We’ve had Bluey, a retired racer, for nearly four weeks. He seems happy enough sometimes, even roaching in the evening. He walks well on the lead and is gentle with people.
However he won’t seem to settle at all. He barely sleeps, is up and down the house constantly trying to grab at objects, chewing books, trying to take hats and things to his basket. If we are cooking he goes crazy. He gets upset when we go out and at the moment is obviously barely left at all. He seems to have to stopped weeing in the house at last!
He gets tonnes of exercise and long walks plus a chance to run. He has his own toys which he is mad about. He has a pheromone plug in and access to the garden all day long.
But he has growled once or twice at my daughter. And today he took my hat onto the sofa and tried to chew it. I told him no and she was walking past and said no, Bluey, and he went for her with a bark. He didn’t break the skin but she was very shocked and upset. There’s a visible scratch. She’s only 5.
I just don’t know if this is a warning sign that he will not be alright with children. She didn’t touch him. It’s extremely worrying as he’s particularly big for a greyhound. I’m worried he’s anxious as a character and our house is open plan so although he has a dedicated basket he can’t fully get away from the cooking smells and radio/tv/kids.
Any help gratefully appreciated! I’m worried that it could turn out to be dangerous to keep him here and I’ll only know when it’s too late.
It's very early days for all of you.Try to put yourself in Bluey's place.For a retired racer the world is a very frightening and bewildering place,so many things they've never seen,met,been expected to do.They are used to a sheltered,very structured life.Being in a home can be overwhelming- so many things to explore and make sense of (and they do tend to explore with their mouth). Have you got room for a crate?Most greys love them and if he's newly retired is used to them.It's their safe place to go when things get too much. Most greys are skillful food thieves (being realistic our food must smell more appetising than dog food!). And having a grey does make you think super tidy in case they can snaffle anything. They've never had things of their own - so once they've got something they think is interesting they don't want to part with it.All of our greys have loved children - but at first they're also something to get used to.But yes,snapping will be very worrying for you. Please read all Lisa's posts on settling a new hound -it's invaluable advice and can stop a lot of anxiety.Greys are sensitive souls and pick up on your worries.It's baby steps for all of you - but with lots of patience,love and understanding you'll get there.Cath
Well done on giving Bluey a home and a chance of happiness. Did you get any advice or information from the Rescue which could explain any of his behaviours? I’m not sure if you mentioned his age but if he’s not long off the track, he’ll have been used to a completely different routine obviously.
Cath makes good suggestions about a separate room/quieter area and use of a crate. This should help him feel safe and gradually take things in around him, like the sights and sounds when your daughter is playing. I also suggest baby gates so that there are areas where he can’t go but perhaps as your house is open plan, this is tricky? You mention that he doesn’t sleep much and perhaps he is too wound up to relax in his basket? It might be worth a vet appointment (assuming that you can access this in view of the current restrictions) for a health check. This might have to wait I know. A lot of hounds get excited by the smell of food cooking. You could try keeping back a portion of his kibble and putting it in a Kong so that he has a toy with food that is hard to extract. It is very early days for Bluey and your family and I hope that with patience and guidance, he will settle. There are many helpful threads on here for new hounds. Good luck
jdodds: I'm new here and trying to learn all I can about adoption/fostering a greyhound
Oct 17, 2016 10:08:19 GMT -5
meggymoo: hi can anyone give advice as my grey is really really scared of the fire works.she doesnt like loud things anyway so turning the tv up doesnt help.she is literally shaking in her shoes ...please help
Nov 3, 2016 15:24:08 GMT -5
mellyb123: hello im a brand new greyhound owner. i am more anxious then my dog.. any tips plz xxx
Feb 11, 2017 8:48:28 GMT -5
missfleur2003: Hello. I am new to this site and noticed that the posts for available dogs seem to be quite old. Some seem to be years old. Are the dogs shown still available.
Feb 27, 2017 13:43:46 GMT -5
littledinkk: Brand new Greyhound owner here too. Ditto what mellyb123 said! xx
Mar 6, 2017 8:09:31 GMT -5
peggy: Also a brand new greyhound owner, I love her already. It's hard to believe she is 4 years old, I have to keep reminding myself she was in a kennel and not a home. She is a beaut, but goes skits around food, I suppose it was the excieting time of day x
Apr 20, 2017 14:26:04 GMT -5
dasherman: Hi, can anyone offer any suggestions as to why when it is sunny, my adopted ex racer is terrified to leave the house to eat or drink or anything for that matter? Seems to be obsessed by the sky?
May 7, 2017 9:03:45 GMT -5
rusty1968: Hi has Magnum finally gone to a great home the details are old but he is lovely
Mar 10, 2018 6:03:17 GMT -5
curlyk: Yes he has been rehomed. I saw a while back. Not been updated on the site I think...
May 16, 2018 13:29:01 GMT -5
kiri07: I have been concerned with my 7 year old greyhound losing hair on her thighs, but it looks like it is a normal thing. She's losing a little in a few other places too. I saw someone say something about vetzyme condition tablets? I also heard organic oat
Aug 14, 2018 14:31:19 GMT -5
kiri07: can help grow their hair back as well. Any thoughts or suggestions?
Aug 14, 2018 14:31:49 GMT -5
steeveet: Hi there, just had our home inspection by a lovely lady with her Greyhound Arthur, who I could have happily snaffled as he was sweet and at home with our girl Belle. Does anyone here know how we now get to meet any of the dogs who need a home?
Oct 26, 2018 9:46:28 GMT -5
rachelb003: Hi Steeveet. LIsa has your homecheck and will be in touch ASAP to arrange for you to come to the kennels and meet the dogs. Thanks
Oct 27, 2018 8:16:27 GMT -5
steeveet: Thanks Rachel003, soo excited to meet a lovely new hound
Oct 29, 2018 5:32:16 GMT -5
greylover68: Can I shout out advice re fireworks! Rock Rose which is a Bach’s Flower Remedy works fantastically! My great big big is petrified but a few drops of Rock Rose and he’s calm within minutes. It is for fear so would help with other things too.
Dec 5, 2018 14:05:42 GMT -5
angelahill: Hi I am interested in one of your dogs. Please call 07906330697 if there is anyone available to talk to. We have been home check by another charity.
Mar 18, 2019 14:02:01 GMT -5
cccbottle: Hi, am interested in Miss Lyra....how do we go about coming to visit her with our 9 yr old male Denis. please contact us on this board. left this on 8/4/19
Apr 8, 2019 9:01:19 GMT -5
edwardmatthews: Hello, my wife and I are keen to adopt our first dog. We're looking for a medium sized young dog. We live within big communal gardens and will be with him/her every day. Please call us on 07860 343 387 at your convenience. Edward and Alexandra Matthews.
Apr 1, 2020 17:35:44 GMT -5