Sunday, 10 October 2021. Dion slept all night again at last! He didn’t go out again until just before 7 AM. Sleeping in his preferred bed with sides made all the difference, and having the human in the same room. His bed had a wide gap between Suzie’s bed and there were no sleep startle issues, since Suzie stayed put. No sleep startle since the Friday before last.
Without a human sleeping in the same room he whined.
7 October 2021. Dion likes a bed with sides… sleeping in the lounge room this afternoon next to the couch. I suspect the brown stain on his face is from constantly licking his snout. He’d prefer to live a bit farther away from trains as their noise makes him anxious even half a block away.
He has been good since sleep startle last Friday (see report) but being careful so it doesn’t happen again.
He seems to have a little bit of separation anxiety (neighbours heard him whine and give a couple barks yesterday before settling) when on his own outside but is otherwise quiet. Likes human company. Though he was fine for several nights in the bedroom alone (then slept a night in the bedroom earlier this week then alone in the bedroom again last night, he keeps waking up this week to go out (whines).
Scatter fed on carpet, grass or deck. Scatter feeding is spreading out the dry food to prevent gobbling it all at once. If put too close together Dion will eat too fast and vomit it up. A slow feeder bowl does not work, nor is a Kong Wobbler a good solution (he doesn’t know how to get food out and the Kong is too heavy to tip when full and too slow to distribute). Scatter feeding is easy and Dion drinks water and toilets in the yard afterwards. Take Dion to his bed to rest and digest food before walking.
Walks calmly on lead either in front or by your side. Panicked (bucked and slipped collar, stood still with lead around him as collar put back on) at first exposure to train pass (took a few exposures to calm).
A Black Dog Training Halter was used for safety to get Dion used to trains passing without risk of him bucking and slipping his collar. GAP collar also tightened so that it sat behind the ears without slipping over the head. After a few exposures to trains passing while on walks he reacted calmly and was able to be walked with lead attached to the collar. Dion is overall a calm walker who does not pull.
Dion has sleep startle towards other dogs that appeared a week into foster care. It occurred when the resident female greyhound walked past his bed. Dion would be fine as an only dog due to his independence and to prevent injury to another dog due to sleep startle.
ADOPTION – Self Foster
Adoption Self Foster is where you adopt and undertake the role of fostering yourself, meaning that your dog learns the rules in your home from the start. They settle in and start to bond with you and learn exactly what you want them to. If things aren’t the right fit then you have 28 days to find that out and you return them to the program along with a completed foster report and receive a full refund and you have helped transition a greyhound to a pet home and gathered information that will assist us to find the right home for them. You will receive a collar, lead, muzzle and coat plus the adoption fee is reduced if you foster adopt.
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