Italian Greyhound home alone
Up until now, your Italian greyhound puppy has led a very different life than that of in your house. It leaved with mother and either littermates, communicated with other dogs in the kennel and people coming and going most of the day to feed, clean the room and certainly have some play with sweet little puppies untill they left the kennel. Even the simplest common things in your everyday life could be completely foreign to your Italian Greyhound puppy and a little intimidating. A little patience and a lot of love will help you and your new pet make the adjustment.
When leaving your Italian greyhound home alone, remember:
- One of the hardest things for your Italian greyhound to adjust to will be loneliness.
- A big asset in this adjustment period is the crate. This portable cage provides the security your dog needs as well as protecting both the dog and your house from each other.
- Put a nice bone, and a warm comfortable place with a blanket in which to nap the day away. Using a crate is not cruel. It provides the sense of security your dog needs.
- The crate should be placed in a quiet spot where there are no visual distractions. A radio or TV will provide soothing background noises.
- A favorite bone can be placed in it and the door left open.
- At mealtime, place your dog and its food in the crate. This will reinforce the idea that this is his own spot.
- Before you leave your dog for an extended period, you should practice leaving for short intervals and then build up.
- The first time command him with “Pooch, kennel up” or “Pooch, go to bed”. You can toss a small dog biscuit in the crate if you like. If the dog balks, place one hand on his collar and one on his rump, and shove. Close the door and tell him how good he is. About a minute later, open the door and praise him again.
- The next time (even a few minutes later) repeat this process, but this time leave the room. Plan to hide for several minutes and then let him out. This teaches him that you always come home.
- If your Italian greyhound acts up when crated, stomp into the room and tell him he is terrible and then stomp out again. You can even smack the top of the crate if you like – ham it up! After a few minutes of quiet, praise him enthusiastically again.
- Keep repeating this “crate game” extending to longer periods each time. It’s a good idea to put your coat on and go outdoors as if to go to work and then listen to protests from the porch. If there’s a problem, repeat your stomping performance.
- The crate will provide an escape for your dog if children are harassing him. Of course, the strictly enforced rule is that no one bothers the dog when he is in the crate.
- If you decide not to use a crate because someone is home most of the time, you should choose a room to keep the dog in when you are gone. You will need to practice just like the people using crates.
Personally we don't use crates to keep our Italian Greyhounds. Yes, we have many of them, but we are at home most of the time. When we are gone - our dogs live in specially prepared rooms with possibility to go out into the specially prepared yard. But we understand that crate may be very useful for working people that has no possibility to set up separate dog's room. The main reason - dog will be safe at home alone when it is in the separate room or in the big crate.
Kennel "Sunnymoon Place"
With use of materials from the Greyhound Owners Manual by Heart Bound Greyhound Adoption.