One of my rules in life is that we must respect animals as the beings they are. Your Italian Greyhound puppy is a “future dog”. As much as you want a near-human friend, the Italian Greyhound puppy will never be that. Recognize and honoring its animal nature, and resist co-opting them into being our child. Babies are essentially helpless creatures for many months (years in fact), Italian Greyhound puppies come into this world as tiny little survivors. A three-day-old Italian Greyhound puppy will strive to assert its dominance over its siblings by pushing them away from the nipple. By pampering an Italian Greyhound puppy as if they were helpless babies — carrying them like purses, indulging them, not scolding them — we spoil their progress as a dog. You are probably going to nurture fear, anxiety, aggression, or dominance. We can condemn our Italian Greyhounds to lives of instability and stress, by making them humans. There is so much stress on humans, some can’t take it. How is a little Italian Greyhound puppy going to handle it? You need to take the Italian Greyhound out of the purse, get another Italian Greyhound puppy for him to “pack” (play) with, so he knows he is a dog. You won’t kill the Italian Greyhound if his feet touch the ground.