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Posted 23 June 2017 - 09:22 AM

Here is mine from a trip to the coast in April.  She is almost 14 and has arthritis.  It has been hard to watch her slow down.  

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 12:02 PM

She is looks pretty happy. I put my girl down last year at 16. Yeah, it is hard to watch them slow down, but keep on loving her!
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Posted 30 June 2017 - 06:48 AM

Had a black lab, Buffett, for over 16 years that we had to put down in 2015.  Had a Lhasa Apso, Palmer, for over 15 years we had to put down in 2016.  I swore up and down that we weren't going to get another for a while because I wanted a break.  I held about 90% of the responsibility for their care.  It took only 4 months for me to crack and we welcomed this guy, Thunder.

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 08:14 PM

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Had a black lab, Buffett, for over 16 years that we had to put down in 2015.  Had a Lhasa Apso, Palmer, for over 15 years we had to put down in 2016.  I swore up and down that we weren't going to get another for a while because I wanted a break.  I held about 90% of the responsibility for their care.  It took only 4 months for me to crack and we welcomed this guy, Thunder.

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 08:16 PM

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Here is mine from a trip to the coast in April.  She is almost 14 and has arthritis.  It has been hard to watch her slow down.  

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Posted 03 July 2017 - 10:48 AM

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Do you give her Cosequin.....it really helps

I give her Elk Velvet Antler and rimadyl.  They both help a lot.  I get a lot of VJ jokes when I tell people about the antler supplement.  

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 02:34 PM

Happy July 4th everyone!

My "Blue" 14 months now. He is becoming a big boy.

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 06:12 PM

Best companion you will ever have and always is there for you! Downside is they're a commitment, especially when puppies.

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 02:31 PM

My grand-dogger Piper getting after a bone!  She's a hoot!

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 02:27 AM

Fellow dog owners, would appreciate any help on how to deal with Dogtor Jekyll and Mister Hide.

Angus is a retired and rehomed racing greyhound, a fairly big male. He's been with us about four years now, since he was three. My wife mostly looks after him but I do hang around. I've done a fair bit of "bonding" (feed him, tell him to sit and reward with a treat, take him for walks, etc.) so it's not like we are strangers.

Now... the problem is that when my wife is around, he's the sweetest dog ever, and also is so when looked after by my wife's female friends.

With me it's a different story. When he was fairly new with us he attacked me. I still have the tooth marks in my calf. OK, maybe he was insecure and afraid in a new place and I walked too close. I'll give that to him.

Some time later, 100% unexpected he just jumped on me with some serious growling and aggression but I was fast enough to jump on the staircase and get out of the way. He can't climb stairs. OK, these damn things sleep with their eyes open so maybe I woke him up and startled him. I'll give that to him.

Now, the wife is out of town and I'm looking after the dog. Yesterday, I was putting his coat on for the night (it's cold in Australia right now) and without any warning he bites me in the arm strong enough to draw blood and starts a pretty serious pulling contest but luckily he got my clothes instead of my leg for that. Pulling comes with some serious growling and showing of teeth. Somehow the situation defuses, I go and clean and bandage my arm and by the time I'm back the dog is like nothing happened at all.

This was the third time and I think I have reached the max. I don't think this is healthy behavior for a dog and I can't live with a dog that I can't trust. It's really hard to explain this to my wife 'cause when she's around the dog is so cute and placid and in general a really good dog. When the dog is with me, a big change of character. Not sure if we have enough males having looked after the dog to be able to tell whether it's only me or any male. I would assume the racing greyhounds were abused a fair bit by their trainers (of whom most are men) so there could be something in it, but the dog is also generally not happy to meet other dogs in parks.

Would really appreciate any hints and suggestions on how to deal with this. Thank you in advance.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 12:42 PM

View PostSingapore Joe, on 10 July 2017 - 02:27 AM, said:

Fellow dog owners, would appreciate any help on how to deal with Dogtor Jekyll and Mister Hide.

Angus is a retired and rehomed racing greyhound, a fairly big male. He's been with us about four years now, since he was three. My wife mostly looks after him but I do hang around. I've done a fair bit of "bonding" (feed him, tell him to sit and reward with a treat, take him for walks, etc.) so it's not like we are strangers.

Now... the problem is that when my wife is around, he's the sweetest dog ever, and also is so when looked after by my wife's female friends.

With me it's a different story. When he was fairly new with us he attacked me. I still have the tooth marks in my calf. OK, maybe he was insecure and afraid in a new place and I walked too close. I'll give that to him.

Some time later, 100% unexpected he just jumped on me with some serious growling and aggression but I was fast enough to jump on the staircase and get out of the way. He can't climb stairs. OK, these damn things sleep with their eyes open so maybe I woke him up and startled him. I'll give that to him.

Now, the wife is out of town and I'm looking after the dog. Yesterday, I was putting his coat on for the night (it's cold in Australia right now) and without any warning he bites me in the arm strong enough to draw blood and starts a pretty serious pulling contest but luckily he got my clothes instead of my leg for that. Pulling comes with some serious growling and showing of teeth. Somehow the situation defuses, I go and clean and bandage my arm and by the time I'm back the dog is like nothing happened at all.

This was the third time and I think I have reached the max. I don't think this is healthy behavior for a dog and I can't live with a dog that I can't trust. It's really hard to explain this to my wife 'cause when she's around the dog is so cute and placid and in general a really good dog. When the dog is with me, a big change of character. Not sure if we have enough males having looked after the dog to be able to tell whether it's only me or any male. I would assume the racing greyhounds were abused a fair bit by their trainers (of whom most are men) so there could be something in it, but the dog is also generally not happy to meet other dogs in parks.

Would really appreciate any hints and suggestions on how to deal with this. Thank you in advance.
You might need The Dog Whisperer :taunt:  Obviously, your dog needs a dog behaviorist's help, because you cannot have a dog that is not trustworthy & dangerous around you.  You & your wife should be co-the leaders of your "pack" and your dog thinks HE is.  It's great that you adopted a retired Greyhound.  Usually they are wonderful pets!  Hope you get him straightened out.

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 06:15 AM

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View PostSingapore Joe, on 10 July 2017 - 02:27 AM, said:

Fellow dog owners, would appreciate any help on how to deal with Dogtor Jekyll and Mister Hide.

Angus is a retired and rehomed racing greyhound, a fairly big male. He's been with us about four years now, since he was three. My wife mostly looks after him but I do hang around. I've done a fair bit of "bonding" (feed him, tell him to sit and reward with a treat, take him for walks, etc.) so it's not like we are strangers.

Now... the problem is that when my wife is around, he's the sweetest dog ever, and also is so when looked after by my wife's female friends.

With me it's a different story. When he was fairly new with us he attacked me. I still have the tooth marks in my calf. OK, maybe he was insecure and afraid in a new place and I walked too close. I'll give that to him.

Some time later, 100% unexpected he just jumped on me with some serious growling and aggression but I was fast enough to jump on the staircase and get out of the way. He can't climb stairs. OK, these damn things sleep with their eyes open so maybe I woke him up and startled him. I'll give that to him.

Now, the wife is out of town and I'm looking after the dog. Yesterday, I was putting his coat on for the night (it's cold in Australia right now) and without any warning he bites me in the arm strong enough to draw blood and starts a pretty serious pulling contest but luckily he got my clothes instead of my leg for that. Pulling comes with some serious growling and showing of teeth. Somehow the situation defuses, I go and clean and bandage my arm and by the time I'm back the dog is like nothing happened at all.

This was the third time and I think I have reached the max. I don't think this is healthy behavior for a dog and I can't live with a dog that I can't trust. It's really hard to explain this to my wife 'cause when she's around the dog is so cute and placid and in general a really good dog. When the dog is with me, a big change of character. Not sure if we have enough males having looked after the dog to be able to tell whether it's only me or any male. I would assume the racing greyhounds were abused a fair bit by their trainers (of whom most are men) so there could be something in it, but the dog is also generally not happy to meet other dogs in parks.

Would really appreciate any hints and suggestions on how to deal with this. Thank you in advance.
You might need The Dog Whisperer :taunt:  Obviously, your dog needs a dog behaviorist's help, because you cannot have a dog that is not trustworthy & dangerous around you.  You & your wife should be co-the leaders of your "pack" and your dog thinks HE is.  It's great that you adopted a retired Greyhound.  Usually they are wonderful pets!  Hope you get him straightened out.
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I'm watching the South Park episode where Cesar Millan trains Cartman over and over again. Hopefully I will learn ;)

Just wondering... when my wife takes Angus for a walk, he's sort of slow and drags behind a lot. When I take him for a walk, he's all over the place, sometimes ahead of me, sometimes back and also zigzags a lot. Looks a lot more energized. Is there anything that can be made from that behavior difference?

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:28 AM

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 02:21 PM

Getting ready to finally get my own pup within the next couple of months. I've been obsessed with Weimaraners just about my entire life so I'll be getting one of those! I'm an active person so an active dog like a Weimaraner will be perfect!

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 02:58 PM

View PostSingapore Joe, on 11 July 2017 - 06:15 AM, said:

View PostKaysquare, on 10 July 2017 - 12:42 PM, said:

View PostSingapore Joe, on 10 July 2017 - 02:27 AM, said:

Fellow dog owners, would appreciate any help on how to deal with Dogtor Jekyll and Mister Hide.

Angus is a retired and rehomed racing greyhound, a fairly big male. He's been with us about four years now, since he was three. My wife mostly looks after him but I do hang around. I've done a fair bit of "bonding" (feed him, tell him to sit and reward with a treat, take him for walks, etc.) so it's not like we are strangers.

Now... the problem is that when my wife is around, he's the sweetest dog ever, and also is so when looked after by my wife's female friends.

With me it's a different story. When he was fairly new with us he attacked me. I still have the tooth marks in my calf. OK, maybe he was insecure and afraid in a new place and I walked too close. I'll give that to him.

Some time later, 100% unexpected he just jumped on me with some serious growling and aggression but I was fast enough to jump on the staircase and get out of the way. He can't climb stairs. OK, these damn things sleep with their eyes open so maybe I woke him up and startled him. I'll give that to him.

Now, the wife is out of town and I'm looking after the dog. Yesterday, I was putting his coat on for the night (it's cold in Australia right now) and without any warning he bites me in the arm strong enough to draw blood and starts a pretty serious pulling contest but luckily he got my clothes instead of my leg for that. Pulling comes with some serious growling and showing of teeth. Somehow the situation defuses, I go and clean and bandage my arm and by the time I'm back the dog is like nothing happened at all.

This was the third time and I think I have reached the max. I don't think this is healthy behavior for a dog and I can't live with a dog that I can't trust. It's really hard to explain this to my wife 'cause when she's around the dog is so cute and placid and in general a really good dog. When the dog is with me, a big change of character. Not sure if we have enough males having looked after the dog to be able to tell whether it's only me or any male. I would assume the racing greyhounds were abused a fair bit by their trainers (of whom most are men) so there could be something in it, but the dog is also generally not happy to meet other dogs in parks.

Would really appreciate any hints and suggestions on how to deal with this. Thank you in advance.
You might need The Dog Whisperer :taunt:  Obviously, your dog needs a dog behaviorist's help, because you cannot have a dog that is not trustworthy & dangerous around you.  You & your wife should be co-the leaders of your "pack" and your dog thinks HE is.  It's great that you adopted a retired Greyhound.  Usually they are wonderful pets!  Hope you get him straightened out.
n*10^6 of thanks Kay^2!

I'm watching the South Park episode where Cesar Millan trains Cartman over and over again. Hopefully I will learn ;)

Just wondering... when my wife takes Angus for a walk, he's sort of slow and drags behind a lot. When I take him for a walk, he's all over the place, sometimes ahead of me, sometimes back and also zigzags a lot. Looks a lot more energized. Is there anything that can be made from that behavior difference?


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Posted 12 July 2017 - 01:00 AM

View PostSingapore Joe, on 10 July 2017 - 02:27 AM, said:

Fellow dog owners, would appreciate any help on how to deal with Dogtor Jekyll and Mister Hide.

Angus is a retired and rehomed racing greyhound, a fairly big male. He's been with us about four years now, since he was three. My wife mostly looks after him but I do hang around. I've done a fair bit of "bonding" (feed him, tell him to sit and reward with a treat, take him for walks, etc.) so it's not like we are strangers.

Now... the problem is that when my wife is around, he's the sweetest dog ever, and also is so when looked after by my wife's female friends.

With me it's a different story. When he was fairly new with us he attacked me. I still have the tooth marks in my calf. OK, maybe he was insecure and afraid in a new place and I walked too close. I'll give that to him.

Some time later, 100% unexpected he just jumped on me with some serious growling and aggression but I was fast enough to jump on the staircase and get out of the way. He can't climb stairs. OK, these damn things sleep with their eyes open so maybe I woke him up and startled him. I'll give that to him.

Now, the wife is out of town and I'm looking after the dog. Yesterday, I was putting his coat on for the night (it's cold in Australia right now) and without any warning he bites me in the arm strong enough to draw blood and starts a pretty serious pulling contest but luckily he got my clothes instead of my leg for that. Pulling comes with some serious growling and showing of teeth. Somehow the situation defuses, I go and clean and bandage my arm and by the time I'm back the dog is like nothing happened at all.

This was the third time and I think I have reached the max. I don't think this is healthy behavior for a dog and I can't live with a dog that I can't trust. It's really hard to explain this to my wife 'cause when she's around the dog is so cute and placid and in general a really good dog. When the dog is with me, a big change of character. Not sure if we have enough males having looked after the dog to be able to tell whether it's only me or any male. I would assume the racing greyhounds were abused a fair bit by their trainers (of whom most are men) so there could be something in it, but the dog is also generally not happy to meet other dogs in parks.

Would really appreciate any hints and suggestions on how to deal with this. Thank you in advance.
hi, my rescue dog was abused by a man.  at first, he wanted nothing to do with me or any man.  he would snap at any man who tried to touch him.  we took him to SPCA in our country and they had training/socializing with other dogs.  the trainer was great and after about 5 trips over 5 weeks he was noticeably more comfortable to be around other dogs and me.  a fair amount of snacks were consumed over the 5 weeks.

I became the morning guy.  in the morning, i would get up and walk him (which he just loves) and i think with all dogs, the more you walk them the less anxiety they have.  greyhounds can go fast but tire easy so definitely do that at least twice a day.  eventually, BooBoo came to really enjoy our walks and came to trust me and eventually other men.  at first i used snacks on the walk, now it's not necessary.  now, he's the greatest little guy.  it takes time and effort but it's do-able.

maybe you can talk to your local spca if they have something like that in aus ?  or, do your own training/reward programme?  and, regular routine with you.

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 06:39 PM

View PostMeikoKaji, on 12 July 2017 - 01:00 AM, said:

View PostSingapore Joe, on 10 July 2017 - 02:27 AM, said:

Fellow dog owners, would appreciate any help on how to deal with Dogtor Jekyll and Mister Hide.

Angus is a retired and rehomed racing greyhound, a fairly big male. He's been with us about four years now, since he was three. My wife mostly looks after him but I do hang around. I've done a fair bit of "bonding" (feed him, tell him to sit and reward with a treat, take him for walks, etc.) so it's not like we are strangers.

Now... the problem is that when my wife is around, he's the sweetest dog ever, and also is so when looked after by my wife's female friends.

With me it's a different story. When he was fairly new with us he attacked me. I still have the tooth marks in my calf. OK, maybe he was insecure and afraid in a new place and I walked too close. I'll give that to him.

Some time later, 100% unexpected he just jumped on me with some serious growling and aggression but I was fast enough to jump on the staircase and get out of the way. He can't climb stairs. OK, these damn things sleep with their eyes open so maybe I woke him up and startled him. I'll give that to him.

Now, the wife is out of town and I'm looking after the dog. Yesterday, I was putting his coat on for the night (it's cold in Australia right now) and without any warning he bites me in the arm strong enough to draw blood and starts a pretty serious pulling contest but luckily he got my clothes instead of my leg for that. Pulling comes with some serious growling and showing of teeth. Somehow the situation defuses, I go and clean and bandage my arm and by the time I'm back the dog is like nothing happened at all.

This was the third time and I think I have reached the max. I don't think this is healthy behavior for a dog and I can't live with a dog that I can't trust. It's really hard to explain this to my wife 'cause when she's around the dog is so cute and placid and in general a really good dog. When the dog is with me, a big change of character. Not sure if we have enough males having looked after the dog to be able to tell whether it's only me or any male. I would assume the racing greyhounds were abused a fair bit by their trainers (of whom most are men) so there could be something in it, but the dog is also generally not happy to meet other dogs in parks.

Would really appreciate any hints and suggestions on how to deal with this. Thank you in advance.
hi, my rescue dog was abused by a man.  at first, he wanted nothing to do with me or any man.  he would snap at any man who tried to touch him.  we took him to SPCA in our country and they had training/socializing with other dogs.  the trainer was great and after about 5 trips over 5 weeks he was noticeably more comfortable to be around other dogs and me.  a fair amount of snacks were consumed over the 5 weeks.

I became the morning guy.  in the morning, i would get up and walk him (which he just loves) and i think with all dogs, the more you walk them the less anxiety they have.  greyhounds can go fast but tire easy so definitely do that at least twice a day.  eventually, BooBoo came to really enjoy our walks and came to trust me and eventually other men.  at first i used snacks on the walk, now it's not necessary.  now, he's the greatest little guy.  it takes time and effort but it's do-able.

maybe you can talk to your local spca if they have something like that in aus ?  or, do your own training/reward programme?  and, regular routine with you.
We have RSPCA (Royal SPCA... Australia being part of the Commonwealth). There's also GAP - Greyhound Adoption Program - where Angus came from. They test and certify greyhounds and Angus passed the test with flying colours. Not sure if they test with humans but they test the behavior in the presence of cats, bunnies, and other things which might trigger the hunting behavior. Imagine that... working for GAP as a crash test bunny for greyhound testing! Since Angus came through GAP we will probably have to talk to them first.

The snack training is very efficient. Took only a few walks with Angus to rid him from his tendency to bark at other dogs by just giving him treats if he passes the other dogs without aggression. He is a very trainable dog and I have no doubt he can be trained if we find the right method.

There is another complication. I spend a lot of time on the road. By road I mean ten to twenty hours flight away. Just was gone for a month, home for two weeks, now I will fly out for two weeks on the weekend, then may be gone for three weeks after being back for two or three weeks (out of which I will spend almost a full week out of home). You get the idea. I understand this is far from ideal so will need to find a solution which does not require me to have a routine with the dog. Or accept that there is no solution and me and dog will remain strangers but that is not good as the dog should behave in the presence of humans (and other animals) whether they have a routine with him or not. If a routine is required for building that behavior then there is a problem that may not be easy to solve.
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Posted 12 July 2017 - 09:34 PM

View PostSingapore Joe, on 12 July 2017 - 06:39 PM, said:

View PostMeikoKaji, on 12 July 2017 - 01:00 AM, said:

View PostSingapore Joe, on 10 July 2017 - 02:27 AM, said:

Fellow dog owners, would appreciate any help on how to deal with Dogtor Jekyll and Mister Hide.

Angus is a retired and rehomed racing greyhound, a fairly big male. He's been with us about four years now, since he was three. My wife mostly looks after him but I do hang around. I've done a fair bit of "bonding" (feed him, tell him to sit and reward with a treat, take him for walks, etc.) so it's not like we are strangers.

Now... the problem is that when my wife is around, he's the sweetest dog ever, and also is so when looked after by my wife's female friends.

With me it's a different story. When he was fairly new with us he attacked me. I still have the tooth marks in my calf. OK, maybe he was insecure and afraid in a new place and I walked too close. I'll give that to him.

Some time later, 100% unexpected he just jumped on me with some serious growling and aggression but I was fast enough to jump on the staircase and get out of the way. He can't climb stairs. OK, these damn things sleep with their eyes open so maybe I woke him up and startled him. I'll give that to him.

Now, the wife is out of town and I'm looking after the dog. Yesterday, I was putting his coat on for the night (it's cold in Australia right now) and without any warning he bites me in the arm strong enough to draw blood and starts a pretty serious pulling contest but luckily he got my clothes instead of my leg for that. Pulling comes with some serious growling and showing of teeth. Somehow the situation defuses, I go and clean and bandage my arm and by the time I'm back the dog is like nothing happened at all.

This was the third time and I think I have reached the max. I don't think this is healthy behavior for a dog and I can't live with a dog that I can't trust. It's really hard to explain this to my wife 'cause when she's around the dog is so cute and placid and in general a really good dog. When the dog is with me, a big change of character. Not sure if we have enough males having looked after the dog to be able to tell whether it's only me or any male. I would assume the racing greyhounds were abused a fair bit by their trainers (of whom most are men) so there could be something in it, but the dog is also generally not happy to meet other dogs in parks.

Would really appreciate any hints and suggestions on how to deal with this. Thank you in advance.
hi, my rescue dog was abused by a man.  at first, he wanted nothing to do with me or any man.  he would snap at any man who tried to touch him.  we took him to SPCA in our country and they had training/socializing with other dogs.  the trainer was great and after about 5 trips over 5 weeks he was noticeably more comfortable to be around other dogs and me.  a fair amount of snacks were consumed over the 5 weeks.

I became the morning guy.  in the morning, i would get up and walk him (which he just loves) and i think with all dogs, the more you walk them the less anxiety they have.  greyhounds can go fast but tire easy so definitely do that at least twice a day.  eventually, BooBoo came to really enjoy our walks and came to trust me and eventually other men.  at first i used snacks on the walk, now it's not necessary.  now, he's the greatest little guy.  it takes time and effort but it's do-able.

maybe you can talk to your local spca if they have something like that in aus ?  or, do your own training/reward programme?  and, regular routine with you.
We have RSPCA (Royal SPCA... Australia being part of the Commonwealth). There's also GAP - Greyhound Adoption Program - where Angus came from. They test and certify greyhounds and Angus passed the test with flying colours. Not sure if they test with humans but they test the behavior in the presence of cats, bunnies, and other things which might trigger the hunting behavior. Imagine that... working for GAP as a crash test bunny for greyhound testing! Since Angus came through GAP we will probably have to talk to them first.

The snack training is very efficient. Took only a few walks with Angus to rid him from his tendency to bark at other dogs by just giving him treats if he passes the other dogs without aggression. He is a very trainable dog and I have no doubt he can be trained if we find the right method.

There is another complication. I spend a lot of time on the road. By road I mean ten to twenty hours flight away. Just was gone for a month, home for two weeks, now I will fly out for two weeks on the weekend, then may be gone for three weeks after being back for two or three weeks (out of which I will spend almost a full week out of home). You get the idea. I understand this is far from ideal so will need to find a solution which does not require me to have a routine with the dog. Or accept that there is no solution and me and dog will remain strangers but that is not good as the dog should behave in the presence of humans (and other animals) whether they have a routine with him or not. If a routine is required for building that behavior then there is a problem that may not be easy to solve.
You are doing the best you can.

You made me think some more and, yes, without the routine the anxiety returns and some bad behaviour.  I think that may be a big part of it.  I literally don't set an alarm anymore as on the :00s he makes it known he's ready for a walk or meal time.  But, if we get outside of that routine he can attack his bed or bark and generally get agitated.  So, he's trained me, actually.

He's stopped biting a couple of years ago which is great and now, around visitors, he just wants their attention.

Best of luck, it's a difficult situation and sometimes the scar tissue is too difficult for the dog to overcome.

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 07:36 PM

I mentioned on page one (4 years ago! crazy) that i had a sheltie with my wife.....he is getting up there in years and we are also looking at buying a house. So we're talking about getting a new dog

We both love shepherd dogs as we have both grown up around them. We don't want to get another sheltie because even though we love them, we want to get a different breed as to not compare etc....Plus there are plenty of great shepherd's to choose from.

We are thinking pretty hard about the Finnish Spitz. Anyone own one or know people that do?
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Posted 18 July 2017 - 07:10 PM

View PostSingapore Joe, on 10 July 2017 - 02:27 AM, said:

Fellow dog owners, would appreciate any help on how to deal with Dogtor Jekyll and Mister Hide.

Angus is a retired and rehomed racing greyhound, a fairly big male. He's been with us about four years now, since he was three. My wife mostly looks after him but I do hang around. I've done a fair bit of "bonding" (feed him, tell him to sit and reward with a treat, take him for walks, etc.) so it's not like we are strangers.

Now... the problem is that when my wife is around, he's the sweetest dog ever, and also is so when looked after by my wife's female friends.

With me it's a different story. When he was fairly new with us he attacked me. I still have the tooth marks in my calf. OK, maybe he was insecure and afraid in a new place and I walked too close. I'll give that to him.

Some time later, 100% unexpected he just jumped on me with some serious growling and aggression but I was fast enough to jump on the staircase and get out of the way. He can't climb stairs. OK, these damn things sleep with their eyes open so maybe I woke him up and startled him. I'll give that to him.

Now, the wife is out of town and I'm looking after the dog. Yesterday, I was putting his coat on for the night (it's cold in Australia right now) and without any warning he bites me in the arm strong enough to draw blood and starts a pretty serious pulling contest but luckily he got my clothes instead of my leg for that. Pulling comes with some serious growling and showing of teeth. Somehow the situation defuses, I go and clean and bandage my arm and by the time I'm back the dog is like nothing happened at all.

This was the third time and I think I have reached the max. I don't think this is healthy behavior for a dog and I can't live with a dog that I can't trust. It's really hard to explain this to my wife 'cause when she's around the dog is so cute and placid and in general a really good dog. When the dog is with me, a big change of character. Not sure if we have enough males having looked after the dog to be able to tell whether it's only me or any male. I would assume the racing greyhounds were abused a fair bit by their trainers (of whom most are men) so there could be something in it, but the dog is also generally not happy to meet other dogs in parks.

Would really appreciate any hints and suggestions on how to deal with this. Thank you in advance.

Joe, I think you have two issues going on here. The first is that a male abused him while he was a racing dog. He basically doesn't like/trust you. I had a yellow lab mix rescue from Georgia with the same issue. It was obvious that she was a failed hunting dog trained by an a$$hole male - she would growl at any strange male who came into the house, but was friendly to any strange females. You need to gain his trust first. Use treats to get him to obey basic commands and get him to come to you and sit, and then use alo grooming - petting, and reassuring touching and a soft voice - to the point where he will put his head in your lap. It is best to get on the floor with him for this.

The second issue is that he has no idea of who is boss(es) in the pack. Once he trusts you, show him that you are the boss using the food bowl technique. Get him to sit while you put food in his bowl and put it on the ground but tell him to stay until you say so. By now he should know that you will not beat him, but if he disobeys, just say 'no' and pick the bowl up and start over.

This guy sounds like a challenge, so you have to have some commitment to make it work. Dogs are never just plug and play. You have to put some time in. Good luck!

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:05 PM

Replied earlier in this thread about my old girl, Tuff...sadly, I had to put her down today.  Wish I could say she rallied at the end and romped like a puppy like Rudy, but that wasn't how it played out.  It was just time.  Only positive was that I held her, petted her, and loved her as she went to sleep.  Worst f*cking day of my life.
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Posted 20 July 2017 - 09:18 PM

^^^^^^

Oh man. Tough one. I feel for you. Sorry for the loss stryper, not much else to say.

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 09:55 PM

stryper - sorry for your loss.  I have been there twice, and both times were heartbreaking.

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 10:31 AM

Stryper,

So sorry, actually brings tears to my eyes as I went through it last year with my Charlie girl. I am a pretty tough guy but was on the floor crying like a baby. It hurts but know that you you gave and received so much love. You did the right thing, it was just time. It sucks that they don't live as long as we do. I never thought I could love a dog as much, but have a new puppy and I must say, I love the new dog as much. Heart is big enough for all of them. Hang in there, time does heal.....

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 08:38 PM

Welp everything happens for a reason. I was beat out by a buyer on a Weimaraner but the buyer fell through and Im going to check the puppy out tomorrow. :air_kiss: :air_kiss: :air_kiss: :air_kiss: :air_kiss: :air_kiss: :air_kiss: :air_kiss: :air_kiss:

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 07:15 AM

I drove an abandoned English Setter from South Georgia to a hospice foster yesterday. His kidneys are shot. He still has a normal size head but his body was all but gone. Skinniest dog I've ever seen. Almost eerie. He wagged his tail the entire trip.  incredible.

I hope everyone will look for a local rescue to help out the dogs who didn't get the kind of owners they deserve.





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Posted 21 August 2017 - 07:18 AM

If you are on twitter and don't follow @dog_feelings you are really missing out. This weekend I was wrapped up in his quest to find a new fren at the shelter.

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 09:05 PM

This is my main dude. His name is Boogie, named him after Demarcus cousins (I'm a big UK fan). He is a full blooded German Rotteeiler, I got him at 5 weeks old and he's basically been by my side since. I didn't go through all the pages but hoping there's some other rottie owners on here. All around amazing dog imo and gets a totally undeserved "Hollywood stereotype"

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