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  1. Hi guys, newbie here. I adopted just three days ago, and finding help with this issue has been darn near impossible online. I don't think the verbal advice has been the greatest from the adoption agency or fosters either, so here's what's going on: I have an 8-year-old former racer. I rent a basement right now, and use the walkout slider to go in and out with her. Backyard is fully-privacy fenced. She definitely knows where the gate is. The problem is that when we are done with our walk she just freezes in the driveway and wont return to the back yard. A couple times I've gotten her 10 feet from the gate and she just wont go further. I don't want to push her the rest of the way anymore for obvious reasons, and I'm not thrilled about having to carry her to the gate from the driveway. Is there any way I can fast-track her adjustment to this new situation? Not sure she has fully realized where "home" is. Thanks so much Elliot K P.S. One recommendation was to get a harness and to lift her using the straps on it so I have control over the front of her body. Still, I'd rather she just be comfortable going through the gate. Other doors are not an option as we have crazy stairs leading to my living area. P.S.S. I am the rookiest of all rookie dogs owners. Going bold with the racer as the first one.
  2. Hello! My name is Genevieve and my husband Michael and I have just fostered our first greyhound fresh off the track from Tijuana. Her race name is Boltz but since we're planning on adopting her we've given her the name Xena, after our favorite warrior princess. Michael and I had been wanting a dog for a very long time but until recently we'd been living in apartments with no-dog rules. Then in October we were finally able to buy our first house, a 2k sq ft 2-story with a yard and a pool, which for LA is no small feat! It's super exciting and we are loving this new life. We already had one kitty, an older male named Mr. Tumnus who is my baby. Seriously, I've had him longer than I've known my husband, haha! And more recently we rescued a stray 4 mo old kitten named Westley. We started the process with Fast Friends, a local greyhound adoption agency, back in December but it turned out that adoption rates were high and they ran out of dogs! Last week I got a call from the adoption coordinator that we could come help out with a retirement day and start out fostering with the goal of adoption if we were up for the challenge. My husband and I have had dogs all our lives and I'm an amateur animal trainer so even though we have no greyhound experience, we were definitely up for it. On Saturday we went out to retirement day and got to help freshly retired dogs through the process. They got bathed, nail trimmed, vetted, had their pictures taken, and then went through a small animal test. I saw Boltz/Xena and I immediately fell in love with her. She was so calm and gentle but so eager for affection and loved everyone who came to greet her. I also have such a soft spot for brindles! She also passed her small animal test with flying colors, which was very important for us with our two kitties. At the end of the day we got to take her home and it was magical! It's been very interesting helping a dog learn to be a pet rather than a racing machine but so rewarding and everything is going very well! Tumnus is being a very chill old man cat and Xena is much more scared of him than he is of her (she got swatted by one of the cats during her test, haha) and frankly she's pretty happy just staying out of his way. He rules the house and she seems to have figured that out very quickly! As for Westley, he's still a skittish kitten and he's stayed upstairs which I'm totally fine with. We put a dog gate on the stairs so it's a doggy off-limits area and Westley has had no reason to come down. Eventually we'll get them acquainted and we need to work with him to make sure he won't try to run, but otherwise everything is going great!
  3. I've had my greyhound for nearly two months now, he's been settling in well - however he has recently become more hyper (hes nearly two so still quite young) I was told how lazy and calm greyhounds where and the adoption kennels told me not to be put off by a young hound as they where also calm! I work as a dog walker so my greyhound sometimes gets up to three hours of walking a day. He used to be super calm during the walks but has recently started lunging at other dogs, barking and jumping around. Even after he's had three hours of walking when I get home he charges around the house throwing his toys everywhere and takes a while to settle. It can be abit overwhelming as its not a very big apartment. I feed him on Skinners duck and rice. Is this just an age thing he'll grow out of or lack of training? Any other ideas to help calm him down!? Thanks!
  4. Apologies in advance for the long post, but I wanted to make sure I included enough background to give a clear sense of the situation. tl;dr: I’m hoping someone has some thoughts about what might be causing my 2.5-year-old greyhound (adopted 3 months ago) to suddenly be peeing in the apartment and displaying restlessness/hyperactivity. We live in an apartment building and have had our dog for about three months. Over the first 2.5 months we developed a routine that seemed to work, with four or five walks a day (every five hours or so -- I work from home, so we have lots of flexibility there). If he needed to go out at another time, he’d whine and get rambunctious, playing with his toys. I always took that as a sign to take him out, and that seemed to work—no accidents. Then over the past two weeks, something changed. He’s peed in our apartment, without any warning, six times in the past week, not including the times he peed in the building’s laundry room or in the hallway by the elevator—always in the late afternoon or evening. He refuses to go out in the morning, and since he seems fine and he’s not peeing inside before his first walk—he just sleeps and really wants to keep sleeping rather than get up and go out—I let it go and wait until he’s willing to go out, around 11 am to noon, which means he’s holding it for more than 12 hours. So it’s unlikely to be a bladder infection, but I took him to the vet anyway just in case, and the vet said it’s probably that he’s just not fully housebroken. He’s also—more worryingly, to me—started exhibiting restlessness, pacing around the apartment and grabbing and chewing on everything he can reach. To his credit, he is good about moving away from something as soon as I say no, but he’ll go back to it, so I have to watch him constantly. And he's destroyed things when I'm not around: he chewed up a neighbor's Game Boy and pillow, chewed up toilet paper on the roll, tore apart a bag of shredded paper, etc. I mentioned this to the vet, who said he’s just bored, but I can’t help worrying that something else is wrong. Tonight I’ve just been at my wit’s end. Here’s what the day has been like: Went for two walks, 20 minutes each, in the afternoon. In between he rested, played with his treat ball, chewed on a bone, did some training. At around 7:30 (three hours after his last walk), he was pacing and mouthing at things on tabletops and all, so we gave him a bully stick to chew on at around 8 pm. He won’t chew on stuffed animals or fake bones—just real bones and animal-based chews. Around 8:30 (four hours after his last walk) he finished the bully stick and my husband took him for a walk. He didn’t make it to the elevator before peeing in the hallway. Less than an hour after returning from that walk, he began pacing and grabbing at everything again—electronic cords on the desk, my bag sitting under the desk, a birthday card, even the corner of the TV. That started about 40 minutes of me trying to find a way to get him to settle down. Between each attempt, I tried ignoring him for a little while, hoping he’d relax. Eventually restless became hyper. He was like a toddler on sugar. I gave him an empty paper towel roll to destroy, which he mouthed once and then abandoned. Back to pacing and grabbing. I gave him a Kong with a few spoonfuls of peanut butter in it. As soon as that was gone, it was back to pacing and mouthing at things. I did about 10 minutes of training with him: down, sit, stand, wait. As soon as we stopped, it was back to pacing and mouthing, occasionally pouncing on a stuffed toy and tossing it around before going back to pacing. I gave him a couple of calming treats that contain valerian, chamomile, and some other natural remedies. Back to pacing and pouncing. I decided to take him for a short walk, but as soon as he saw me get his coat out he ran away, then ran back to play tug of war with his coat. (Not normal behavior at all.) I did not engage and let him have it, knowing he’d just abandon it immediately—which he did. Then he ran over to the side of the room and peed. I cleaned it up as he ran around the room some more. I decided he could go outside without a coat and grabbed his leash. He ran toward me but stopped when he saw I had the leash—he didn’t want to go out. I decided he needed to go out anyway and reached forward to hook his leash to his collar. He growled and then bit my hand—not hard, it didn’t break the skin, he was just making a point. (There was no time between the growl and bite for me to back off or else I would have.) I just stood there and looked at him, he looked at me, then he moved off and I came over to the computer to write this out. I think the calming treats kicked in then. He walked over to his bed, lay down, and immediately fell asleep. I know that greyhounds' personalities continue to change for quite a while after adoption, and the vet seemed to think that’s what’s going on here. Maybe it is. But I wonder if anyone knows if restlessness and anxiety (which I assume is behind the restlessness) might have a physical cause? Would low thyroid cause any of this? And if it’s not a medical issue, does anyone have advice on how to deal with this? We’re obviously trying to reinforce housetraining, giving him lots of praise and treats when he pees outside. We also try to keep him stimulated: he does get several walks a day, and I usually take him for longer walks in the afternoon—sometimes up to 1.5 hours—but that’s not always an option, and I haven’t really noticed a difference on those days. (Though, to be clear, he’s not restless like this every day, and tonight was certainly an extreme.) And for his mind, there’s the treat ball, which he loves, and training—we took an obedience class, and I continue to work with him on basic commands. Also, I’m not sure this is relevant, but ever since we got him we’ve had issues with growling and biting: fear aggression when he was newer to our household, resource guarding, sleep aggression (which led to a fairly serious bite for my husband), and growling (and now apparently biting) when he just doesn’t like something. We’re trying to train this out of him and are very aware of his triggers, but I worry that it’s escalating rather than getting better. He’s now bitten me, a neighbor who was trying to take something away from him, and my husband. And I suppose it is relevant because it's why we won't force him to go out in the morning: we're worried that if we try to touch him while he's on his bed, even to hook on his leash, he'll bite us. So we try to lure him out, and apparently the pull of sleep is stronger than the pull of his favorite treat. Despite these frustrations, I really love the guy, and I know he loves me. He gives lots of love and affection, is often very calm and easy-going, friendly and curious, and I think he’s done great with training. I just worry that with the restlessness and accidents, something is going on that training won’t fix. Anyone have any advice? Encouragement also would be appreciated.
  5. Good Afternoon, All! I am new to this forum, and a new Greyhound Parent. I adopted my Grey about 4 weeks ago and I will start by saying he is a very GOOD dog. He has been very easy to walk, have in the house, etc. He enjoys sleeping, and playing with a few squeak toys here and there. He has seemingly welcomed both me and my husband into his life very well. Upon arrival, we did everything “by the book” as far as welcoming him, letting him explore, practicing leaving, etc. All was seeming to go pretty well, until Week 2 (this is where I am seeking thoughts / advice). Previous to living with my husband and I, he was with a foster (around 3 weeks) and was crated in the day, not at night. The foster said she crated while at work, but did have other Greys (we only have the 1). In effort to keep things the same, we crated as well in the beginning. By day 3, it was clear that he had developed Separation Anxiety and would scream and howl when we left and start pawing at the cage / Chewing at his bedding. My husband and I setup a webcam, and we could see him get progressively more upset, until he finally maneuvered his way out of his crate and was free. Upon being free, he seemed to do okay. So, this leads to week 3… we decided rather than crate, we would baby gate off an area in our home and let him have more space to roam. Same thing happened, he got upset and would cry, then jumped the baby gate and was free to roam the entire house. Following him escaping and jumping the gate, we attempted to let him have free-roam of the house (main floor and upstairs). At first, that was appearing to work and he never destroyed anything (chewing, etc.) in the house. My husband and I thought, “well, maybe he just doesn’t want to be cooped up.” Although, he still voluntarily goes into his crate and doesn’t have any hesitance when entering, or exiting. Last week, unfortunately he started to pee on the rug in the living room. He was always more of a “crate trained” dog than a “house trained” dog so we knew this was a risk going in when letting him have free roam. I cleaned the pee up with Natures Miracle and we trekked on a few more days. By week end, he was peeing one time every day (different spots on the rug) every time we left him alone. He NEVER has accidents when we are not home, and had never soiled in his crate. Now, this leads me to the question(s)… Since his arrival, his anxiousness when we leave and come back has dramatically improved – do you think his SA has subsided just from us sticking to a routine and him getting more used to us? The adoption agency recommends that we try to crate him again (with reinforcements on the latches) until he learns he cannot pee in the house when we are gone. Their opinion is that since its only happening when we are gone, he isn’t learning not to and it will continue. How long do you typically crate with a new dog? My previous dogs (not Greys) were never really crated, so this is new to me. Here is a snapshot of the day routine: 5:30 – 6:15 He gets exercised (walk/jog) and typically relieves himself 2-3 times during the walk 7:15 – 7:20 He gets his morning food 8:00 – He gets taken outside again to relieve himself one more time in the AM 8:15 – Administer Melatonin with Peanut Butter and Crate Him, Turn a Radio On 8:30 – I leave for the day for work 4:15 – Husband returns home from work and walks him / potty 5:30 (or earlier) – I am home from work and we all hang out, etc. 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Second Feeding 9:30 – 10:00 PM One more Potty Break (there may be one in between this time and his feeding if he has to go) Thank you very much for any thoughts, advice or comments. We are wondering if this is pretty normal for the first few weeks and if there is anything else we can try to do to help him through the transition. Lastly, if there are thoughts as to whether or not he is just not a dog that can be alone (i.e. needs to be rehomed to a house with other Greys, or people home all of the time).
  6. Hi everyone, I've had my 2yr old greyhound for just over three weeks now. Monday to Thursday he comes to work with me, i usually put him in his crate around 11/11.30pm for bedtime. He usually wakes up around 7.30am each day to be let out to go to the toilet, I then give him his breakfast around 7.45/8am each day. On the weekends i do this then shut him in the living room using a baby gate. I then try to go back to sleep - sometimes he'll whine just a little bit then go back to bed again, however recently after i've gone back to bed he'll whine and howl intermittently for 5/10 minuets at a time each hour... I've tried just ignoring it but he doesn't really seem to settle. Is there anyway I can get him to settle again in the mornings? Should I put him back in his crate after breakfast? I want to avoid him sleeping in my bedroom with me as thats where my cats sleep and i don't trust my new hound completely around the cats unsupervised (yet). My partner also works 12 hour shifts so sleep is really important! I've got a dap diffuser but it doesn't seem to be helping... He's on antibiotics at the moment so i don't know if that would cause him any discomfort? Please help - is this just a settling in issue or will I never be able to sleep in on weekends again!? Thanks!
  7. Hi, We are planning on picking up our retired greyhound this coming Friday. How do we balance letting him get settled into his new home and giving him reassurance and letting him get to know us, with avoiding separation anxiety? 1) In the first few days, can we start doing SA training (e.g. going out the door and coming back in, leaving him for 10 mins etc.)? When do you recommend starting that training? 2) We do not plan on having him sleep in our bedroom long term. However many of the books/forums recommend letting him sleep in your bedroom at first to help him settle in and adjust to the new home. Should we start as we mean to go on (sleeping in different room), or allow him few days in our room until he's settled and knows us/the flat? Thanks!
  8. Hello! We have only had our new girl all of one week (we brought her home on May 21st), and I'd like to start off by saying that she's wonderful & I know everything we're seeing is manageable. She is our first grey though, and I wanted to get some feedback from those who have more experience with ex-racers. Our Alice will be 3 on June 7th, so she didn't do too much racing, only 38 races- and she happily gets along well with our 17lb West highland terrier who is 16 years old. I've been taking Alice out for her daily walks with me, and she is very well mannered- heeling beautifully on my left side. But whenever another dog her size comes up, she immediately growls at them and even give them an opened mouthed snarl in their direction. She will happily approach these dogs, but the moment that they try to sniff her (while she's sniffing them) she starts growling again. Yesterday my rescue group rep even told me that apparently she was the Queen of the turnout pen while at the Kennel- ordering everyone else around and harassing the other greys if they stepped out of line. (we didn't know anything about that at the time of her adoption). Obviously I know everything is new, and that it will take time for her to get comfortable in our home (although she's been very affectionate with us, and is learning new commands quickly from me). My main question is this- is it possible to get her to not be such a B**** with other dogs her size, and if so, how would you approach this? Currently I've been keeping her away from other dogs, and watching how she interacts with Nikki, our much smaller westie. Thanks in advance for any guidance, I really appreciate it. ~Liz
  9. I first met Daisy when I went to my family's house in KS for Christmas vacation. They were kind enough to pick her up from Alex's House Dog Rescue and foster her for a few weeks. After one look in her eyes, I was smitten! I realized just how small a 60 lb girl can be when she curled up in a costco bed and only took up about a quarter of the space! Of course then I had to drive back home, with a curious back seat driver Since I live in California, we had to stop by and Stand on a corner in Winslow Arizona, where Daisy wondered if the statue would pet her. It didn't. Now that we are in California, she has found the couch, wants to play with the Roomba, and loves spending time in the yard when it is not raining, as you can see in the facebook video. https://www.facebook.com/tricia.cox.71/videos/10210917810314418/
  10. Hi -- My husband and I have been reading this forum for a while now, but haven't posted. I wish our first post were under different circumstances, but here it is. We adopted Nittany (originally Brook) about six weeks ago. She is a 3 year old female and can be so sweet, happy, and affectionate. I have been around dogs my whole life, but this is my first dog as an adult, and my DH's first dog period. When we first brought her home, she had some pretty bad separation anxiety. We were in pretty constant contact with our adoption group, and she seemed to turn around really quickly. Now, we are having a different problem. She has been snapping at us, mostly at night, mostly when we are on the couch with her, and last night she bit DH's arm hard enough to break the skin, and this morning it seems bruised as well. At first, we thought it could be sleep startle, so we made sure she was awake before petting her (she sleeps with her eyes open so we call her name and make sure she looks up). However, it seems that she will still snap at us when awake. It is also not consistently when we are petting her, sometimes she will start growling/baring teeth/snapping when we are simply sitting next to her. She is a huge velcro dog, she always chooses to sit next to us and follow us around. She will even lay her head on us sometimes and try to cuddle. I grew up with dogs being allowed on the couch, but after last night she has lost that privilege for the time being. We had talked to our adoption group in the last week, since she had started snapping a bit more frequently (prior maybe once a week, now every other day or so) and they suggested that we reprimand her - give her a sharper "no" with a 2-finger tap on the nose. She stops growling right away and looks rather forlorn, but it didn't seem to cut down on the frequency. I'm starting to feel more nervous and scared around our dog. I feel as though I am a failure as a dog owner, and really don't know what to do. I do not want to give her up, but I don't want to keep her if we are not a good environment. We are talking more with our adoption group, and they are going to refer us to someone with bite experience, but I wanted to know what you guys think. DH and I are both committed to working with her, but we are both out of our depth here. Thank you
  11. I just came across this picture and thought I would share it here. This is for all of us who have been puzzled, confused, hurt, disappointed or nervous about our newly adopted dog's behaviour.
  12. We have had our current dog Essie for about a year and a half, we recently adopted her sister Abbey this past week. They got off to all things considered a good start with a couple barking incidents but not much else. Our current dog is possessive of her kennel while our new dog is a toy hoarder. Now Essie doesn’t mind Abbey taking toys from her she is actually doesn’t care. Except that this time the toy was in her kennel and this caused and issue leading Abbey biting Essie and leaving a gash under her eye. Needless to say we are stressed out thinking that we have ruined our old dog’s life by bringing a new dog in. Reading this board however we realize that however unfortunate this event is it has happened to several people and they have stuck it though and have dogs that coexist. Things we have read on line from time to time contradict each other so I wanted to get advice of what has worked for you on several topics. They are fine on walks so we will continue to walk them together and we will go with muzzles going forward. Our current dog sleeps in our room; however our new dog sleeps in her kennel down stairs. There were suggestions of the new dog should sleeping in the room with us so she bonds with the pack quicker. Should we allow her to sleep in the room outside her kennel? During the day when we are away they stay in crates. Is it okay that their crates are in the same room? Our new dog loves toys, if we have muzzles on should we allow her to have toys? When is there a time we can allow toys? Maybe have a play time when they are separated where we give them toys to play with? Our old dog seems a little traumatized by last night events any ideas on how to get her back to normal? Should we pay more attention to our older dog? Who do we feed first?
  13. Hello! I am a first-time greyhound owner as of three or so months ago. River, our 2.5 year old retired racer, has had some shyness problems since we got her. For example, for the first few weeks, she froze (would just stand still and not move or respond) multiple times on every walk. This problem had gotten much better until three days ago. We were outside when a bunch of teenagers about 100 ft away were skateboarding. As soon as River heard the skateboards, she did something we never saw her do before - pulled as hard as she could on the leash to go back inside. This lasted all the way through our apartment complex, and she only started to calm down once we were back in our apartment. Later that night, the same thing happened, and since then she hasn't been the same. She used to respond to "come" much more reliably, and for the past two days, has refused to go outside even when she has to go to the bathroom. We either have to pick her up if we are taking her out by ourselves, or if we both take her out, she will go hesitantly. Today (two days since the incident), she has stopped using stairs which she was fine with before, and is now not even interested in her favorite treats (milkbones, greenies, or ice cubes). We aren't sure if it's still trauma from the skateboards, or if she's just feeling under the weather. We don't want to reward her for her renewed interest in freezing on walks (giving a treat when she finally comes), but we don't want to scold her either. Should we pick her up when she stops, or just wait it out? Do you think the trauma will just take time, or is there something else we can do? Thank you! - Crystal & River
  14. After researching many breeds, I concluded that a greyhound seems like the perfect fit for my household. However, I've never owned one and would really like some advice and tips for bringing one home. I'll be going to pick up my new girl, a retired racer, in 5 days. Here's the only picture I managed to snag of her that wasn't too blurry whenever I went to visit: I have no other dogs. Thanks in advance!
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