Italian Greyhounds and other pets
Well bred and socialized Italian Greyhounds are generally very friendly dogs as with human as with dogs and other animals. Thay may show some caution and arrogance at first but it will quickly dissapear and you will see playful and cheerful dog.
There is basic philosophy will describe the way how to correctly introduce any new dog (even not Italian Greyhound) to other pets in your home.
Remember: you are in charge; they are not!
When introducing your Italian greyhound to other animals, follow these simple rules:
- Introduce them on neutral ground. This means having each dog on a leash and allowing him or her to meet in an area your other pet doesn’t “own” such as down the block from your house.
- After the initial sniffing, you should walk the dogs together for a short time and then bring them into the house together. This is almost like having your other dog act as a host to the new greyhound.
- Any sign of growling or aggression should be met with a quick jerk of the leash and a sharp “NO!”
- Although Italian greyhounds are used to sharing attention, your other dog may feel jealous and need a little extra attention.
- The dogs should be fed separately.
- Until you feel confident that both dogs are comfortable with the new arrangement, you should not let them out in the yard together without your supervision.
- Once you feel that they have accepted each other, you will be in for a treat as you watch the two of them play. If your other dog is older or overweight, make sure he doesn’t overdo it trying to keep up with his sleek, new roommate.
- If your other pet is a large breed, you should supervise play situations closely, especially at first. Your big dog's playful chase and lunge could be too rough for a small Italian Greyhound, especially if it is a puppy. You will need to teach them to play together. Remember, you are in charge.
- If you are introducing your new Italian greyhound to a cat, you should shut the cat in one room as the greyhound explores the house.
- After the initial exploration, one adult should take the Italian greyhound on his leash while the other lets the cat out.
- Keep the dog on a leash. You don’t need to lead the dog, but you should follow him and be able to jerk and correct sharply if he tries to dart for the cat.
- After the initial introduction, you may remove the leash, but you should keep attention until you feel confident. If your cat is familiar with dogs, this process usually goes quickly, especially if your Italian greyhound has been introduces to cats in his previous home (For example, we have dog-friendly cats in our home and teach puppies how to behave with cats).
- If your cat is older or very shy, the process could take several weeks.
- The Italian greyhound should be crated when no one is home.
- Cat food has an irresistible smell to dogs and should be placed in a high spot so that the Italian greyhound can’t get to it. BUT be careful - Italian Greyhounds can jump unbelievably high. Our adult dogs jump on the kitchen table without any efforts, then they could go to explore kitchen surfaces. Once, I entered the room ans spot our Italian Greyhound on the top of the fridge! That's why we strongly recommend preventing any possibility for them to jump on the furniture.
- Litter boxes should be hooded and turned to a corner to ensure peace for the cat and no access for the dog.
- Introduction of the Italian greyhound to a caged bird follows the basic procedures above.
- A severe jerk on the lead and/or collar accompanied by a bellowed “NO!” will do wonders.
Kennel "Sunnymoon Place"
With use of materials from the Greyhound Owners Manual by Heart Bound Greyhound Adoption.