Is The Honeymoon Over?

Is The Honeymoon Over?

 

When your newly adopted greyhound starts to settle in, you may see some new behaviours  appear that were not there during the first few weeks. Usually somewhere between weeks 4 and 6 your hound may start doing things they didn't do before. We say at this time that the honeymoon is over. Most commonly it's some form of resource guarding, but SA can rear it's ugly head, or reacting to something that they didn't react to during the first few weeks.

 

This is a time to maintain your schedule and rules, not overreact, and to seek out help if you feel at a loss. Particularly with resource guarding, for example, growling when asked to get off the couch, it's important to respond in a way that will eliminate the problem rather than exacerbate it. (This is one of the reasons we suggest keeping your new hound off the couch for the first months).

 

If you're not sure how best to handle a new behavior, or if what you're doing isn't working, don't be shy, let us know and we can help. We have lots of experienced greyhound owners who volunteer with us, and some trainers, too, and I know we can find solutions that will work for you. You can post on our Facebook page, email, or call, and we'll be happy to help you figure out the best way to handle any new behaviors that might surface.