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  • Birthday 07/15/1954

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    Pat Hall
  1. I'll be there - staying at the Aspire as I go dogless.
  2. A few years ago my boy Star (now at the bridge) was the same way. I took a class for reactive dogs and it helped me hugely. I went to one by Emma Parsons, who I think is great. Her basis was working with your dog, with high quality treats, at the very first sign of any reaction - not waiting until he is barking/lounging. She published a book "Click to Calm". If you check it out, don't get turned off when you see it's for working with aggressive dogs. (Star was not aggressive in any situation except as you describe with your dog.) Her methods worked for me with Star. If you can find a trainer (positive methods) in your area I think that would be very helpful.
  3. I adopted two young greyhounds (2 & 3 years old) 2 weeks apart. They were not siblings and not even at the same adoption kennel. No problems. They did great settling in. I work full time as well and I think it helped them both to have the company. It was a little more complicated than one as neither was housebroken but it all worked out fine. They have very different personalities - one loved being crated, one hated it and would even get out of x-pens, so initially I had them enclosed in a specific area of the house - with the crate in it for the one that wanted a crate while we housebroke. I would do it again without a thought.
  4. It's big changes for her and she needs time to adjust. You mentioned that you started crating her - if she hasn't been crated in a very long time it's hard for her. Can you bring her bed and toys to the new house with her and keep her closed in the bedroom with you at night? Are you just at the new house at night? If so, I'm wondering if you can spend some time there with her during the day as well - that may help her adjust.
  5. I would give him time. I would encourage him to continue walking, but if he doesn't want to I wouldn't force it - everything in the area is new to him and he needs to adjust. I had something similar happen with my boy and in a little time he started walking our full walks again.
  6. My boy, Star, came home to me at 18 months old. He fooled us right from the start - when we met him at the adoption kennel he was very calm and walked well on leash. He was a big boy too. I remember saying to my husband, "Wow - I can't believe how sweet and easy going this dog is at such a young age!". Well, once he got home with us he was still sweet but he only had two speeds - run and stop. I used to say his mantra was, "Why walk when you can run?". He'd run from room to room, he'd run up and down stairs, he'd run when I called him, he loved to run in the yard. Stuffies went everywhere. He jumped up and down at my side when we went out to the yard. He even ended up lying on top of our dining room table. But, he was a wonderful dog. He amazed me when, even at that age, he was wonderful with small kids. Even from the beginning he would be very calm with small kids. He'd be quiet around them - no jumping or running and often lick their faces. Each dog is definitely an individual and it's so much fun watching them settle in. Good luck and have fun!
  7. I'm replying to your question of adopting two greyhounds at the same time and the concern re bonding with you. Three years ago I lost all three of my greyhounds to a variety of health issues - old age, cancer, kidney disease. I was at the point of not having any dogs which I couldn't stand. I always want to have more than one greyhound at a time, so I decided to bring two home at the same time. (They actually arrived at my home two weeks apart.) One was 2 years old, one was 3 years old. They had not met before coming to me, so maybe that was a factor in how they settled in at my house. They got along well (still do) and have bonded. But they both have also bonded tightly with me. It wasn't an issue at all. Good luck as you sort through all this.
  8. I always use Majestic Collars spook harness. I'm currently using it for my shy girl, and have used them for years on the various greyhounds. They are great. www.majesticcollars.com.
  9. Yes - I've been there as well. I tried forcing Lucas, which resulted in him avoiding coming near me, so I gave up and just waited for him to show me he had to go out. He never did have an accident in the house. When he indicated he needed to go (going near the door the way he typically did) and he'd finally run out, I would wait for him and bring him back in immediately so that he didn't have to stay out there very long. That seems to help him and he's gotten better. Now he'll go out regularly but not want to stay out there, which is fine.
  10. There is also information on this on the website of the Greyhound Health Initiative.
  11. I will be there! Arriving Wednesday. Can't wait to get there already!
  12. Yes - I had that with my girl, Sox. Even when she was at the adoption kennel, she wouldn't take treats from anyone's hands. I've had her 3 years now and it took her over a year to take a treat from me. Now she will, but she won't from anyone else.
  13. This happens occasionally with my girl, Sox. Same as Val, Sox is hesitant to eat when the gurglies start. What usually works for me is I fix Sox a small meal of her regular food (add a little hot water if you feed only dry) but add something a bit special to it - some pieces of cooked chicken or pieces of cheese - whatever she really likes. This it just to get her started eating. Once she starts eating she usually finishes the small meal and then she's back on her regular schedule of feeding. It varies sometimes with Sox - if I get that small meal to her right away when the gurgley stomach starts, she may eat that small meal right then and the stomach noises stop. Other times she isn't interested in eating even that small meal until a few hours later and after the noises stop. I experiment with whatever I need to get her started eating that small meal. Good luck.
  14. I'm so sorry for all you've been through. Toffy is lucky to have you. Toffy had a traumatic experience with Duchess, as did you, and it will take time for him to readjust. I had a greyhound a few years ago (he has since passed away from kidney disease) that had a difficult/traumatic experience. It was a bit different from what you went through. I did get the help of a certified canine behaviorist (at Tufts here in MA) and he guided me/helped me with ways to work with my boy and help him to readjust. Star (my boy) was always a bit anxious around vets because of the painful injury he had even after working with the behaviorist, but he got much better in time. Is there a behaviorist near you? (The behaviorist I worked with said greyhounds (dogs) CAN get PTSD).
  15. I use Pets Best Insurance and have good experiences with them. I currently have 80% coverage with a $300 deductible per incident. They have other options too. No issue from year to year something becoming pre-existing.
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