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Old 06-05-2007, 02:49 AM   #1
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Lynn sent me here. I'm having some dog issues...lol.

I'm 28, married, and don't have any children. We've decided not to have any. My husband just graduated Army basic training and is in Texas right now for AIT school. Currently I only have one dog. He's a lab-mix that a former co-worker of mine rescued from a drainpipe. He's a handful and that's why I'm here.

I'm also here to figure out what kind of dog we should get next because one handful doesn't seem to be enough.

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Welcome to the forum!!!!

when you say handful what exactly do you mean? is he just hyper and playful? or does he have behavioral issues like agression?

and About getting another dog, what are you looking for in traits? laid back, mellow or hyper and active, do you want long hair short hair, non shedding? What size range are you looking for, do you want a dog smaller than your dog, same size larger? Do you want a dog that is easily trainable? or a challenge? do you care if its purebred or would you be willing to rescue?

sorry for so many questions but in order to help we need info on what your looking for and it determines what kind of advice we can give you for your current dog.
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Wow, you guys really get down to business fast...lol.

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when you say handful what exactly do you mean? is he just hyper and playful? or does he have behavioral issues like agression?
It's complicated...lol. I think there are two possible factors to Ziggy's current problems and it may be a combination of both of them. First of all, let me say that Ziggy was never a perfect dog. We had a lot of chewing issues with him and he was in constant competition with our other dog even though the other dog never really competed with him. He's very energetic. He's also had some problems with going potty in the house and getting out of the backyard (even though it's fenced). Ziggy was always a mama's boy. He latched on to me really quick. Valkyrie, on the other hand was much closer to my husband. About 3 months ago, we had to put Valkyrie to sleep (she was a senior dog). This, unfortunately, coincided with my husband leaving for basic training. Valkyrie was put to sleep only a week before my husband left. We didn't notice much change in Ziggy's behavior in that week. After my husband left, he spent about a week pacing and looking around. Then the strangest thing happened. He became a better dog. He never messed in the house, he stopped running away, and he was much, much calmer. I was amazed and very pleased. I left for a few days to go to hubby's graduation. I had my friend come over everyday and take care of Ziggy. I called my friend regularly and apparently Ziggy was doing fine...until I got home. Now he's completely changed again. He's getting out of the yard and being very defiant. When I call him, he just stares at me like I'm a moron. He no longer snuggles with me on the couch although he still sleeps at my feet at night. He's started getting really demanding. If I feed the cat before I feed him he "yells" at me. If I leave the house even for an hour, he cries while I'm gone. Then he jumps up on me and won't leave me alone when I get home. Mom and I have noticed that he only does that to women. It's totally schizophrenic. I can't tell if he loves me or resents me. I'm afraid Ziggy thinks he's the man of the house now.

Also, this dog will NOT walk or do anything else on a lead. As soon as I attach the lead, he sits down and digs his heels and and will not move. He's always been this way. The way it looks right now, I can't keep this dog! How can I move into military housing with a dog that wets on the floor, escapes the back yard, won't walk on a lead and whines all day? I'm starting to wonder if Ziggy and I are just mismatched and he'd be happier on some large farm in the country where he can act like a fool and nobody will care.

I'm certain part of the problem I'm having with Ziggy is that I was totally spoiled by Valkyrie's incredible behavior. She never needed any training at all for anything. She always did exactly what we wanted. She was calm indoors, well-behaved outside. I'm thinking a good bit of this was her breed. She was a collie. I'm afraid I totally lack the skills to deal with Ziggy.

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I'm looking for a relatively large dog with short hair and moderate to light shedding (ha! Anything would be considered moderate compared to a collie!) I'd like a dog that's calm indoors and likes to snuggle and is relatively quiet. I would also like a dog that will motivate me to get some exercise...lol. I'm overweight and borderline diabetic and absolutely have to lose this weight. Taking walks is something I need to do, so I don't mind taking a dog with me. In fact, I think it will make the walk more enjoyable. I'm not looking for a puppy so a rescue dog is an option. I've done a lot of talking and have been leaning towards adoption a retired greyhound. My biggest concern in regards to that is my cat.

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Hello and welcome the forum! Great to have you with us. Do you have any pics of your dog? I'd love to see them.

It sounds to me like Ziggy needs a structured obedience class. Here's a link to find obedience clubs in TX:

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I recommend you do some training with your current dog before adding another to the family. You basically stated the reason yourself as Ziggy's behavior was better when your older, calmer dog was with him. Your new dog will undoubtedly pick up some of the behaviors of your current dog. Attending obedience classes & working with your dog on a daily basis will also give you that exercise you're looking for & run some of the energy out of your dog is running amuck. A tired dog is a happy & better behaved dog.
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If you are thinking of having a retired greyhound I would say go for it they like to be walked but are happy to be couch potatoes. I have sighthounds and know the prey drive is strong, but sighthounds including greyhounds can learn to live with cats. I would stress at the rescue centre that you have a cat and ask them for one who has been cat tested, Mine get on fine with my cat but I do keep a careful eye on things to make sure. So it is possible to have a greyhound where you have a feline. They make wonderful pets . Good luck with your present problems . I would get this sorted out first before getting another dog, so if an when you do get a greyhound i I wish you and the dog good luck . Keep us posted.
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Welcome to the forum!

My dad also recently graduated from basic and is in fact in Texas (Ft. Hood) right now.

Sounds like Ziggy needs much more excercise, IMHO. I know he won't walk on a lead but I would get some in-home obedience lessons and start getting him used to it.

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