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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Wilson92, Aug 14, 2018.


  1. Wilson92

    Wilson92 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi to all,

    I am just looking for some advice, I have a lovely 14 month old whippet called Bear but is totally doolally. By doolally he had recently been to a sighthound day care and managed to not sleep at all as he is too keen to make friends.

    He is well socialised and from a young puppy been around other dogs almost on a daily basis, however the day care confirmed my worries he can’t seem to leave other dogs alone because he wants to play constantly.

    Has anyone any advice for me and Bear? I assume it’s his puppy attitude and is one week away from being neutered which I hope May call him down.

    Thank you in advance x
     

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    labradrk PetForums VIP

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    Neutering doesn't generally calm a dog down.

    What you are describing is mostly a learned behaviour, combined with typical young dog rambunctiousness. Many a dog owners habituate their dogs to being overly focused towards other dogs simply by 'socialising' them too much. Allowing too much free reign, encouraging too much play with other dogs, so they become the centre of their focus.....

    Day care can often the worst sort of environment for a young dog as it's stimulation overload.

    What are you hoping to achieve?
     
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    Being castrated won't calm him down.

    It sounds as though Doggy Day Care is completely the wrong environment for him. It tends to be a free for all and it sounds as though he has become totally overstimulated and overexcited.

    I wouldn't allow him to play with other dogs constantly. I would work on more training and getting him focused on you rather than tearing round with other dogs.
     
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  4. Wilson92

    Wilson92 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for you super speedy response. The neutering is a decision just because I would prefer him to be.

    I would like to be able to restore some calm whilst around other dogs. He is as exactly as your described and my goal is to be able to have him not be quite so wild around other dogs. I want to install a bit of a boundary between play and calm if that makes sense?

    Thank you x
     
  5. Wilson92

    Wilson92 PetForums Newbie

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    The behaviour they described from Bear to me did sound as though 8 whippets in one house could well have been an instigating factor in his behaviour... He is a puppy still and thank you I am focusing more on taking him out and just being about a walk not a social outing. It’s so difficult sometimes you get such conflicting advice from vets and other people.

    We practice this often and puppy classes and he is becoming much less interested in other dogs.

    He is so friendly I just don’t want him to overstep social boundaries with other dogs.

    Thank you x
     
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    The more he practises his wild behaviour around other dogs, the better he will become at it.

    You need to make his walks more focused on you, less time running free with other dogs.

    He's obviously becoming overexcited and you need to take more control and bring him back to you.

    I would keep him on a longline and work hard on his training and impulse control. He really needs to learn that other dogs in the picture doesn't mean he can go berserk.
     
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    DaisyBluebell Earth, the insane asylum of the Universe

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    Check to see if you have any Dogs Trust Training classes near you. They only take 6 dogs at a time & its a 5/6 week course & one of the things they focus on is the 3 seconds 'Meet & Greet' with other dogs. Also how to get your dog to focus on you- well worth the money, they also do 1-2-1 with you if you want to practice a particular issue. Having an overfriendly Lurcher myself I know exactly where your coming from & those classes helped an enormous lot.
     
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    hello. Firstly what a beautiful face! Bear is lovely. i have had whippets for 30 years so have some experience of the doolally-ness you are talking about. i do not however have any experience of doggy day care.
    Bear is still young and really still a puppy. we have found that whippets don't really begin to calm down until they are about 2. Our whippets are lovely and calm in the house but as soon as they are let out to play ( free running together) they turn into mad running machines. Young whippets will happily play fight , run around, chase a ball etc for as long as you are willing to let them.
    I'm wondering if Bear doesn't understand that it's not play time all the time that he's at doggy day care and that he can rest. Does the day care facility have somewhere that dogs can rest or is it just an open area with loads of dogs milling around? I sometimes wonder if doggy day care actually creates issues that wouldn't arise if the dog was simply left at home.
    Training classes are a great idea. whippets are quick to learn and willing to please.
     
  9. Wilson92

    Wilson92 PetForums Newbie

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    This is such a great idea, it’s finding these classes that’s so difficult and thank you for your comment.

    Glad somebody else has come through the other side and again I appreciate your advice! x
     
  10. Wilson92

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    Thank you so much such lovely compliments I won’t let him get too big headed! It’s also lovely to hear you share a passion for whippets he is an absolute joy to have around and we adore him doolallyness an all :)

    The doggy day care is open plan they seem to allow constant interaction with all the dogs at mixed ages from a 5 month old pup to 8 year old dogs. Personally I think it’s a little intense for a new puppy to be a part of and didn’t know they would have more than 6 dogs at a time especially in a home environment. But even a dog I feel would struggle to ‘be calm’ in this sort of environment.

    I will definitely look for some local classes a few people have said this will help and he is so keen to learn and especially for his favourite treats.

    We would like to find a whippet meet up locally as he does look a good run around but he is too quick for the local pups!!!
     
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    Doggy day care sounds more like a dog free for all. It might be better to leave him at home and pay someone to walk him during the day.

    Castration won't necessarily calm a dog, as my vet says it only guarantees he can't sire puppies.
     
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  12. Your dogs behaviour won't change if you keep using the day care that let the dogs constantly play rough with no control if you need a solution for your dog when you're working you can use a dog walker instead maybe one that works 1-1 and will work on your dogs behaviour with other dogs.
    Nurturing won't calm him down or change his behaviour only training will.
     
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    The Day Care sounds like the worst idea tbh

    He would be better at home with a visit from a Dog Walker to break his day.

    Use a harness and long line on walks so you have full control and encourage him to ignore other dogs apart from a chosen few.
     
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    DaisyBluebell Earth, the insane asylum of the Universe

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    Join a Whippet owners Face Book page/forum. We recently went to a Beddy Whippet (Lurcher) meet of around 30 dogs, it was amazing, we set off for our walk n every one let their dogs off lead :)eek:) I was terrified but OH persuaded me to let Emma off & she just loved it, there was no great fuss made by any of the dogs & Emma to my delight just ran n played then kept checking back with us then off to play again but never once went out of our sight, when I whistled her she came straight back, gave her a treat n said go play n sent her off again. For us it was a real page turned, the fact she knew she could go play she seemed to be happy to recall from all the others when asked each time. Snce that day she is far less 'overfriendly' happy to meet n greet then follow us as she was taught when we did the Dogs Trust classes. Just a little insight into hopfully what is to come for you.
     
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    This sound absolutely fantastic and I have already taken your advice and found a local lurcher / whippet walking club. He would love some freedom and the fear of leash is lessened by the fact I know he would want to come back and check I hadn’t let him runaway and join a new dog gang ha!

    Thank you so much for pointing this out I really appreaciate your advice :)
     
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    Brilliant thank you very much, I sometimes find I’m good with the longer lead and getting him back. However other people for instance today let their dog run straight over and immediately took any control out the situation.

    It’s a tough one but you can only train your dog to the best of your ability.

    Great advice again thank you for your help x
     
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    I found th same and other dog owners are often numpties ;)

    I’m very good at spotting other dogs and avoiding - I’m often seen disappearing behind a bush with my lurcher! :)

    I also find carrying a stick and waving it in the direction of approaching uncontrolled dogs tends to wake the owner up pretty fast :)
     
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    Dillon was a nightmare teenager, we spoke to our vet about having him neutered, he said he'd do it if we wanted but he doubted it would change his behavior, so we never had him done, it took time but he did calm down.
     
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    From following quite a few sighthound groups and going through the teen phase with my galgo girl (15 months) I have come to the conclusion young sighthounds can be little buggers :D

    Your boy sounds like my girl. Given the chance, she would be off playing with other dogs. Im currently working on getting her focused on me on walks. It did initially take me a while to figure her out. She isnt massively food motivated. She does however LOVE play. I carry her favourite toy on our walks and if I see a dog in the distance I get her attention and have a quick game of tug. She is still on lead and occasionally long line at tge moment but I am hopeful - she is a fast learner.

    Your boy may be more food motivated - my other dog is a big foodie and I trained recall him using treats.

    Good luck with your boy. He is gorgeous by the way :)
     
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