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Hello all! I searched for an answer but couldn't find a situation that matched mine. We've had our first greyhound for 3 or so years and from day one, she's never had an accident. We welcomed our second greyhound about a month ago. We started her off by confining her to a small area of the kitchen with her bed but she would get so anxious, cry, and eventually escape. So then we confined her to a larger area of the kitchen. When she's in there for the whole work day, she doesn't seem to pee but sometimes will still escapes that area too. We figured since she escaped that area anyway, we've given her and our other greyhound free reign together of the kitchen and living room. However, when we leave for short outings, she pees. Yesterday, I ran to the gym for about an hour and came back to find an accident. Then today, my fiance left for no longer than 2 hours and came back to a pee spot on the carpet. An added instance is last night, she finished dinner and peed on the carpet while we were just in the other room. Of these three examples, she had been taken out and peed not long before leaving/the accident. We scold when she pees inside and praise(treats and pets) when she pees outside. If we're going outside just for a pee break, she runs out, pees pretty quickly, and then heads back towards the door so she knows the deal. Do we need to fortify that small area of the kitchen so she can't escape untill she stops having accidents? Do we need to go buy a crate and start from scratch? She doesn't have a problem with #2 and she will stay in her bed all night and not have an accident. Does anybody see something that we are missing? Thank you for any advice!
Our new hound (4 yr old male, former racer, gotcha day Aug18 2018, second grey we've had) has been such a great dog so far, EXCEPT for first thing in the morning. He waits for our alarm to sound before he gets up (and wants us up), but when he does he's so uncontrollably excited that he's a bit of a hazard to himself and us. At first it seemed more about getting fed because he'd calm down quite a bit after his breakfast and calmly go outside, but lately he is developing a habit of beginning to pee (dribbling or even just giving in and going), before we feed or can even get the coat on to let him out into the yard! We're right there to do the big "NO" and open the door sans coat, but definitely need some ideas for the best way(s) to remedy the situation. We've switched to letting him out immediately (and breakfast afterward) but he remains a maniac. Before this, we'd been working on calming him down by asking him to lie down (into sphinx) before we'd fill his bowl/open the door. He does pretty well obeying the command but now the pee will start flowing while he's in sphinx so that's a non-starter. It's getting cold here (Wisconsin) so we need to be able to get the coat on before he pees and we'd obviously like for the pee to happen outside. Secondary to that, we'd like to figure out how to train him to calm down during this time, because it is only a matter of time before his morning antics cause an injury to himself or one of us. My first thought is to put a belly band on him before bed and to take it off right before we open the door for him in the morning, but is the belly band going help train the "don't pee in the house" behavior? Or is it just a band-aid to save our floors? How do we train "calm down" when the only time the command is necessary is when he's so amped up that he can't focus and pees in the house? One thing that concerns me is that when he pees (outside) he takes FOREVER, longer than any dog I've had or known. This guy could win contests, I swear. His stream becomes weak & slow right away and then it's like he's peeing in morse code, starting and stopping (he doesn't move around or mark). He's not a marker on walks or in the yard (or in the house), he just stands and waits for it to all come on out. He's been that slow that since we got him, which concerned me initially but the urinalysis done in Sept came back clear. It feels behavioral because it is only happening at one time of the day, but his slow flow also has me worried that it could be medical, despite the uneventful test and nothing else of note. Thoughts?? Hopefully anticipating some questions that might be asked (can you tell how much time I spend on GT?): He seems to drink a normal amount, the dish is usually not dry at feeding time when we refill, but we'll start keeping better track of how much water we're giving/he's getting. He had a urinalysis in mid Sept which did not show anything significant. He definitely has the ability to hold it for 8-9 hrs, and does not get this hyper or leaky at any other time, like when we come home from work, etc.
Well, not sure it is hers as much as mine! 6:30 am : Woke up to a little tiny bit of dog poo in the living room. Not so much that it looked like an accident, but rather that someone wiped off a little on the carpet. Cleaned up before coffee. 8 am: My husband noticed that our greyhound Evie had about a 3 inch laceration on her leg. . .looks like it has been there a few days. (??) It is our first boo-boo, and aren't exactly sure where she got it. Perhaps on top of rabbit fence outside that she likes to bound over? We can't judge severity - call friend the vet. 9 am: At vet, no biggie with the cut, but wants us to keep the muzzle on her so she doesn't lick it. Or, we can use the cone of shame. Prescribes an antibiotic. (Cephalexin.) 9:50 am: Give Evie 2 pills in some cheese. 10 am: Let the dogs out, notice Evie has loose stools. 11 am: Go to put Evie in crate so I can leave the house, and notice ginormus pile of loose dog stool on the rug. I actually think it happened before the vet - I just hadn't been in the LR for a while. So, here is my question - I have a dog with an upset tummy already. Am I doomed to be cleaning dog poop out of the carpet for the next 10 days? I can actually pull this rug up. Also, what can I give her to help? I have some Flagyl left over from my other dog. (Would ask vet first.) Do probiotics work? Many thanks.