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  1. Hello - new greyhound owner here. We are absolutely in love with our new grey, she has been really good so far at settling in. We picked her up two days ago. The only issue is that we also have a guinea pig (he is very old, kept in a cage, in a separate room). We were told that if we kept to these rules by the rescue centre that she would be fine. However this is not the case. She hasn't met the GP yet - but could smell him. So we have now moved him out of the room and keeping him in the garage for the time being until we work out what to do. However, she is still desperate to get in to room that he was in. We showed her round the room and she had a good sniff of EVERYTHING! but she started wimpering at the top of the shelf. My husband brought down every item for her to sniff but her wimpering continued. (It is not the area that the GP was being kept in either - its the other end of the room). We checked the whole shelf for potential mouse but couldn't find anything. We have to shut this door (my husband keeps his guitars in here and could be easily knocked) but she still is staring at the door, sniffing the bottom of it and wanting to get in. The GP has not been moved back! Just looking for some advice on what to do really - particularly with her wimpering at the top of the shelf and also how we can stop her pawing at the door - she seems super anxious about it and its also stressing me out as well. Any advice would be grateful. I appreciate that we have only had a few days.
  2. Our 3 year old whom we've had for 8 months exhibited very strange episodic behavior yesterday. He woke us up at 4am wandering, pacing, head darting right and leaft, ears up, whining a little, looking completely confused like he had no idea where he was or what he should be doing. He even climbed onto our bed and just stood there, doing the same thing (he has NEVER gotten on our bed, even when we tried to convince him). He also was afraid to leave the room, and acted as though he had never manuevered stairs before. We finally carried him down, thinking he might be feeling sick, and took him out, he peed right away in his normal place, came in and ate his treat. He continued to wander and whine, acting confused, even after finishing his breakfast. Tried to go up a few stairs, go confused and stumbled while trying to turn around. I decided then to give him his Kong with some PB and a dog bone to try to settle him and give him something to focus on. A little bit after he finsihed that, he was FINE. Completely back to himself. Fast forward to 1pm, he started the same behavior again. Took him a while, but he snapped out of it. Same thing all over again around 9pm, but by 12pm - though relaxed - he still refused to go up the stairs, so my husband carried him to bed. He woke up fine, and has been perfect all day - no issues or weirdness whatsoever. All 3 episodes seem to have started right after he had been napping. We witnessed not other signs like seiziures, shaking, nothing loud happened, nothing to frighten him. I called the vet and short of taking him in for bloodwork or neuro tests, there's nothing to "see". I would love to hear if anyone else experienced this with their hounds, and what might have caused it.
  3. I fostered Kit, a three-year-old female, when she first came off the track in March of this year. She was quite nervous when she came to me and I learned right away that she had a fear of men. As she calmed down, she took a liking to me. She was a sweet, yet more subtly affectionate dog. She always followed me around and she would sit next to me on the couch with her head laying on me. She discovered her love of plush toys and would play all the time. As I was trying to expose her to as many types of people as I could, I learned that she did like women and children. She was actually wonderful with children. From the day that she met my mom's boyfriend's kids (ages seven and nine), she let them hug her and walk her and she would take naps with them. She was really calm and relaxed around my little cousins, too (ages one, five, and seven). I thought that she'd be a great therapy dog for children. By the end of the month, I had made the decision to adopt her. Later that week, while visiting my mom's house, my mom's cat was sitting in a chair when Kit walked up to her and bit her. The cat wasn't injured but after that, I didn't feel comfortable having Kit around the cats. I'd seen how Kit plays with her plush toys and I couldn't risk the chance of her doing the same to my mom's cat. It was hard but I made the decision that Kit needed to be in a home without cats. In April, Kit left me and went to stay in a different foster home. Later that month, I was really regretting my decision to give her up. I asked for her back but the rescue had already promised her to another home. At the beginning of May, our rescue organization had an event. Kit was still with the other foster family and came to the event. I was able to spent the entire day with her, pretending that she was my dog again. We interacted with many different people and Greyhounds and she was not afraid at all. Sadly, I had to say goodbye to her again. Shortly after, Kit went on a visit to her potential home. I had given up on ever getting her back and it crushed me. In early June, I got a phone call telling me that it did not work out with Kit's potential home. I was shocked. I didn't hesitate to take her back. I knew that there was a huge possibility that she could've developed some more behavioral issues after being bounced around but I was just so happy to have her again. I expected that it would take some time for her to open up to me again but I didn't think that she would be a completely different dog. Here's some of the things that have changed since she's been back: - She seems more afraid of men than ever. Whenever my dad and brother return home, she barks at them while avoiding eye contact and backing away. She hides in her crate whenever they come in the room. Before she had left me, she had made so much progress on her interactions with them and would actually walk up to them to be petted but now it is back to square one. - She's now afraid of almost all strangers, including women and children. There are very few people that I've had her interact with since she's been back that she's actually been okay with. - She is now completely terrified of children, including those who she had previously spent a lot of time with. She'll try to get as far away as possible if she's near any. I took her with me to visit my mom's boyfriend's kids and she refused to be around them. She wouldn't even let them get close to her. While the children played outside, she hid in the backseat of the car for the duration of the visit. - When she came back to me, she was almost completely bald on her neck, stomach, and thighs, along with some other bald spots. She had been completely furry when I first got her. - She used to walk really well and she liked to go on walks. She still gets excited when I grab the leash but once she gets outside, she doesn't like to be out there. She freezes (with no obvious trigger) and refuses to walk. - She could now go for days without touching her toys. - One of the things that upsets me the most is that now many days, she acts like she wants absolutely nothing to do with me. She'll spend most of the day just sitting in her crate, in the far corner of the room (instead of on the couch or her dog bed). If she does happen to sit on the couch and if I go to sit next to her, she gets up and leaves. If I try to interact with her she avoids eye contact, licks her lips, and starts panting. She's been back for over two months and she's only laid her head on me once. - Overall, she is just very anxious and lethargic dog now. I did adopt her and I've been working with a trainer but instead of making progress, it seems that Kit is getting worse. For the first month or so, I was just so blissful from having her back but now I am just so upset because I feel like she is a completely different dog than the one I had missed so much. It makes me so sad because I don't know why she has become like this and I feel that nothing that I am doing is making it any better. I just want her to be comfortable again.
  4. Hello, We have had our grey for about a week now. She has been great! She seemed like she wasn't afraid of anything, which was a relief because we live in the city. She heard garbage trucks, buses, horn honking, horse and carriages, people on segways, trains, boats, etc and did not even flinch. Yesterday afternoon on our way back from our walk, she heard a metal soda can rolling down the street was was terrified. She pulled me to the apartment and even nudged the door open herself. She had her tail between her legs and her ears back. We have walked her five times since then and she is spooking left and right. She is hyper aware of her surroundings and was terrified when she noticed a flag. We put her in a harness so she couldn't back out of her martingale, but she is still backing up and trying to take us back home. She is also doing the "statue" thing. A few times we didn't even see or hear anything out of the ordinary and she was afraid. She even got nervous around a fly. Does anyone have any advice about what we can do? We live in the city, so we can't let her out in a backyard and we can't make the noises go away. I don't want her to be anxious the entire walk... She doesn't even seem like she wants to go out anymore (we had to pull her out of the door) Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  5. Hello everyone I recently adopted a 2 year old male greyhound directly from my local racetrack. He had this on his frontal right leg (his wrist?) the vet told me he did this to himself while being in the kennels> even though I've never seen him nipping it, only licking, there's always some spot of blood. Is there a liquid I can put on the wound so it stops the continous bleeding? also, is there some kind of band I could put on it to make it stop doing this to himself or it would only atract more attention to his leg? Thanks!
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