Guest serenc Posted January 30, 2012 Share Posted January 30, 2012 Hi all! This is my first post on this lovely and very helpful site. I am just blown away by all that people do for this amazing breed. A few months ago I brought a wonderful hound into my home due to the passing of his previous owner. I was this pups dog-walker and had quickly grown attached to the quiet grey that was interested in only walks and his bed. I got a call one day, hearing the unfortunate news, that his elderly owner passed away suddenly. The lawyers were in a hurry to take care of things...the first order of business was to get rid of the dogs as soon as possible. When I got that call I knew instantly that Hank was coming to stay with me. I had a gut feeling that my home was where he was destined to live out the rest of his life. The research began and I devoured all of the information I could on this breed. I cannot express the joy he brings to my family. He went from a home that was quiet, lazy and well, boring. He went out for walks and not much else. He was the shy and quiet guy. Now that he is in my home...well lets just say that dog does not exist anymore. He is the most talkative, happy and lively guy. It's amazing what a positive change in environment does to better a creature. Hank and my dachshund Dexter are partners in crime, till the end. Sooo...the moral of this story ( I could go on and on about him ) is that he is an early riser...hard core. When we first got him home he was waking up at 3:30-4am. I just assumed he was in a new place and a wee bit nervous etc. so I accepted it and would take him outside. Well we eventually got him to sleep in until about 5:30 and slowly started to work our way even later, closer to 6...well nowwww....he is reverting back to being an early...early bird. He will get up and make noise, whine and bounce around. So I take him out, assuming he has to potty and wants his breakfast. 6am I can handle...but 4-5...really...? I will tell him to go lay down, he will, but then as soon as he hears me stir, roll over...anything..he is back up and making noise. Is this common among greys? I first thought that maybe the caretakers in his previous home just let him out whenever he wanted to go out, no matter what time it was. Maybe that is just what he was used to...? Any tips would be helpful. Do I just accept that I am now up early everyday, or is there a way to get him to sleep in a bit longer? Is this something that is common with greys? Sorry for the novel!! Thanks for any tips. Tips of any kind. This being my first greyhound, I'm loving all the information I'm finding out Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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