, he lets you know not to get too close. The rest of the time he's an absolute dream. We know not to chase/approach when he starts displaying this behaviour and, at pre
  3. Hi there, We've had our nearly two year old boy for 10 weeks and I firstly just want to say he's amaaazing and we love him so much already. He's incredibly affectionate, playful, loves people and picks things up REALLY quickly. He sleeps alone downstairs all night without a peep and he's making really good progress being left alone during the day now. My question is, when we first brought him home he was into EVERYTHING and we couldn't take our eyes off him for a second. After a few weeks or training he really settled and responded well to the command he'd (quickly) learned and sto
  4. I'm back! What a week and a half it's been. Our almost 2 year old boy came home with us less than two weeks ago and he's settling in so well I feel like it's too good to be true? He's affectionate, loving, cheeky, sleeps all night downstairs with no crying and we're just starting to try him out on his own in the house and so far it's going really well. No signs of separation anxiety. He's quite high energy and needs two 50 min walks and a fair amount of playing to keep him chilled, but after the first two days when I was a nervous wreck and said 'WHAT HAVE WE DONE' I couldn't feel more d
  5. Hi everyone, We've had our gorgeous and silly nearly 2 year old boy at home for just over a week now. He's starting to settle in beautifully... Sleeping downstairs all night, responding well to basic commands and generally being an all round loving, derpy goof ball. It's not a problem at all, but I'm just curious why he sometimes nudges our legs with his head when we're out on walks? He's still muzzled when we go out, as suggested by the adoption group. Sometimes it's just the odd head bump and sometimes he'll add in a little lean too. It's almost like he wants out attention? Is th
  6. I'm back already for more advice 😂 Our newly adopted boy is just under 2 years old. We only brought him home 3 days ago so it's still early days. I'd really like to start teaching him a few useful commands ASAP.. Is this a good idea? He's already responded pretty well to 'leave it' so I'm looking to add a few more. We never needed to do this with our previous greyhound as she literally never moved 😂 I absolutely understand he's still settling in and it all takes time, but he seems to really enjoy five or ten minutes of training and I'm hoping it'll serve us well in the long run.
  7. This is all so encouraging and has really helped relax my overthinking brain, so thankyou very much for taking the time to response and for your reassuring words. A little update, today has been really good! He's so much more settled already and has snoozed much of the day either in the living room with us or he's taken himself off to sleep on the kitchen sofa for a couple of hours. When he's up and alert he's responding really well to a firm 'no' when he grabs anything and drops it straight away. He LOVES the positive reinforcement afterwards... I think he might be quite smart! I tried
  8. Oh my goodness Steve, this is just what I needed to hear right now. I really appreciate you taking the time to reply. He's really calm and chilled right now so I know it's in him 😊
  9. Hi there everyone! I'm a first time poster here and I'm a bit nervous. Very silly I know, you all seem like a lovely lot! I'm really after some advice and have a few questions about our very newly adopted greyhound. He's only young, not 2 until May. We lost our previous greyhound back in August and only just felt ready to adopt again recently. Our previous greyhound was very, very timid and took a long time to socialise. She slept a lot and, after a year or so, you hardly knew she was there. Our newbie is a whole new kettle of fish. He's still a baby really, and he only came home wi
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