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  1. Hello, Were new and have just rehomed a 4.5 year old black and white Boy called Senner. Hes recently retired. Weve brought him into a 4 bed detached home with a small to medium garden. No other pets or kids, just me and my partner. We knew he was a bit shy when we first adopted him but were just hoping for some advice. He has taken to his bed in the kitchen immediately, this is his safe space, and its very difficult to get him away from there. He doesnt seem to recognise his name, making any training difficult. When we first got him 2 weeks ago you could put his lead on and this would get him up and hed Go for 2 walks a day, theyd be occasional freezes but he seemed to enjoy them. However now he refuses to get up for his collar. If we put it on when hes already outside to go to the loo then hell freeze at the end of our culdesac and refuse to go any further, you cant walk in corcles, hes not food motivated and we end up turning round and he marches home. We also could get him up from the bed and gently lead him into the lounge on an evening when we were in there arching TV, close the door, and hed settle. Now he wont be led anywhere and we cant seem to Tempt him In with treats. Were using a pet remedy diffuser in the lounge and hes wearing a bandana with it sprayed on to help but it just feels like were taking some Many steps backward. Any ideas/words of wisdom? Any help would be appreciated!
  2. 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.
  3. I've had my grey Minnow for about 6 months. She had a fairly successful racing career (110 races and won 1/4 of them) She is low prey drive, doesn't even want to look at our cat. She is still fearful and unsure about something (loud trucks, vacuums, etc..) On walks if she sees another dog she freezes and locks onto the dog and just stays where she is or tensely walks forward in a way that seems kind of intense and unfriendly to the other dog and owner. She looks like she is locked on and stalking! She freezes and lets other dogs sniff her first though. So I cant really tell if she is shy or not? At the dog park she does not like rough play or dogs barking in her face and gives warning growls, but is happy to get sniffs and run along side other dogs. She walks around the dog park very confidently though, tail high. There is a very dominant loud dog we run into at the dog park with a negligible owner. The dog b-lines towards Minnow staring her down and barking and will not let her be, blocking and circling when she tries to walk away. I can tell it is escalating so I leave before anything has happened. But one time while walking by the dog park,the other owner who was just leaving dropped their leash (the dog is too large and strong for the owner) and he came charging over. It was very scary! Luckily my boyfriend was with me and restrained the other dog. Why does this dog have a personal vendetta against Minnow? Is it a size thing ?Minnow is kind of a scaredy cat about lots of things but maybe she is actually a dominant dog? The dog park I go to seems to have medium to smaller sized dogs, Minnow is normally one of the bigger dogs there.
  4. We adopted our first grey yesterday around noon. Grace is a shy dog, definitely not a spook, but shy. She has warmed up to me a bit - will take treats from my hand, yesterday's dinner from my hand, allows me to pet her, but won't actively come to me (I fully expected that.) She willingly went on two walks yesterday and got up from her bed when I put her leash on to go out to the backyard a few times. For some reason, last night and this morning she has not wanted to move from her bed to go outside, even after I put the leash on. She just seems sad (which I expected, too....I know there is a period of adjustment for them.) If she wants to hang on her bed for awhile to get used to us, that is totally fine. The bed is in the living room so she is around us all. My only worry is....doesn't she need to get out to relieve herself? She did drink quite a bit after her walks yesterday and ate most of her dinner...she hasn't pooped yet, but she did pee in the yard (which I did a happy dance for, of course.) Her behavior seems right to me for what I've read about shy dogs, but Grace honey.....ya gotta pee and poop for me! Any suggestions or am I just worrying too much? ** I added some more shy questions I am having somewhere on page 2....thank you everyone for your support during these first few days of learning about having a shy dog...this is my first grey and I am a very patient person...just want to make sure I am doing my best with certain situations **
  5. Hi everyone, My husband and I are new pack leaders to Venus. Venus is a 3-year brindle who we adopted through a greyhound rescue shelter. Yesterday was our 2nd week anniversary and as we go into our third week together I really appreciate this forum and all the feedback and suggestions everyone contributes. I was really not sleeping the first week ... I wanted to make sure I was doing everything right..... now going into week 3, my husband & I are getting more sleep and are just focused on learning Venus' signals..... less about being perfect or whatever. We've had and still continue to have pee pee questions (why is she only going once a day ?) but are a little more calm about it. One quick question I have for folks is do you think it's ok to have 2 crates for her? Venus has her crate in the bedroom but this means she's totally not with us for most of the time we're at home. So I'm thinking if she feels safe in the crate can she have a bedroom crate and a "daytime" crate in another room? Am I being over protective? I just want her to be socialized and not hanging out by herself. Any thoughts are super appreciated!
  6. Hi! When I first got my pretty Katie 3 years ago, she was a spook. Terrified to leave her crate, had to be coaxed down the hallway step by step, had to be carried outside and would panic and run inside anytime ANYTHING changed, from a new sound to a bird flying to the wind blowing. It's been a long, sometimes slow, three years, but she has come along awesomely! I have done a lot of training with her, and she is on generic prozac, which definitely is helping. But one thing that can not be under-emphasized is the importance of what you are using to counter-condition your dog. I'd been using cheese, because she really seemed to like cheese, and it was relatively convenient to carry around. But then, when I hit a plateau, I talked to my trainer and she agreed that I could use chicken feet during class. Oh. My. God! What a difference! As someone wisely pointed out, if you don't see a change in behavior when you are counter-conditioning in a relatively short time, it's because the dog is either over threshold or doesn't find the reinforcer to be reinforcing enough. The first class (with cheese), Katie balked at going up the steps, and basically endured class. The first class with chicken feet, she went up the steps no problem, and was engaged and alert during class. The third class, she was standing up in the car looking out the front window as we got close to class, and made the eager whine she does for going on the greyhound walk. The fourth class, we had out at a park. Here's some pictures from that: So it is possible for these dogs to make huge improvements. I never really thought I would be able to get Katie to be this comfortable outside. My initial attempts to walk her resulted in her going into full-blown panic mode and acting like a little bucking bronco, so this is a huge improvement. Just thought other people might be needing some encouragement. I'm not really sure of the best forum for this, so a moderator can move it if they feel it should be somewhere else. Rebecca and Katie
  7. Hi! When I first got my pretty Katie 3 years ago, she was a spook. Terrified to leave her crate, had to be coaxed down the hallway step by step, had to be carried outside and would panic and run inside anytime ANYTHING changed, from a new sound to a bird flying to the wind blowing. It's been a long, sometimes slow, three years, but she has come along awesomely! I have done a lot of training with her, and she is on generic prozac, which definitely is helping. But one thing that can not be under-emphasized is the importance of what you are using to counter-condition your dog. I'd been using cheese, because she really seemed to like cheese, and it was relatively convenient to carry around. But then, when I hit a plateau, I talked to my trainer and she agreed that I could use chicken feet during class. Oh. My. God! What a difference! As someone wisely pointed out, if you don't see a change in behavior when you are counter-conditioning in a relatively short time, it's because the dog is either over threshold or doesn't find the reinforcer to be reinforcing enough. The first class (with cheese), Katie balked at going up the steps, and basically endured class. The first class with chicken feet, she went up the steps no problem, and was engaged and alert during class. The third class, she was standing up in the car looking out the front window as we got close to class, and made the eager whine she does for going on the greyhound walk. The fourth class, we had out at a park. Here's some pictures from that: So it is possible for these dogs to make huge improvements. I never really thought I would be able to get Katie to be this comfortable outside. My initial attempts to walk her resulted in her going into full-blown panic mode and acting like a little bucking bronco, so this is a huge improvement. Just thought other people might be needing some encouragement. I'm not really sure of the best forum for this, so a moderator can move it if they feel it should be somewhere else. Rebecca and Katie
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