Clyde is a lovely friendly boy who LOVES his food, for this reason Clyde needs a home with children 10 years or over. Clyde went into foster care as an only dog, but gets along with other breeds.
If you think that your home would suit Clyde, then you can contact us on email@example.com and book in to meet him. Please read Clydes Foster Reports before deciding to meet with him.
Foster Care Update – Week 1
Settled in Well and has been on walks, has been taught house rules, met different livestock and introduced to different breeds of dogs, had time outside around motorbikes.
I can take his dinner away from him with no bad reaction. Knows where his bed is and is settled when people are moving. Responds well to commands such as ‘out’, ‘wait’ (before food), and ‘look’.
Got along really well with other breeds such as cavalier, retriever and staffy. Loves being outside, exploring. Sometimes gets into car easily, but occasionally needs help.
Needs constant reminding to wait at doors and on roadsides. However, he does wait after a few commands. Had one accident (wee) inside on 5th day. Mostly good when outside alone. Whines for a little bit but settles.
Scratched the door on his third night and kept whining. Sniffs and licks mugs and glasses Likes to chase possums at night and sheep if they run. Unable to tell us when he needs to go to toilet.
FOSTER CARE UPDATE – WEEK 2
Clyde has shown more of his personality this week and responds to his name very well! He loves playing with his squeaky toys, throwing around and showing us his catching skills. Clyde has been on many walks with other doggos and has got on very well with them. Clyde has become much better with waiting before crossing roads and before meals. He knows where his bed is but complains when it’s not in his usual spot (the living room)! Clyde is coping more with being outside on his own and only whines for a little bit before settling down. He doesn’t enter the kitchen every time someone is in there while making food, however, in the off chance that he does, he responds very well to a stern ‘out’.
Unfortunately, Clyde has not been too good with toileting. He does his number 2’s outside but has weed a few times in the house. We think this is because he doesn’t have a clear grass area to wee on independently, so we are gong to help him out with that! Clyde gets on quite well with our cavalier but can get a bit territorial when she goes too far onto Clyde’s bed. Clyde is good while walking and doesn’t pull most of the time. Although, when he sees a bird or rabbit, he loves to try and chase it and gets very excited. Also, when he’s tired, he tends to walk straight in front of you, so I always have to keep an eye out, so I don’t trip over him! When I see a truck or bus coming, I make sure we are far away from the side of the road as he is still quite scared of the sudden noises they make.
FOSTER CARE FINAL REPORT
Clyde is a calm and friendly boy with adults and other dogs. Once Clyde feels comfortable with other dogs, he can get quite playful with them. This can be too much for small, old dogs. Can get territorial when other dogs get too close to his bed. Clyde is very much a habit dog. Once he does something once, he continues to do it and it’s hard to break his habit and routine. For example, we first took him outside on a lead on grass for toileting. This meant he refused to wee outside in our courtyard even though he had independent access to it and he used it for his other toileting needs overnight. I think it’s important for Clyde to be flexible with where is preferred spot is for his bed. He mainly had his bed in the main living room but when we moved it out into the rumpus rooms, he whined and scratched at the door to get back into the living room despite him not being alone in the room. In saying this, Clyde responded immediately when told no and would then settle into a new location.
Clyde would be best suited in a home where he can be taken on at least 1 walk a day, 2 at best and a home where there is space so he can freely play and bounce around with his squeaky toys. While Clyde had access to a cat when visiting, and was calm, we do not have a cat at home and so cannot comment in relation to that situation. Clyde also likes human interaction – loves cuddles and having his neck and chin scratched.
When he sees a bird or rabbit, he suddenly pulls and can start jumping up on the spot. This may make it hard if a child or elderly person is walking him. They just have to be holding the leash firmly. When I pull him back, he briefly calms, but then continues to pull and wants to find the animal again. With a little bit of persistence, he will then give up. When he is just generally pulling, he responds when I pull back on the lead and say heel.
In the car – At first he stands, but once the car is moving and if you stop once or twice, he sits down.
House Training – Nearly, When he slept in the laundry, he scratched the wooden door. When he could sleep in the living room he was settled and didn’t show any destructive behavior. In relation to house training, Clyde needs access to outside overnight to meet his toileting needs.
Commands – Clyde doesn’t know ‘on your bed.’ But he knows ” Wait (before food and before entering/exiting doors), Out and no and Look (before food) He responds to his name. He still goes into the kitchen and has a sniff of benches but responds well to ‘out’. While Clyde is interested in people eating, he will respond to no. If cups are left on a coffee table, he will pop in his nose! Again, he responds to correction.
The reason behind Gaptas fostering a greyhound out prior to offering them for adoption is to prepare them for the many different situations & experiences they will encounter in their new life as a pet. The other aim of foster care is to gauge & provide feedback on the dogs temperament and responses to different situations to determine the most appropriate home to suit the dog. The entire foster period is an information gathering phase as well as setting firm rules and boundaries to help the greyhound transition.
To help the dog along we ask of the following in foster care.
- House training
- Sleeping on their own bed
- Walking calmly on lead
- Walking up and down stairs
- Get in and out of a car
- Alone time
- Basic commands – No, On your bed, Wait