Guest cuddlebug117 Posted August 20, 2016 Share Posted August 20, 2016 We recently adopted a greyhound in June, he was bounced once before. When he first came off the track he was put into a foster home that had other greyhounds and he did well there and had no issues. Then he was adopted for a little over a week, the previous adopter returned him because of separation anxiety. Apparently she would leave for most of the day (8+hours) and keep him in his kennel, he would make a huge mess inside the kennel and she would get angry. I'm not sure what she did for punishment but I do know when we first met him he had cuts on him. He went back to a different foster home with more greyhounds and she actually set it up for us to adopt him (she matched him to us). She told us of his previous home and why he was returned, we reluctantly accepted him as he was our only choice and we really wanted a greyhound. She assured us he didn't have separation anxiety that she could see. We adopted him and right away noticed he had separation anxiety as he made a huge mess in his kennel the first time we had to leave him (only for a couple hours, he went to the bathroom before). We then tried again outside the kennel and he made a mess again. We've tried many times after with results of a mess and contacting the agency to get help. They suggested a calming pill, a muzzle, and music which we have used but still he has anxiety( we got the messes more under control, as we only leave for short periods of time). After attempts to help him, they suggested another greyhound, so we have been fostering a second greyhound and that has helped a little. Our S.A. greyhound still paces and hangs out by the door when we leave, but will take an occasional up to 15 minute break and lay down. He whine, howls, barks almost the whole time we are gone. Meanwhile the second grey is completely calm, he is a collector but still has been more balanced. The second grey has been roaching from the start, he is good with our kids, where the 1st one has growled many times. We almost decided to adopt the 2nd greyhound that we love (we love both) SA greyhound is very sweet most of the time and has no bad habits when we are home, but my husband said no to owning 2 right now. Anyway very recently the SA greyhound has been showing very alarming signs of aggression. He has been growling at my husband when he comes in the house or even if he hears him in another room. He tried to actually attack my husband the other night and it was a bit difficult to calm him down. He has growled and barked at my kids scaring my 10year into climbing into her bed as he came towards her. We aren't sure why he is doing this. Last night my husband came out of the bathroom as we were settling down for bed (my husband had walked him into the room and then went to the bathroom) when he came out SA grey startled growling and coming towards him in a snarl. I feel horrible to want to give up on a dog in exchange for a different dog, and I'm not sure it's the right choice. Should I try to work on the 1st grey? I hope this isn't confusing to understand, I just don't know what to do and if this is something that is normal in some greyhounds. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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