I personally wouldn't get one going into it, (maybe a cat if you really need companionship) UNLESS you are really willing to put the time into it (especially in the winter), I know when i went to college i really couldn't have managed it with the amount of work i had to put into school, but who knows maybe you will. I don't really know the temperament of those Italian greyhounds so i don't know about the age thing, my Australian cattle dog is about 2 and bounces off the walls and my other mix is 1 and calm as any dog I've ever seen. I personally wouldn't use the dog to be your motivation to get up but i guess if it works for you ha ha. Anyways best of luck on whatever choice you make. There are plenty of people on this forum who i am sure can give you better advice than me.