Guest Dakcopilot Posted August 12, 2013 Share Posted August 12, 2013 We’ve been perusing the postings gleaning information as we are new greyhound adopters. Very helpful! Our 2 year old male, Dak, has been in our home for just 6 days. He belongs to our adult son who wanted to have a greyhound comfortable with him prior to moving as he anticipates doing so for his career in the future. Dak came from a foster home of a married couple who had their own female greyhound. He spent about one month in that foster home. These folks were both home throughout the day - the primary caregiver appeared to have been the woman as she responded to most of our questions about Dak’s behavior and needs. They stated that Dak was rather timid and skittish initially but had improved during the time he had spent with them. He exhibited anxiety by crying when they (possibly just ‘she’) would close a door and Dak could no longer see them. Fast forward to the present concern: Dak is following me, the woman in the home, wherever I go and cries when he cannot see me. Weekdays, I am out of the home from early morning until mid-afternoon. During this time Dak is in the care of our son. Feeding, walking, potty breaks, moving him around the home to remain close to his ‘Master’ throughout the day have been the goals. Dak also sleeps in our son’s bedroom and does so without crying. When our son leaves for work at mid-afternoon, the responsibility to care for Dak is provided by my husband – who accomplishes the late day feeding and a walk. I do accompany them handling our 7 year old female Australian Terrier who has tolerated this new addition to the home fairly well except when Dak gets in ‘her space’. He then graciously withdraws without a response to her growling. It appears that Dak tolerates our son but is more interested in me – very frustrating for all of us! At the recommendations of some of the postings on this site our son has taken to hand feeding Dak to encourage bonding. I am also disengaging from Dak unless he approaches me – for example when I return home I acknowledge him and move on. In the last few days I am not approaching him to give him affection as I had previously done. However, he follows me from room to room and plops himself near me wherever I stay for a while. Should I move, he moves! FYI – we have crated Dak though it is difficult to get him in it as he dislikes it. He cries for a while but settles down and rests until he is freed. The longest crate time has been 2 ½ hours during which time everyone was out of the home. We would greatly appreciate insight from others to improve to encourage bonding between Dak and our son. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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