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  1. All this. My dog is on fluoxetine and clonazepam for noise phobia (terrified of booming noises such as thunder and fireworks and gun shots). His personality flattened a lot - he was no longer playful or snuggly. When we reduced his clonazepam over the winter, his personality came back (though he's still not as snuggly as he once was; at least he'll play now). So yes, the drugs may be playing a part, but my guess is that it's likely the general anxiety. There are several pharmaceutical options for separation anxiety (including the two drugs my dog takes for noise phobia) and I don't know what your dog is on, but you should discuss with the vet. And yes, you absolutely need to do alone training in conjunction with the meds - the meds basically take the edge off to make the dog receptive to learning. If you search here for separation anxiety, see if you can find threads by a woman named Glynnis or Glenda, I think? She had a greyhound named Lady irrc and she had to do SA training in BABY steps. And she was ultimately successful. Best of luck to you!
  2. turbotaina


    Oh, Robin, I'm so, so sorry
  3. My guys never did well on the Costco food, however they do great on Fromms 4 Star Nutritionals line - you can switch out the proteins with no transition so they can get lots of variety. You need to do alone training. A good place to start is Dr. Patricia McConnell's booklet "I'll be Home Soon". Good luck! Lovely pup Also, I appreciate how your kitty in the cone of shame is lording the dog bed
  4. You also may want to start with something a little easier so she understands that she gets the treat in exchange for doing something. This is why "touch" is a good first step to teach. With Heyokha, my other greyhound, at the second week of training, a light turned on and he suddenly understood "the game" and started offering behaviors like crazy.
  5. Sounds like my dog, Crow. He is not bright. At all. After 6 weeks in a training class, the only thing he learned is "touch" and he's even hesitant at that one. Some dogs, it just take a loooong time to click. Start small and reward any tiny movement of the paw, even something so subtle as shifting her weight. Also - up the treat game - make it something super yummy: people food like chicken, hot dogs or cheese. Good luck!
  6. turbotaina


    Oh, Ducky, I'm so, so sorry
  7. Sounds normal. Maybe throw in some rewards based training to keep him mentally stimulated, but otherwise, sounds like he has adapted well to his retirement
  8. I don't know the Canadian lab values, but has your vet considered diabetes insipidus? I've known several greyhounds with it.
  9. Good suggestions here - training, food puzzles, walks are all big hits at my house.
  10. Oh, Kristen, I'm so, so sorry
  11. turbotaina


    Aw, I'm so sorry, Tom & Trish He was a lovely boy.
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