HOW TO TRANSPORT AN ITALIAN GREYHOUND IN THE CAR?
Whether your Italian Greyhound is 6 months, 1 year or 5 years old, you will have to transport him by car one day or the other. Indeed, for a visit to the veterinarian, for a trip on vacation or for a walk in the woods, your Italian Greyhound will have to be transported by car.
So you’re probably wondering how to do it? Where to put your Italian Greyhound: on a seat, in the box, attached, in a cage? This blog will help you to know the different modes of transport of a Italian Greyhound by car and the equipments that guarantees your safety as well as his.
ABOUT ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS
The Italian Greyhound dog breed was a favorite companion of noblewomen in the Middle Ages, especially in Italy. But this small hound was more than a lapdog, having the speed, endurance, and determination to hunt small game. These days, they’re a family dog whose beauty and athleticism is admired in the show ring and in obedience, agility, and rally competitions.
The Italian Greyhounds is an elegant and slender dog, looking like a standard Greyhound but in miniature. The coat is smooth and glossy and can come in a variety of shades. The head is narrow with a very fine muzzle and ears are softly folded and set high on the head. The spine slopes gently and there is a defined tuck-up in the loins. The gait is high stepping and free. Although these are purebred dogs, you may still find them in shelters and rescues. Remember to adopt! Don’t shop if you want to bring a dog home to avoid wrong backyard dog breeders.
TYPICAL IGGY THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Just before we share our tips to travel with an iggy... let’s throw out there some of the things we’ve heard about the “typical iggy” (Italian greyhound). Some or all of these may not be true but we’ve heard so many iggy owners experiences so there must be something there!
iggys have small bladders and can’t hold their pee very well;
iggys are hard to potty train;
iggys can be anxious, shy and aloof;
iggys are Velcro dogs, they stick to you;
iggys have weak leg bones as they grow, so prone to leg breaks in the first few months;
iggys are hard to crate train because they are meant to sleep in the bed under the covers with you.
ITALIAN GREYHOUNDS IN THE CAR
Italian Greyhounds are known to chase cars but how are they in the car when travelling with you? Iggy's are catlike in their love of high places, and you'll often find them perched on the backs of chairs, on windowsills, or any other high spot they can reach. This means they love to have an elevated car seat for them to look out of the window and to take a look at their surroundings. An iggy will demand attention if he feels ignored, so when you use a safe car seat, you will be able to put your dog at the front seat so he will be close to you when you're on the road.
TRANSPORTING AN ITALIAN GREYHOUND BY CAR - GOOD PRACTICES
Before thinking about transport safety, it is essential to remember a few basic concepts for the well-being of your Italian Greyhound:
- Get your Italian Greyhound used to getting into your car regularly from an early age.
So that he doesn’t get too stressed, take the time to gradually get him used to the car. You can make several short trips, reward him with a treat so that he associates transport with positive things…
- Never leave your Italian Greyhound alone in the car, even with the window open, in the shade or even in winter (risk of excessive heat, injuries…)
- When travelling by car with your Italian Greyhound, stop every 2 hours for his needs and give him something to drink.
- Ensure that the driver is safe.
- Make sure that your Italian Greyhound is safe, for example by using a dog car seat with safety belts.
TRAVELING BY CAR WITH AN ITALIAN GREYHOUND - DRIVER SAFETY
It makes good sense to say that the driver should not be distracted, molested, embarrassed or upset while driving! In addition, the road code specifies that the driver must have full control of his vehicle, that his “possibilities of movement and field of vision must not be reduced by the number or position of passengers, by objects…”. It is therefore important to ensure that your Italian Greyhound does not disturb you while driving your vehicle. To do this, you have several solutions: put it in a box, tie it in front, put it in the back, put it in the trunk, with a net or a separation grid…
TRAVELING BY CAR WITH AN ITALIAN GREYHOUND - SAFETY OF YOUR IGGY
An essential rule to follow: Do not leave your Italian Greyhound free in the car. Indeed, he could be hurt, fall or suffer an impact if he brakes hard. You will see below the different modes of transport and their accessories that you will adapt to your Italian Greyhound, in particular to guarantee its safety.
DOG CAR SEAT FOR YOUR ITALIAN GREYHOUND
When using a car seat for your iggy problems such as anxiety, car sickness and stress will be eliminated. The travel bed will keep your little Italian Greyhound close to you and that will keep him calm so that he can sleep in the car. This car seat comes with two safety leashes to keep your dog and the bed in place. The car seat is multifunctional by simply unzipping the front to create a lounger bed for at home. In that way you can easily bring the comforts of home into the car!
We hope that these tips can help any new iggy owners out there as well as any puppy owners who have similar challenges. Thanks for reading and if you have any more tips feel free to let us know and we will add the tips.
EXTRA TIPS FROM ITALIAN GREYHOUND OWNERS:
- For longer trips with an Italian Greyhounds I would suggest to make sure your iggy is tired before going on a trip. A tired dog means a polite and calm dog. Another important thing which I obsessively pay attention to because my iggy is small and delicate; If we use a dog seat belt we always use a harness instead of a collar. This can prevent serious injury in case of sudden braking (Extra tip by; @primo.the.igg).
- We always travel with the iggy's in the backseat. The airbags in the front seat could injure or kill the dogs if we are in an accident. We always keep them restrained in the car meaning they are attached by their harness to the seat. We prefer they are attached to a harness and not their collars. In a longer trip we add blankets to their beds because they like to burrow (Extra tip by; @chippaiggy).