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We just adopted a second greygirl last week. She's 2 years old, so cute and sweet, but a little scared of us. If we ignore her, she'll come, but take a step toward her, and she bolts. I know she'll get over this in time and that we just need to be patient, but if I try to take her inside or bring her inside, for example, she will just dig in her heels, stop, and not go anywhere. I don't want to drag her in or out of the house, and she's too heavy to lift, but it's a problem because sometimes I need to go somewhere and I can't get her inside. Any advice?

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Don't grab her by the collar when you want to move her. Hook on her leash, especially out in the yard. If she still balks, don't try and drag her straight ahead. Go around in a circle or sideways. You can also stand behind her and sort of shove/crowd her with your knees in the butt to get her going.

 

Don't use regular treats - get something really smelly and yummy like cheese or liverwurst. If she's not food-motivated, just be patient with her. Sit on the floor in the same room with her and ignore her - maybe toss her a treat every once in a while.

 

She will get better. Just be patient!

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We adopted a very shy grey girl and it took a little time for her to gain confidence. She would run from her crate to eat, go outside, then run past us to the crate again. I started sitting near her and talking softly, then eventually just reaching in and gently rubbing her. Slowly she started spending more time near us and actually climbing on the couch to cuddle. Walks became a big deal to her as well as special treats. It was worth all the time we spent to see her personality blossom. She became the most adorable and loving greyhound.

 

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We've had our hound for six weeks and it is a slow process but when we compare the dog we got to the dog we have now.....what a change!!! It's hard to be patient because you want them to be comfortable in the home but it can't be rushed. We just followed everyone's advice....treats, did the walking in a circle to encourage him to do something he didn't want to do, held the collar and didn't pull but walked right next to him and he feels my leg against him, etc. Good luck...you'lll see the changes!

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From the Grand Master of Spookie Fosters, I can tell you from my experience the best thing is don't force it. I have had Gracie here since Nov. And she still is a spook when it comes to wearing a leash or going out for walks. One thing you can do to get the pup use to a leash is to put a lightweight leash on her collar and let it just hang there. Let the pup drag it around the house even. If that is too much for her get a long piece of ribbon or twine and do the same thing.

 

After 5 months of having the ultimate spook here, Grace still will not let me walk up to her if we are both standing up. But the second i lay down or sit down she is in my face giving me kisses and wanting neck rubs and ear scratches.

 

Each shy has their own "timetable" when it comes to opening up. Time and patience is the answer.

 

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Can you prop the door open and then get far away from it so she feels brave enough to go in or come out? That worked with spooky hounds at the adoption kennel I used to volunteer at. You may even need to turn your back so she doesn't feel you're watching her.

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From the Grand Master of Spookie Fosters, I can tell you from my experience the best thing is don't force it. I have had Gracie here since Nov. And she still is a spook when it comes to wearing a leash or going out for walks. One thing you can do to get the pup use to a leash is to put a lightweight leash on her collar and let it just hang there. Let the pup drag it around the house even. If that is too much for her get a long piece of ribbon or twine and do the same thing.

 

After 5 months of having the ultimate spook here, Grace still will not let me walk up to her if we are both standing up. But the second i lay down or sit down she is in my face giving me kisses and wanting neck rubs and ear scratches.

 

Each shy has their own "timetable" when it comes to opening up. Time and patience is the answer.

 

Greg

hey i was wondering if u have any advice for me. this is my 1st greyhound. she is 4 yrs old and have had her a little over 2 mos. she is very spooked making little progress. she likes me and my other dog. she will go nowhere near my 2 kids or husband. they can not approach her or she runs. they try treats, they participate in feeds and walks. nothing helps! am getting frustrated for them and her.

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