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  1. Hello! My boyfriend and I just adopted a year old greyhound. She came straight from the owner - he raises them to race cross country and said she and her sister didn't have the drive and desire to race. We picked up her last night and it is now almost 11am and she has yet to pee or poop. I think she may have gone a little bit in the kennel but not enough to really even be noticeable. I took her for a walk with my boyfriend's dog and she goes out when his dog goes out. I'm hoping it will help her to learn the routine by following the other dog. She's very shy and somewhat nervous. Still giving us a pretty wide berth. I've set up a crate for her - she went in last night and seemed to do okay with a Kong and small bone. I am taking her out very often, at least every 1-2 hours. She'll sniff around and sniff behind the other dog but nothing has yet to come out. I'm a little worried. She's enjoying the bed that I bought for her and has been interested in the few toys. We walked this morning and after we got back she seems a little more nervous than before we left. Currently standing away from me and looking at me from afar. I know I need to be patient, I just hope I'm not traumatizing her, want her to be happy and adjusted. I know that this is ALL very new and scary, I just hate to see her nervous. I'm in and out throughout the day between school and errands, but not for more than 4-6 hours, so I have time spend with her. She did eat a bowl of food this morning and drank some water. I'm doing lots of reading to try and do the best for her! Any suggestions would be wonderful. -New nervous mom
  2. Hi there! I have been dying to adopt a greyhound since I saw a whole pack of them available at a county fair event when I was probably 10 years old. I am finally at a point in my life and in a house where I could be a good home for one. I have a mostly paved or decked back yard area, and I would like to avoid it starting to smell of dog urine/poop when I've got the hound out there. Obviously it won't be the primary potty spot but I want to set up an area in my 'side yard' that will be the go to area. The side yard is about 2 1/2-3 ft wide and 20 ft long, just a strip of wood-chipped area between the side of the house and a 5 ft fence. I am worried it might be too narrow to feel safe for a dog and I'm hoping maybe you all have experience/tips oh how to make it better. There's a surfboard/cover in the pic for now but it'll obviously be moved and I plan to clear out the plants. Would putting down sod so some grass establishes help? Is it just too closed in for a greyhound to utilize it? And once I have a dog, are there things I can do to establish only that area as the potty area?
  3. We brought home a beautiful 3.5 year-old girl yesterday. We are technically fostering her until her leg has healed (she will likely need surgery), at which point we can officially adopt. She was designated as cat-friendly, and that seems to be accurate so far. She's the only dog in the house, and we have just the one cat who has been cautious but calm so far. Our new girl, Nio (we haven't picked a real name yet) completely ignored the cat at first. Now she will look at her occasionally, but her attention is broken very easily. Based on what I've heard, that's pretty much the best case scenario. Nio loves her crate, and seems to hate being muzzled. She constantly tries to pull it off unless she's sleeping. Because of that, I've been letting her spend a good amount of time in the crate without the muzzle, but I'm not sure if that's good. To sum it up, these are the minor issues we're having that I'd love some input on: - We are in an apartment, so going potty on a leash is her only option. She's been good about not peeing inside (we had one accident yesterday, but I think that was due to excitement), but refuses to go until she absolutely can't hold it. I think the normal solution to this would be to walk her for as long as it takes, but we can't do that because of her broken leg. Once around the block is about as far as she can go. I've taken her out several times today (she did poop this morning), but she hasn't peed since we took her out at 3am (she wouldn't go before bed, and we heard her getting restless so we decided to make her come out with us in the middle of the night). She seemed very afraid when we went to take her out, and basically refused to move. But we didn't want her to wet her bed so we gently made her do it. I don't know if her nervousness in that situation was due to her new environment, or due to having to pee so badly (at that point, it had been almost 12 hours). Does anyone have any tips for this? I take her out very frequently and walk her in circles and back and forth. I try not to tug on the leash. Sometimes she seems like she wants to go, but a noise distracts her. I think somewhere quiet would help, but we're in the city so that's not much of an option. - Like I said, she's spent a lot of time un-muzzled in the crate, and then I'll occasionally lock up the cat so she can roam around without it. There's no big area to lock the cat, so I can't do that too much. When she has the muzzle on, she constantly tries to remove it. Mostly she rubs it on things, but she's rammed some shelves and other furniture a few times and I'm concerned she's going to start knocking things down. She also seems very irritated by it and it makes her a bit sassy. I'm concerned that she might end up taking out her frustration on the cat (not violently, but jumping at it, etc. which could harm their developing relationship). Her demeanor is so much calmer without it, and I'm not sure what to do. She does respond well to "leave it" when she's trying to get it off. I don't know if following her around and attempting to train her to stop in that way would be a good option, or if it might make her hate it even more. Again, my instinct would be to wear her out so she doesn't get as feisty about the muzzle, but I can't do that because of her leg. Thoughts? - Lastly, is it possible for her to love her crate too much? We originally intended to keep it upstairs and just have her sleep in it. But from the second we set it up, it's been her safe space. I don't want her to have to go up and down the stairs too much because of her leg, so we left it downstairs instead. Other than needing to potty, she seemed to be fine by herself last night, but that may change as she becomes more attached to us. When I leave the door open and her muzzle on, she is constantly in and out. She goes in when I'm in the room or look at her, and they comes out and tries to remove the muzzle if I walk away or sit down. She seems to immediately go into the kennel if I walk in the room. But I don't think she's actually afraid of me, because she was very affectionate before the kennel was there. Should I let this continue? It's nice for when I actually need her in there. But if this is bad anxiety or nervousness, I don't want to encourage it. Sorry for the wall of text. I know it's annoying to post three different questions at once. Input on any of these topics would be very much appreciated. Edit: I just want to add that so far we're incredibly happy with her. She is our first Greyhound, and these issues are pretty minor. I just don't want to mess up or make any of them worse by responding poorly. It's also only been one full day now, and I know there's a good chance she just needs to adjust.
  4. Hello, We've had our 4 year old girl, Lily, for 6 months now. For the first four months she didn't have one accident inside the house. Two months ago, my mother in law brought her dog over who peed on the rug, for the following week, Lily peed every night (even though we were still taking her out on a regular basis) in that same spot that the other dog had peed. I finally covered the spot with furniture and it stopped. Now for the past two weeks, she's been peeing intermittently in various places -- it doesn't seem there's any reason for it, and I've yet to catch her in the act. I'm home with her all day; she gets a walk on the leash and has free run of the backyard. Any advice on how to make this stop?
  5. Hi all! We are moving to a house with a yard in a few weeks. A big change for Miss Bella who is used to walks. We'll still take her on walks to give her more exercise and stimulation, but I'd love to train her to do her business in one area so that I can walk around barefoot and not have to worry about stepping in poo. Or have brown spots on the grass. Has anyone sucessfully done this? Note that we do not have a very large yard and there's not really a good option, at least at the moment, to put a specific new surface anywhere just for her. Thanks for any and all suggestions! Sara
  6. This is me and my husbands first greyhound! We have only had her for 3 days! We love her but we are new to this and need some advice. We are trying to get her on a potty schedule that is the same everyday and works around our work hours. I work 12-9pm so I usually taker her out first thing in the mornig (around 7:00). Then feed her at 8:00. Then take her out again around 8:30/8:45. Then I do what I need to do before leaving for the day. My husbands schedule is not as set, he is currently looking for a job and is working a part time one now. He is basically gone from 8:00-4:00ish...varies on the day. We are struggling with not taking her out TOO many times. I am wondering how long this takes and any tips from you guys. How did you guys get your hound on a schedule? She has gotten up before at 2:30 needing to go out, we took her because she had to go but I don't want her thinking that's gonna be her schedule! How long have you guys left your dog in a crate?
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