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Old 06-13-2013, 09:52 PM   #1
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Default New Dog - Cassie Arrives !

This is our new 8 month old 'Puppy' Scottish Deerhound (aka Irish Wolfhound) during her first hour in her new home with us

She's AWESOME !!


That was 3 days ago during her 1st hour here and she's now bonded with us all.

A HUGE change !! She's glued to me and follows me everywhere, howls if I leave the house (she's never alone though) and she's SUPER FAST (I never had SO MUCH DOG run towards me SO BLOODY FAST )
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That's a very odd-looking cat.
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Cute pup. If you randomly get your keys, or put on shoes, or just step out for short intervals for no reason at all when you do leave they don't freak as bad. Took a while to get ours wound down from the separation anxiety. Google and you'll find some stuff that helps, but breaking patterns helped the most.
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That's a very odd-looking cat.
Yeah and it's about the size of a pony
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Cute pup. If you randomly get your keys, or put on shoes, or just step out for short intervals for no reason at all when you do leave they don't freak as bad. Took a while to get ours wound down from the separation anxiety. Google and you'll find some stuff that helps, but breaking patterns helped the most.
Nice one, thanks for that
She woke me up this morning at 6am by giving me a face wash, found that she had taken my jeans/shirt/shoes into her bed during the night
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Nice pup, apparently our dog as a pup fell off ONE step, and howled all through the house until he found his human. Dogs can be adorable like that sometimes. He's 100lbs now and supposedly the smallest dog my fiance wants. I'm sure we'll end up with an Irish Wolfhound eventually.
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What's her current weight? Ballpark for an estimate on adult weight?

+1 to TorqueZombie's comments. Break those habits as early as possible to reduce or prevent future separation anxiety. Also, if at all possible, get in as much socialization with other dogs, animals, people, etc as early as possible.
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Nice pup, apparently our dog as a pup fell off ONE step, and howled all through the house until he found his human. Dogs can be adorable like that sometimes. He's 100lbs now and supposedly the smallest dog my fiance wants. I'm sure we'll end up with an Irish Wolfhound eventually.

The Irish Wolfhounds really are big babies
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What's her current weight? Ballpark for an estimate on adult weight?

+1 to TorqueZombie's comments. Break those habits as early as possible to reduce or prevent future separation anxiety. Also, if at all possible, get in as much socialization with other dogs, animals, people, etc as early as possible.
She's about 55lb I'd say, she was doing nothing but eating (and pooping) for the first two days and has put on a bit of weight, she was very skinny when we got her and the last owner said he was having problems feeding her. He did have 3 other Deerhounds, 2 bull dogs and 9 Whippets so I suppose he was under pressure, plus he has young kids to feed as well.

Adult weight is 75-160 pounds. They stand around 7 feet high on they're rear paws. We're leash training her now but she doesn't like it AT ALL.
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Adult weight is 75-160 pounds. They stand around 7 feet high on they're rear paws.
I'm familiar with the breed in general but was wondering if you had any clue as to expectations for her (based on current size vs average for breed at that age). 75 - 160 is obviously a large range.

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I'm not sure what your dog experience is, but two helpful tips:

1. Consider a lead that lets you slide it up high on the neck vs one that is clipped on to the collar. They are sometimes referred to as a "slip lead," I think.

2. If that doesn't work, check in to a prong collar. They look medieval but are pretty benign and very effective - especially on dogs that are stupidly stubborn (i.e. the type that will give themselves permanent damage with a normal "choke chain").


I would also recommend having everyone in the house that's reasonably able walk her on the leash at some point to get her used to viewing them all as some form of authority figure vs just being "daddy's girl."

Caveat emptor: I am not a professional dog trainer or behaviorist and this advice is worth exactly what you have paid me for it.
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Scrappy is right as well. Get the little guy socialized immediately. Today's world of separating all dogs and never letting us take them out and run is killing their social skills. Plus making them un-healthy. I have the hardest time finding places to just let mine run and if I run into another dog owner they freak thinking mine eat babies or something every day. My "big" one (65lbs) still gets kinda freaky with others dogs. We use to foster dogs and she still wants to train manners in strangers dogs. The other people think its a bit aggressive. I find it annoying too.


Separation Anxiety: Prevention and Solutions

We make ours sit and wait. Before they get let out, and street crossings, out on the bikes, etc. It helps us asses situations and keeps them from blindly running off. Plus other people think it's baller. Need to get back to training mine.
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Very cool! I'll be picking up my second dog on the 29th, another retired racing Greyhound. She is the sister of the dog I own now.
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I'm familiar with the breed in general but was wondering if you had any clue as to expectations for her (based on current size vs average for breed at that age). 75 - 160 is obviously a large range.



I'm not sure what your dog experience is, but two helpful tips:

1. Consider a lead that lets you slide it up high on the neck vs one that is clipped on to the collar. They are sometimes referred to as a "slip lead," I think.

2. If that doesn't work, check in to a prong collar. They look medieval but are pretty benign and very effective - especially on dogs that are stupidly stubborn (i.e. the type that will give themselves permanent damage with a normal "choke chain").


I would also recommend having everyone in the house that's reasonably able walk her on the leash at some point to get her used to viewing them all as some form of authority figure vs just being "daddy's girl."

Caveat emptor: I am not a professional dog trainer or behaviorist and this advice is worth exactly what you have paid me for it.
Well, I saw her two parents and her 2 year old brother, going by what they looked like she's going to be a BIG one. They were well over 30" at the back, God only knows how high they're heads were. There's no way in hell I'd be able to lift one

Your correct, everyone in the house is interacting with her and all of my friends when they call over which is daily. She's going up to everyone she meets, which is why this breed does not make a good guard dog at all. Even her parents and brother who were used for hunting were big babies

She's still a puppy and it's her first time away from the parents/brother and 11 other dogs so we made things easy for her for the first few days so she could relax into the family here. It's day 4 today and we've started with the rules training as she's totally at home here now, there was no need for rules before as she was totally bricking it and wasn't doing anything except eating, and eating and eating. She was under weight when we got her but now she's getting 3 meals a day. Two days of constant feeding (and going straight through her) is a LOT of poop

The problem with the leash is - as soon as it's put on she won't move, like she's suddenly got magnetic feet hooked directly into the Earths core. But I think there's a trick to this, wait for her to start walking somewhere and then start gently 'manipulating' her direction, over time she'll get use to this....it's really sneeky training isn't it
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Scrappy is right as well. Get the little guy socialized immediately. Today's world of separating all dogs and never letting us take them out and run is killing their social skills. Plus making them un-healthy. I have the hardest time finding places to just let mine run and if I run into another dog owner they freak thinking mine eat babies or something every day. My "big" one (65lbs) still gets kinda freaky with others dogs. We use to foster dogs and she still wants to train manners in strangers dogs. The other people think its a bit aggressive. I find it annoying too.


Separation Anxiety: Prevention and Solutions

We make ours sit and wait. Before they get let out, and street crossings, out on the bikes, etc. It helps us asses situations and keeps them from blindly running off. Plus other people think it's baller. Need to get back to training mine.
Yes I agree as well. Today is day 4 so she's relaxed into the family now and the training has started
Thanks for the link TorqueZombie !
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Very cool! I'll be picking up my second dog on the 29th, another retired racing Greyhound. She is the sister of the dog I own now.
Awesome ! My sisters fiancÚ breeds racing Greyhounds here in Ireland !
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Days 2 & 3



She's doing a LOT better
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Awesome ! My sisters fiancÚ breeds racing Greyhounds here in Ireland !
My pups' sire is Farloe Black, one of the quicker imports to come out of Ireland!
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Because Joe Perez thinks I have the largest and strangest looking cat in the world
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My pups' sire is Farloe Black, one of the quicker imports to come out of Ireland!
Sounds like a good one to me
Sorry, but I don't know much about Greyhounds myself, my sisters fiancÚ breeds them up in County Mayo and races them around Ireland. I could ask him about your pup if you PM me it's name (if it has papers) and the breeder you got it from. He could know more info about it for you.

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