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02/18/18 – This exceptionally tall greyhound has a humorously exaggerated overbite, probably his most adorable physical trait. He loves to play with stuffies, squeak toys and could play fetch all day long. Brock is very energetic; he NEEDS a fenced yard to bounce around. He has very long legs that he needs to stretch and run. He crates well, as long as his exercise time outside of the crate or ex-pen is balanced. He is learning not to counter surf, which is a big temptation due to his accommodating height. He roos when you sing with him!
Because of the unique environment in which the racers grow up, greyhounds learn to trust, communicate, and interact well with their own breed. Brock gets along well with other greyhounds, but not so much other breeds. Unfortunately, Brock had a couple of unsuccessful adoptions, which included bad experiences with various non-greyhound dogs. He lived in a neighborhood where unleashed dogs would charge him while on walks. He was overstimulated by the neighbors dogs running, barking, alongside his chain link fence. He was bullied by a bulldog that we did not expect to be in his house. He scuffled with a neighbor’s pitbull that jumped a 4-foot chain link fence into Brocks yard. Their questionable play or fighting escalated the wrong way until Brock pinned the full sized pitbull to the ground. No injuries, just bad memories reinforced. In another incident, Brock seriously hurt a very small fluffy dog; which we “guess” was his way of venting frustrations with being in an environment that his new adopter did not realize was too much for him. Brock also injured that adopter, as she got involved trying to stop his attack on her very small fluffy dog.
Yet, Brock is not an aggressive dog. He became over-stimulated, not able to relax. Constantly anxious. Brock is high prey, so little dogs are too much for him. He cannot even live with them now right on the other side of an open (chain link or wrought iron) fence. Somewhere along the line, Brock learned to mistrust other breeds of even the larger dogs. Brock flunked the personality test to join an all-breed doggie class at Barkefellers, an honest attempt by his adopters to socialize him with other breeds. He had to be removed from the classes because he quickly felt threatened, with his tail tucked tightly between his legs. (This is not a greyhound that you will want to volunteer with at meet & greets, although he would love greyhound play dates!)
Brock is also not a dog that should be encouraged to play tug of war games. He will escalate beyond where you want him to be, and the canine behaviorists say that he will see you as a littermate, not the leader. (This is not true of all dogs, but maybe, or especially, the high prey dogs.) He needs to be adopted this next time by someone who will take the time to understand greyhounds, and what makes them different from other breeds. Both unsuccessful adoptions were by first time greyhound adopters. Some of the signs were not understood by them; they did not know what he was trying to tell them. Brock seems to know which people are familiar with his breed. The retired racers really are unique, and he wants an adopter that understands him. (There is a reason that we require adopters to read the book!) Brock needs someone who will “study” him, and all the while he will also be studying you.
He LOVES to go on walks, but you must learn how to help him feel secure, and let him know that you “have his back” and will not put him in a position that makes him feel vulnerable. We can give you some tips that will deter dogs and people (especially children) from making Brock feel he is being threatened. (He must feel safe from other dogs, from kids.) Any dog, of any breed, that is always feeling he is on the defense will eventually cause problems. So if you understand this, you can provide an environment in which he is relaxed, calm, playful, and happy. That is the real temperament of Brock, but his adopter has to help create/protect the environment he needs. Because he is so outgoing and affectionate he was chosen for the prison program and is a graduate of prison class # 27. (We had no problems with Brock in the prison.)
He is currently fostering in a greyhound savvy, adult home with other greyhounds to play with, and with other breeds kept far away. He interacts very well with other greyhounds. This greyhound needs an adopter that knows how to understand him. He is not a problem dog, he has just been a misunderstood dog in the wrong environment. We promised Brock we’d find him the right home! Brock comes with his own Gini’s Greyhound Fashions warm winter coat.
10/25/17 – Brock was not a good fit in his adopters home as he bit the small dog already living there. He settled in nicely for the first few days with his adoptive mom, her small dog and a third dog that wasn’t part of his permanent pack but that caused some tension with Brock. Unfortunately, Brock bit the small dog and his adoptive family made the difficult decision to return him. He graduated from the prison program with high praise and will be loving and wonderful addition to a home without small dogs or cats. Brock was working his leash manners and also his toy sharing manners, but he’s a quick study! Could he be the perfect fit for your home?
08/22/17 – Brock is settling into retirement. He’s still learning about leash manners as he pulls very hard on the leash when approaching a door to enter or exit. Brock was not a fan of the fire alarm either and took off running when the lights started to flash. Brock is a very tall boy and he’s allowed to stay out of his crate during the day because he’s such a big guy!
8/7/17 – Brock was chosen for the prison program because he is confident and friendly.