Guest picopaco Posted January 14, 2016 Share Posted January 14, 2016 Hello! I'm new to dog ownership and must confess I have worked myself into quite a tizzy since adopting our 2-year old a couple weeks ago. I've always been uneasy around large dogs, particularly those that bark or come on hyper or aggressive. Over the last few months, I started thinking that it would be nice to have a dog companion to add to my little family unit of my husband and me. We did a lot of research about what breed would be the best fit and eventually settled on a greyhound. I've known quite a few people who have adopted them from rescues and what most appealed to me was how they are docile, don't bark, and are characterized as one of the least aggressive (toward humans) breeds. But when we adopted our grey, I suddenly found myself face to face with the reality that this is a large, strong dog, with very quick reflexes who hasn't necessarily been socialized to being the family pet. I felt scared, especially the more I read on forums like this. So far, my grey seems very sweet: she hasn't growled or shown any signs of a problem being touched wherever. She's very playful and puppy-like: she loves her toys and we can take them from her to toss and she'll keep coming back (my husband and friends do this: I'm afraid she will get possessive). Also has been good with friends stopping by to visit. But with all this reading, I've been very cautious with her... I won't touch her when she's laying down, I clap loud to wake her up before approaching, and we have a no people furniture rule. My husband and dog-loving friends who visit think I'm being silly. They pet her on her bed, handle her with no fear of her getting uncomfortable etc. And thus far the grey seems totally cool with it. BUT I'M VERY NERVOUS as this is going on. I'm just waiting for her to growl, snap or bite my husband or friend. I feel that it's my responsibility as a dog owner to make sure she doesn't cause harm to others, but I also realize that I'm probably worrying far too much, hyper vigilant about her body signals, tensing up as my friends and husband touch and handle her and on and on. And they all laugh at me pointing out how sweet she is and calm she seems during all this (if not outright happy wagging her tail). Instead I focus on possibilities, based on what I see online about people getting bit in the face by their grey. About how their grey was fine at first and showed space aggression later. And on and on. I feel that this worry is harming my ability to bond with the grey, since I'm so cautious about touching or playing with her. Not sure what I'm seeking here: perhaps some rational reassurance? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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