Help with nighttime with retired greyhound

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Tenementfunster Tue 28-Jul-20 08:21:36

We were doing so well. Now he’s found his voice we got plenty of whining and now barking when left at night. So I was back down with him last night as he was so noisy. He’s kind of got me where he wants me during the week as we need to sleep to work next day. Is there anything I can be doing during the day to ensure he’s more secure? It’s very early days and he’s finding his feet. He’s 3 so he’s a young boy still and that age does seem to be the transition to adulthood so we’re learning more about him and his needs.

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Tenementfunster Tue 28-Jul-20 08:22:13

Apologies for lack of full stops

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Letsnotargue Tue 28-Jul-20 08:26:40

Where does he sleep? We initially had ours in the hallway (as that’s where family dogs had always slept) but he soon demonstrated that he’d prefer to sleep in the living room so we moved his bed. As he got older he decided he preferred the spare room so we got him his own duvet and let him have the spare bed. It worked for us but appreciate this isn’t everyone’s solution!

If ours was scared or uneasy he liked to hide in a blanket fort that we’d build for him - can you make him a comfy corner somewhere with a cover over the top? Or can he sleep upstairs near you?

Tenementfunster Tue 28-Jul-20 08:34:25

Thanks for replying. Our stairs are really treacherous do upstairs is out. He’s in the kitchen at the mo which has a sofa and his basket. He could go in the lounge but I’m slightly concerned he might chew up the sofas in there (he’s an emerging chewer!). However you might be onto something there as he does most of his naps in the lounge. It’s a smaller room and might be worth a go. Thanks x

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howdidigettobe50something Tue 28-Jul-20 08:35:28

We had a similar situation with a rescue staffy. Settled really well but night times were difficult. She cried and soiled downstairs every night but was fine during the day. We thought that maybe she needed to be near us so moved her bed into the corner of our bedroom. We had never allowed dogs upstairs before so it wasn't initially an easy decision. However it solved the problem overnight and she settled there immediately. This is the only time she's allowed upstairs and goes straight down again in the morning from her little corner. May be worth a try and good luck... I love greyhounds too!

howdidigettobe50something Tue 28-Jul-20 08:36:05

... Cross Post... Just read about the stairs!

MyGirlDaisy Thu 30-Jul-20 22:11:37

Could you also leave a radio on low for him, they do love to be with you so it’s difficult if upstairs isn’t an option (lying in bed with dreaming greyhound next to me 🙄) and leave a t shirt or something else of yours in his bed. Also recommend if you haven’t already joining the Facebook group, (assuming you are on FB of course) Retired Greyhound Owners UK - wealth of knowledge and experience on there with all sorts of Grey related issues.


bengalcat Thu 30-Jul-20 22:14:57

Ours had a crate as a puppy although we left the door open and she could come into us ( she didn’t) - now 10yrs old and for probably at least 5-6 yrs now sleeps in the bed with us ( she curls up really small )

Definitelyrandom Thu 30-Jul-20 23:38:01

Our greyhound manages some pretty steep stairs (with a bit of coaxing) and sleeps in our room. Works pretty well so far and he’s up generally at 7.30 ish and settles down well if he wakes up earlier. But they do all seem to be different.......

Scattyhattie Fri 31-Jul-20 00:32:12

One of my greyhounds didn't like being shut away in kitchen, he'd drag his bed into living room when we let him out. He seemed happy enough to sleep in in small hall at bottom of stairs behind a gate I guess he could hear us better there.

Did let them sleep upstairs after a while mainly as discovered on holiday it meant they didn't want to get up till we got out of bed rather than when sun came up.

Tenementfunster Wed 05-Aug-20 08:50:46

Success! Thank you all for your advice. He’s been able to sleep where he wants for a week now (just downstairs). He’s so much happier now he’s not shut in one room. He actually prefers the lounge ! Thanks again

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Morfin Wed 05-Aug-20 08:54:53

That sounds like a greyhound, wants the room with the most comforts smile glad he is settled. Now you know the rules..... Photo!

Tenementfunster Sat 08-Aug-20 17:06:37

Here you go! Not great shots I’m afraid

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Morfin Sat 08-Aug-20 17:14:34

They are wonderful, totally greyhound, shots. He has certainly landed on his paws, I do think that rescued greyhounds realise how lucky they are.

Tenementfunster Sat 08-Aug-20 18:23:33

Thanks smile

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Tenementfunster Sun 09-Aug-20 09:06:19

Ok, I’m back for more advice! He’s now discovered that actually stairs are doable and we’ve had to put a stair gate on to stop him going up and down at night and throwing my husband out of the bed or falling down the stairs!
I know he’s going to whine and bark to be allowed up, so how do we deal with this? Just tough it out? He views upstairs as some sort of Narnia that he needs to keep visiting and I suspect he’s not going to be happy about being shut out!
I slept down here last night as he’s sleeping badly because of the heat so tonight is the night! Or maybe I wait until the heatwave goes as he usually is flat out by the time we go to bed when temperature is normal.
Sorry I’m rambling
Thanks in advance

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OliveToboogie Sun 09-Aug-20 18:55:02

Greyhounds have never been on their own since day they are born. Live with kennel mates. My Greyhound was a rescue cried first night. I put his bed in my room never a peep since.

CupcakesK Sun 09-Aug-20 19:02:11

Same here, their bed in your bedroom with door shut. Mine let me know if she wanted to toilet.

When we got a second greyhound, no problems with both sleeping downstairs all night - just a thought grin

79andnotout Mon 10-Aug-20 21:33:29

Both of my greys sleep in our bedroom. And everyone else I know with greys has them in their bedroom too. They like company!

BadDucks Mon 10-Aug-20 21:40:32

You’ll break long before he does so may as well just give in a let him upstairs! <gives side eye to bed hogging Lurcher>

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