Guest 302Crew Posted March 5, 2012 Share Posted March 5, 2012 Hello! I have a quick question about my new boy. He's been here only a short period of time - just over two weeks. He seems to be adjusting just fine to life as a pet, although I know it's still early. Our issue: He is super duper excitable when it comes to other dogs when he's on leash. I mean inconsolable, whining, barking...staring. Until now, I have not found a way to break his concentration. It doesn't appear that he's aggressive towards them...just VERY curious and VERY excitable - but I'm no expert. Since I cannot break his fixation on the other dogs it just gets loud and uncomfortable for all of us. The other night we were on a walk and a lady had 3 dogs off leash at 10 o'clock at night. One was a doodle of some sort, and he other two were 2 month old Chihuahua puppies...just running around on the road. It was one of those situations where we rounded the corner and we were suddenly surrounded by dogs off leash. Sooo there we stood with our guy who is straight off the track. I actually had to yell at her to come get her dogs...and very quickly slipped the muzzle on my our boy. I think I sounded a little annoyed with her - which I felt bad about afterwards. Regardless all ended well for everyone, and I was rather pleased that our boy didn't have a full-on meltdown (I'm not sure he saw the tiny Chihuahua pups). So for the time being we've been avoiding strange dogs on walks, and if we do get a surprise then we usually move out of the way and let the other dog pass. This doesn't always work because a lot of people want to stop and talk about our Grey - which is great. It gives us a chance to preach about greyhounds. However most of the time we have to cut the discussion short because he just never settles down if there's a dog there. I know that part of the issue is that I can't break his concentration. I can't get him to focus on me, neither can DH. Now, I know he's only been here two weeks. We've been trying to work on the 'look at me' command, but we're having very little luck. Bottom line: I'm hesitant to trust him with new dogs if I can't control him at this time. Does that make sense? Or am I just being hyper sensitive? He gets really loud and it can be scary for other dogs/owners. So our priority is building trust and bonding with him and keeping him safe. We've been doing this by: -walking him regularly (more than once a day) -we instituted the rules surrounding "Nothing in Life is Free" the moment he walked in the door -we trade up when we take his stuffies away -we're hand feeding him in his crate. If his meal is a messy one then our hand is in the bowl while he's eating. He's never shown any kind of food aggression - yet. He has started showing some possessiveness with his toys - which is understandable - so we control his access to them. He hasn't discovered the couch yet so he's not on any furniture. I guess my question is: Should we be doing more to build the trust and bond? Or is it realistic to say "Mel, it's only been 2 weeks....give it time". I'm just not sure if we should be doing more? I really just want him to be comfortable on walks and not always on the lookout. Any suggestions would be very welcome! Thanks, -Melanie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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