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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 10-21-2013, 06:15 AM Thread Starter
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Leaving vizsla outside

We just got our first vizsla a couple weeks ago. We have named her tweed and she is an amazing little thing. I was wondering what people think about leaving her outside. We play with her all day just now because I am off work, I did read heaps of stories saying that we can't leave a vizsla outside. At the end of the day though I thought, nah she is a dog, not a person and she will stay wherever we want her to stay. I have built her a very spacious and insulated kennel. We first left her outside when she was just 8 weeks old, we live in New Zealand and the weather is fairly mild at this time of year, 5c min low at night. She won't even sleep in the kennel, she prefers to sleep on our covered deck, we haven't had any trouble at all with crying, she seems to love it out there. I was going to get her a jacket for the colder months, she will be about 7 months then. What are all your guys thoughts?

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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 10-21-2013, 07:11 AM
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Re: Leaving vizsla outside

Hi Souter millar,

To be honest, I don't know why you are asking our opinion. You have read "heaps of stories" so you also know the general consensus. It seems to me that you have already made up your mind anyway.

Please post some pictures of Tweed.

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Hey Henning,
I appreciate your reply and after reading my post, maybe I didn't word it too well. What I suppose I was asking, is the reason for people not wanting to keep them outside because of the cold or because they love being with there people? Because keeping a dog in my bedroom is a big no no for me. I was actually planning on keeping her indoors (because of the research) until I went and picked her up. The breeder (highly thought if over here) had been keeping them outdoor since birth. Her mother also lived outside and it was one of the happiest most obedient dogs you could imagine. Does anybody else in this forum keep there vizsla outside or has anybody had trouble with this in the past? I will try to get some photos on soon, once I figure out this new phone lol.

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post #4 of 31 (permalink) Old 10-21-2013, 08:08 AM
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My Mac would kill me if I left him outside.
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Re: Leaving vizsla outside

No worries, Souter millar.

It's not that my boy doesn't like being outside, he loves it, it's about being excluded. He is part of the family. He is not just a dog and I can see that we have a stronger bond than any of my previous pets.

Soon we will be hunting together and personally I am a lot more confident because of our strong bond. I wouldn't exchange him for a dog that follows all my commands to the t and not understand him like I do, vice versa.

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Re: Leaving vizsla outside

Hi Souter millar and welcome, congrats on your new Vizsla, Tweed.

I cannot give you a fully personal response as I would never keep a dog outside, especially a Vizsla or similarly-natured breed.

However, I do not live in a country, or environment where this would be possible even if I wanted to. (Scotland - freezing!)

As you will already know, the Vizsla is like velcro; a completely loyal companion and a dog to be part of the family. That is not to say the Vizsla MUST be sleeping in the bed or lying on the couch as they will feel as much a part of the family lying at your feet.

There was a discussion here not too long ago about 'outside dogs' - I'm sorry I can't find it, maybe someone else can link the thread.

I imagine that the breeder kept multiple dogs, making it easier to keep them outside in kennels and perhaps the only means possible for her home + vocation.

I would ask you why you would rather have her live outside? Because of the breeder's set-up? Will she be allowed in the house at all? I know plenty of people that do not let their dogs on furniture, it requires training obviously, but it is no biggie at the end of the day.

Also I am not judging in the least so please don't take any of that the wrong way. Vizslas are desperate to please and thrive on interaction. Without it they can easily become quite anxious, destructive and esteemed escape artists. They are not dogs to entertain themselves.

5 degrees C is pretty low to me if I picked you up right, so I would definitely get her a coat.




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Thanks Henning!

It might not be completely relevant, Souter millar, as you have said that Tweed seems to like it, but there might be some info in there that is interesting to you.

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Re: Leaving vizsla outside

My other half gave a definitive NO to having the dog in the bedroom. Therefore our V is in his crate at night, two floors lower than us. He settled into this arrangement quickly and settles well in his crate. (I may sneak him up when the OH is away for work...)

My partner and I planned not to allow him on the sofas, but very quickly realised that a vizsla cuddle is one of the most lovely things in the world, and that if you want to do it for hours (which you may well want to once you realise they're like a warm silky velvet duvet) you need to be comfy, which means being on the sofa.

As soon as you discover the cuddle and see how happy they are when they snuggle into you, you suddenly can't imagine having them sleep outside.

Like Nelly, no judgement in this, just my experience...

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My puppy gets destructive if you leave her alone outside- she will dig to China and gosh only knows what she will put in her mouth! They are truly Velcro dogs. We play with her for hours on end outside in the yard or take her for walks and she goes in the car with us when we can take her. Each dog is an individual as are their owners. I was just discussing getting her a Chilly Dogs Great North winter coat with the owner of the company in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) and she said that sometimes puppies in their first winters need coats in order to regulate temperature and not get cold. It is fine if they are extremely active but when they stop it becomes a problem. I have found that on this forum every one is entitled to their own thoughts..... But play nice. That is what makes this forum son great and unlike any other. Welcome to the forum.

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