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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-18-2017, 11:02 PM
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Yay! Enjoy the first couple months. They are hard, but fun. Some things we wish we had been told:

1. We bought a big, kennel with separator for when he was small. We thought this would save money because we could move the separator as he got bigger...well he never got big enough for the kennel, so we had to buy another anyway. We wish we would have just started smaller and bought/sold as needed as he grew.
2. Towels for the kennel. He will probably have accidents in it, and he will probably chew up all those fancy pads and mats you put in there.
3. Dremel for nails is amazing. Styptic powder would be awesome to have ahead of time. We don't have petsmart type store here, and no one carried it. We accidently clipped a quick, and had to wait 10 days for delivery. (kind of defeats the purpose)
4.Take a lot of pictures, and videos.
5. A good 6 foot leash that you can hold onto well. The skinny/flat strap like leashes aren't as comfortable to hold on walks. We feel Retractable ones quickly become too short when they really want to start exploring. You also can't just drop it and let him drag it around like you can a rope leash.
6. A brush (Vizslas do shed, regardless of what we often hear)

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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-19-2017, 12:27 AM
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kevlar ankle gaiters...for when the shark attacks kick in,,haha
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Wow! Thank you all so much for the great info and advice. Please keep it coming.
I read at one point discussing using a plastic kennel vs the wire crate- that the regular hard plastic type helps them feel safer- would like to hear opinions on that. Thankfully, I have both right now to use from a family member until I need to upgrade in size. Did you guys use newspapers, pee pads or just towels in the kennel/crate in the beginning for accidents?
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I used a wire crate with a blanket thrown over to give it the feel of a den. I just used normal bedding in the bottom and washed it as necessary, I didn't like the idea of pee pads as I didn't want to encourage peeing in the crate and just used tons of praise when they pee'd outside.

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We used old towels because Kaylee would shred everything we put in there. She also preferred to not have the wire crate covered so you might have to try that too depending on your pup
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Our boy never liked the wire kennel. In fact we just tried switching them out again, and he would never choose to go in his wire one. Put the plastic back out, and we often find him in there when we are looking for him.

Towels. Like I said, we tried other things, he just shredded them or peed on them.

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Get lots of sleep ahead of time too!
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