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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-06-2011, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Bringing home our first vizsla puppy!!

On saturday my husband and I are going to meet and hopefully bring home our first vizsla puppy! He's about 5 months old.
I read that they need to be trained firmly but gently, they need at least an hour exercise every day, great family dogs, very affectionate...etc
However, is there anything beyond this information? Does anyone have any "inside tips" for bringing a vizsla puppy home?
also, we fed my last dog Nutro Ultra, but I know that Vs are prone to food and skin allergies... is there a food that's recommended?

Missing Pup since 5/3/11...but happily welcoming Rush to the family
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Re: Bringing home our first vizsla puppy!!

Nutro Ultra should be fine, just transition over slowly. (I will probably use it when I bring my girl home.)

The last 2 foster dogs that I brought into my home, I used Ceasar's recommendation to take them for a long walk before ever bringing them into the house. I have been pleased with the results, I plan on doing the same when I bring my new baby home in a couple of months. Obviously, a long walk to an adult dog is not the same as a long walk to a pup. I think that a 15 minute walk around the neighborhood would suffice, then calmly walk them into the house without any type of fussing or babying them.

Get ready for the time of your life!! Take loads of photos because they grow so fast, one day you will look down and your puppy will have disappeared.

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Congrats on your puppy. We got ours at almost 4 months old so I have a little bit of an idea what you may be in for. As far as "inside tips" for bringing the puppy home, we made sure to have a spot ready for her crate as well as shirts with our scents on them and a toy with the scents from the breeder's home in there so that the adjustment wasn't so tough for her. The hardest part for us was the housebreaking. She had been at the breeder's for all that time before and they spent the day out in the kennels so she never had to let anyone know when she had to go. It took patience and understanding as well as alot of paper towels and cleaning spray but she picked up pretty quickly. You may have trouble at night for a bit. Holley was used to being in a crate next to her sister every night so it was very hard for her. We started out with the crate in our room and we layed on the floor next to it until she settled in. We then moved it out to the living room and continued to lay next to it for about a week. This is where her crate stayed and she is doing well.
I agree to take many pictures because you can't imagine how fast they grow. We were looking at pics the other night from the first day she came home and pics from now. It is crazy how much she has changed.
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Re: Bringing home our first vizsla puppy!!

Congratulations on your new puppy!

The best tip I have is patience. You are correct about the firm but gentle training. That is easier said than done when the puppy is in the middle of a bout of the puppy crazies and won't listen.

Beyond the patience, in addition to the exercise every day, make sure you make some time in your routine to play games. Vizslas need mental exercise as well as physical. Have a variety of chew toys available BEFORE the puppy comes home so any time he starts to chew something inappropriate, you can immediately put an alternative in his mouth.

Have fun!
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Yep. Read all the training posts on this site. Also, make sure the humans are trained well before they try and train the dog. We need to provide a consistent message to the dog, always. This has been the hardest part for us. There are 5 of us in the house and each one has a different idea of what walking the dog means. Never mind what position the dog should be in while at heel! Poor Copper needs to remember what heel means for 5 different people. :
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How was your weekend with the puppy? Updates, pics?
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Re: Bringing home our first vizsla puppy!!

Our breeder gave us totally different advice to feeding the puppy - she said not to stick to one thing but to give him a variety of foods. We started with the kibble she used and different types of raw meat and had no problems.... but I'm not really sure what the right way to go is!

Linescreamer, Did you ever manage to get the humans trained?

There are only 2 of us in our house and after 3 years we are still giving Merc different messages! I realised the other day that he is smarter than I thought and will do the same thing for different signals from both of us but if i try to copy my husband, merc won't listen to me - i have to do it the way i trained him. Also, if i try to growl at him when he is barking at something (like a jogger or strange person) it only revs him up more, if my husband growls at him, he stops. I have to use the nice voice to get anywhere. This is despite of (or maybe because??) I'm more strict with him regarding getting on furniture or climbing on me or getting food in the kitchen etc etc. Partly why i don't really buy the 'pack leader' theory of training anymore - I tried to be the pack leader but it didn't work, Merc treats the fun-play time person with more respect ???
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Copper is still training us. So much so, he is getting 4 different foods now! : He is 13 months old and 41 lbs.
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Re: Bringing home our first vizsla puppy!!

this is my new baby! he's a daddy's boy, but comes to me when he needs to be cuddled thanks everyone for you advice! I'm sure I'll be checking in again...and again
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 03:53 AM
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he is such a lovely boy!!! Congratulations!!!!
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