Italian Greyhound Personality & Characteristics [understanding Common Behavior Problems]

How to understand Italian Greyhound behaviors?

Millions of years of evolution have already taught your Italian Greyhound puppy how to behave. You have to realize that nature has already destined it to become a pack animal. Pups are programmed by their DNA to absorb the rules, boundaries, and limitations of the societies (packs) they live in.

Like the pack leader, if you clearly communicate your pack’s (family’s) rules to the Italian Greyhound puppy from day one, you can mold a pack (family) member that will respect, trust, and bond with you. Like children, Italian Greyhound puppies are constantly observing, exploring, and working to figure out how they fit into the pack and the world around them. They want to fit in the right place, you just have to allow that.

Dogs descended from wolves, and deep within the psyche of your dog lies instincts they have retained from their wild ancestors. In order to live with and communicate with the Italian Greyhound you need to understand why you must maintain Alpha position in the “pack.” Research that… and get back to me.

How To Think Like A Italian Greyhound?

The most sensible way to connect with your new Italian Greyhound is to crawl inside his head. You are a human; the Italian Greyhound is a dog. He will never understand life from the human standpoint, so it’s your task to look at it from his.

They only understand positive and negative.  Dogs make choices based on what works and what doesn’t work. When dogs misbehave, we say it was an “accident”. They’re not “acting out” or being “hurtful.” These are human terms, and dogs don’t think in those terms.  THEY ARE DOGS!!!

Italian Greyhounds want to be part of a pack that meets their needs and makes them feel a part of the family. So when your dog jumps on the sofa, it is because you’re part of the same family.  It is the family sofa.  The same goes for when dogs beg to eat from the table. Wild dogs in a pack eat from the same table (carcass).  Italian Greyhounds don’t want to take something that’s yours; the table is where food is shared.

Italian Greyhounds are Republicans; family values and all that…

Do your Italian Greyhounds bark a lot?

Italian Greyhounds generally don’t bark. However, it is clearly genetic. Some IGs do bark at the postal or delivery van.  Others watch quietly.

Frankly, if you see a pack of IGs and they are all barking. That smells like a pet breeder.

They are breeding the wrong temperament clearly and probably some other wrong things too. You probably need to buy from a show breeder, more beautiful, more healthy, and more IG, if you know what I mean?

How to avoid sneaky peeing of Italian Greyhound?

Your Italian Greyhound may be sneaking a pee in the guest room or behind the sofa.  The problem is he may not see these areas as part of the house or even indoors. If this is the case, they may not understand “inside” and “outside”. Easy for you and I to understand, but they are an Italian Greyhound.  Actually, what they are thinking is that the bathroom rules apply to “people areas” and “non-people areas.” Behind the sofa is a “non-people area” and it is okay to go there.

Because they’re seldom-used spaces, your family hasn’t established its scent here, and your Italian Greyhound doesn’t recognize them as part of his family unit’s home.  To avoid private pees, neutralize the smell. Then spend time with your Italian Greyhound on the floor, in the remote problem area, to establish your scent.

It doesn’t mean your training isn’t working. It does actually mean that it is working, only your Italian Greyhound has misinterpreted it.

How to stop Italian Greyhound from marking territory?

Italian Greyhounds are experts at marking their territory on household items or outdoor areas like hydrants, trees, and garbage cans as a way of saying “mine!” When another dog sniffs the urine mark, they can learn a multitude about the dog that left it—including his age, health, and mating details (urine contains sex hormones). If marking happens inside the house, it’s not really a house-soiling issue.

Italian Greyhounds often mark to establish territory any anything with an unfamiliar smell. Italian Greyhounds that feel stress may also mark, since it establishes confidence, and they can mark if they see dogs outside the window.

Male Italian Greyhounds, dominant female dogs, small breeds, two Italian Greyhounds competing for dominance in a household, or unspayed-unneutered dogs are among those that mark most.  Female Italian Greyhounds may also pee on an existing mark to claim territory (this is called over-peeing).

This is almost impossible to stop. My male Italian Greyhounds (show dogs or not), in the winter, live in the greenhouse and the garage. Both are easily hosed down with the pressure washer.

The best solution is to have male Italian Greyhounds neutered before they are five or six months old.

By the way, scratching is an extension of scent marking. Dogs sweat through their feet, which are equipped with scent pads, so they’ll often scratch their back paws on the ground to mark it. This usually happens after a dog pees or poops to emphasize their “I was here!” status.

People that have stud dogs. Breeders and dog show exhibitors almost always have a warm place for the male dogs, a place they can easily hose down.  I’ve seen many a garage with plastic bags stapled or tacked to the walls down low to protect the walls.

Many people will tell you it is just impossible to have a stud dog live in the house.

Now I do have an intact male who comes inside, runs right his crate, and doesn’t leave until it is time to go back outside again. He is a rare jewel. Most stud dogs will stop and mark some furniture on the way in or on the way out.

How to help when your Italian Greyhound is grieving & sad?

Italian Greyhounds form deep attachments and may experience sadness and even depression when a human or canine companion dies. An Italian Greyhound may search the house looking for his friend, be disinterested in food, become lethargic, or display other unusual behaviors.

To help your Italian Greyhound get through his grief, keep things, including bedding, toys, and blankets, familiar, and don’t change your dog’s routine at this time. Provide a lot of affection and physical and mental stimulation. Walks runs, and other outdoor exercises can help combat lethargy and depression. If your Italian Greyhound isn’t eating, try tempting him with some tasty treats. If he does not eat for several days, see your veterinarian.

If you’re experiencing the loss of a dog, introducing a new dog into the household at this time may or may not make the situation better. It all depends on your dog’s personality. Take the time to make a good decision. An older dog might be a better choice than a rambunctious puppy. Be realistic. If you do get another dog, be sure to give your current dog a lot of extra attention during the introduction period.

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