Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Books, Group classes with a professional
Posted July 21, 2013
When I first received my Greyhound, Al, from the Greyhound Rescue, they warned me that, while under the care of a foster family, a toddler fell on Al, who was sleeping and Al responded by opening his jaw around the small child's head. Naturally, the parents were disturbed by this. To Al's credit, he did not bite the child, but, it seems, reacted defensively to the child's unexpected fall. He did this once to me while I fell asleep sitting next to him on the couch and slid sideways on top of him. He did not bite, but closed his jaw over my head, as if to warn: don't go any further! I realize now, that he had a bad break on one of his rear legs during his last race at the track. He was probably very sensitive to this and feared anything causing another painful break. But, in ten years, that was it as far negative behavior. He was always a friendly dog to any adults and children he encountered. He was somewhat aloof at first, but the longer I had him, the more playful he became. He liked to sprint circles in the front yard, for about 5 or 10 minutes, then sleep for 6 hours. His activity came in spurts. I could leave food out for him. He would only eat as much as he needed, then leave the rest and come back to it later. He preferred several small meals to one or two big ones. A very sensible dog indeed.