Josh lying on his bedding in a pen.

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by Erik Prins


The playpen

Following a discussion with the Kennel manager, she found a baby playpen. We both felt that this could work with him as it is less restrictive. Once I had set this up in the living room, I could lure him in there but he would not stay in there. The moment I closed the door of the pen he would try to jump out. I noticed this a couple of times. Even today, Josh is not content with being restricted. This can be seen when he is staying at the kennels, he is not a happy camper.

As we have a young daughter, we still had child gates placed throughout the house. We could use those to keep Barney and Caesar separated from Josh when they are not supervised. At first, we had them all muzzled to manage bite risks.

3 Greyhound looking up all wearing different coloured muzzles

Muzzle strategy

Environmental management has been a process of evolution. We started with a crate then moved to a baby playpen and moved to

  • Muzzled 24/7 first all 3 hounds.
  • All 3 muzzled when we were out of the house.
  • Just Josh muzzled when we were around.
  • Just Josh muzzled.

This process of evolution was still ongoing and will be a continued part of the management of Josh. At one point we were exploring ways in which we can give Josh more muzzle free time. This is to improve the quality of life for Josh without taking unnecessary risks.

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Erik Prins

Hello, My name is Erik, I am a 3D (Dutch, Dyslexic, Diabetic), 55-year-old young man who lives with his wife, daughter and 3 Greyhounds in North Warwickshire. I volunteer as a dog trainer and run my own dog training and dog psychology business. I am proudly Dyslexic, please forgive my grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and you may be so lucky to experience my chaotic mind. I hope you will enjoy the content as it builds up over time.