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  1. New hound owner here and Ive seen on threads about folks having success using monitors while youre away. Has anyone used the apple pet monitoring app? If so was it reliable and, most importantly, fairly easy to use?
  2. Hi all, Cory & I have had King (almost 3 year old racer) for about 6 months. We love him dearly. For the first few months we had him he was a really great dog. Slept all day and never a single accident. However, about 2 or so months ago, he started becoming really vocal when left alone (he's along about 7 hours away while we're both at work). He then also started peeing. Before we get the typical pointers, we leave the TV on for him, we give him a kong with frozen peanut butter & treats, the window shades are pulled back so he can see out the window and the full room, he gets a lot of exercise, he's got a nice comfy blanket etc... Anyway, he started peeing about 50% of the time he was left alone in his crate. Also was shredding any type of bedding in his crate. The barking isn't constant, just on and off but when the pee started it became apparent to us he may want out of the crate. Two weeks ago, we started giving him free roam of our open floor plan area of the kitchen and family room. This is where we spend most of our time when we're home. We put away everything that could be a potential hazard- garbage, shoes, food etc. We've noticed his barking and whining has gone down a ton- he paces and runs in circles and stares out the window, but the barking really has minimized. However, he's kept with his bad habit of peeing. He pees by the front door and chews on the door handle every single day we're gone. We limit his water intake in the morning, he gets 1 long walk first thing at 6 AM before breakfast and then one short walk right before I leave at 730 and we make sure he empties himself. With that being said- what gives?! Do we go back to crating? We're going to take him in and make sure there are no medical issues, but is the transition period usually this long? We put his food bowl near where he pees everyday. We were told greyhounds won't pee on one of their possessions they treasure but that hasn't stopped him. Just wondering if anyone dealt with this and has any advice since he doesn't seem to favor one over the other (crate or free roam). Thank you!!
  3. Per my adoption groups advice, I've always crated my greyhound when nobody is home. However, I am thinking about transitioning him out of the crate, and would like some advice! He's always been crated because we also have a cat. At first, he really seemed to like his crate, but now he's not. Lately I've had to lure him to get in his crate, so I think it may be a sign he's more comfortable in the apartment rather than his once safe-haven crate. In addition, I just received a noise complaint about him crying/barking during the day when he's alone. I'm wondering if I transition him out of the crate, the barking/crying will stop. Anybody have experience with this? He is completely uninterested in the cat, so I'm not worried there. I'm more worried about what trouble he could get into when alone. I know it's not completely the same, but there are times when I'll leave and my sister will be home with my dog, and she'll stay in her room and leave him by himself for hours and all he does is sleep on the couch. This is a good sign of what he'll do when the apartment is actually empty, right? I'm really hoping that the crying and barking is just his desire to be left outside of the crate. Does this sound like it could be the solution to the barking/crying? Any advice for making this transition? Thanks!
  4. Our foster, Buddie, is a return. We knew he had SA and we are dealing with that. After a home visit he is now showing some strange behavior that is not in his history. He is hoarding bigger and heavier items when we leave the house...not destroying....like bottles of water, heavy pillows and blankets. He gets more excited than usual when a friend comes over with her dog....even nipped at her ankles and butt. Playful, but still odd. Then he can't stop digging in the dirt. All of this just in the last 3-4 days. Sometimes I think he knows he might be leaving for his permanent home but not sure. We've only been fostering greys for a year and this has never happened....any thoughts?
  5. I've been trying to manage this problem on my own by researching extensively through GT and using my adoption group. I've tried several things and can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. Any advice would be great. I recently adopted a retired racing greyhound named Buttons at the beginning of May. I work 3-4 times a week. The foster told me she does well crated for 7-8 hours. The foster has several other greyhounds and has a doggie door (which my girl learned how to use very quickly). My roommate has a dog (not a greyhound), so my girl is never completely alone. During the first week, I would take her on a 45 min-1 hour long walk in the morning, feed her, and take her out once more just in case. Then, in her crate, she goes! When I come home, I would find that she had soiled her crate (both pee and poo) and what's more is that she laid in it. She kept doing that the first few times I crated her. I watched her during Skype, and she would also be howling and barking the whole 8 hours. I attributed it to stress of a new environment. I bought an Adaptil plug-in to help out and started turning on the radio for her. She wasn't destructive, so I tried baby gating her to my room. Through Skype, I could tell that she was less anxious (less barking, less howling); she would actually lay down on and stay quiet for a while. In the meantime, I fed her in her crate, gave her treats in her crate, and made sure she loved her crate. After a couple of days with successful baby gating, she started scratching the baby gate and ultimately, scratching my doorway. I live in an apartment, so this was definitely a problem. I have tried correcting her through Skype, but since she can't see me, she just seems to ignore my voice. So, back to crating, we go! I started giving her Composure, and it helped a lot at the beginning. There was much less barking, and she seemed a lot happier! She stopped pooping in her crate. Last weekend, she stayed at her foster's while my apartment was being fumigated. Despite being a pro at the doggie door, she still managed to pee on the carpet. After she came back home, I noticed that she would also squat to pee, but no urine would come out. She would always pee on her second squate. Her urine was quite dark, and she would lick her vulva once a day. Anticipating a UTI, I took her to the vet. The vet found nothing on the urinanalysis, so we sent it out for a urine culture. In the meantime, she got put on antibiotics. So far, the antibiotics did not help. As a matter of fact, her symptoms got worse. She would pee less with more frequency. She would also pee in the house even though my roommate is in the same room. I don't think it's a house training issue because she will not pee in the house until I take her out. She does not soil the crate/house when I am present. She does well overnight Today, she needs to be crated for 8 hours because I have work. During lunch, I saw that she peed in her crate and laid in it a few minutes later... We are also taking an x-ray to make sure it isn't a bladder stone. If the x-ray is negative, my vet will check her blood work. But, beyond that, my frustration is spiking. I really love her. She has been the perfect dog when I am present. If she can only hold her pee for 4 hours, I'm fine with that. There's dog walkers for that (although I would rather not spend that money if I have to). However, what really bugs me is that her foster told me she can crate for 7-8 hours. I know she can do it! She just won't. She also doesn't really care for my roommate's dog. They miss each other when one is gone, but she hasn't figured out how to play like a dog yet. She doesn't get overly excited at Meet&Greets, so I don't think she cares much about companionship of another greyhound. I am reluctant to try letting her loose in the apartment to see if that will make her anxiety better. I don't want her to pee or poop in the house, especially since I live with another person. If it is behavioral urination, I'm hoping some Zylkene will help, but that doesn't arrive until the end of the week. I know adjustment takes time, but I wanted to hear any advice/support. Sorry for the long post.
  6. We adopted a new Grey Girl about 1 month ago from GFNC in N. Carolina. Emma is 2 1/2 yr old, VERY active & has some behavior issues we have never experienced in any of our others Greys over the past 12 years. She is exhibiting SA tendencies, although she can be left alone uneventfully in the house with our senior Grey, Molly, uncrated, for an hour or two IF she sees me & my car leave the driveway. However, if I am outside or in the garage & she can hear me (but can't get to me), she has chewed the doorknob, part of the wooden step next to the door, chewed the door frame if I confine her to a bedroom, jumps on the door I left through, etc. She also jumps onto counters with her front feet to get to any kind of food item she smells, whether dogtreat bags, a dirty dish from people food, or even jumps up to clear whatever she can reach on the counter (paperwork, mail) if she is frustrated. I have resorted to taking her with me on short errands, but have learned the hard way to not leave her alone in the car when there is any kind of dog or people food in it (she ate 2.5# of uncooked ground turkey I had just purchased! We headed straight to the vet to induce vomiting!). Some days I feel like a prisoner in our own home & have to cancel or not make plans outside our home because of Emma's behavior. She knew how to climb stairs from day two when we didn't want her following us upstairs to our home office (because she gets into EVERYTHING or pees & poops when she's up there with me!), so we've baby gated off those stairs--that problem solved. Unless I am up there when my husband cannot be downstairs--then Emma's frustration starts. She is obnoxiously excited to see people--anyone-- & jumps on them & obviously needs more socializing with people than she receives in our more sedate home (no kids, not many people over, etc). She tries to get our fragile senior Molly to run/play with her in our fenced-in backyard, but she gets too excited & aggressive towards Molly, which upsets Molly extremely & she tries to defend herself & get away from her (I've broken up that situation a couple times once I realized this was occurring). Emma is not trying to be mean to Molly--just trying to play, but much too roughly. Long, rambling story shorter (sorry!), I'm looking for a trainer, preferably experienced with Greys, in the south Charlotte or York area of SC who can help address these issues & train me as well. Emma will not use a crate, so we donated it. I've read most of the training & SA threads here & gotten some helpful tips, but would like a trainer's help as well. Any suggestions or recommendations in my area? Thanks for reading & "listening!"
  7. Hello! We had our home visit last night (2 months after we applied, the waiting is killing me!) and the volunteer suggested we put the crate on the main level of the house. We have a 3-level town home and two cats and were originally planning on having the crate in the bedroom so a.) the dog would be with us at night; we don't let the cats in the bedroom, and b.) when no one is home 3 days a week, we'd be able to shut the bedroom door for cat safety purposes. Do I need to worry about the cats still if the dog is crated? He said putting the crate in the bedroom might cause seperation anxiety issues since we'd be with him/her all night and then leave them alone during the day, and he suggested to put the crate in the living room instead and then transition to a dog bed in the bedroom once the hound is more settled. I've read and heard a lot of different things and was 99% sure about the crate in the bedroom until the home visit... now I'm not sure! What would you guys suggest?
  8. Our new greyhound has become very clingy. We made the mistake of showering her with attention and letting her sleep in our bed. Now I think it may be turning into SA. She whines a lot when we leave her in the crate, even when we are in a different room. It makes me sad because I want to pet her all the time if she whines. But I know that makes it worse. How should we go about treating her? We have only had her for 4 days. We live in a small apartment also, so it's hard to keep our distance. I have read in a few books that you are supposed to ignore them and show "tough love". Practically what does this look like? Even now I am in my bedroom with the baby gate up, and she is in the family room whining because she can't get to me. It's a bit stressful because starting next week we really need to get her on a schedule where she can be in her crate while we are at work. Any ideas, stories, or suggestions? Thanks!!
  9. Hi all, My fiance and I adopted our first greyhound, Charlie, in August. He is a great dog, he's just a little bit of a baby and whines... a lot.He has gotten better, but he still cries when we leave. We live in an apartment, and our neighbors have not complained, yet. I still feel bad that they have to listen to him whine and it breaks my heart to hear him cry! He stays in his kennel when we leave. If he is out in our apartment he will howl and howl, even if I am out just for a few minutes. He is only alone for a few hours at a time, because I am able to come home for lunch. I don't think he whines the entire time, sometimes I can hear him when I leave or when I return. I walk him before before I leave, the TV stays onand he gets a kong full of yummy stuff. We cannot get another dog, and I don't know what to do! What is the best strategies for alone training? Are there any other toys I can give him to keep his attention?
  10. We adopted Echo (see thread in the "Cute and Funny" under the hedgehog topic. On saturday. We worked with her Sunday with alone training as we both work full time jobs and she'd have to spend some time home alone while at work. Luckily my wife works within 5 minutes of the house and runs home during lunch to let her out and play for an hour. Thanks to other threads (Thanks Luna the Greyt) on Separation Anxiety we felt pretty well prepared and did our best to train her. I even set up my Echo cam to watch her while at work. She seems to be doing pretty ok. Maybe once every two hours (in between naps) she gets up and whines / paws at the crate for maybe a minute or two..then settles back down and goes back to sleep. So that's great she calms herself down, I was just wondering if there is anything else I could do to avoid the mini stress attacks (as that wouldn't be fun / comfortable for anyone) I realize ideally we would have had a lot more alone time training time (but life is life and we have to pay the bills to feed us all) and we may get to the point of trusting her with the full house...we just need to make sure that house breaking is done first
  11. James got here last night and settled right in: I left them alone together from 9:45-2:45 today (was able to get some work done in my classroom and go to Walmart - score!) This is what they did most of the day: She did whimper a few times, but it was nothing compared to the racket she usually makes. Also, she would never normally sleep in her bed! I did muzzle her because she has chewed out of anxiety in the past, and I don't want to give her that option until I really, really trust her. I will still have to do some alone training with her, and probably continue meds for a while, but I'm cautiously optimistic that James is going to be a great therapy dog for her. I'll keep y'all posted!
  12. Just spent the past 10 minutes having a breakdown because I just don't know how I feel or what to do anymore. As I'm sure you're all sick of hearing, Luna has had issues with separation anxiety for almost the entire 3 months I've had her, and it only seems to be getting worse. Today she broke out of her crate for the first time, tore off her muzzle, and broke my blinds. She did not pee or poop, which tells me that she was not trying to get out because she had to potty. I started crating her again because of having issues with her and my blinds (I really do not like people being able to see into my apartment, and they help keep it cooler inside since my windows receive direct sun all day). I'm afraid of reinforcing the crate with clips in case she injures herself, I'm afraid of her getting her muzzle caught in her attempt to pull it off, I'm afraid she's going to destroy fixtures in the condo I rent...everything just seems to be getting worse. I received a lot of votes on my other post (also via Facebook) that getting a second grey completely alleviated the SA of dog #1, but right now I am just very hesitant to even foster since I rent. I don't know what the right thing to do is. I'm just very sad/frustrated right now. Feeling like I'm failing her, making myself sick with worry all the time, risking damage to her or the apartment...I just don't know what to do. Not sure what I'm looking for here but just had to vent. I don't want to think about giving her up...I just love her so much. ETA: She's been on the max dose of Clomicalm/Clomipramine for several weeks (but has been medicated since June). I'm considering asking the vet about changing medications since things have only gotten worse (she seemed like she was "better" for about 2 days last week then got worse than before).
  13. Hey all! I've been a lurker here for a while. About 2 months ago I brought home my first greyhound, a 2.5 year old red brindle I named Luna. She was in foster for 1 week before I brought her home, and while her foster mom reported no signs of separation anxiety, I was concerned when the first evening I had her, I had to make an emergency trip to Walmart for 10 minutes and I returned to her howling her head off. I had done a ton of reading and research before getting a greyhound, and knew that a percentage of them have some SA upon adoption and that alone training is a must. I started alone training with her after her first weekend home, and was pleasantly surprised that the howling seemed to be a fluke. I downloaded an app for my iPad and iPhone (Presence) that allowed me to use my iPad like a camera and my iPhone like a video monitor. I returned to work, and was thrilled that she slept all day, even roaching in her crate! Things were perfect. I left her alone that weekend for periods of time as well. The following week, everything fell apart. That Monday, she cried/barked/howled on and off for the entire day - LOUDLY. I live in an condo complex where about half the people work during the day, so there are still quite a few people home that I'm sure were disturbed by her. She continued to carry on like that every day for the whole week. On Friday, I came home to find she had pooped in the crate (not explosive diarrhea, luckily) and was just a mess. I spent the weekend searching for a dog sitter, just a short term solution for the last 2 weeks of school (I'm a teacher and have the summer off). I left her at a very nice girl's house every day through the middle of June. During this time, I had several vet appointments and we started her on 50mg Clomipramine (generic for Clomicalm). At present, she has been on the 50mg Clomipramine for a month and has shown no improvement. She still howls, barks, and pants almost continually when left alone (she has not been destructive thus far aside from the single poop incident). It has been very frustrating and stressful as I am unable to go to the store, pool, or for a jog without her becoming extremely agitated. I simply don't go anywhere in the evening anymore because she would be too disruptive for the people living around me. In addition to the meds, I have been doing the following since I brought her home: Give her a Kong stuffed with bacon/cheese filling, some kibble, and canned pumpkin (which she loves) - she will work on it for about 1 minute after I've left, and then abandons it until I return. She totally ignores the antler chew I also leave for her. Leave "Through A Dog's Ear" playing on a continuous loop (have also tried talk radio, country music, other classical, rock...pretty much all genres) - doesn't seem to have an effect. Keep her crated with a soft bed and blanket. She's indifferent to stuffed toys. Have tried covering the crate, she just tries to pull the blanket in through the bars trying to see out. Have also tried letting her roam, but she will just stand directly in front of the door and bark, which makes it 10x louder outside the apartment. She gets a 30-40 minute walk every morning and she passes out for basically the rest of the day if I don't leave her. In the past, we tried tryptophan gel (didn't have any effect) and a DAP diffuser (nothing), and a Thundershirt (made her MORE anxious if anything). I feel like I'm doing everything I can. I'm talking to the vet later today about maybe increasing her dose of Clomipramine and see if that does anything. The only thing I'm unable to do is get a second dog...I know a lot of people say that's the only thing that helped, but I'm living on my own on a young teacher's salary and while I'm comfortable now, adding a second dog is beyond my means. I guess I'm just looking for anyone to share their own experiences with SA (especially if Clomipramine/Clomicalm worked, and how many mg's) and to give me hope that she will work past this! She is literally the perfect dog otherwise. I love her SO much! Sorry for the super long post...I am just very frustrated and wanted to talk to people who probably understand. Thanks in advance. ~Sarah and Luna
  14. Hello I am new here and new(er) to greyhounds. I just adopted Ford a 3 year old male about 2 weeks ago. At first all was fine when I would crate him as he was use to that. Then he started to start the trouble. One day he broke out of his crate that was double latched and managed to take a poop on the floor. I have tried to leave him in a baby gated room and that was proved to not work very fast. When he is with me he never goes potty on the floor and shows me he needs to go out. It isnt until I leave and he is in his crate till he poops in it and whines and howls the whole time I am gone. I am a student and my schedule is not as consistant as i would like it to be but feeding and waking are always at the same time 8:30 I take him out before and after. Leave for class at 9 then come back at 11 and sure enough he has relieved himself in the crate. If i even leave the room and close the door behind me he starts to cry. Im guessing that this will need some more training on me leaving him alone. Any tips or advice is greatly welcome! Thank you so much!
  15. GT has many threads on people vexed with their hounds' SA (posts to which I have certainly contributed!), so I thought it would be good to mention the flip-side: that if separation anxiety does rear its head, with time, love, and patience, the symptoms can indeed wane. When we got Doug 6 months ago, he exhibited signs of SA -- panting, pacing, whining, and then non-stop howling. Not only did this make him (and me, naturally) feel awful, but it also wasn't super for the other tenants in our building. We had started alone training from day one, and had in the meantime tried everything from DAP diffusers, classical music, stuffed Kongs, Himalayan chews, K-9 calm treats, Rescue Remedy, melatonin -- you get the idea -- to assuage his fears. When our neighbors complained, we knew that further action was needed, and talked to our vet about medication. Still, up until month about month 5, we couldn't confidently leave him alone for more than 15, 20 minutes, if that. Every week there would be progress and set-backs; we never knew whether we would come back to pitiful howls or a simple snout-to-lap greeting. At one point, when we thought we had crossed the two-hour threshold, we came home to find that Doug, in his consternation, had bitten a section of his tail into a hot spot. So, after he got bandaged up at the vet, back to one-minute alone intervals we went. And then something clicked. It may have been any of the above mentioned aids and behavioral modification techniques, but the factor I believe helped above all was time. Doug needed time to trust us, to know our routine, to know that when we left we were coming back, and that we would always be back in time for his very important walks. :-) Last week I attended a farewell party for a friend moving cross-country and, since my bf was working late, I had to leave Doug alone for at least two hours. Most of his SA flare-ups (like that hotspot) had occurred at night, so I was worried about what my bf would find when he returned home. About two hours later, I received a text message from my bf with this photo. His message: "Doug upon arrival." Of course, we'll never be out of the woods w/r/t his SA. Doug is bound to have setbacks, maybe even bad ones, and there's no way we can deviate from our music-and-Kongs departure routine. But this does mean that he'll most likely bounce back quicker from set-backs, and that we can begin tapering off his fluoxetine dosage, and we can stretch our three-hour departure windows to longer durations, and we can go out to friend and family functions without keeping half of our worrying brains back at home with the dog. If you had told me four months ago that we would come home one night to find Doug roaching on his bed in the back of the apartment, I wouldn't have believed you (partially because he only started roaching around us about two months ago -- but still!). I'm so proud of him!
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    So I recently read online that melatonin is good "herbal alternative" for dogs suffering for SA. I thought that it might be worth a try for his SA and if it worked for that, maybe it would help him out during the 4th of July when all the fireworks are going off as well. However I'm concerned on what I should look out for when buying Melatonin from the grocery store since it isn't something that I can find at Petco or Petsmart. Everything online that I've found tells you what the proper dosage would be for your pet, but doesn't really suggest a brand or things to look out for when purchasing. I think the only thing that I've found to be helpful when purchasing is they said not to get the "quick release" tablets. So I was hoping that maybe someone who has heard of this, has experience with this, or knows what to look for might give me a little bit of guidance. Any input or suggestions will be appreciated!
  17. We adopted our greyhound Rocky about 4 months ago and found out within the first month that he had separation anxiety we didn't feel it was right to return a dog that had separation anxiety, because in every other aspect he was an amazing dog so we decided that we would keep him . It feels like we have tried EVERYTHING. We tried crate training him, we have tried the thundershirt, we have tried leaving kongs for him, we have tried DAP diffusers, we have tried leaving blankets with our scent. As well as several combinations of these things. The kongs have given me the most success with helping him stay by himself, but commonly after the kongs are gone his anxiety comes back. Thankfully he doesn't destroy anything ( or we just haven't let it get there yet) but he yelps, whines, barks, and howls non-stop, and the one time we did leave him for about an hour he also urinated on our bed. I was hoping I could hear some success stories of owners helping greyhound overcome or manage their separation anxiety in hopes to push on wards in the right direction. Or if anyone has suggestions those would be appreciated as well!
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