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Hello! I am a new greyhound owner; we just adopted a retired racing hound about a month ago. I'm having a lot of trouble taking her out to go potty. We lived in a large apartment complex in Denver for the first two weeks, and she absolutely despised walking through the halls and going in the elevator. She hated going so much that my partner had to carry her to the dog park every day. We just moved into a townhouse, so the grass is about 10ft away, but she is still so hesitant to leave the house. She freezes right at the doorway and refuses to go further. So, again, we carry her 10ft over to the grass every day. She still seems really spooked and her tail goes between her legs, nose drips, and she looks around frantically and tries to pull us back to the door. Even if there aren't many noises. She gets really nervous when the wind makes the leaves rustle, and other 'normal' noises like that. We take her out as little as possible to avoid traumatizing her, but we still try to take her out a few times a day. We don't have a fenced yard, so we can't just leave the door open for her, as I've read about with desensitizing training. She is very food motivated, but when she is outside, she ignores all food (seemingly due to fear). Inside the home, she's absolutely perfect. Sweet, affectionate, and growing into her personality more every day. Really the only issue she is having is going outside. We're at a loss for what to do or try now. We know that becoming a pet is a HUGE adjustment, and moving didn't help (even though her potty spot is way closer now). We're hoping you greyhound veterans have some new ideas for us!! Thanks so much in advance!
Our recently retired greyhound has been with us for a couple days now. The first day he was great with walks, the second day a loud, fast car came by a quiet street and scared him. Now he is so so so reluctant to go outside and once he’s out there he doesn’t move at all. How can I help?
Looking to get some good tips on how to get Biggie to "happily" leave the house for walks with my parents. Biggie and I stay with my parents 2-3 days a week a few times a month and I have a longer work trip coming up where I would like to leave him with my parents (better a place he is kind of familiar with than a kennel). After lots of adjustment pains - Biggie and my parents (especially my Dad) have become more comfortable with each other. Once he gets outside with them - he has a lovely walk. The problem is actually GETTING him outside. If I'm not home Biggie refuses to leave his bed to go on a walk with any of my family members. he will leave the bed for treats in any other part of the house - but the second it is around his normal walk time he shuts down. He stared for an hour at a line of hot dog/tuna fish chunks (that he normally goes nuts for) from his bed to the front door - refusing to even sniff them or move his head! Trying to put the leash on when when he is in his bed is not an option - he is still pretty protective of his space when he is laying down. The only times my parents have been able to walk Biggie are if they catch him by the door and put the leash on quickly. Then he is pretty reluctant to leave the house still (statue in the door way) - but once he is bribed/tugged through the door he'll get moving. Biggie loves walks with my SO and I now - and my parents would love to walk him as well since he is lovely on the leash once he is out of the house. I'd just like it to be able have him go willingly out of the house with them - instead of waiting for me to get home!