I need to pick your brains. Any suggestions will be much appreciated.
A week ago yesterday we bought home a 20 month old Whippet. He has lived with his breeder since birth. I bought him sight unseen and had him flown up. He has been shown but his breeder felt he would be happier in a pet home and liked the idea of him coming to people who understand sight hounds and would have him indoors.
He was understandably very nervous when we picked him up from the airport but relaxed a bit when we got him home. He ate a meal and played with toys and our young Sheltie and I felt it wouldn't take him long to settle in.
WRONG. He seems to be going backwards and is more timid than when he arrived.
The boys (aged 6 and 9) understand they mustn't rush him. They have treats in their pockets and know to let him come to them not the other way round. The other dogs get the treats as the new boy won't go anywhere near the kids.
The first weekend he attached himself to my husband who is one of those people who moves quietly and animals instinctively trust. However when Adrian came home from work on Monday the Whippet was terrified of him and it took several days before he would go near my husband again. As for the boys, the dog won't even come inside until after they are in bed.
He's good with me but I am home with him during the day. I get licks and ear washes and hound leans until everyone else gets home. Then he hits the panic button and goes and hides.
Some days he eats reasonably well, other days he turns up his nose at everything, although I can sometimes tempt him with chicken wings and brisket bones. Today he is in non eating mode. We had a play and a gallop this morning but not enough to tempt his appetite. His breeder's dog handler said he is a good eater but drops condition fast if stressed.
At night he sleeps happily on the bed with the Sheltie and us. These are the good times when the fear leaves him and he finally relaxes.
Any thoughts or ideas?