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Do you have adopted a greyhound and need help in handling him?
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Wayne Larson
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30 Dec 2006 16:57


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Right, Clare. Moz, some greyhound rescues have crates for loan because thay help new adoptees adjust to their homes, just like Bowen. A month or six weeks with a crate is usually enough time to help a dog adjust.


Maureen L.
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31 Dec 2006 15:05


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But I don't understand why this has suddenly happened. I have had him eight months, he was absolutely perfect from the beginning.

This is a recent thing.



Clare Graham
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I know, I know... if only they could speak up and tell us exactly what the problem is themselves! Actually eight months is not so long if you consider how big a change it's been for Bowen compared to life before. A nice one of course - discovering the joys of sofas, central heating, his own toys, lots of individual love and attention - but I've heard many people say that it takes up to a year for a greyhound to settle into domestic life completely, also that there's often a sort of 'end of the honeymoon' period after several months during which the dog stops being on its best behaviour and tries to test limits. We certainly had a bit of that here with Doc trying jumping up on forbidden bits of furniture and so on.

There's also the point that something stressing can upset the dog even several months in - like Doc peeing after the builders came, as I mentioned before. That was about 8 months in actually.

I can't read Bowen's mind either but my guess is that something which started as a medical problem (the diarrhoea) is becoming a learned habit, because he knows it'll get attention during the long lonely watches of the night. It's horrible to have to clear up after him, I know, but try not to get cross with him when you do because these dogs are very sensitive and it'll only make him more panicky about the whole issue, creating a vicious circle. Just count to ten and put him silently into another room if you can, so he doesn't see you clearing up, and be sure to use a proprietary pet cleaner or solution of bio washing powder to get rid of the smell.

So far as prevention is concerned I'd try some of the things I and others have already suggested - open bedroom door, you sleeping downstairs, borrowing a crate, changing mealtimes - as seems appropriate. If you can bear it you might also try setting the alarm to get up in the middle of the night yourself, just to give him a loo break (just silently in and out, no making a fuss of him) for a few nights, moving the hour later each time.

I'm assuming Bowen's in good health as I know you had a vet's visit and stool test before, however if the problem persists maybe there is a continuing medical issue and a return vet's visit is in order. I know you weren't happy with the vet you saw before, have you been able to find a new one yet? As with the crate your adoption group might be able to help with suggestions, or maybe a nearby racing stadium. Mine was a recommendation by the volunteer who did my original homecheck.

Sorry this has turned into rather an essay, hope some of it is helpful and that you and Bowen can get your problems sorted out very soon. He sounds a sweetie otherwise, only too eager to please, so I am sure you can crack it!





Wayne Larson
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31 Dec 2006 17:48


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Very well explained, Clare.


Maureen L.
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I thought I would update this thread as right now I am very pleased. Bowen has been very good lately, getting through from about midnight bedtime till 6-7 in the morning without distress and without waking me up. I come down, let him into the garden for relief, then I return to bed for a bit more sleep saying "Back to bed" to him, as cheerfully and calmly as I can..

I have abandoned the idea of him going upstairs, they really are dangerous and until he wants to do it - which may be never - I think we are happy with the sleeping arrangements as they are.

He had two days of lapses when it was 3.30 and 3.50 am, a few days ago, but that hasn't been repeated recently.

I think it has been a cross between a physical and a communication problem. He and I are still learning each other's language, interpreting what we each are trying to tell the other, and it isn't always very clear.

We are getting there. He is a fantastic dog.




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11 Jan 2007 16:59


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Isn't it funny how all of a sudden it seems like there's a breakthrough and you're communicating on each other's wavelength! Stay cool when the next accident happens, though. You'll get through it and they shouldn't come so frequently anymore.

I was mentioning to Pia and you may have missed it - since Banjo has mastered her stairs, she's having a fine time going up and down. Maybe you and Bowen would like to call on Pia and Banjo for a little "show and tell"!


Pia Alexander
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11 Jan 2007 17:05


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Hi Wayne and Moz

Yes I am very Happy for Moz to pop round so Banjo can demonstrate her newly found skills in going up and down stairs, and hopping on the bed for a snooze.

Ps Isn't star a sweetie in his PJ'S

Pia xx


Maureen L.
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Pia and I are good friends and so are Banjo and Bowen. I don't think Bowen would have any difficulty going up, or even down, Pia's stairs. But mine are like the sheer face of a cliff, and I doubt if Banjo, perhaps even PIA, would find them easy to negotiate!

And that's without me at the top fending off invaders!



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11 Jan 2007 17:34


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If Pia negotiates your stairs, you know what you call yourself? The Lucky Dog!


Maureen L.
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Are you insinuating I might be a dog?

Wayne, please clarify exactly what you meant by that!!!



Clare Graham
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Hi Moz

I'm so pleased that Bowen's been doing better at night. I'm sure you're right, it's just a question of the two of you getting to know each other's language and building up an understanding. Sooner rather than later he'll go right through until you want to get up anyway I'm sure, these dogs seem to have iron bladders especially when it's raining and they don't fancy a trip out!

Don't worry, Wayne's just stirring it methinks - see his comments in the thread on Pia and Banjo and the stairs...

Clare



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12 Jan 2007 16:26


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Lucky Dog as in Lucky Individual! No offense intended, Moz! :))



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Probably ate the cats food



Claudia Jefferson
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Pure pumpkin from the can mixed with kibbles will stop the runs.

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