Housetraining Italian Greyhounds
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July 31, 2005 at 5:58 am #2056
Well, “The Book” says they are difficult to housetrain, and we are finding that he is much smarter than we are.
Anyone with a male Italian Greyhound, please tell me if Pico is just a brat or what.
He will not bark to go out, he will go into his crate and start to paw around in his “litterbox”, at which time, if I’m in the same room, I will ask him if he wants to go out, and he then heads for the front door at his normal greyhound speed, which usually leaves me in the dust.
He is VERY good at night — will wake me up to go out at 3 a.m.
No one told me that this was like 2 am. feedings with a human baby.
He does have one really big problem that I need help with, when we are watching TV at night, I take him out to “poop” and he will run around like a crazy dog, and sometimes “poop” before he comes in.
However, lately, he will refuse to “poop” and then he comes into the house and “poops” under the diningroom window, or in the hallway or in the livingroom.
It’s almost like he’s set up some kind of a game, that he wants us to catch hiim., but unfortunately we seldom do until we find the “gift” , at which time he is stearnly told that this is not what is expected of him, as soon as we discover the “gift” he will run right into his crate, so he knows that he did wrong, but how in the world do I get him to not do this.
Being that this is my very first puppy, and we are retired, we spend 24/7 with him, leaving him crated only when we absolutely must.
He is very good otherwise, but this is really getting to be a problem.
If anyone can suggest a solution, please post. Thankyou.
Pico’s frustrated Mommy. 😡July 31, 2005 at 7:46 pm #2059
Hi Pico’s mom,
Congratulations on your new puppy!!!
Good luck with the house breaking task !
I’ll defer to Dr Jeff and Mike B on the specific question of
housebreaking Italian Greyhounds……….
In our experience, we found using the Natures Miracle
product for pet stains on carpet helped after cleaning up the accident.
It discourages them from returning to the same spot.
For the housebreaking, we kept our pup on a leash,
went to a specific spot in the yard and used a
keyword. (Instead of potty, we used gents).
We walked him around that area telling him to go gents….
When he was successful we made a big affair of it with lots
of praise. We would also reward with a treat.
This reward made it more attractive to do business OUTSIDE.
You don’t say how old he is, but when ours was very young
I had him on a waist leash in the house. Where ever I went, he went!
I kept a close eye on him and if he seemed restless, would
take him out. Using the consistant approach above.
It took a little patience, but he caught on and has been terrific!
So do not get discouraged, he is young so just be patient
and consistant! He sounds lovely!! 😀
We found going to puppy classes helpful, and all of the training
has been fun and helpful……….
ZahraJuly 31, 2005 at 10:16 pm #2060
Zarah has some excellent advice.
It is common for many pups to not poop in the yard and come in the house to do it. If you will him to see if he does it out side and if not after a reasonable time bring him in and crate him if you can not teather him to you. Take him out again to poop. Only when you see him poop will he have any freedom again in the house. He is smart and will learn that freedon come when he poops.
With a pup like yours you must be very consistant with your routine and when you can not watch him he must be confined untill he learns to get his jobs done more quickly.
I would highly recommend feeding on a schedule, portion feeding and only leaving the food down 10 minutes then take away what he doesn’t eat. NO FREE FEEDING.
Give this a try and see what happens.August 1, 2005 at 5:44 am #2061
Thanks for all the info.
Pico will be 8 months old on August 8th.
So he still is young, so I expect to have some “accidents”
however, when he seems to be smarter than I am, I begin
to question if Puppies and Babies are best left to 20 year olds,
instead of retired folks like us.
But I wouldn’t trade him for the world he is a real good dog.
Once we get straight with the “pooping” in the house, we then
need to work on “jumping” and “biting”
he doesn’t really bite he just nips, has never broken skin, but
some of our friends are elderly and are on meds that make any
skin abrasion cause major problems, so he will have to learn
to be good when he goes to visit grandma.
Thanks again, I really enjoy hearing from people who know what they
are doing…… unfortunately that does not include me.
[August 1, 2005 at 9:26 am #2062
Yes I know how you feel raising another baby once retired. I work with many retired folks that got puppies and have a hard time with them. I would highly suggest you enroll both of you and your pup in a group dog training class. It will help both of you a lot. It will be much cooler this fall and better for day time training sessions.
I am also in So. Californina, in the Santa Clarita valley area around Six Flags Magic Mountain Amusement Park.August 2, 2005 at 4:58 am #2065
Yes, I took him to Puppy School whenhe was about 3 months old, and he was too interested in playing with the other 15 puppies in his class, and less interested in learning to sit/stand/come, etc.
I think that 15 puppies in a class is much too many……
Now that he is 8 months old, I’m planning to take all the written work we got and work with him all by himself, without distractions by other dogs, he might be better.
We are in Hemet, and it is a bit too hot here too to do much outside work.
I try to get him to run at night, or walk him short distances, just to get some of his energy burned up, but mostly he burns up my energy, and has plenty left for himself.
Thank you Mike for your good advise, I’m printing it all and will put it a part of my “how to” book I’m compiling on puppy raising.
Never having had any children, this is totally a new world to me.
Best wishes, stay cool.August 2, 2005 at 5:08 am #2066
Hi Pico’s Mom-
Here is an article on housebreaking which is very good.
If you scroll back to the newsletter articles, there are specific
topics – jumping, stay etc. covered by this author.
I liked her information and writing style, so I bought her
book! It was great to know when we hit training downslides,
it was normal, and fixable with another approach!! 😀
Enjoy!!August 2, 2005 at 9:16 am #2067
Thank you so much, I didn’t know about that website, but it is in my favorite places now, thanks to you.
I have so much to read now, maybe if we could only teach them to read this whole process would be so simple.
Thanks again.August 4, 2005 at 11:00 am #2077
Hi Pico’s Mom-
Do you have these two links?
The first link= Italian Greyhound Association
The second= Italian Greyhound forum
for housetraining questions
How’s Pico doing?? 8)
Have fun surfing!!!
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