1. Research, research, research… Most dogs are in our program because someone did not do their research and got the wrong breed. All dogs are not alike…each breed is different and Italian Greyhounds are not small greyhounds. They are very different than their full size “cousins” in activity level and training. Every breed has a price…some dig, some bark. The price of an Italian Greyhound is housetraining. Housetraining an Italian Greyhound is not impossible but if you have lots of white carpet or have a problem with accidents, then this breed is not for you. Housetraining an Italian Greyhound can be done but it takes diligence, the use of a crate, and can be a 365 day a year job. Second to housetraining issues are problems with children. Italian Greyhounds do not like quick movements, loud noises and are fine boned so do not do well with small children. There are Italian Greyhounds who are an exception to this rule, but they are rare. Italian Greyhounds are also very active and do not do well alone long hours. They cannot hold it all day any more than you could while at work all day – small dogs = small bladders. Italian Greyhounds also are quick, running 35mph. Quickness combined with keen eyesight (they can see a bunny from miles away) means they must be on leash or in a fenced yard. Italian Greyhounds should never be allowed to run loose. What 2000 years of breeding has created, no amount of obedience training can overcome. Italian Greyhounds will take the shock of an electric fence to chase a squirrel or rabbit so they can never be trusted inside an electric fence. Italian Greyhounds are also very sensitive, so punishment like a shock, choke collar or smacking with a rolled up newspaper should never be used on an Italian Greyhound. All this being said, the good news is Italian GreyhoundS are super affectionate and loving companions!!! Those of us who have the breed feel that their “drawbacks” are a small price to pay for their wonderful, loving personalities. We place hundreds of dogs through our program so this information is based on lots of experience with this breed! (Note: When doing your research, beware of those that only tell you the good points of the breed. They are usually out to sell you a dog and profit from it. We guarantee they won’t be so helpful you when you have problems. Remember…every breed has a “price”. )
  2. Fill out our Online Application. A copy of your application will be emailed to you upon form submission. Please keep your application for your records, in case it’s needed for the foster home, other reps who might have a dog for you, it gets lost, etc.
  3. Follow up, follow up, follow up… we are all volunteers and are very busy working with foster dogs, adopters, potential adopters and most of us have a “real” job too. You, the person looking for just one dog will need to do the legwork and follow up on your application. We place lots of dogs, but those that get the dogs are those that are qualified and follow up.
  4. Once your application is approved, we will conduct a phone interview where we will talk with you about your application and any questions or concerns we have.
  5. The next step is an in-home visit where volunteers and one or more of their Italian Greyhounds meet with everyone in the adopting family. We use this visit to learn what the family is looking for in a dog, the safety of the home environment, as well as getting to know any other pets the family may have.
  6. After the home visit is completed, we will put you in touch with the foster home of the dog we feel is a good match for you and your lifestyle. The foster home has trained and lived with the dog so this conversation will help both the foster home and you determine if a good match was made. If everything works out, you will continue to work with the foster home to determine the time and place for adoption.
  7. Once the adoption date has been set, you’ll want to spend the time you have preparing for your new arrival. All our dogs are crate trained before placement except in extenuating circumstances, so chances are you’ll need to purchase a crate, bowls, dog beds, collar, leash, nail clippers, food, treats, kong and other toys.
  8. Adoptions can take between 1 – 3 hours depending on how much information the foster home has for you and if you like to talk about dogs as much as we do! Our foster homes have taken special care of your new family member, usually crate training, obedience training and housetraining. The information they have for you at adoption can be very valuable in making sure the transition to your home is smooth for both you and the dog.
  9. Follow up, follow up, follow up… please keep us updated on your Italian Greyhound’s progress. We want to know how things are going before there is a problem. Our foster homes and rescue representatives are always available to help you and your adopted Italian Greyhound over come any training problem. We want the match to work out as much as you do, for your sake and the dog.