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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-25-2011, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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Day 1 with new Vizsla Puppy - Any Advice?

If all goes as planned, we're bringing home our 8 week old female Vizsla puppy on Saturday. We're so excited. I have a couple of questions:

1. Does anyone have any general advice for the first day? Anything we should start from the first moment we arrive home after the long car ride, that you know from experience? One example is something I read in another thread - immediately take her from the car to the the spot in the backyard where we want to encourage her to go to the bathroom. Forget who posted this. But else? What is a good way to 'introduce' the puppy to our new home? It will be on Saturday afternoon, so we have all day.

2. We're crate training her from the get-go. Does anyone have a specific crate they recommend? We're finding that the crates we see at PetSmart etc. are either too small for her to grow up in, or too big for right now. Anyone have a good Vizsla sized crate they can recommend?

Honestly, after reading these forums we're a little bit apprehensive and nervous! We have owned a V before several years ago, but for some reason now that we know how much energy they have, plus reading these threads, we're happy but a little afraid we're going to screw up!
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Re: Day 1 with new Vizsla Puppy - Any Advice?

Reading posts in this forum is enough to scare even an old geezer like me
When my new V arrives it will be our 5th dog in 35 years.

Both you and the pup are going to make mistakes. Rather than worry about the perfect introduction, concentrate on enjoying the day and the experience. Have fun with the new puppy. Laugh. Play. Relax.

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For crates, I've always been fond of the Midwest Double Door style. It comes with a divider which will be VERY useful when she is just a puppy and doesn't need tons of room (prevents soiling in crate).

I have the 42 x 28 x 31 size... just tall enough for my dog to sit in, but can be a bit unwieldy to carry around. You could probably do fine with the 36 x 24 x 27 size, especially when she is young. I paid about $81 for mine.

For a travel crate (or all-time crate, if you want and think she won't try to shred it), I recommend the Firstrax Port-A-Crate. I got a really good deal on mine ($47) on Amazon. It is EXTREMELY durable for a soft crate.

As far as preperation... lots of patience and keep a camera handy!


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Bring your puppy home. Give her lots of love, affection and attention. Lots of touching.
Patiently, and gently let her explore everything she wants too and don't force her to explore things she doesn't want to.
Introduce her to her sleeping arrangements and show her the area you want her to do her business.

There are 4 things puppies do.
Play, sleep, eat, and go to the bathroom. If they're not actively involved in the first three things, they're getting ready to do the fourth. ;D

You'll be fine, and don't worry, because she'll teach you what to do.

You'll never beat a lesson into a dog, you just beat desire out.
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Re: Day 1 with new Vizsla Puppy - Any Advice?

HAVE FUN

It's not like you get to bring home a puppy everyday, so make the most out of it!

To lessen any stresses, make sure you puppy-proof your home. Bring her into one room and gate it off so she can explore and get accustomed to her new space

Get a few toys for her to play with too, different kids e.g ones that squeak, stuffless animals, a kong, etc. She what she prefers, playtime is the best!
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There are 4 things puupies do.
Play, sleep, eat, and go to the bathroom. If they're not actively involved in the first three things, they're getting ready to do the fourth. ;D
LOL! Well put!
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Re: Day 1 with new Vizsla Puppy - Any Advice?

Ive always been fond of the pet porter style and for about 5 dollars at the hardware store you can make your own divider with some OSB and basic light fixture brackets. Pet porter breaks down easy and travels well. I didnt like the all open cage style cause the doors are so flimsy I've heard stories of the doors being bent or the dog actually unhinging it with their mouths...this is probably more an issue of traiining though haha, than faulty equipment.

one thing not listed yet is "leash draging". Exploring pups can get away from ya sometimes and this is just a habbit you get into for the first few months to keep them close, or in the case of having an older cat around, keeping their little pink puppy nose intact lol

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One example is something I read in another thread - immediately take her from the car to the the spot in the backyard where we want to encourage her to go to the bathroom. Forget who posted this.
Not sure either, but from experience, I wholeheartedly agree with this and I had no persistent problems after introducing Leia to the appropriate area to go (with lots of praise), just a few incidents in the house over the first weekend and that was it.

We got her in May and I agree with everyone else, keep a camera handy and take a lot of pics, she's 5 months now and I look at the plethora of pics I have and still wish there were more to cherish

As far as crates go, we are using the 36x24 size, double door wire crate, the Petco brand was a little cheaper and there havent been any issues with its quality so far (except the side door is a little skewed) its a great size for her as a pup now, but unsure if it will be ok when shes full grown (or if I will need/use it)... I didnt use the divider that it came with. I wrapped the plastic bottom in a fluffy blanket and put an 8 dollar bed on top after washing both. It is working out great. Theres another blanket on top for the 'den effect' many people have suggested. Definetly cumbersome to transport in and out of the house and my truck like Kobi said, so when I know shes not going to tear it apart, Ill probably get one of the softer porter style. They seem to be more expensive.

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moviegoer - Today is our day 1!! I got worried reading the forum as well, but I think I had forgotten how much fun having a puppy is. Enjoy it!! I like that we started a schedule right away. every hour out for potty, quarter to the our (or more) put him in the crate. The first time in the crate, he cried for 8 minutes, crying like someone was hurting him. I didn't know what to do, but then he fell asleep. Second time in the crate, he cried for 2 minutes. 3rd time, he didn't cry at all. I feel like the schedule is good for him. Plus it gives you a little bit of down time. It's very difficult watching a new puppy every second, fun and difficult, I'm tired already.

Have fun and share photos!!

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moviegoer - Today is our day 1!! I got worried reading the forum as well, but I think I had forgotten how much fun having a puppy is. Enjoy it!! I like that we started a schedule right away. every hour out for potty, quarter to the our (or more) put him in the crate. The first time in the crate, he cried for 8 minutes, crying like someone was hurting him. I didn't know what to do, but then he fell asleep. Second time in the crate, he cried for 2 minutes. 3rd time, he didn't cry at all. I feel like the schedule is good for him. Plus it gives you a little bit of down time. It's very difficult watching a new puppy every second, fun and difficult, I'm tired already.

Have fun and share photos!!
Thanks for the replies, everyone! Well, we survived the first day /night. Yesterday we drove about 6 hours round trip to pick her up, and introduced her to her new home. Last night was a little rough to be honest - my wife and I kept getting up to let her out of her crate about every 2 hours, would let her go in the backyard and do her business, then try to return her to the crate. So we're exhausted today. But it's going well I think.. Anyway thanks for everything!
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