Greyhound: House Training difficulties?

My girlfriend recently adopted a greyhound about four days ago. She’s been having trouble house training the dog. Her name is Tatum, and Tatum won’t go outside to use the bathroom. She will go outside and only has done #1, and it’s only before noon. After noon Tatum refuses to go outside, She’ll stand at the door or in the yard, with her legs locked and refuses to move forward. We’ve tried going out in pairs with the dog, and even trying bringing in pieces of fence to enclose her like she’s used to when she’s let outside. It gets worse as it gets darker outside. Even the sight of her harness Tatum will turn and walk away, She’s been outside many times a day and sometimes right after we bring her in and she’s done nothing she’ll "do her business" on the carpet. We’ve tried all we can think of. We think she’s lonely being without all of the other dogs from her kennel, or she’s depressed because she misses the ladies from the kennel. Regardless, Tatum won’t use the bathroom, and we’re becoming stressed and frustrated over it. Any explanations? or tips to help?

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6 Responses to “Greyhound: House Training difficulties?”

  1. philospher77 says:

    I had to deal with a similar situation with my recently adopted greyhound girl. I had been warned when I adopted her that she is a very unconfident dog, so I was somewhat prepared for it. If your dog is freezing at the threshold, it’s most likely because something outside is spooking her. My girl was scared of sounds: kids playing ball, cars driving by, the wind. Wind that made leaves flutter would send her running for the door. So you may want to take a hard look at the surroundings and see what’s different between morning and afternoon so you can try and deal with that stimulus.

    It is frustrating, to be sure, but it’s probably not that Tatum WANTS to go to the bathroom inside, it’s that she is terrified to go outside. How is her general personality? If she is generally skittish, it may be worthwhile to bring in a behaviorist to give you some advice. What worked with my girl was to carry her outside, and then just stand there and occasionally say "go potty", then go inside right after she went. And kept a good carpet cleaner for the inevitable accidents inside. Plus a policy of "benign neglect" (minimal interaction with the dog… just feed her, get her out to potty, and then ignore her the rest of the time) for a couple of weeks so that her stress levels went down. She is now perfectly happy to go outside to potty, even plays in the yard. But the advice I got from a trainer who had dealt with this kind of situation was invaluable for dealing with the initial weeks.

  2. Larry E says:

    A Greyhound doesn’t go in their cages. They are let out in a turn out to do their business. The only thing they know is their cages and a sandy turn out. The grass and out doors is completely new to them. When you take her out put her on a short leash and walk her. She will get used to the new surroundings and start using the out doors. Also like someone said you might have to kennel her.

  3. grapejuice says:

    I don’t know who you got your grey from-they’re almost always from rescue groups that get their dogs from the track. Usually, the rescue group has the dog for a few weeks, and knows a lot about the dogs. If that’s the case, give them a call.

    They can be a little high strung at first in adapting to their new environment. A wonderful way for you and your girlfriend’s grey to bond is by walks-they love it, and they need a couple of walks daily. The grey will need to be on a harness or a special collar for greyhounds.

    If you only let the dog out in a fenced in area, make sure there’s nothing out there that spooks the animal. There is a product you can buy at Fosters and Johnson (over internet) called a pee-pole-it has dog phermones in urines embedded in this 6" tall mushroom product

    Greyhounds are wonderful dogs who really understand what it means to be retired. They will bond very closely with those they love. You are in for a treat, but be patient.

  4. ragapple says:

    actually racing greys ARE typically turned out to potty though it may be sand or gravel paddock rather than grass. either yournot ahearing to her racing sceduale enough or the eyesight problem is the answer. try CRATING after coming in unless you see her potty then crate to door no stop at carpet auntill she DOES potty,,,,

  5. Jennifer M~ Got the Giggles says:

    I was going to answer this question, but BYB’s said everything I was going to.

    I agree with her answer. She might not know she is supposed to go outside and the best people to contact are those from the rescue who have worked with her. They might have a trick that will work for you or at least some advice.

  6. BYB's Have Giantic Hunts says:

    I think you guys are completely reading the situation wrong. Retired racing greyhounds often don’t know that they are supposed to go potty outside since they’ve always done it in cages and on concrete.

    Your girlfriend needs to contact the rescue group that Tatum came from and work with them on acclimating the dog to being leashed and walked.

    Also, you need to get rid of the harness. The dog needs a sighthound collar/no slip collar/martingale. Greyhounds can EASILY get out of harnesses and if this dog gets free on a walk, she’s not coming back.

    My second concern is that she either has some vision problems or has a reason to fear the outside at dark. A vet check to rule out eye problems is in order and if she’s ok, then a behaviour modification trainer who knows sighthounds should be consulted. The rescue group should be able to recommend someone.

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