If you have just brought home an Italian greyhound puppy, and are finding it difficult to tame and housetrain it, this information will help.
The Italian greyhound is an ancient breed, beloved by not only the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, but by Roman aristocrats as well. Italian greyhounds were often depicted in old European paintings.
They are approximately the size of a large cat, and with their dainty looks, refined manner, glossy round eyes, and streamlined-for-speed bodies, look remarkably small and fragile.
Today, Italian greyhounds are associated with the racetrack, just like horses, which makes sense, since they are built for speed, and love running.
Physical properties and Temperament
Italian greyhounds belong to the group of Sighthounds, which are dogs that hunt by speed and sight, rather than smell. Italian greyhounds are the smallest of this group, typically weighing about 8 to 15 lbs, with a height of approximately 13 to 15 inches. They are super-cute, adorable, and can run super-fast. When weather conditions are unfavorable, they do not like to go outside. Unfavorable conditions include cold weather, rain, elevated humidity, wind, sleet and snow. Italian greyhounds are very intelligent and playful, but do not do well with rough play. They are a good choice if you have kids as they are so playful, sensitive and gentle. They also get along with pets and other dogs. Italian greyhound puppies are very loving and affectionate, as well as agile. They are, however, very fragile and must be treated with care. They easily break bones, especially in the front legs, as a result of rough play. Until their bones mature, at the age of 1 year, they are prone to fractures, which is obviously painful and unnecessary with the right care. Italian greyhound puppies are quick learners, but get bored easily, so need imaginative and consistent training.
House training and training in general.
Even the most adorable and obedient puppy will destroy shoes, clothes, carpets and generally anything it can get its inquisitive paws on. For this reason, you have to supervise an Italian greyhound puppy all the time. It is best to invest in a puppy pen, to restrict the puppy from wandering around and destroying your furnishings, or even worse, hurting itself.
House-training an Italian greyhound puppy will take several months to a year, and may never be complete. If you do invest in a puppy pen, make sure it is spacious, but too tall for the puppy to leap over. Italian greyhounds can leap incredibly high for their size. Equip it with food, chew toys and a comfy bed, as well as newspapers, in case your puppy has to go. A puppy pen will give you a break as you will not have to keep an eye on your naughty puppy 24/7. However, you must not leave your puppy alone in his pen for more than an hour and a half at a time. This can lead to separation anxiety issues. Make sure your Italian greyhound puppy does not have access to cheap plastic toys that have detachable parts and create a choking hazard.
When obedience and house training, keep the sessions brief and up-beat, and use treats, play and constant praise to motivate your Italian greyhound puppy to learn. You will require enormous amounts of patience and tolerance, when training an Italian greyhound puppy. However this will all pay off when you are the proud owner of a loving, well-behaved, happy, healthy Italian greyhound.