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Sooty

Sooty arrived on Sunday 5th July 2015.
Went to his new home on Tuesday 11th August 2015.


Sooty's arrival and a brief history
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Sooty - Black Greyhound
Sooty is a black ex-racing greyhound who is the litter sibling of, Lexi. Born on the 12th October 2011 he lives in the house, is okay with stairs, house trained, fine with children, walks nicely on the lead but will sometimes bark at things when out walking including other dogs, although he doesn't pull towards them, just barks at them.
Sooty weighs 28k, is neutered, inoculated, microchipped and once hurt his hock, but this is now okay.


Went to his new home on Tuesday 11th August 2015.

Sooty's Diary
5th July 2015



28th July 2015
This lunch time the couple who are looking to adopt Sooty called in to collect him. He is going for a 2 night stop-over with them, so he can get to know them and they him. If all goes well and he is what they are looking for they are hoping to adopt him once they return from a pending holiday.
He gave them a lovely greeting when they arrived and all packed up with everything he needed for his 2 night stay off he walked with them to their car and home.
We later received an email from him saying:
" Enjoying my short break by the seaside. Had a nice ride in a car and have now been given a posh new collar and a huge king size bed. Looking forward to choosing from tonight’s menu and exploring the local surroundings."
11th August 2015
This afternoon Sooty's new owners called to adopt him and take him home with them. Sooty gave them a lovely welcome and once all the paperwork was complete he happily walked down our drive with them. Having jumped in their car off he went to his new home where we hope he will have a long and happy life.
10th November 2015
We received an email today from Sooty's new owners with an update of how he's getting on. Here it is:
" So after 3 months since Sooty moved into our home I think it’s time for a brief update.
In my last message, after only 2 weeks of ownership, I mentioned Sooty’s antisocial behaviour towards other dogs and after a month with no improvement in the situation I was beginning to despair and was even considering returning him to you.
As a last resort I made contact with a local ‘dog whisperer’ and he came to observe Sooty. During his visit he gave me lots of useful advice and showed me how to read some of Sooty’s body language. He suggested that I had to give Sooty at least another 2 months to get to know me and trust me. He explained that Sooty was not sure how to react in strange situations, especially meeting these strange 4 legged creatures, and he would look to me for guidance and not get any, so would have to take matters into his own hands. Sooty didn’t trust me to be able to handle the situation so was reverting to ‘fight or flight’ and as he couldn’t flee, being restricted on a short lead, he had no option but to fight. the behaviourist recommended that I walk Sooty away from locations where we would encounter other dogs, that I use avoidance tactics (e.g. cross the road) if an encounter was unavoidable, that I develop a friendly way of talking to him, that I reward him with treats if he behaved as I wanted, and teach him on command to look me in the face.
After finally finding some treats that Sooty really liked and would take from me, we started our ‘loneliness of the long distance dog walker’ phase, with morning walks along the Dalton Bypass and evening walks along the Coast Road, all in splendid isolation. Although I felt progress was being made (on the rare occasions that we met other dogs I could get Sooty to break his staring fixation and look at me expecting a treat) I still needed to see that his general behaviour around other dogs had improved. This coincided with a short break we had planned to visit our son and his family near Leicester and at the last minute we decided to put Sooty in kennels. I spoke to the kennel owner and she was quite relaxed about taking Sooty for 5 days. She said, in her experience, his behaviour was not unusual among retired greyhounds and she proposed that if Sooty was walked twice a day with lots of other dogs of varying breeds and sizes he would hopefully realise they were no threat.
And, dear readers, that was the breakthrough. Since coming
back from kennels 2 major milestones have been passed – 1) Sooty now hoovers up all his meals with no delays (he used to just pick at his food and rarely cleared his dish) and 2) I can now walk him on a route directly from the house and, with the timely offer of one of his favourite treats, he basically ignores all other dogs (apart from white West Highland Terriers!).
So, are we happy? You betcha!
Also pleased to report that Sooty is fascinated by fireworks. I walked him every night around 5th November and he just wanted to keep stopping to look at the rockets and loud bangs had no effect on him. Such a difference from Enda our previous greyhound.
So after 3 months we are beginning the long and happy relationship that we dreamed about."

We cannot thank Sooty's new owner enough for standing by him and helping him through this difficult stage of coming to terms with and understanding his new world. I've included the email as it was written with the exception of the behaviourist's name and hope it will help others to help their dogs with the same or similar problem.

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Sooty - Black Greyhound
ln our garden
8th August 2015

Sooty - Black Greyhound
8th August 2015

Sooty - Black Greyhound
8th August 2015

Sooty - Black Greyhound
8th August 2015

Sooty - Black Greyhound
Enjoying the last of the sunshine
10th November 2015



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