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  1. We had PetPlan insurance from GreyHound Trust that expires in a few days - wondered if people had recommendations or tips for UK Greyhound Insurance? I'm keen to be covered for most eventualities but especially for any surgery relating to legs/ligaments etc... I'm happier paying a bit extra each month for good cover.
  2. Ha, I hear you. Every other person seems to have a Cockerpoo these days. Almost all the problems I've had to date seem to be with Retriever or Labradors for some reason - perhaps it's in their nature to be boisterous and nosey.
  3. thanks all, this will always happen to an extent I guess, just have to try and deal with on a case by case basis. Always seems to be Golden Retrievers! Advice taken on board and appreciated.
  4. Our boy has been with us for 4 weeks now and is doing great. He does still show some aggression towards other dogs if they surprise him so we're working on this with a trainer. Today on his walk, we had a golden retreiver with no owner in sight come bounding up to us and buzzing around us for a full 5 minutes. This is on a car free, wide path but almost all dogs I see here are on lead. It totally freaked our dog out and even when barking aggressively this dog wouldn't leave us alone. Eventually he ran off when his owner appeared in the distance and called him. I know dogs are unpredictable but our lad was on leash, with a muzzle and a vest stating he's anxious around other dogs so just feel a bit annoyed. This is in UK FWIW. I'm getting a feel for 'dog etiquette' and feel like dogs that can't be controlled shouldn't be left to run amok. Not sure what I'm asking here really, just annoyed at the irresponsible owner. Need some calm, dog free walks for a few days to settle him I think.
  5. great advice as always guys, thank you so much - I've learned an amazing amount in just 2 weeks!
  6. We're two weeks into life with Hector now and he's been an absolute joy. He is still clingy (especially we me as his primary car giver) but is starting to be more relaxed ~ i.e. not always following me upstairs and downstairs every single time (though he still does this 80% of the time). I have a question regarding footcare. Regarding toenail trimming, I've found some useful advice here: https://www.greysave.org/nail-trimming.html. I just wondered how / how frequently others are doing this? As regards feet in general, I'm finding these autumn mornings and evenings provide plenty of wet grass to get a free clean on the way home, but I expect I should be brushing / washing his feet every so often as well as checking for grit/stones etc.... Advice always appreciated.
  7. Thank you all for your valued advice and detailed replies, really useful, thanks so much 🙏
  8. One other point ~ disposing of bagged poo (UK). Am I required to use only the designated dog poo bins? Or can I dispose in any litter bin? Or does this differ based on the council in question?
  9. Thanks all, useful advice. We've had our dog for just a week so we're both learning about each other. He is fed according to advice given by Greyhound Trust where we collected him ~ twice daily. He is crapping 2 - 3 times a day right now. 90% of the time, this will be during his walk, though he's done about 3 on the garden lawn so far, all in random places. Sadly, last night he did one on the lounge rug. I heard some whining about 2am and perhaps he was distressed as he needed to go but couldn't let us know (we keep him downstairs at night). Hoping this won't happen too often, thinking back, he failed to go on his evening walk for some reason so was probably 'backed up.
  10. I try and make sure my boy goes on his walk but he has decided the garden lawn is also fair game (only had him a week now). Any tips on training him to go in one area just to help keep things clean and easy? I guess part of it is showing/helping him towards that area when I see the signs he's about to go.
  11. Thank you all for the welcomes! Thanks @Moo I will definitely check out Pro-Kolin
  12. hi @MerseyGrey, thanks also for the very useful info! Noted re: toys and toothbrushes. I will update on the fart progress! It's not a big deal really, we all do it to be fair, just not quite as brazenly
  13. Hello both, thank you so much for the excellent advice! All taken on board and appreciated. I'll see what the Vet says about his teeth. His name is Hector - photos as requested https://photos.app.goo.gl/4EcvqdhyNRTRszZW7
  14. We brought our boy home yesterday evening - a beautiful and exuberant 4 year old who finished racing in Summer 2020. I'd be very grateful for any advice based on his 24 hours with us. In short, he's been excellent - none of the nightmares you hear from some others (tempts fate!). He got in the car and travelled for over an hour without even a whimper, just heavy panting which I've come to understand now as a sign of potential stress. When we first arrived home, he wasn't remotely timid and wanted to zoom around all over the house and garden, exploring every corner. He hasn't fouled inside at all apart from within the first few hours when he cocked his leg against my upstairs bed - I think it was his first time being upstairs and also trying stairs and he got a bit confused/stressed. So he can go up stairs, but he's terrified of coming down them. He had his dinner early evening and we went for a short walk to acclimatise to the new sounds and smells and he wanted to smell every doorway, every flower and, of course, mark out his new territory! He seems really well house trained and waited for some grass before doing a #2 which is what I'd hoped. We're going to do the same walk for the next 2 weeks just to keep some consistency. He seems to be learning impossibly fast - he's waiting at junctions on command, he's starting to understand 'No!' when lunging at us if we have e.g. a sandwich and he's already (Day 2) playing excitedly with his new toys, doing zoomies and wagging his tail. Advice welcomed Toys We bought some 'tough' toys - fluffies with squeakers and some rubber teething toys. The two soft toys have already been shredded with the stuffing coming out - I'd hate for him to start chugging down polyester fibre. Maybe I'm fussing too much but I guess he just needs non-stuffed toys that are super hard wearing. Teeth We have some Dentastix treats to help with cleaning teeth. He does seem to bleed slightly from his gums after crunching them up and when destroying his toys (blood spots on them) . He is recovering from a removed tooth (upper Canine) but stiches all healed. We can get this checked at vet but maybe it's a gum infection? Do others clean their dogs teeth with a brush and paste? Farting! We don't expect a dog that doesn't fart, but man he's a 24/7 trump machine! He's recently been wormed and we're advised this might make him a bit loose - perhaps this explains the gas but again, probably needs his diet tweaking a bit, or maybe it's nerves. He's on a mixture of Wainwrights Dog's Best Friend Chicken with Rice and Complete Nutrition from Pets at Home, twice a day, which is how he was fed at the kennels. I'll see how this goes before investing in gas masks.
  15. just catching up on all the wonderful replies! Thanks so much, I'm learning fast!
  16. great advice and thank you so much for the welcome!
  17. Hi all, I'm due to collect my first ever retired Greyhound up in a couple of weeks. This question has probably been asked a thousand times already and is a matter of opinion but....is there a consensus on which type of bed is best? My dog is a 4 year old boy. I have browsed a few online and am having trouble settling on one. I will probably buy a couple and leave one for night time and one for my office (I work from home). Any recommended brands? I've also considered converting the cupboard under the stairs as a sleeping area. It is a large area with plenty of light and it might be quite a cosy spot? Obviously the door would remain open! I'm sure he will sleep wherever I put his bed and where he has room to spread out but it's a thought. Thanks
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