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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-29-2017, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Puppy Winter Potty Training

Today is our first day with our new Vizsla puppy! I live in Ontario and its -10 to -14 currently. I was wondering when is a good time to start taking the puppy outdoors to potty train as opposed to indoors on puppy pads?
As of right now, he's only ben introduced to snow once, and when we tried to take him outside today he seems very hesitant so we came back without too much effort trying as we didn't want to introduce anything too complicated his first day and scare him.
Wish us luck as tonight will be our first trying to crate and sleep (open crate with play pen).

Does anyone have any further advice for potty training or in general as this is my first puppy of this breed?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-29-2017, 10:31 PM
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What a cutie.
They do have puppy litter for potty training at this time of year.
Some of us just use squares of grass in a kids pool, or box. But we live where it's warmer.

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Get a coat for him! Carry him to the spot, encourage potty, praise. The cold will actually work with you, they will go and want to be picked up and taken back inside. But, don't linger out there, it doesn't take much at that temp for frostbite to set in.

Down, done, up. 2-3x hr.
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Smart! This is what I was hoping I would do but is there any way to introduce them to snow in a positive way? He seemed to be throughly uninterested in it/a little scared.
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Newness is scary, even fun stuff..it's that self protective instinct.

So, you want to pair "Anxiety" with "Fun", go out, let him explore a bit, but bring a favorite toy to play with.

Don't coddle him, he needs to work thru his anxiety. Gentle reassurance and your silly, happy voice.
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Great advice - and just in the knick of time! He went outside once we got him booties for the first time today! The only problem is it's really not a smooth process getting on a coat and booties then our coats and boots. We'll get it down to a science Im sure haha. But we did as you recommended which is potty, immediate praise, open playtime inside.

Coddling is another one though, our Vizsla puppy is interesting because he seems to have an amazing temperament for new objects, sounds and environments and is so confident, but he is from the get-go obsessed with us. Wants to constantly be picked up and reaches and cries and can't stand being in a pen. Wants to roam free. We're trying to ignore it as the last thing I want is to promote separation anxiety later on. He's a pretty good boy so far! He woke up 7 times last night while voluntarily sleeping in his crate with the door open - not to be let out obviously - but he wants to be coddled or reassured back to bed (he's in the door of our bedroom, theres no space for his crate). Horrible me, I did because the screaming is terrible for the neighbours I'm sure but it only took 10 mins to get him to pee and then go back to bed staying in his crate.

We went around giving both our neighbours bottles of wine and our numbers today as we plan to let him yelp it out.
Any advice is loved there too - are all Vizsla puppies Velcro dogs from birth?
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Yes, they are all velcro.

There's a difference btwn "Coddling"..which is unnecessary indulgence which inhibits self confidence, self soothing, and mastery..and basic caregiving.

So, if you take him outside and he's timid, you should offer reassurance and praise, not rush over and remove him from the learning situation.

If he's crying in his crate or pen, you should ignore it (as long as it's not a potty cry).

If he's just sitting there and wants to be picked up and smooched or cuddled, go for it! If he follows you around, pay attention to him! They have emotional needs, meet them. A V that feels confident and safe in it's person's adoration of him will do absolutely anything in the world for you.

The difference in both is the context...what the expectations are and his reasons...as well as your control. You should always be in control, determining when it's OK and when it's not..he shouldn't be bullying you.
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Weíve had our pup for just over a week now. We had freezing rain and ice to deal with the first few days. Since we have a deck with stairs that lead down to our yard, I bought a Fresh Patch for the deck. This helped us a ton and our puppy is already ringing the bell to go out now. Bonus, we donít have to go very far in bad weather and risk carrying him down slippery stairs.

Also, ours cried like crazy in his pen too whenever we werenít interacting with him, but itís getting better now after ignoring him and only giving him attention when he is quiet and calm. He is VERY attached too. I didnít know it would be so instant either. These dogs are incredibly smart, I canít believe how much heís learned already.
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I know! velcro dog is NOT an understatement. How is yours doing now with the Xpen? Unfortunately our V already learned how to climb up and out so we had to abandon! He is okay interacting with himself on his puppy bed if we tie his leash up to the beam in the middle of our home which is good, but it's not a long term solution for if we go obviously.

He cries bloody murder when we leave him in the crate? Because he's so attached I'm absolutely terrified of him developing separation anxiety. Have you just let him scream it out when you are away? I'm having a bit of the puppy blues!
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Ours can almost climb out of the pen now too. I only use it if I have to run upstairs to grab something or if heís in puppy timeout for biting. He doesnít like his crate either. Heís fine at night, sleeps all night and is quiet from the start. Fine in the car too in the crate. However, when we leave him in it at the house he barks likes crazy. Iíve been giving treats in it and just practicing going in on command. I also give Kongs stuffed with goodies when we do leave, but if the snacks are gone he goes crazy in there. Heís always quiet and laying down when we come home though so I assume it doesnít last too long...hopefully. We donít leave him for more than a few hours at a time though.

How do you manage the biting? Any favorite chew toys? Mine doesnít like Nylabones and bully sticks barely hold his attention. Trying to find some other options. Those teeth are so sharp!
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