Thanks in advance for your time and help..
Two weeks ago I adopted a 5-6 month old female IG (italian greyhound) from a rescue organization. "Lacy" had not been fed by her former 'owners' for some weeks when the foster home got her, only 2 days prior to my adopting her. She has been great with clicker training, although housebreaking is a work in process. She has put on some weight, and is quite eager to please (and cuddle).

This past Monday I found out that she had a littermate, another female. The foster family had wanted to keep her but changed their minds. I could not help adopting "Mindy" last night.

Having had some experience as a Veterinary Technician, I sense a real anxiety problem with Mindy. She whines LOUDLY if I am out of sight, or the two minutes I tried crating her. So she's probably got Separation Anxiety, but I think I can work on that. It's these few other situations that have come up today while I've been with them..

Mindy is highly aggressive at feeding time towards Lacy (who is smaller). Obviously some dominant behavior... should I feed them separately or should I let them sort it out so that they'll know. Mindy is also very hyper, and I have pergo (laminate flooring) all over the lower level of my house. They play and chase each other alot, sliding all over. I have read that IG's legs are sensitive, should I stop them from sliding? Is there anything about raising siblings together, espescially females, that I should know about?

Any general advice would be great in addition...
Heather
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I have two dogs who I can reach into their bowls and take the food, they will even patiently wait and let the cats eat out of their bowls but Brandy will not in no uncertain terms allow Barney near her food bowl. So to keep peace in the house I have always fed them on opposite ends of the kitchen.

Sounds like a simple solution is to feed them separately.

Celeste
Thanks in advance for your time and help.. Two weeks ago I adopted a 5-6 month old female IG (italian ... should I stop them from sliding? Is there anything about raising siblings together, espescially females, that I should know about?

I would feed them separately.
IGs can be prone to broken legs and similar injuries when they're pups. This is usually a result of jumping - - most IGs think they can fly - - but it wouldn't hurt to make their running/playing area as safe as possible. IGs are high energy dogs, and running and chasing each other in the house is normal and necessary behavior. The rescue organization could probably give you some info on the breed. Good luck with housebreaking, BTW. Iggies are notoriously difficult to housebreak.
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I doubt it, that's perfectly normal behavior of a puppy in a new home. You just ignore the whining and eventually she will figure out it's useless. If you go to her or let her out of her crate when she's whining you are rewarding the whining. I usually take a plastic galloon jug (with a screw on lid) and fill it full of warm water so they have something nice and warm to snuggle up to.

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It's not dominant behavior, it's instinct and dog wasn't fed by her former owner so food is of high value to her. Yes, seperate them when feeding and start her on NILIF and start by handfeeding her. She must earn each and every bite. http://k9deb.com/nilif.htm
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Lots of seperate training sessions with you and make sure you have alone time every day with each pup. You want to make sure they bond to you more than they bond to each other. And obedience classes for each pup would be a really good thing.
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Yes, seperate them when feeding and start her on NILIF and start by handfeeding her. She must earn each and every bite. http://k9deb.com/nilif.htm

Lauralyn, I've been breeding and training retrievers for over four decades, and I've never "needed" to use NILIF on even one single dog.

No, not once!
So why do you "need" to use it?
Huh?

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Lauralyn, I've been breeding and training retrievers for over four decades, and I've never "needed" to use NILIF on even one single dog. No, not once!


Handsome Jack Morrison

Jack - my bet is that you don't let your dogs walk all over you either though - that you provide them with consistency and structure and training from day one. And I'm betting that incorporates many of the things that aren in NILIF. You probably just refer to it as common sense though!
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Lauralyn, I've been breeding and training retrievers for over four ... even one single dog. No, not once! Handsome Jack Morrison

Jack - my bet is that you don't let your dogs walk all over you either though - that you provide them with consistency and structure and training from day one.

Well, so could anyone, right?
So why would anyone ever "need" to use something like NILIF?

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So why would anyone ever "need" to use something like NILIF? Handsome Jack Morrison

because they've let the dogs walk all over them for quite awhile already. because they've adopted an obnoxious second hand dog who walked all over his first owners?
NILIF comes in many different forms/levels. I would say that I practice this to some extent, all of the time. That's just common dog sense, not anything special. Humans make the choices, dogs don't get to.
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