My husband and I are first-time greyhound owners and we're stumped and a little concerned about our retired greyhound's behavior.
When we first brought our boy Hermes home, we were impressed with how well he behaved. We kept him with us constantly (crate is in our bedroom) and taught him all about his new home (how to get in/out of the car, windows, how to go up/down the stairs, where to go potty, how to treat his toys, etc.). But despite all the time we've spent with him and interacting with him, he doesn't seem to have bonded with either of us. He doesn't treat us much differently than any other person he meets.
Anyway, he's decided the couch is the best thing ever, and has initiated play with us and will wag when he first sees us, but otherwise shows very little sign of happiness. He's quiet, and doesn't seem to WANT our attention. When we praise him and pet him he stands still and has no reaction. He doesn't seek us out unless we physically leave the room/go upstairs or down. When we go to the dog park (after the first time) he goes off on his own and completely ignores us, even when we use his name/talk excitedly at him.
We've been working on some training, and he does respond to his name for the most part at home, and we're working on come, wait, etc.
Training has been difficult with him because he's not motivated by toys, praise, or food. It really seems like our dog doesn't like us! It's been almost two weeks since we brought him home--has anyone else had experience with a dog taking a looooong time like this to relax emotionally? It only took him a day or two to initiate play with us...
Any help and advice would be much appreciated!! We're not sure if we're doing something wrong or if we just might not be the right people for him. We've read a lot about greyhounds and have tried to be very positive with him and train by catching him doing things right, etc. etc. so I don't think we've made him feel unwelcome...
If anything I've put in here is unclear.. please let me know! We're pretty desperate to figure out what to do about our dog's seeming detachment from us and the environment.
Thank you in advance! We really want to make this work, but I want the dog to have a home that will suit him.