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  1. Thanks for getting back to me in such detail,and thankfully I can say that a lot of what you recommend we already do with Moss, especially making sure to recall them without going back on the lead. Funny you should mention liver as we make liver cake treats for the dogs and they absolutely LOVE it.Cheap and freezable too, it's great. We had a really good walk today in a local forest, despite being a busy Sunday he was off lead for most of it and came back when called. It sounds like we will just have to be patient, ride out the bad parts and keep up the practice. I am trying to teach him fetch to keep him interested in us and to give us another distraction tool. Luckily he is only a small part Saluki, I'm hoping the cuddly greyhound genes will win out.
  2. Hi there, I joined the Forums to ask a few questions about my Lurcher, Moss. We got Moss as a puppy when he was 3 months old and it has been an incredibly funny roller coaster with him so far, he is a 3/4 greyhound 1/4 saluki mix and on the same day we picked him up we adopted a pug cross who was 10 months old. Moss and Manny are the best of friends and love running and playing together. Moss is approaching his first birthday next week, and in the last week or so has become quite a naughty boy, I am pulling my hair out wondering if i've done something wrong! Like most puppies I've met, he's quite easily distracted, and just constantly wants to run and jump all over everyone and every dog - which has not really been a problem up to now. In the last week though his recall seems to have dissapeared - we had a trainer in a few times when he was a month or so old and have taught them both to recall to a whistle, but lately when we let him off lead on a walk he can run off for up to 5 mins at a time, no recall and no sign of him until he saunters back in his own time. I can blow the whistle until i'm blue in the face and it doesn't make a difference. He also seems to have started running off to other people and jumping/yipping around them - quite embarrassing when there is a jogger going past and Moss won't come back to us. We have been recalling them and putting them back on the lead when we spot other people and before he gets a chance to notice. In the last week or so he has also become very choosy about his food, often leaving half or more of both his breakfast and dinner. There's been no change to his food and we've scaled up the portions as he's grown. As a puppy he'd wolf down whatever we gave him and still look hungry, but not anymore. I worry that he is a bit TOO skinny (I know his breeds are very slim) but surely if he was hungry he'd eat? Sorry for such a long post, but some 2nd opinions would be helpful. He hasn't been neutered, as our vets don't do that until they are a year old. I keep thinking this is him acting out as he's presumably in his adolescence now and pushing his place in the pack, but when he won't behave off-lead it is very frustrating. Neither he nor his parents were trained as sight hounds, just family pets, and i wouldn't like to think he has to always be walked on a lead when he loves to run so much. Thank you!