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  1. Ivy came to live with us just 2 days ago. She's 4. She is so sweet and gentle and lovely. She has done so well, learning so many new things, the biggest of which are the stairs. We live in a townhouse, 3 storey. Living room and kitchen are on the 1st floor so we had to teach her stairs on the 1st day. She's not a fan, very tentative, but unsurprisingly going up or down is not a problem when I happen to be carrying freshly toasted lemon pancakes... But the rest of the time she is quite reluctant and coaxing her downstairs and out for toilet takes a while each time. First thing this morning she had accident outside the living room - my fault as I realise I should have just made her go out when we first woke up (yup, I'm sleeping in the living room with her for now as I don't think I can cope with 2 flights of palaver in the middle of the night). So alld ay today I've been on alert whenever she strolls out of the living room... Does she need to go down for a wee? Or does she want her water in the kitchen? Or just a changé of scenery for a few minutes? ... I look out for circling but she does that before sitting or lying down too. my friend's dog goes to the back door and scratches it when he wants to go out which alerts her to open it but Ivy isn't going to go downstairs on her own to get to the back door. I don't want her to think I'm going to be watching every time she leaves the room. Any suggestions?. Another thing is that she's quickly become super attached to me. She looks to me a lot for reassurance and when I say 'it's ok' she settles back again straight away. I'm so happy but there are drawbacks. When I stand up, so does she, even if she was sleeping. When I leave the room, she's on my tail. Is this OK? Is it healthy? (how will I ever leave the house unaccompanied again?!)
  2. We are thinking of adopting a greyhound and live in a 3rd floor flat. Anyone have experience of teaching a greyhound to use stairs like these? Is it doable?
  3. I have read posts about older greys having trouble going up and down stairs. I have the same problem with my 12 year old male. Has anyone found an effective way to help these dogs to negotiate the stairs?
  4. Hi all! My husband and I have had our first greyhound, Willow, for about a week, and couldn't be happier. She's been off the track for about 6 weeks- 5 of those in a foster house with other greyhounds. She's incredibly sweet and gentle with us, and for the most part has been a dream so far. While she isn't scared of people, and already seems attached to us, she is definitely very timid about floors, exploring the house, toys, and especially STAIRS. We live on a second floor two flat, so she has to use the stairs to go outside 4x/day. We came into this with eyes wide open, and I knew that the stairs would be a challenge. I'm happy to be patient with her, but after a week and 20+ trips up and down, it seems we've made very little progress and I'm wondering if I should be doing something differently. The stairs are hardwood, so we put down carpeted treads to help her with traction after it was clear she was sliding a lot. Our usual routine is to first encourage her to come up the stairs on her own, talking to her and saying "UP". Sometimes this will spur her to do the first two, but then she always "statues" on the landing before she has to do 7 stairs. So, we support her from behind, moving her paws up stair by stair, and nudging her to go. Typically once we get to the second to last stair, she'll leap up. She gets big treats and praise when she gets up the stairs, regardless of how much we helped her. After a week of this, we're not seeing much progress- she still statues at the sight of them, sometimes tries to go back DOWN the stairs she's already accomplished. We've tried high value treats (which she'll usually have nothing to do with while on the stairs), tried not stopping and just running up so she doesn't have time to think too much, tried waiting her out, and nothing seems to help her progress. We always end up with us moving her up and showing her how, but she isn't catching on on her own. She goes down the stairs great- very deliberately and methodically. I've read on other threads here that a lot of greys get this after a few days, and I'm worried that we're doing something wrong here. I'm happy to be patient, but I don't want to have to manhandle her 4x a day if I don't have to- I'm sure it's not fun for her! Any advice or thoughts would be much appreciated!
  5. Hi, I've had my greyhound for about a year now; he just turned 4. When I first got him he was terrible walking on a lead -- he would jump up and even back out of his martingale collar. After he managed to do this once, I put him in a harness and he's been safe ever since. With his leg that was broken, it took him months to learn how to walk up the stairs without being rewarded with treats at every step, and weeks to learn how to walk on a lead without constantly trying to get off of it. While now he is pretty good on walks and on the stairs, I would like to work with him more on his behavior and manners on a lead. I've been practicing walking with him, and randomly stopping, giving him a command "Stop" and then wait for him to come back to my side, and then reward him with a treat. He's gotten pretty good with this, as we've only been practicing a few days, but he still pulls ahead, and won't stop and come back to me until I ask. Is there a better method of teaching? I would like him to stay at my side, and stop with me when I stop. I'm worried that I'm not being consistent, because when he's going outside for bathroom purposes, I generally let him lead the way by sniffing and determining where he wants to go. How do I teach him to stay at my side during walks, but also allow him the freedom during his bathroom breaks? Also, the past month or so, he's been very stubborn on the stairs. Sometimes he will run right up. Other times, he will just look at me and stand at the bottom. I don't think anything scared him. Rather, I think sometimes it's his way of telling me he doesn't want to go inside yet (the stairs are outside and lead to my 4th floor apartment). Does this sound right? I think it might be him wanting to play outside more, but her in DC, it's gotten pretty cold and I worry about him staying warm and his paws (I haven't been successful with putting anything on his feet for warmth/protection). Lastly, we walk in generally the same area every day -- the walking path around the apartment. Sometimes he lags behind and then will randomly statue, and not come for anything. I've tried walking him in circles, using treats, calling him... The only thing that will get him going is if I walk in the direction he wants to go to, which is always opposite of where I want to go to. The problem is, sometimes he wants to walk in areas that are unsafe, or go towards other dogs and things like that. So he will just stop walking with me and absolutely freeze, and if I give him any lead, he will use it to go in the direction he wants and pull away from me. I feel like it is just him being stubborn, and trying to get me to follow him around rather than following me. Any insight or advice on this behavior? Thanks so much. Sorry for the long post! Lindsey
  6. My husband and I recently moved cross country from Portland OR to Pittsburgh PA with our two older greyhounds, Lea, 12 and Elliott, 11. They have had to adapt to a lot of changes over the last few months - flying cross country, living with me in the daylight basement at my aunt and uncle's home outside of Washington DC for over 2 months while we house hunted and waited for our closing date. Most of that time my husband was in Portland preparing for our move. They accompanied us on several long drives back and forth from DC to Pittsburgh (4 1/2 hours each way), then finally we moved into our new house the day after Christmas, and spent three days in our new place without a stick of furniture due to a delay in our stuff being delivered by the mover. This has all been hard on them, but they've been great troopers. Our new home has stairs. The first level is the living room, dining room and kitchen and the bedrooms are all upstairs. The places we lived in previously only had basements and a main floor, so the dogs never learned to navigate stairs, since there was no need for them to go in the basement. We didn't think the stairs here would be a big deal because there are three landings with only 3 steps to the first, 8 to the second and 4 to the top and they are not extremely steep or narrow like our previous basement stairs, and they are carpeted. On the first day in our new place we were able to get Elliott to come upstairs, but we had no furniture, and I think it freaked him out. He refused to come back down the stairs and my husband had to carry him down. The dogs have always slept in our room with us, but we've been in our house for almost two weeks now, and neither of them have tried the stairs since. I have encouraged them to come up and have offered treats, but haven't tried too hard because we've been busy unpacking. After this weekend we'll be pretty much all moved in, and I'd like to focus more on getting them to come upstairs. I would really appreciate any helpful hints or success stories if you've been in a similar situation.
  7. Hello everyone! I just adopted a fairly young retired racing Greyhound last week! Her name is Trace and shes 1.6years old! So I have a few problems (not huge ones, but need some advice). For starters- STAIRS. She can do outside stairs, inside stairs, but NOT my apartment stairs. Don't know why they frighten her to death, the one staircase I really need her to do she refuses big time; but were working on it. My main problem- is that she is not excited for anything. She doesn't want to go on walks (I'm thinking a big part of that is her having to go down the stairs). I know she has only been with me a week, and she is still learning everything because she has never been in a house before- but her tail never wags! I feel as if she is not happy even though I am trying so hard for her to get adjusted. We go on super long walks and usually she is OK on them, tail is still never wagging but shes taking everything in. The occasional stops on the walks where she just doesn't want to move, but that I stand next to her for a minute or 2 and she picks up again. Is the tail wagging a problem? Is it just that she is getting used to everything still? I feel so bad =/
  8. We've had Auggie (2-3/4 yrs old, 70 lbs of fun) for a little over a month now. We have a steep flight of 12 wooden steps, with carpet treads, that lead to our bedroom where he sleeps at night. My husband carries him up every night, and down every morning. We have tried getting him to do the stairs a few times now, alternating one foot at a time and keeping the same pattern, and rewarding him with chicken every step, but he stays stiff as a board and shivers. The only movement we get is the movement we create (and of course, from his sniffer as he tries to find the chicken). Can anyone out there offer some hopeful advice?? Will my husband be carrying him his whole life?!?!
  9. Hi Greyhound lovers, Help:) Looking for some advice. I recently adopted a beautiful 5 years greyhound, Pluto, brought him home on Saturday to where I live on the beach directly off Pacific Coast Highway. He had been doing great the first few days, adapting to the condo, the beach and everything new. Until yesterday. He learned the stairs that go up and down to my condo entrance right away, but since yesterday, all of the sudden, he refuses to go up them. And its the only way in and out of my condo. And the only way he can get to the street (PCH) or anywhere else to the go to the bathroom. I help him up one foot at a time, but once we get to the top he immediately pulls hard to get back down to the condo. I really don't think it is the stairs, I think he has become terrified of the traffic on PCH. As he will gladly go up and down the stairs to the beach on the other side of my building. But now he refuses to go up and down from the condo or relieve himself alongside the road on PCH where the cars are driving by. He is super afraid. If I could take him to the beach every time to go to the bathroom, it would be fine. But I can't as the tides are not always low enough. Which means if he does not go alongside the road, he does not go. Its been since yesterday at 6:30pm since he went to the bathroom. I'm worried. Any advice on this? Any thoughts welcome. Thanks so much. Joe
  10. Good day all, I am a new greyhound mama, and so happy to find this supportive and informative discussion group! Our boy Cyclone came home with us three weeks ago, and (although he mostly sleeps and isn't very social indoors) is a better dog than I dared imagine! We were well prepared with tips and tricks to help him learn to go up and down stairs (we live in a third floor apartment), and he took to it suprisingly quickly. On only the second or third day he was going up and down like a pro (only sometimes a little too fast). Just a few nights ago, we were remarking how nice and slow he comes down now, one foot at a time without help. Then he tripped going up, and smashed his shoulder into the top step. From then he started to get more and more nervous, until I came home on Friday to find that my 11yo daughter had taken him out, and had to have a neighbor carry Cyclone up all those steps when he simply laid down at the bottom and refused to budge. I took him out myself to practice the steps. He shook and balked and whined... and when finally we started down he did okay - until halfway, at which point his legs turned to jelly and he fell and slid about 6 steps to the base of the stairs. After a couple more tries (for which he was very reluctant and about which I feel like a total jerk for making him try) he laid down and refused to go. I carried him up (no small feat, I am a small person, and he is a big boy) and set him on his feet at the top of the stairs. He wobbled the few paces down the hall to our door, then laid down and refused to move again. I carried him inside and sat with him on his blanket while he panted and drooled profusely. Saturday morning I bought him a harness with a handle to assist in navigating the stairs. Since then, this is how it goes: I stand behind him with my knees against his rear legs (like he's sitting in my lap), and one hand on the harness. We go up very slowly, as I move his legs one at a time, all the while supporting him with the harness and my legs. He shakes and leans into the wall, and at least once per trip goes "noodly," letting his legs go completely limp. At the top of each set of stairs we congratulate and pet him, give him a second to rest, and then continue on. (Going down stairs is fine, nice and slow, but he likes to have me be in front of him, and has to take a few seconds to screw up his courage.) He's had a clumsy back-and-forth sway to his swagger since we got him, and sometimes trips on his long legs,but other than that he is walking just fine. He is jaunty and happy in the park, but as we hit the point at which he knows we're heading home, he slows waaaaaay down, and pauses more frequently. By the time we get back to the house he is shaking and panting and an anxious mess! But, once we reach the top stair and our hallway, he's all trots and tail wags again. So, I don't think he's hurt. I'm hoping that time and patience will help Cyclone regain his confidence. It is a struggle for me to keep my own anxiety level down, and it is absolutely killing my back supporting his weight up the stairs several times a day, but I'm sure it's nothing compared to how he is feeling. If anyone has advice, or even a story of triumph over a similar fear to give us something to look forward to, it would be most appreciated! Thank you for reading our story!
  11. Foster boy Jasper arrived knowing none of his basic commands (sit, down and stay). This came as a big surprise because he went through a program where he was supposed to have been taught at least that top 3. He's also having trouble with stairs, which he was supposed to have been taught. He takes short staircases by leaping the entire thing and freezes up on steep staircases. I've encouraged Riley to go up and down to show Jasper how it's done. I've also been moving each his paws one at a time for him and placing them on the steps to get him up. When we get to the last few steps he leaps them. Any adopter will expect that he has learned these things. He could also be spoken for at any time so we've got to work fast. He is smart and well-behaved. He understood from the get-go that he wasn't supposed to pee in the house and never had an accident. He learned how to get into the car and how to use the dog door just by watching Riley do it. He isn't terribly food-motivated though. All of my previous hounds have either come preprogrammed with the basics, or have learned stairs by watching their friends, or I haven't felt the need to teach certain commands (Raven never really needed to sit so I never taught her). What is the best way to teach Jasper? FWIW, we are on totally flat prairie so there aren't a lot of hills to teach "sit" on, which is how I would have done it. I bought a clicker so we do have that to work with.
  12. Hello! Just got my Talos tonight and I've run into a bit of a snag... My bedroom and any usable shower and/or bed is upstairs. My dog knows what stairs are and learned about them in a prison program. But he hasn't connected that my stairs are the same type of deal as the prison stairs. Originally, I wanted his crate up in my room next to my bed. That's obviously not working out. Right now, my solution is to crate him downstairs and hang out on the couch, but just for tonight. What I want to know is how to proceed. I'm concerned that if I go sleep upstairs and leave him down, that he will get separation anxiety, since he's a very personable guy (which would make separation training and going to work very difficult). I went up to shower and heard him crying downstairs. He stopped when I scolded him, though. I also need solutions that would work for one person, as I live alone :/
  13. Hi. This is the first time I've posted here, so here is a brief introduction to our Greyhound: Dash is a 7 year old female greyhound. We adopted Dash in February of 2011; She was 4 years old at the time and had raced for about 2 years in West Virginia. We live on the second floor of a building in Brooklyn, NY. Three weeks ago we got a diagnosis of Osteosercoma in her right rear leg after some xrays were taken. (She had been limping on and off since March, but that is another story). Two weeks ago we had the leg amputated. Chemotherapy began this week. So, two weeks post surgery, besides not rooing for her meals, she is basically acting just like she was at the beginning of the year. Oh, and she is completely freaked out and frightened by the stairs she used to climb to and from our second floor apartment. I have been carrying her and down up the stairs for the last 5 or 6 weeks. As soon as we scheduled the amputation, we ordered Dash a Ruffwear harness. This is been fantastic. It really helped us provide some balance support for her the first couple days after the surgery. Since then it helps get her in and out of the car and provides some sense of security (for her humans) on walks. I was assuming the harness would allow us to aid Dash when she was using stairs. This hasn't gone well. When Dash initially learned how to go up stairs 3 years ago, her strategy was to tackle then as fast as possible in order to get them over with as soon as possible. This strategy worked very well for her until she lost a rear leg. Any advice on how to get her comfortable with stairs again? I'm expecting she will be able to go up and down the stairs with support from a human and the harness. I'd be elated (but not surprised) if she was able to navigate the stairs by herself again. In order for this to happen I assume she needs a different approach to the stairs than 'fast as possible'. I'm not sure how to go about having her unlearn that behavior. Any advice? Help? James (and Kelly) (She has started to pick up a new behavior that is quite funny. She has always been a female that lifts her leg to pee and tends to spread her scent throughout the neighborhood. There is no problem when she tries to lift her fantom leg to pee, but when she lifts her other leg... She initially fell down, but today she has started to do a handstand on her front legs so she can still left her rear leg to pee.)
  14. So.... I have a silly, but kinda serious question. Does anyone's greyhound go up and down carpeted "open" spiral stairs?? We go on vacation a hand full of times to my uncle's lake home in Tofte, Mn on Lake Superior. The only stairs between the first and second floors are a set of spiral stairs. The first and only time we brought PJ up there was a few weeks ago and he wasn't having anything to do with them. He does great with normal carpeted stairs. We are going up again in a few weeks and I don't want to scare my already spooked dog more, but I'd like him to learn the stairs. Any advice?? I'm only asking because my "whole" family will be going up there for Thanksgiving this year and if we can't get him to use the stairs we probably will have to board him while we are gone. Other people occupy the other bedrooms on the first floor when "everyone" goes up at the same time. And no, they won't switch.
  15. Our new adopted greyhound has been with us for 6 days now, and almost everything has been perfect during our honeymoon stage. Everything except the stairs that is. She is 5 yrs old. We have hardwood floors, and our bedroom is on the 2nd floor. We read up extensively on teaching a grey to climb stairs & we've tried everything...standing behind & moving front legs then back, then we tried the treats up the stairs, I even have climbed the stairs on all fours as one site suggested. We've praised instead of scolding every single time. We've not tried to force her up by her collar, and we've not carried her. But still, no marked improvement. Here's the kicker: she's going down the stairs like a pro, unassisted & safely paced for a couple of days now. Which has left us scratching our heads as to why she won't learn to go up. Any guidance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
  16. Hello everyone! I am a new parent and was wondering if I could ask for some advice for my two new Greys. I have only had them for a week, so I am sure that a lot of this is just impatience on my part... Any good advice for teaching stairs? We have tried treats, leading them up and down on a leash, me it front, hubby in back. One has expressed some interest and one has absolutely no desire to do stairs... I know miracles aren't worked in a day. I just hope I am doing it right and not scaring them in the meantime. We brought both males home at the same time. Is there an amount of time before one of them shows dominance over the other? So far they are both getting along extremely well. They each have warned each other once about space issues, but nothing scary. Sometimes they can lie close to each other, but more often they do not. Any good advice on trying to train both males at the same time? Is it ok to crate one and train the other? Also, how do you play with both at the same time? I am afraid if I play with one, the other will nip in jealousy. And they are ALWAYS together. Right now, they both are shadows. Where there is one, there is the other and wherever we go, they go. Should we try to enforce some seperation or individuality between the two? I really appreciate the help. I am loving my Greys! Who knew what wonderful dogs they are, and boy are they smart! ~Kris
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