Re: advice for a vizsla virgin!!!!
Each dog, and owner for that matter, are different. What works well for one situation may not work as well in a different situation. It's a matter of trial and error sometimes to find the solutions that work for you. For example; I get up at 4:30 am every morning, and have been for close to 25 years, so I've never been particurally bothered by the "sleep through the nite issues" some owners have had to deal with. About the time I get up, the dogs are ready to go outside, sometimes I wake them up, so I've never seen the need to divide the crate for potty training, but you may have too based on your work schedule. The first few weeks are always the toughest, but patience and understanding will get you through and then you'll have just have good memories of the time
I personally believe in getting the puppy at 7-8 weeks old, but some breeders may be uncomfortable letting one go at the age to a first time owner. However, the earlier you can start bonding and working with a puppy, the better. That puppy will learn more between 8 and 14 weeks than any other time in it's life. It's the perfect opportunity to get off on the right foot.
You'll never beat a lesson into a dog, you just beat desire out.