Hi everyone, I adopted a six-year old greyhound two weeks ago and am really struggling. The first week was great -- I got the couch potato I wanted and we were getting along great, but starting a week ago her behavior has worsened and her energy is crazy high :
As far as exercise : I walk her 30-40 minutes before I leave for work, 20 minutes over lunch, and 40-50 minutes after work at around 7. And still, she's energetic, not ready to sleep or rest at night.
Problem is, she's started "statueing" on walks -- planting her feet and absolutely refusing to move during walks. (I wait it out, sit down, try to move her, walk her around in a circle, bribe her with cheese, etc). So it becomes 2-3 miles of me doing endless circles around my apartment complex because at least if she refuses to walk I won't be too far away from home.
When she's not statueing, she's lunging at small creatures, birds, and/or things only she can see. So my walks outside of the apartment complex become near jogs on a tight leash where I encourage her to stay focused and not stop ever until we're close enough for me to carry her if it comes to that.
She also does the "zoomies" at least twice a day, which I know are normal but really scare me and are at pretty inopportune times of day (downstairs neighbors). The first time she did zoomies was coupled with a morning when she barked me awake, so now I have this irrational (but still there) fear of my dog. I read up on calming signals and now I see them (real or imagined, who knows??) all the time, and I'm terrified that she'll bite me. She does have a sleep startle...so I never approach her when she's lying down.
Meanwhile, at night, she wakes up every two hours or so, does the "shake the water off" thing, whines and/or barks (I ignore it), and lays back down.
I'm sure all of these things are normal, but I guess I'm just really struggling right now. I feel like I haven't slept in a week, I spend every morning and night crying and seriously wondering why I decided to do this. I dread coming home from work and dealing with her and I absolutely dread going on walks. I came SO close to losing my temper today that I had to step into a different room and right now I'm seriously contemplating sleeping on the couch and baby gating her into my bedroom so I can get some sleep.
My job is taking a real hit since even when I go in I have no focus and spend the entire day on forums like these reading up on things I can try.
I've signed up for training classes (starting tomorrow), I got a midday dog walker, and once I get her vaccinations up to date I'm going to try day care. I'm just not sure what to do, I can feel the resentment growing in my heart and I feel terrible about it. I also am concerned about her energy level -- I knew that I wouldn't be able to handle a high energy dog, especially without a yard for her to run around in, so I opted for a much older, lower energy breed.
I'm wondering if this is a dog who just needs a yard to run around in -- I did look into renting a house (with a fenced yard) instead of an apartment, got a realtor and found out how to break my lease, but was advised that breaking my lease will only make it harder for me to rent here and anywhere. (Lease was just renewed so have another 12 months).