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  1. We've had Xena for 2 1/2 weeks now so this is all very new, both for her and us. My husband and I had dogs growing up but never indoor dogs. We're still getting used to the concept of having to let our dog out to go to the bathroom and we thought it would be pretty straight-forward but it's proving to be anything but. Xena is straight from the track so we're technically fostering her right now, soon to adopt. Perhaps a lot of this is because she's still learning too. Most of the time when we let her out to go, she pees first and then sometimes poops too. I've found that if she doesn't pee at every potty break we give her, she'll go on the floor in the house. This is especially so at night when we give her her last potty break before bed. She'll be indoors for 8-9 hours while we sleep so this one is the most important. But here I am sitting by the door waiting for her to pee. It's now 11:30pm and she's been out there for over an hour, still no pee. I need to sleep! Is there some magic button everyone else knows how to press which I have yet to discover? Is it something she'll pick up on if I just keep waiting until she goes and then praising her like mad and showering her with treats every time? How long will it take? I'd like to know when I get to stop being a sleep-deprived zombie during the day. Getting a dog door is seeming like it won't be an option as we have strictly-indoor cats and I can't find a single microchip-activated door that's sized for greyhounds. Are there other options out there that I don't know about? Please help me, I'm at my wit's end!
  2. I've had my four and a half year old greyhound for right at eight weeks now. It's been so tough! I was actually reflecting yesterday which will be harder, my first dog or my first child. I'm single and live in a one bedroom apartment. It's just the two of us here. Though there are many, these are the two newest problems I don't have answers for: (1) She wakes me up once or twice during the night to go out. UTI was treated a couple of weeks ago, secondary to chronic diarrhea caused by hookworms. Urine tests fine now. She does have crystals in her urine but no signs of stones according to ultrasound. She is on daily ivomec to treat that lingering hookworm infection while we wait on input from a parasitologist. She hasn't been completely healthy since I adopted her so I'm having a hard time determining what are medical issues and what are behavioral. (2) About two weeks ago she started peeing in her crate when I leave, no matter how long I'm gone. This is the newest iteration of her separation anxiety, I believe. I'm gone 4-5 hours max on my off days. On workdays, I must be gone for 10 hours since I commute far away. Be it 4 or 10 hours, she won't pee it if she's just on the plastic tray. If there's any kind of bedding (I've tried both plush and meager), she'll pee on it and push it to the side. My troubleshooting. I think I've exhausted all the advice that YouTube and Google has to offer: Regarding crate trainingHer crate isn't too big. She's a 64lb girl in a 42" crate. She can stand and turn and that's it. When the peeing started, I downsized her from the 48" crate she'd had originally. She has to be in her crate when I'm gone. I conservatively tried to leave her out but she gets destructive and pees on the carpet. Last night I tried to crate her and refused to take her out when she demanded. It was as rough and sleepless a night as all the nights previous. I don't want her to be in her bare crate but I don't trust her with any bedding in there. She has a bed at the foot of my bed. Bare crate is also in there. In the living room she has a bed that she prefers. At bedtime she starts sleeping there and sometimes will mosey into my room to sleep (or wake me up). She gets lots of walks and exercise. We go to the dog park usually twice a week. She gets to go out for four breaks on a work day: twice before work and twice after. Two of those outings are about 15-20 minute walks, one morning, one evening. On my off days, she gets an additional mid-day break of some kind and I try to take her along on my errands and outings if I'm able. She's on a fairly regular schedule. The first outing is right when we get up, no later than 5:00am, even on weekends. The second is a walk at 7:00, about an hour after she eats. The third is a few minutes after I get home from work. I get settled and then I get her out of her crate, about 5:30. The last is 8:00-8:30pm, which is 30-45minutes before bedtime and after her 6:00pm dinner. I've noticed she's generally more peaceful during the day (naps most of the day) and more restless after bedtime. Not sure why. Really, I'm getting to the end of my rope. It seems that when we work out one issue, there are two to follow. I adopted her because I wanted some company around here and I wanted to give a greyhound a good retirement but we're both suffering. She's got the plethora of issues you see above. I'm not eating well, sleeping, or working out like I used to. Thank you guys for any guidance. Did anyone have a similar beginning with their grey? How long should this last? When will she become comfortable and more of a companion than my canine patient?
  3. I have sooooo been avoiding starting this thread. Partly, I wanted to try to narrow down the behaviors (get to the root and all that) and partly because I didn’t want to have to catalogue all of it but….. Main issue: peeing (his not mine) where it isn’t appropriate, namely inside house, crate and car. (You want a laugh about the car – check this outWithout too much detail, maybe I can streamline this discussion. There seem to be two factors at work here: (1) his drinking habits and (2) the combination of his subtle signs (“excuse me, I glanced in the direction of the door, twice what more do you want me to do?”) and his nonchalant attitude of “hey, if you can’t read my mind, then you can mop the floor”. This is coupled with a relatively high intellect, a placid disposition (we’ll be in training for therapy dog soon), and a high desire to go to work with me whenever possible. His drinking habits (which seem to mirror the track) are camel-like, large quantities, twice a day (followed by several pee sessions. If I let him drink what he wants in the morning and let him have a couple long piddles before I leave for work, I could not be gone for more than two hours before he pees again in or out of the crate, with or without a belly band). On days when I take him to work, I limit his water (as much as he wants the night before, some in his kibble that morning, some available in my office – which he has no interest in). I hate the thought of limiting any animal’s water intake but he truly seems uninterested in his office water dish. Then, we came home. He drank a lot. We both took a nap, during which he got up and peed on the floor – a lot. It was so light in color and odor it I couldn’t identify it as urine until I had eliminated (no pun intended) every other possibility I even checked the ceiling for a leaky roof! Mercury has been with use about 7 months. He’s 3 years old, seems very healthy (complete with some SA and greyhound stubbornness), and just had a urine culture which came back normal except low specific gravity (some days his pee is nearly waterlike, other days quite dark which fits his camel-like tendencies). Can you change a dog’s drinking habits to better suit your preference for his bathroom habits? How can you strengthen his desire to hold it or his misgivings about peeing in the house/car/crate? (Even catching him in the act seems to have no effect.)
  4. Usually Jack is an angel, but in the past week or so there's been a rash of 'damnit dog' behaviour, and I'm stumped as to why. Since I got him, he was a clean dog and even developed an 'I need potty' signal within the first 24 hours I had him (he'd run and touch his nose to his leash, then his coat, then the doorknob) and seemed quite agitated when he had some accidents due to diarrhea (caused by him scarfing up some nasty thing outside, fixed by probiotics from our lovely vet). ANYWAY, he has had several accidents in the flat (he has no problem holding it, since he did over the weekend, and while we were both at a friend's house for the same amount of time), as well as sleep aggression (normal for most dogs, but Jack is usually very docile even in his sleep), and fear of stuff outdoors (like when I first got him). He seems healthy, doesn't seem to be in pain, is eating/drinking normally, and is just as playful and cuddly as usual indoors. There's nothing new I've seen around the neighbourhood that might be freaking him out, so I confess I'm totally puzzled.
  5. I have a 22 month old retired racing greyhound. She came to me straight from the track, after a short career, five months ago. She is not my first greyhound rescue. She has pooped in the house once, within the first 8 hours of being here, and since then has been a model of realiability as regards pooping. She learned to sit within the first month, and is learning' sit-up' on her own. She started the behavior at treat time, so we gave it a name, and now she does it as a matter of course, she is quite a clever little girl ;-) She was not house trained when she came to us. We did all the appropriate things, and she KNOWS 'potty outside, good girl'. Most of the time she is fine, however she requires MANY more trips outside than her house mates, a 7 year-old greyhound and a 14 year-old husky/greyhound. In the afternoon, from about 3:30 to 6:00 PM, she needs to go out, and is taken, about every 30 minutes. She urinates copious amounts each time, and I watch to make sure she pees every time. Early on, we took her to our vet for a complete blood work-up to eliminate physiological causes. She is healthy, eats well, sleeps well, plays well, etc. We have a large yard and weather permitting, we go out for several play tmes or to sit in the sun daily. If I don't watch her like a hawk, during the late afternoon,she will urinate on the floor of the bedroom, where we all sleep. She gives no 'sign' she wants to go outside, just goes to the bedroom and pees on the floor. this only happens every few weeks. Not a clue what triggers the behavior. If we have to leave for an hour or two, I put her in a crate. She has defecated, as well as urinated in the crate, even though she has been taken outside and relieved herself just before going into the crate/kennel. We now feed her in the crate/kennel and leave her there while we eat supper and do dishes, to make the crate a pleasant place. If I get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, Both greyhounds usually need to go outside. Not terribly convenient, but I can live with that, I'm up anyway. Her other problem is eating feces. Initially, she ate any poop in her path, including her own. I've used a multitude of products and remedies in the past five months, and now she isn't interested in her own feces, but in those of her housemates. All of the dogs get the products/remedies. I know she will never stop eating cat feces, all that undigested protein is just too enticing for any of my dogs to resist. I love this new puppy-child. I surmise her trainer/breeder was a nasty piece of work and that some of her habits come from her early treatment as a racing commodity. Returning this baby is not an option. Suggestions?????
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