I have recently adopted a greyhound from the RSPCA. We love her, she is beautiful, great with my 15mth old and an absolute joy during the day, however, the night is a TOTALLY different story. We want her to sleep inside on a bed we have for her in the lounge room but she just wont.
As we have a 15mth old and he need to have his door open for warmth in winter we need her to not only know that the lounge room is where she sleeps but that she can not bark/whine. We put a barricade u in the hall way on the first night so she couldn't get to our or our sons room but that only made it worse.
The past few night have been a nightmare, she wakes our son up and well then its on for young and old. She wants to sleep in our room, it is like she has separation anxiety. We have given in the last two nights at about 2am after hrs of trying and let her sleep in our room so our son would be able to go back to and stay asleep. We don't want her to sleep in our room, we want it to remain our space.
We are at our whits end. We love her and want to keep her but our health and our sons health is the most important thing so if she doesn't settle soon we will have to sent her back to the RSPCA. Please help....
I feel your pain, had a very similar problem way back when. The issue is that greyhounds like any other dog are pack animals and want to be with you, in the cave, so to speak for safety and warmth. She probably feels that she wants to be around to protect you as well.To alienate them is the worst thing, from a dogs perspective, she is part of your family now and wants to bond. And Greyhounds, from my experience seem to be particularly sensitive.
One thing that is helpful to know is that they really want to hear you breathing. So perhaps if you can put her in a spot out side the door, with the door open, where she can hear you breath. Or, if that is not possible, try a baby monitor by her side where she can hear you breathing and maybe talk to her so she knows you are there. This might help settle her down. It may take a few nights to get this to work, but with greyhounds patience and repetition are key.
And give her a piece of clothing you and/or your husband have worn or slept in that has your scent on it so she can smell you and gets the sense you are near by. (You may want to add the baby's scent.)
I also have heard a ticking clock under the blankets near a dog can help to calm them as it mimics a heart beat.
If she has a favorite toy or stuffed animal that has your scent on it to sleep with may also help. Also make sure there is no draft where she is sleeping and that she is warm enough.
Well I hope any or all of these suggestions help. Let me know how it works. One thing is that because you had to give in a couple of nights, which is easy to do, I know, it may be a little bit more of a challenge to get her to agree go back to plan A. But have patience, with time and persistence she will adjust. She is just insecure and unsure of her new situation, she hasn't had a very secure life so far, and wants to know that you are not going anywhere.
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