Originally Posted by CanadaSue
Aloof is a good description for this dog. I can see that - he was bred, born & trained to work. He's no doubt been handled by a lot of people in his life & I forgot to ask how old he was.
He hasn't given his heart yet.
Greyhounds are crated trained from the moment they're weaned. And even as puppies, the human interaction isn't generally 'affectionate or loving'. They're bred and borne for a specific task; a short lived career. Sort of an 'all work / no play' world for them.
But if a person is patient with them and sometimes if they have access to other happy dogs (caution around smaller critters; after all they've been trained / condition to chase a mechanized rabbit) to learn how to socialize and play ... And importantly? Learn by being surrounded by it: affection and love.
I'm not saying these beautiful dogs are mistreated per se, like the scum who abuse Pitties and teach them to fight; but Greyhounds are very sensitive by nature and their early environment isn't nurturing. So as an adult, they need to start from scratch, as it were, learning what affection is ..... Learning to be held and loved, learn that bellies are meant to be rubbed and ears scratched and dog noses, to be given 'poochie smooches'.
It takes time.
But look into their eyes: It's as if they so desperately want to believe a human would be kind to them........ Like they have all this love stored up inside them but aren't sure what it is or how to express it.
Some are less fearful and open up faster, truly blooming with love. Others take longer and might always keep a bit back. But overall they're wonderful dogs and great companions.