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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-06-2020, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Soon to be Vizsla owner in March

Hello
This is my first time on this forum and I have been reading numerous posts and they have all been very informative and helpful.
But I just have a few questions, I hope someone might be happy to help me with.
We will be getting Otto in March and have already started preparing our flat and garden.
But I was wondering if anyone has any crates they would recommend? Also I live in England so would be interested to know what pet insurance people have used.
We both work Monday - Friday but thankfully I have parents willing to take Otto 2 days a week and we both work locally and will be able to return home for lunch times and let Otto out and also I have got in touch with local doggy day care, which family friends have used for their dog.
My partner and I have time off for the first few weeks anyway to get to know him and allow him to get adjusted to us.
Is there any tips anyone can give for the first few weeks of having a Vizsla? Thank you. X
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-06-2020, 07:00 PM
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Welcome. I hope you're finding a lot of information.
I don't know the equipment differences between the US and England, but I use the plastic "airline" crate. A big rectangular plastic crate, with a steel door. In the US they run from $100.00 for a petshop brand, to $1000.00. In the house I just use one of the petshop brands. Mine is from a company called Petco. I personally do not like wire crates, but that is just my opinion. Many folks have them, and like them.
First few weeks of having a Vizsla?
Feed what he'll eat, not necessarily what you want him to eat. Have a few small bags of different types, and slowly transition him from what the breeder has been feeding him, if you desire to go that route. If the breeder has started him on a quality feed, and he eats it, Stick With It.
Work on his manners very slowly, and cut him some slack for the first few weeks. he has a lot of info to process. "
Every single time he does something right, make a big fuss over him. When he does something wrong, gently steer him in the right direction. Play lots of games with him. Give him many different objects, of different textures, shapes, and hardness, to chew on. He'll go from one to another and back.
If he displays any inclination to retrieve, Exploit It. Play lots of "Fetch", with every toy he has. This "game" will lay the foundation for so many other things, six months to a year down the line. Most importantly recall. He's naturally returning to you. That's a big hurdle to overcome with some dogs!
Give him every opportunity to get out of the house to go to the bathroom. He wakes up, out the door. He gets done playing, out the door. He comes out of his kennel, out the door. Of he's not actively engaged in sleeping, eating, or playing, he's probably getting ready to go to the bathroom. Get him out the door a lot. Make it a habit, and a pattern, that he can recognize. In a few weeks he'll start to tell you when he needs to go out.
When he goes outside, and goes to the bathroom, be sure to make a big fuss over him like it's the greatest thing that ever happened.
In the US, puppies have a series of shots they get starting at 8 weeks old, and continuing to 16 weeks old. I don't know that I would be comfortable putting my puppy in a daycare service, until he had finished his puppy shot.s This may be different in England, I don't know.
Mostly, let him get to know you, as much as you get to know him.

You'll never beat a lesson into a dog, you just beat desire out.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-15-2020, 03:46 PM
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My puppy is going into his fourth month soon (we got him at 10 weeks) and here’s what I can summarize:

- He needed to go out ALL THE TIME. When he first came home he’d have at least 4 accidents a day in the house because we didn’t know how to watch for the signs and gravely underestimated how much he needs to go out
- He had a hard time being alone. Velcro dog is no joke. Now he can do it, but we had to lengthen his alone time a little at a time. My partner works at home and I would take over dog duty when I come home from work. No joke, he used to be SUPER anxious when my partner left the room and closed the door even if I was there. He still can’t get enough cuddles
- he tried to kill himself at least twice by my count. Probably more. Once he licked an outlet. Then he chewed wires. Then he threw himself off the stairs by accident and only didn’t fall very far because we had a leash on him. He needed to be supervised carefully. That or childproof your house. Even then you probably still need close supervision.
- he was very praise motivated. More praise motivated than food motivated, actually. So he’s very easy to train and SO smart.
- socialize him with other dogs. They honestly teach him so much.
- VERY active. Extreme energy. Not giving him an outlet is an invitation to be super naughty.
- don’t get angry when he’s naughty. And he might be VERY naughty. He was honestly very trying at times but he learns so fast and has become such a good boy, it was all worth it.

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