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Chewing, small dog vs large dog

February 16th, 2005, 04:24 PM
Well next month is the month i will probably adopt a dog,i have not come to a descision on the breed i guess whomever i feel the click with at the shelter,i have been told larger dogs are more prone to chewing on stuff than smaller IS THIS TRUE?????

February 16th, 2005, 04:36 PM
Welcome back Heidi!

I have never had a problem with a dog chewing, puppies...yes, but not an adult dog.

Where have you been lately?

February 16th, 2005, 04:36 PM
I think it depends alot on the age and breed.
even though alot of small dogs chew, it's just not as noticeable , and they usually chew thier toys, (our dog border/sheepdogx chewed the legs off of the diningroom table when she was a pup !!)
but chewing usually stops at age 2, so any dog big or small over 2 should not be a problem . :)

February 16th, 2005, 11:54 PM
Personally, I think that is a myth. All dogs chew. Depends on how you train them. I have known small dogs that chew wire and anything under chairs. That's definately not a deciding factor on what size of dog to get. Have fun in deciding. :crazy:

February 17th, 2005, 06:59 AM
I still believe some breeds are more prone to chewing more then others. Yeah they may all go through a teething stage but some breeds do ALOT more damage then others.
I don't think you can train a dog not to go through teething, they all do,
but usually after 2 it's not an issue anymore.

February 17th, 2005, 07:09 AM
Well I've only had large breed dogs,as puppies.And to be honest,other then the teething part,I never had a problem with chewing.They were always taught what they can chew on when teething.What I have noticed at times with some people is when the puppie,or dog starts chewing on things,they put them in their crate instead of re-directing them to what they can chew.Puppies and dogs can't learn what's right from wrong if they are not taught.That's just my thought.... :)

February 17th, 2005, 08:32 AM
Thank you,i have been here off and on,but i am finally gonna be in a good financial place next month,thank IRS,so i am gonna go to the shelters and find a dog,most likely a dog at least a year old,i just heard that bigger dogs tend to chew more,i let Damien have my whole apt once,big mistake on my part,chewed all the furniture,but he was only 4 months old so it was my fault i just thought he was so smart that i could leave him alone in the apt,duh!!! I was wrong,i would love a puppy and if one grabs me i will go for it,but i really would like to save a dog that is a little older,so i wont feel guilty when i work..

February 17th, 2005, 08:35 AM
Good luck in your search, and I do hope you get a rescue.

February 17th, 2005, 08:38 AM
I am soooo excited,tax season for me is a great thing.....I really would love a puppy but i would feel bad leaving him home alone for 8 hours,,,,but either way whoever i am drawn to will be the one..

February 17th, 2005, 08:45 AM
I think a dog that is a little older would be a little better for you. That way you can leave him longer and than he is for the most part over the chewing. I have a Brittany Spanial that is 10 mts. old. He does not chew anymore (but he DID as a puppy) and than I have a Rott puppy that is almost 2 mts. (and he likes to chew) so I tend to think it is a puppy thing and it is all in the way you train them. I will put my suggestion in. Brittany Spanials are WONDERFUL dogs and very sweet dogs. That is my suggestion for you. They are not huge but they are not to little. Meater is a good dog. But as far as the chewing it is all puppies I am pretty sure. How is Damiana (spelling) doing? :D We have missed you on here.

February 17th, 2005, 08:47 AM
but usually after 2 it's not an issue anymore.
Oh, I so hope you're right! :D

We had a Beagle who chewed just about everything in his path when he was a puppy - shoes, furniture, etc... He did eventually grow out of it. Phoebe likes to shred paper (she is in heaven when pulling apart a rope toy one string at a time), will nibble on the kids' toys if given half a chance, and she's found a pretty tasty shovel handle out back. :rolleyes: My sister's dog (Mojo), who is a Collie/Berner cross (about 70lbs), used to love shoes when he was a puppy, and now he doesn't chew at all. So I'm really hoping it's an age thing and Phoebe will out grow her destructive tendancies.

Just make sure you find out which chew toys they like best, and then buy LOTS of them! :D Good luck!

February 17th, 2005, 08:51 AM
Heidi, I am so glad that you're looking into getting another pet! We're here to help you out, if you have any questions.

I personally don't think there's a difference between chewing in a small breed then a large breed. I have seen a Boston Terrier chew the crap out of a bone that's taken Briggs (my pit bull) nearly 8 months to get through half!! :eek:

I wish you luck with your search, remember any questions, just ask!

Hopefully you'll start posting more again....;)

February 17th, 2005, 09:00 AM
Heidi nice of you to drop by and visit... kidding missed you around here. I still think a Greyhound would be great for you. I believe it would be the perfect mix of great personality and not requiring a huge amount of exercise. I really don't think it matters about size just as was stated earlier when big dogs chew something it is more noticable. My mom had a Cocker Spaniel that used to jump off their deck on the roof to the neighbours roof and chewed a hole in there roof this dog cost my parents a fortune in damages to there house and our neighbours roof, luckily they both were dog lovers. But Buddy has never chewed anything other than toys. It is all about training.

February 17th, 2005, 09:06 AM
My mom had a Cocker Spaniel that used to jump off their deck on the roof to the neighbours roof and chewed a hole in there roof this dog cost my parents a fortune in damages to there house and our neighbours roof, luckily they both were dog lovers.

Oh my soul that is awful. LOL Would be funny to watch though here comes the dog and there goes the roof. LOL :eek: I think a Grey Hound would be a good pick as well. My cousin has one and she is a veru good dog. Not real high mantinece. Nice energy level, etc. :D

February 17th, 2005, 09:10 AM
There are so many to choose from,have you ever seen i think it is called king charles spaniel,wow they are cute,i guess it all depends on what they have there..I havent had a pet so i havent really been here to much,just adding me 2 cents where i see a good post,I am seeing Damien for the last time this weekend,he is now a year and two motnhs old,i ahve not seen him since October,it was to heartbreaking but now that he is almost fully grown i would like to see him and get pictures and then i need to leave him be,for my own well being,cause i still think of him every day and love him,and miss him.God i cant wait til next month,and the other day i saw the girls from the office where i live walking a boxer puppy for someone that lives in my apt complex so i am gonna ask them when i get one if they would do that for me a couple of days a week.....

February 17th, 2005, 09:46 AM
What shelter are you going to? I love ANY kind of Spanial. :D

February 17th, 2005, 09:55 AM
Hedi what about some of these dogs....

There are some that I found I can look up more for you if you like or if I am even on the right track!

February 17th, 2005, 10:18 AM
Wow he is cutteeee,god this will be hard,I was thinkinf of the Rabies Animal Control because that one is the worse,The Humane Society here is really nice,so probably will go look at both........

February 17th, 2005, 10:56 AM

There are some more have to go and eat lunch I will post some more when I get a chance.

February 17th, 2005, 11:04 AM
I like that boxer i am not big on cocker spaniels though..There are so many dogs this is gonna be interesting and fun,,

February 17th, 2005, 11:04 AM
Cavalier King Charles are small and will need someone to take them out during the day. Go big or medium sized Heidi

February 17th, 2005, 11:10 AM
Thanks,yeah i do prefer bigger,god they are cute though......

February 17th, 2005, 11:57 AM
Okay I will look for bigger dogs than... be right back. LOL :D I like bigger dogs but was not sure what you wanted. What are some breeds you like. I know bigger dogs can hold it longer so that is probably the best route to go. Good thinking guys. :D

February 17th, 2005, 12:20 PM
It will probably be soem kind of mutt..That will work

February 17th, 2005, 12:26 PM

I think you will like that one... :D

February 17th, 2005, 12:38 PM

February 17th, 2005, 12:48 PM
You are right i loveeeee baby girl....................Goood job for someoen that hasnt met me,she is great,,,

February 17th, 2005, 12:48 PM

February 17th, 2005, 12:52 PM
I thought you would I am going to keep looking along that line. :D I know how much you loved your last fur baby and I can tell you REALLY love the breed. :D

February 17th, 2005, 12:53 PM
I find those Chinese Chrested dogs so funny!! LOL!! I always think of the dog in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" LMAO!! It's so funny!!

That poor pupper Powder. That's a sad and very disturbing story. :sad: People suck!

February 17th, 2005, 01:01 PM
OH MY GOD POWDER IS THE DOG i think i posted that here when that story was on the news,she will get adopted quick they always do when there is a storry like that...

February 17th, 2005, 01:10 PM
When I saw that I was like oh my soul I have to post this one for Hedi. Which dog has been your favorite so far? The top three so I know kind of what you are looking for.

February 17th, 2005, 01:23 PM
Baby girl for sure is # 1,Powder because i would love to adopt a dog that has had such a horrible life,then Wade

February 17th, 2005, 01:27 PM
Do you have a prefrence on age or sex of the dog? Do you want them already crate and potty trained? What about special need dogs. (special diet, deaf, etc.)

February 17th, 2005, 01:52 PM

You will like all of these I am sure you should do a GSD they have a ton of them still looking through them all for you. :D

February 17th, 2005, 02:01 PM
These are all Great Danes in your area! :D

February 17th, 2005, 02:05 PM
These are all Saint Ber. that are in your area.

February 17th, 2005, 02:08 PM
Here are some Mastiffs.

February 17th, 2005, 02:14 PM
JMO Heidi... I think you should have a greyhound... you were so excited last time the greyhounds came up! I think it would be a perfect match!

Nice work Princess! :love:

February 17th, 2005, 02:27 PM
Heidi I would not suggest the american bulldog mix great dog but you need to be a really experienced owner to make these guys really shine. Also I think they may be a little more high energy than you would want but very cute. Did you see gentle ben and I really like the grey hound mix very nice looking sounds like a pretty good fit.

February 17th, 2005, 02:27 PM
I love Sophie and Riley.I WAS THINKING GREYHOUND but they just seem so delicate liek you couldnt play rough with them...Wow there are just so many this will be a tough thing to do......Age Great Danes really active dogs???LIke would they need a backyard???

February 17th, 2005, 02:32 PM
Great Danes are big couch potato's also
This guy Gino is gorgeous he looks like Buddy okay so I am biased

February 17th, 2005, 02:50 PM
i'v never had a greyhound but my mother has a whippet, which is basically just a bit smaller than a grey. I'm not positive about a grey, but i do know that my step dad plays very rough with BJ. this dog will growl so much it sounds like he is killing someone, but as soon as you say ow he's licking you like crazy (he's a big suck, our italian greyhound bosses him around and is dominant over him). Whippet and greyhounds make great appartment dogs because they play really hard for a little while and then crash on the couch and want to snuggle. I don't think rough play would be a problem with a grey, though most rescued from race tracks are pretty laid back. Good luck on your doggie search.

pug lover
February 17th, 2005, 03:01 PM
if the dog is a chewer its a chewer the difference is the amount of a damage the dog can do. bigger mouth=bigger damage but this can be broken if need be with proper training and time and lots and lots of toys
have fun with your new poochie

February 17th, 2005, 03:12 PM
lOVE HIM,He is adorable.So are u saying a Great Dane could handle apt living???And i just want to make it clear yes i work 8 to 5 but whatever dog i get will go for walks before work and longer walks when i get home and the weekends will be all about the dog,i would prefer a male..

February 18th, 2005, 09:36 AM
So Hedi how is your search coming today?

February 18th, 2005, 09:44 AM
Yes Great Danes and Mastiffs are wonderful apartment dogs. People always ask me if I have a huge place because of Buds size but my place is small and he is just fine in it. He warms my bed or his while I slave to put food in his bowl and toy for him to play with. I take him out in the morning for 45-60 minutes it also depends on the weather and when I come home at night we go out for 45min. to sometimes 2 hours again weather is a big factor in the winter not so much for him but me. In the summer when it is really hot I take him out early before it gets too hot and then I take him out when I get home if it is really hot we will go out for a short walk and then we will go out again when the sun goes down and it is a little cooler. On the weekends I try and take him with me even if I just have to go to the store so sometimes he is out with me all afternoon and then he comes home for his beauty sleep.

February 18th, 2005, 10:02 AM
heidi,what ever breed you decide to get,please do alot of research on them first.This will take time...But it will be worth it.... :)

What size is your apt again?If it's not really that big,I would suggest a medium sized dog.

Yes,Great Danes are good in an apt,but they still need to get out.A friend of mine has one,and lived in an apt,she had someone come in and take Jazz out while she was at work.She did end up getting a house.And it seemed that Jazz was a bit more of a happier dog.He had more room. :)

My Aunt raised 5 of them,along with a St.Bernard and a Newfie..But she was on a farm.. :)

Also,Great Danes are proned to health issues.
Addisons Disease
Bloat(number one killer in Danes)
Wobblers Syndrome
Von Willebrands Disease.

February 18th, 2005, 12:16 PM
Great news Heidiho! I see your news stories from time to time and wonder how you've been doing.

Knowing your climate, maybe a short-haired dog?

February 18th, 2005, 12:23 PM
Mona is right about the health issues as most giant breeds are prone to bloat, and this can kill them in hours you should read up on it. You can of course decrease the chances of them getting it by doing certain things and if you want I will discuss them with you but read about each of the breeds and the health issues.

February 18th, 2005, 12:25 PM
I was thinking that was well glasslass. Because of the warm weather it probably would not be a good idea to get a long hair dog. Unlike us she has pretty weather over there. LOL :D

February 18th, 2005, 12:46 PM
Yeah i also saw the chinese crested which i dont think would be good here either because of the 110 degree summers, Mona i most likely will just get a medium sized dog,my apt is just a one bedroom maybe 900 square feet,so as much as i would love a rott or german shepherd the closet thing i will probably get is a mixed breed of some kind that is no bigger than a medium sized dog.

February 18th, 2005, 02:54 PM
Anyone know anything about Great PYerense??Not sure if i spelled that right???

February 18th, 2005, 03:18 PM
Big kids and a lot of work they are long haired and there coat requires constant attention if you want to keep it in good shape. They are great but I would not recommend one of these for you very stubborn not an easy dog to train but very smart, they will test you. Still leaning towards Greyhound

February 18th, 2005, 03:36 PM
OH!! Yeah nah nevermind....Yeah but Greyhounds just seem so delicate and fragile>>>>

February 18th, 2005, 03:41 PM
There are some really nice Giant Shnauzers available on Petfinder in AZ. They are nice dogs and great temperment

February 22nd, 2005, 01:56 PM
Here are some more pictures that you wanted Heidi... These are all boxers...

February 22nd, 2005, 02:05 PM
Here are all kinds of dogs...

Lucky Rescue
February 22nd, 2005, 02:12 PM
Although greyhounds have no body fat and they have skin that tears easily, they are NOT delicate and fragile. No dog who is fragile could survive 5 years on a racetrack.:( They are perfect apartment dogs, as they prefer small spaces, having been caged all their lives, and they are not high energy.

Great Pyranees are not dogs for an apartment in Az. Although no dog is extremely heat tolerant, some are more than others.

I would not get any high energy or serious working breed if it is to be left alone from 8 - 5.

February 22nd, 2005, 02:15 PM
Heidi a word of warning I love Boxers but they are high energy and can be challenging a far cry from a greyhound or a dane. This is not a breed I would recommend for you. If you want to tell me to mind my own business I won't be insulted but I want you to make a informed choice because this is a lifetime commitment and I want it to work for you

February 22nd, 2005, 02:24 PM
I will not post anymore boxers sorry! :sorry: I do not know alot about them I only know one person that has one and that is my cousin and she is a VERY good dog. I do not think she wants a grey hound. Can you think of some more beside grey hounds and danes. I think she is wanting something like a GSD or something but I do not think she is that crazy about grey hounds.

February 22nd, 2005, 02:34 PM
This is so hard,and that is my biggest concern,i do want to get the right dog for my living situation,i could never go through the heartbreak of Damien again.............My biggest issue is this,i want a dog that i wont be at work feeling guilty all day because he is home alone for 8 hours,i know most people do work and do not have pet sitters and stuff come over,the breed that can handle being home alone for 8 hours is my # 1 priority of getting a dog......And i know i should not get a working breed sucks because those are all the ones i love best,So bottom line what breed do you guys recommend that can stay in my apt and not get bored and destroy everything????????????????????

February 22nd, 2005, 02:48 PM
Heck if you want a working breed that is a couch potato get an English Mastiff but there do have other issues. They drool not a little a lot. Shed like crazy. They think they are lap dogs don't tell them but they are not. They are like velcro and yet Buddy can stay by himself for 8 hours and not do any damage or accidents. But they are definitely not a dog for most people you have to love all drool and remember this stuff flies when they shake there heads and sticks to the walls.

February 22nd, 2005, 02:49 PM
Mastiff you crack me up I can just imagine all the drool. LOL :D

February 22nd, 2005, 02:59 PM
I want to be sure i have been clear the dog will get plenty of outdoor time,walks in the morning long walks and play at night..I am not concerned about that, the dog will have my full attention except when i am at work......Great Danes do spark my interest i had no idea they are couch potatos.........I just want a breed that can be alone for 8 hours,so i do not feel guilty all day at work...

Lucky Rescue
February 22nd, 2005, 03:04 PM
Heidi, I really suggest that if you have never met a greyhound, that you call a rescue and go see them.

Maybe you are thinking of whippets or Italian greyhound who can be fragile. Greyhounds are large powerful dogs, but are highly suitable for apartments. They do not have particularly strong jaws (everything has been sacrificed for speed) are not known for chewing or being destructive (in general) and are considered to be a non-biting breed who are prized by laboratories for their docile nature.

They are always up for a run or a walk, are playful, affectionate and sweet, but are inactive indoors. They also live a long time - up to 15 years, compared with a Great Dane that may live only 7 or 8 years.

Please before you decide, just go and see them and talk to the rescuers. It costs nothing to do so, and you may be suprised at how you fall in love with these graceful dogs with the sad eyes.:)

I do not recommend driven working dogs, like herders, huskies, Bouviers, flock guardians or super high energy dogs like boxers.

February 22nd, 2005, 03:04 PM
Here are some list that I got off the net... (I am not sure I agree on all of them but I will keep looking for you)

Good For Apartment Life
This is a list of breeds that are considered "Good" for apartment life. If you do not see a breed listed here, it does not mean that it cannot live in an apartment. This list only covers the breeds considered "Best" for apartment life.


American Bullnese

American Hairless Terrier

American Lo-Sze Pugg (TM)

Aussie Bulldog

Australian Terrier

Basset Hound

Bichon Frise




Boston Terrier

Brussels Griffon


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cesky Terrier



Chinese Crested (hairless)



Coton De Tulear

Dandie Dinmont Terrier


English Toy Spaniel

French Bulldog

German Spitz

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Griffon Bruxellois

Hairless Khala


Italian Greyhound

Japanese Spaniel (Chin)

Kerry Blue Terrier


Lagotto Romagnolo

Lakeland Terrier

Lancashire Heeler

Lhasa Apso

Lowchen (Little Lion Dog)



Manchester Terrier


Miniature Fox Terrier

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Poodle

Miniature Schnauzer

Olde Victorian Bulldogge

Ori Pei




Peruvian Inca Orchid


Prazsky Krysavik


Russian Toy Terrier



Scottish Terrier (Scottie)

Sealyham Terrier



Silky Terrier

Skye Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Standard Schnauzer

Tibetan Spaniel

Toy Poodle

Victorian Bulldog

West Highland White Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

February 22nd, 2005, 03:08 PM
Here is some more information Heidi. Sorry I am going to keep you up all night reading...

Those with low energy levels don't even need extensive walks or workouts as long as they get sufficient exercise and are not overfed.

Toy dogs have high energy levels in some cases, but they are small enough that they can satisfy their needs running about the apartment.

Small to medium size low to moderate energy dogs that are also suitable for apartment living include:

* Cocker Spaniel,
* Clumber Spaniel,
* Sussex Spaniel,
* Basset Hound,
* Beagle,
* Basenji,
* Norwegian Elkhound,
* Dachshund,
* Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen,
* Whippet,
* most terriers,
* Bichon Frise,
* Bulldog (as long as there's no flights of stairs to climb daily),
* French Bulldog,
* Keeshond,
* Finnish Spitz,
* American Eskimo,
* Lhasa Apso,
* Schipperke, Corgi,
* Shetland Sheepdog.

Medium energy dogs

Medium to large dogs that can adjust to living in good-sized apartments as long as they get moderately long walks and a weekly allowance of boisterous exercise include:

* Brittany,
* Springer Spaniel,
* Akita,
* Malamute,
* Siberian Husky,
* Newfoundland,
* Boxer,
* Rottweiler,
* Mastiff, Bullmastiff,
* Doberman
* Pinscher,
* Great Dane,
* Samoyed,
* St. Bernard,
* Bernese Mountain Dog,
* Chow Chow,
* Collie,
* Old English Sheepdog,
* Shar Pei,
* Bouvier des Flandres,
* Briard,
* German Shepherd.

February 22nd, 2005, 03:10 PM
Dogs that do poorly in the city
High energy dogs

Dogs with high energy levels that do not do well in apartments without daily exercise of at least moderate intensity include:

* the large sighthounds,
* pointers,
* setters,
* retrievers,
* Dalmatians,
* Border Collie,
* Bearded Collie,
* Siberian Husky,
* foxhounds,
* coonhounds,
* Weimaraner.

Any individual dog can have a higher or lower energy level than is typical of its breed. High energy dogs can be destructive dogs if left alone too long or if not given a job to do. Obedience training and crate confinement can be wonderful aids in channeling energy and preventing wholesale damage to possessions when the dog is left alone.
Noisy dogs

Apartment dwellers should also be aware that certain breeds of dogs tend to be noisy, including:

* terriers,
* some toys,
* many of the working breeds,
* Collies,
* Norwegian Elkhounds,
* Finnish Spitz,
* American Eskimos,
* Beagles.

Guardian breeds

Guardian breeds such as

* Dobermans,
* Akitas,
* Rottweilers,
* German Shepherds,
* Boxers,
* Giant and Standard Schnauzers,
* Airedale Terriers,
* Bouvier des Flandres,
* Briards

may be too intent on protecting home turf to accept the comings and goings of neighbors, delivery men, repairmen, etc. in some apartment buildings. Obedience training can help here as well, but it is critical that dogs of these breeds be purchased from a responsible breeder who concentrates on mental health when breeding puppies.

February 22nd, 2005, 03:18 PM
Lucky Rescue sure is making Greyhounds sound pretty ideal,the boredom and destructive behavior thing is a big sell for me...I want someone that can chill out at home[there will be plenty of toys provided for him]....Will they at least bark if someone came to the door??Not real important but would be nice//Thank u for that info that helps alot..

February 22nd, 2005, 03:19 PM
Heidi all this talk of greyhounds I am developing a real interest in these beauties. The link above has some very sweet looking dogs like Sissy, Mitre, Oscar, and Louie such cuties . I think you should go with Lucky's idea of going and meeting them maybe spend the afternoon volunteering with them taking them for walks or feeding them just so you can meet them and interact with them. I have met a few in my neighbourhood and all so far are rescues and such nice temperments and all of the owners have started with one but now have two so that says a lot about a dog to me

February 22nd, 2005, 03:25 PM
Greyhounds are great dogs. I can't decide if my next dog will be a pit or a greyhound (if i get a greyhound we would have all three sizes lol, italian, whippet, and greyhound) They are the sweetest dogs. I'm not sure that it would bark at the door though. quite honestly i'v never heard a greyhound bark. (tends to be a plus for an apartment dog). Greyhounds do have thin skin because they have no fat but arn't so delicate that they can't take a good rough play. Whippets are great apartment dogs as well, they are also not that delicate. IG's make great apartment dogs because for being small they really don't bark (though she will bark at the door, the whippet we have doesn't) but IG's are very delicate, they are known for jumping off furniture and breaking legs. I hope you find just the right dog for you. and if you do consider a greyhound remember it will take it a bit to get used to being inside an apartment if it came from the racetrack. often times they don't even know how to use stairs, it's really sad. :sad:

Needless to say i have a bit of an obessison with greyhound and greyhound like breeds lol. :p

February 22nd, 2005, 04:50 PM
21 Crate Training

Crate training is the most effective way to housebreak your greyhound. Greyhound's are raised in crates and are very comfortable with them. The basic principle is that greyhounds are very clean animals and will not eliminate where they sleep. Therefore, if a greyhound is in the crate it will not eliminate in either the crate or the house. The following are the basics of crate training:

Crate Size - NJ GAP will recommend the appropriate size for your greyhound prior to the time of adoption. At least 40" long, 27" wide and 30" high (Vari-Kennel 500).
Location - Place your crate in a room that is familiar to the dog. A remote location such as the basement or a room that is far away from family activity can make your dog feel as if it has been abandoned.
Rule - If you can't watch your dog crate it. Do be alert and don't let your dog out of your sight until you are confident he/she is housebroken.
Punishment - Don't punish for accidents. Above all don't use the crate for punishment. A simple NO in a low pitched voice is all that is needed.
Schedule - Keep to a regular feeding and walking schedule (even on the weekends).
The following two sections will walk you through the fundamentals of housebreaking using a crate.

2.22 A Simple Positive Approach

Feed at set times and walk your greyhound at set times. Do not vary your schedule, even on the weekends. At a minimum, your greyhound should be walked first thing in the morning, first thing when you arrive home, last thing before you go to bed and 15-30 minutes after each meal.
Feed the same food all the time. Do not vary the diet, do not feed table scraps or an overabundance of between meal snacks (limit it to 2 small treats a day).
Watch your pet's stool. If it is too loose, cut back on the amount of food by 1/4 cup per feeding until it becomes firm.
Take your dog out on a regular schedule. Walk in a small area where you want the dog to go to the bathroom. Dogs like to relieve themselves in familiar surroundings. Limit bathroom walks to 10 -15 minutes so the dog can understand what you expect of him/her. Save the long walks for recreation time. After the dog eliminates PRAISE!!!
If your dog does not relieve himself outside, confine it to its crate for another 30 minutes and then take him/her back out. If the dog does not relieve himself then confine again for another 30 minutes. Remember to limit your bathroom walks to 10 - 15 minutes.
Once your pet does urinate and defecate outside then you can give them some freedom in the house , keep an eye on them. Until you are confident that your pet is completely housebroken do not let your pet out of your sight. If you cannot watch your dog, crate it.
If you catch your pet in the act of an accident, loudly say "no!" or "stop!", clip on their leash and take them immediately outside to their toilet area. When your dog finishes: PRAISE!
Clean the accident area with an effective cleanser to remove the scent of urine or stool from the carpet or floor. We recommend Nature's Miracle cleaning solution. Do not let your dog watch you clean it up. It is available in most pet stores and mail order catalogs.
If you are having trouble, make sure that your dog is not sick. Worms or urinary tract infections are easily cured but can interfere with housebreaking!

2.23 A Sample Schedule

On rising - Walk - relieve - PRAISE; (if after your 10 -15 minute bathroom walk your dog does not relieve himself, bring in, confine to the crate, feed and then walk again within 10-15 minutes of eating and then skip to step #3).
Feed & water, wait 10-30 minutes-walk again. If during this waiting period you can't watch the dog in the house perhaps you are getting ready for work - CRATE IT.
Your pet's second walk of the morning should be timed so that it is right before you leave for work.
Put your dog in his/her crate in a familiar room. Praise. Leave soft music on for the dog and you can leave a cow hoof for the dog to chew. Please do not leave your dog alone with a rawhide bone as it could choke on a piece.
Upon returning from work or after any time that you are gone, take your dog out of his/her crate, do not make a big fuss over the dog, & take them for its bathroom walk - Praise!!! If you make too much of a fuss when you release your pet from its crate it may get the idea that being out of the crate is better than being in it. This could lead to separation anxiety which may be accompanied by whining or barking.
Evening meal, give water & walk. Praise!!!
Once your dog relieves itself you can take it for a recreational walk.
Remember: Greyhounds love to go for walks!!

Before you go to bed, take your dog on another bathroom walk. Praise!!! Initially you will want to withhold water for 3 hours before bed and during the night.
Confine your dog in its crate in the bedroom with you. Once you are certain your dog is housebroken you can let your greyhound sleep on a dog bed in your bedroom with the door closed or use a baby gate.

2.24 Signs That Your Greyhound May Have To Go Out

Greyhounds usually tell you when they have to go out. Sometimes we are not able to recognize the signs. Some of the signs are as follows:

Walking in circles
Walking to the door and looking back at you
Standing by the door
Holding up a sign that says "OUT"
When your dog indicates a need to go outside, Respond Immediately, don't wait for the next television commercial.

2.25 Trouble Shooting Checklist

Having trouble with accidents in the house? Review this checklist carefully and see if there is something you're not doing. Call us if you need more information or advice.

__ 1. Are you keeping your pet confined when not at home and within your sight when you are at home? __ 2. Are you limiting the "bathroom" walks to 10 -15 minutes? __ 3. Are you walking after meals and at the appropriate times? __ 4. Did you keep a chart/diary for at least 5 days? __ 5. Are you feeding your dog at the same time every day, measuring his/her food with a measuring cup to assure accuracy, not overfeeding, keeping snacks to a minimum, and not giving table scraps? __ 6. Is everyone in the family cooperating with the housebreaking effort? __ 7. Are you adding to your pet's confusion by punishing him/her? __ 8. Are you certain your dog isn't sick and needs to be examined by a veterinarian? (Worms or urinary tract infections are easily cured but can interfere with housebreaking) __ 9. Are you removing the scent of your pet's urine and/or stool from the affected area? We recommend Nature's Miracle cleaning solution. __ 10. If you have a fenced yard, are you going outside with your pet so that you know whether or not it has relieved itself? __ 11. Are you praising your dog when it eliminates outside? __ 12. Are you giving your pet too much freedom in the house? Still having problems??? Please call NJ GAP at (908) 832-9678.

2.3 Your Greyhound And Children

Most greyhounds have never been around children and therefore have no reason to dislike them. The real question is: "Does your child/children know how to behave with animals."

Greyhounds by virtue of being 'track' dogs, generally, have not been around children. Therefore they have no reason to dislike children and in fact greyhounds really seem to enjoy being around children. However, there are certain guidelines that we ask that you follow so that the adjustment period for you and your greyhound & children goes as smoothly as possible. This adjustment period can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months depending on the individual greyhound and the dedication and patience of the adoptive family.

The following are some simple rules to ensure a happy relationship:

LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE - Do not jump on or even pet a sleeping greyhound. Some greyhounds sleep with their eyes open. When a sleeping dog is startled it may growl or come up with teeth before it is fully awake and realizes that the culprit is its best friend. If you must wake your sleeping greyhound, call its name and have it walk to you.
Privacy and quiet - All dogs are entitled to privacy and quiet when they eat and sleep. Children must be instructed to not bother the dog during its "quiet" times. This has to be consistently enforced.
Food - Do not let your child take away the dog's food or interfere with its mealtime in any way. It is best to feed your greyhound in its crate to avoid a problem.
Hanging On - Do not hang on the dog's neck or climb on its back. Greyhounds can be injured or feel threatened.
Door Bolting - Make sure you have a hold of your greyhound by the collar before any door is opened to let anyone in/out of your house.
Open Doors and Gates - Be extremely cautious about leaving doors and gates open (this goes for car doors also). Greyhounds move so quickly they will be out the door and down the street in a blink of the eye. Teach your children and their friends about the importance of keeping doors and gates closed at all times.
Kindness - A child old enough to have a dog is old enough to treat it with kindness.
Crate - Do not let your children crawl into the greyhound's crate. Privacy is important. Initially, we recommend that you utilize the crate when your children are actively playing. It is also a good idea to use the crate when children have friends over to play. This way your new greyhound has a chance to experience and get used to children while in the safety and security of his/her crate.
The use of a crate is mandatory for a minimum of 6 months when you have children. You will find that the crate is an invaluable tool to keep the dog(s) and children separated when you cannot be there to supervise their interaction. Just as you would not leave a toddler or infant alone unsupervised, children of any age and dogs should never be left alone unsupervised.

Dogs should not be permitted on the furniture or to sleep with anyone on their bed.
Dogs that live with children must be taken to obedience school by an adult, to team basic obedience and to aid in the establishment of who is in charge. Most basic obedience classes are held in the evening, one class a week for 6 to 8 weeks. You can call your local high school for adult school education information. They usually hold dog obedience classes. Many veterinarians or boarding kennels may also be able to recommend an obedience class.
Parents who feel their children are too young to be taught how to treat an animal properly should wait until the children are older before they bring a pet into their home.
Greyhounds do not understand the meaning of a child or children rushing, crawling, running up to it or trying to kiss or hug it, when it is laying down (even if it is awake!). A dog may choose to get up and walk away, do nothing, growl or it may even snap or bite. Greyhounds sometimes sleep with their eyes open so it is very difficult to tell if one is asleep or awake.
The above suggestions apply to all dog/people relationships regardless of age.

2.4 Training

The most effective way to train your greyhound is to join a basic obedience group class. These are inexpensive and fun. Use your safety collar/humane choke or a nylon choker. Please do not use a metal choker on a greyhound as this could damage their throat and thin skin.

The following are some training insights on greyhounds:

Sitting - Greyhounds do not like to sit, their long backs and well-developed muscles make this an uncomfortable position for them. Coming close is good!! Doing it is great!!!
Recall - Greyhounds can be taught to come when called. But don't ever be fooled into thinking they will come every time you call them (this applies to all breeds). No dog can be trusted to respond 100% of the time.
Praise - Greyhounds respond very well to praise. This praise should always be verbal, accompanied with physical patting and/or a treat. The verbal praise should be done in a high pitch voice. Also, dogs do read facial expressions, so smile when your dog does well and frown when it could have been done better. Use a small piece of a treat as a reward for desired behavior.
Reprimands - They should always be done in a low pitched voice. The command should be NO!!! This will be sufficient to train any greyhound. Remember hitting teaches a dog aggression.
Helpful Hint ++Trash - All trash should be kept under the counter with the cabinet door closed or in a very tightly covered container. Dogs are very clever at opening things when they want what is inside of it.

There have been retired racers that have earned obedience titles. Just remember that training must be done with a light, encouraging hand and leash rules always apply, even with a highly trained greyhound.

2.5 Veterinary Care

NJ GAP has had your greyhound surgically altered, provided its initial one year inoculations for rabies and distemper. It may have been tested for heartworms. You have been given the veterinarian records for your greyhound and have been told if a heartworm test or other procedures are needed. The following veterinary care should be done within two weeks:

Well Visit - NJ GAP recommends that you take your greyhound to your veterinarian for a well visit. The doctor can establish a profile of your dog when it is well. Also bring the medical records you received from NJ GAP.
Stool sample - A stool sample should be taken to your veterinarian for parasite testing.
Heartworm - Your dog must be tested for heartworm. If your dog has tested negative for heartworms you should pick up the preventative at your veterinarian's office. The monthly preventative is fine for greyhounds. If your greyhound has problems taking the pill try putting it in either cream cheese or peanut butter. You should keep your greyhound on heartworm medication year round.
Worms - There are four types of worms that can be found in dogs. The following are the recommended medications:
Cextex or Droncit - The best for tapeworms. Tapeworms look like rice in a dogs stool. The tablets are more effective than shots.

Panacur - The best medication for hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm. This comes in a powdered form.
After your dog has been medicated for worms, you must wait at least three weeks to take a stool sample to your veterinarian. Do not panic if your dog still has worms. It sometimes takes a second dose to completely rid your greyhound of worms.
* Dental Care - Ask the veterinarian to show you how to brush and hand scale your dogs teeth.

At your annual veterinarian visit, in addition to a routine checkup, your greyhound should receive:

Rabies Vaccine - Depending on the state and/or town, a rabies hot will need to be given every two or three years.
Distemper - A combination shot for distemper and other viral diseases.
Heartworm Test- If this test was not done at the well visit or your greyhound was taken off the preventative it is imperative it be done at the annual visit.
You and your veterinarian may notice that your greyhound has one or more of the following:

Scars - This is common with greyhounds as they have thin skin and may have banged into another greyhound on the track, or scratched themselves on a fence, etc. In time, your greyhound's hair will grow and cover most scars.
Bald Spots - This is not a skin problem. Due to the greyhound's diet on the track and being kept in a crate the hair is rubbed away. With the feeding of Purina Pro Plan this hair should start to grow back in 8-12 weeks. Prozyme will speed up hair growth.
Tartar- The soft diet the greyhounds receive at the track tend to cause tartar build up on their teeth. With the feeding of dry food only and cow hooves to chew on you should see an improvement within a few weeks. You should also brush your greyhound's teeth with a dog toothbrush and toothpaste at least once a week. If this does not clear up, it is recommended that you have your dogs teeth cleaned by the veterinarian.
Pieces of ear are missing - It is not uncommon for greyhounds to be in very close quarters. This closeness sometimes causes them to squabble and an ear can get bitten. This does not mean that your greyhound is aggressive.
Bursars or swollen elbows - Greyhounds have very little body fat and almost no padding on their joints. If they are forced to lie on hard surfaces for prolonged periods of time fluid may accumulate, your veterinarian can drain this fluid easily. A soft quilt or dog bed will keep this from recurring.
Shedding - It is common for a greyhound to shed. This will occur twice a year. Weekly grooming with the hounds glove or rubber curry comb and Prozyme will minimize the amount of shedding.
The following are areas of caution for greyhounds:

Bloat - All large chest cavity

February 22nd, 2005, 04:52 PM

February 22nd, 2005, 05:06 PM
Ok The more i do read about gh's it does sound ideal for me....UHHH I just want be sure...........

February 22nd, 2005, 05:15 PM
I think a Grey Hound would be a good dog for you as well Heidi. :D

February 22nd, 2005, 05:22 PM
They are sounding pretty good,and they are used to being in a crate

February 22nd, 2005, 05:42 PM
Hey heidiho, bugsy gave me this wonderful ste, to find a dog that best for your situation.

February 22nd, 2005, 05:46 PM
Thank u have to clock out now,Italian greyhound is cathing my eye also,OK I gotta go..Be back tomorrow,...

February 22nd, 2005, 05:52 PM
I have a collie/retriever X and when he was a pup, yes, he did chew a few things around the house, but they get over it, and I would recommend a big over a small dog, any day. JUST MY OPINION

February 23rd, 2005, 02:47 PM
I have an italian greyhound they are wonderful dogs, just remember known to be shy, not really good for young children who can hurt them accidentally, very difficult to house train (most breeders and people who own them will tell you some never completely house train), get cold easily (i live in Houston TX where it never goes below 32F and in the winter and spring Candi has to wear a coat outside or she will shake. would need booties for snow), hate rain and water and any percipiation of any kind, and most of all they are VERY delicate. but on they upside they are velcro dogs (well i think it's an upside), they have a lot of personality, they have energy when they paly but quickly settle down to cuddle, don't mind being in a crate (that is what i read but mine has seperation axiety so not known first hand). I think they are great dogs, Candi has the most personality of any other dog i'v owned. They are good for apartments because they do not bark a lot and are small so they can actully get exercise running around the apartment. but can not be offleash, they are the smallest sight hound in existance but still will take off after something and ignore you, and they are EXTREMLY EXTREMLY fast. could probably keep up with a greyhound easily.

February 23rd, 2005, 04:33 PM
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England as a ratter
12 to 18 years
Dark steel blue with rich tan markings on the head, headfall, chest, and legs. Puppies are born black and tan, but their color changes with age. Eyes and nose are dark.
flat, straight, long, and sliky.
Three exercie periods totalling 45 minutes per day. Quite active indoors and needs little outdoor exercise.
Moderate energy level. Assertive, lively, inquisitive. People-oriented and demnadning of attention. Can be scrappy with other animals. Makes an excellent watchdog.
Does best with older children. Ideal companion for adults.
Low Shedder. Daily brushing required. Has a tendency to become matted and may need professional grooming.

9 9
Maximum 7 Maximum 7
This is a popular breed that has been exploited. A poorly bred Yorkie is often sickly and hyperactive, so be careful. Also, avoid "teacup" Yorkies, which are smaller than normal. Teacups are often sick.
Ideal apartment dog.

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The Yorkshire Terrier, also called the "Yorkie", breed of toy dog developed about the mid-1800s in the English counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire. The lineage of the breed is unknown but appears to include several terriers, such as the Skye and Dandie Dinmont; it may also include the Maltese. The most outstanding feature of the Yorkie is its straight, silky coat, parted on the back from nose to tail and long enough to sweep the ground. Colour is dark blue-gray, with tan on the head and chest. A small, compact dog, the Yorkshire terrier is generally healthy and spirited, and valued as a pet and companion.

February 23rd, 2005, 04:34 PM
Anyone know about them????Says ideal apt dog..

February 23rd, 2005, 04:39 PM
Yes ideal if you are at home all day or have someone coming over to let them out. Sorry but little biters go bigger less problems for you while at work.

February 23rd, 2005, 04:41 PM
Thanks....Looks like Greyhound might be the one...

February 23rd, 2005, 04:43 PM
Hey Heidiho,
My mom in law has a yorkie, does not shed ,did not chew on anything but her toys, she is small enough that my mom in law takes her everywhere (has a little carrying bag for her that looks like a purse). and is only yappie when someone comes to the door.
The only bad thing about "jessie" (the yorkie) she has a tendency to bite small children (has bit my son many times unprovoked). It's like she is very jealous when my son goes near my mom in law so jumps on mom in laws lap to bite him. One good thing is she is so small she has not caused much damage, only scratched the skin, no blood.

February 23rd, 2005, 04:54 PM
But could they handle being home alone for 8 hours a day???

February 23rd, 2005, 05:38 PM
MIL yorkie is left alone about 5-6 hours a day, without a problem. Has been left alone for longer and has never been caged or crated.

February 23rd, 2005, 05:57 PM
The only bad thing about "jessie" (the yorkie) she has a tendency to bite small children (has bit my son many times unprovoked). It's like she is very jealous when my son goes near my mom in law so jumps on mom in laws lap to bite him. One good thing is she is so small she has not caused much damage, only scratched the skin, no blood.

This is not going to be a very nice comment and I mean no offence to Happycat I just wanted to say that first.
Sorry but that is totally unacceptable behaviour if a bigger dog did that it would be called vicious and that is what I am saying here vicious and it is very common.
Happy cat I realize this is not your dog but that is not something that should happen ever. You do realize that these smaller bites can and probably will get worse and never better unless this behaviour is stopped and if this dog bit me you could be assured that I would report it as would most. I reported my own dog biting someone not my Mastiff a smaller rescue.

This is why I am suggest a larger breed for you Heidi this kind of behaviour is very common is toy breeds.

February 23rd, 2005, 06:28 PM
You are absolutely correct mastifflover, this behaviour was and is untolerable.
And yes it is vicious behaviour, and I did do something about it.
I was just pointing out to heidiho, this is what this particular dog did, and to really seriously consider this when choosing a breed.
Also mastifflover, thats why I prefer Large breed dogs, as it seems the little ones are the biters. I would trust a pibull more then a Yorkie anyday!!

I also find Yorkies very aggressive with smaller animals as well.

February 23rd, 2005, 09:31 PM
I feel the same, I think small dogs should only be for experienced owners. people think i'm crazy when i say that but i had no trouble controling our dobies when i was 8 yet i have to be very powerful and dominant with Candi. i just don't think small dogs are for first time owners. I think a greyhound sounds perfect for you heidi, but make sure you pick a dog you think is perfect. if your not crazy about a greyhound there are many other wonderful dogs, and don't forget about mixbreeds. :D

February 24th, 2005, 09:31 AM
I am crazy about German Shepherds to be honest,but i am being realistic and know i should not do that in an apt,greyhound really isnt sounding to bad,i just want a dog that is affectionate and friendly not food aggressive,my fear is what happend with damien not letting me near him while he was eating and becoming protective of his toys,i am honeslty scared ofwhat happened with him happening again./.....