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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-11-2019, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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Families with puppies

Hi everyone
We are bringing our new pup home in 4 weeks time.
We are a family with 2 boys aged 10 and 6 and we have an 8 year border lakeland terrier called Butch.
I work part time 3 days a week and my husband works shifts.
Any tips, hints advice to help us on our journey? Reading some of the posts on the forum I am now very nervous about bringing the new pup home. We have had a Weimaraner before and spaniels so aware of high energy needs dogs.
We are going to crate train.
Any tips on picking the pup from the litter? We have first pick from 3 females.
Thanks
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Hi everyone
We are bringing our new pup home in 4 weeks time.
We are a family with 2 boys aged 10 and 6 and we have an 8 year border lakeland terrier called Butch.
I work part time 3 days a week and my husband works shifts.
Any tips, hints advice to help us on our journey? Reading some of the posts on the forum I am now very nervous about bringing the new pup home. We have had a Weimaraner before and spaniels so aware of high energy needs dogs.
We are going to crate train.
Any tips on picking the pup from the litter? We have first pick from 3 females.
Thanks
Hi Joanne,

Welcome to the forum!

Let me address the selection of the puppy first. I would ask your breeder to help out in selecting your puppy. You may have the first pick but matching the puppy with prospective owners should be the breeder's responsibility based on the prospective owners requirements (planned activities for the puppy, lifestyle, etc.). Breeders will do puppy evaluation to properly match up with prospective owners.

As to the care for a new puppy transitioning to a new home, I suggest to carefully plan for the next two months (at least!) to have someone at the house with the puppy. If not possible perhaps hire a sitter to check in and potty. Puppies need to relieve themselves every so often and having someone at the house will facilitate getting them housebroken.

Good luck!

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What an exciting time! Those are great ages for the kids to be helpful with the care and training of a puppy.

Our kids are 6,8 and another due next week. We got our puppy in early January in anticipation of getting a solid foundation (training) in place before the new baby.

As was recommended above we asked the breeder for their thoughts on which puppy would be best. We also chose the litter specifically because the mother expressed the personality, size, and temperament we were looking for. We didn't meet the father but he has a Facebook page with details on himself and all his litters. The breeder talked about why he was selected as sire.
I think shopping litters vs specific puppies really worked out in our favor. We went with the calmer pup most like her mother. She's been the best.

Your biggest challenge will probably be adjusting schedules to heavily accommodate the puppy for a few months. Crate training is definitely the way to go. We had excellent luck with using a Snuggle Puppy at night. Our pup was sleeping through the night 6-7 hours at 7 weeks old. https://www.chewy.com/smart-pet-love...uppy/dp/135566

Good luck and post lots of pictures! Here's our girl at about 16 weeks old.
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Thank you that's great advice!
And congratulations!
Your pup is beautiful too.
The breeder is going to guide us with which female is more suited to us. I wanted a female because we already had a male dog in the home. We met mam she was lovely and sound and my friend has a pup from her last litter who is lovely and gentle and quite laid back.
Where do you have the crate at night? I keep reading that people have them in their bedrooms but this is a no for my husband! I was hoping to have her sleep next to my older dog in the kitchen.
I will have a look at the snuggle pup thanks for the link!
We are all very excited and have arranged holidays so someone is home with her for the first 6 weeks, after this my father is law is retired and is more than happy to spend the day with her so am lucky in that respect.
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It started in the bedroom. On a side table the same height as the bed. If she whined I put my hand in and gave her a gentle pat until she settled. I didn't get her out, except to pee, but did offer that extra reassurance she wasn't alone. The first 3-4 days there was a lot of crying. That's when we added the Snuggle Pet. It worked like magic.

After a couple of weeks like that the kennel moved to the floor at night. Then away from the bed but still in the same room. Just the last couple of weeks we've placed her kennel in the living room at night. I understand not wanting pets in the bedroom. Hopefully your husband will see it as temporary and be more tolerant. During the day we've always moved her kennel between the bedroom and living room based on activity level in the home. So it wasn't a completely new thing when she moved there at night. Building a positive association with the kennel is one of the most important things you can teach her. There are many ways to do that. We started with food. All meals were fed in the kennel. When she was tired we put her in there to sleep (door open at first then later closed). We've just now reached the point where she can be kenneled and will stay quite in most circumstances regardless of where the kennel is or her activity level. Most notably the hustle and bustle getting kids ready for school and on the bus with her kennel in the living room watching all the activity.

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Our first one (Bende) taught us very quickly that his place is in the bedroom, crate right next to us and in fact once he turned around 6 months old we started allowing him to sleep on the master-bed.
During the day when we were not at home, he was in the living room in his crate.
Then we added a second pup, Miksa (at this time Bende was ready to be crate-less in the house) and put a crate for him next to the Bende`s in the living room, and one next to the master-bed. The first evening as Miksa started a little lonely crying in his crate, Bende jumped off from the bed and laid down next to him, problem solved.
So currently our arrangement is: for the day, 2 crates, side by side, same for travel in the car. During the night Miksa in the crate next to the master-bed, Bende mostly on the bed, sometimes lays down next to Miksa on a doggy bed. If we have to travel for work, they stay in their living room crates for the night too, sitter in the guest room.
If your other dog is accommodating, the pup should be also ok with sleeping next to him in a crate. Just need to ensure that the older dog is fine with it, sometimes it takes time for them to open up for a new intruder.
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So exciting choosing your puppy, we had a choice from two boys, a calm puppy and an excited couldn't get enough of us puppy.

We went for the excited one! He slept through the night within two days, whined only one night and was easy to crate train.........but at 9 months he is so exciteable now whenever he sees another dog, massive amounts of energy and quite a handful on leash.

His brother, the calm puppy, apparently didn't settle well, whined nightly and didn't take too well to the crate............but he is now at 9 months calm and placid and sounds much easier than ours on a daily basis.

Wouldn't change our puppy for the World, but calmer puppies do seem the easier option longer term.

They grow from picture one to picture two size really quickly! Enjoy your puppy, Vizslas are wonderful dogs.
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