Originally Posted by VizslaNewbies
@ Mischa: Lol XD I showed this to my GF and we both had a laugh.
@ Macaroni: Hello! We're getting our Vizsla from OnPoint located in Mallory-Town (Spelling?) it's about 1hr 30min out from downtown Ottawa...
@ Ms. Whipple: Thank you! Marissa & I are super excited in having a new addition to the family. I personally feel this is going to be a different experience as a couple and testing our parenting skills... I've heard from friends here that it's like going to be raising a baby... so I'm nervous about this commitment but certainly mentally prepared for what will happen...
Jeez Omar, you seem like such a nice guy. I almost feel bad for you as you have no idea just how psychotic these onpoint pups are...They make great dogs, don't take me wrong, but they all come from hunting blood lines and are serious working dogs. They will require a good 2 hours of off-leash running every day.
2 words you'll hear frequently in the hunting community are desire and intensity. These words mean demon warrior puppy! They can't mess with your brain when they're asleep, so keep Dax tired! ;D
Puppy classes are a great intro to dog ownership, and socialization, but these dogs are extreme. We were honestly on the verge of driving back to onpoint to return our demon who didn't listen to ANYTHING we said after a couple weeks. We couldn't eat without disruptions, we couldn't sleep without disruptions, we couldn't use the washroom without disruptions!
All this was fixed almost instantly when we hired a trainer to teach US how to train our dog. Knowing what I know now, I would start researching personal dog trainers that will come to your home and work on your issues with you.
Google socialization as well. This is a very important part of raising a puppy. A few short weeks of encounters, shape their adult lives.
Your vet may tell you not to let them out of the house until their second shots. We chose to bring Mischa everywhere we could, including puppy classes, well before she had her second set of shots. It has worked out great for us.
I want to say It'll be easy, but it will not. It will however all be worth it ten fold, after a few weeks and months and years as they grow into the amazing dog you hear us all so lovingly mention. The intensity they have makes them the coolest dog at the park, every time. Watching them work a field is even more impressive when you realize that this dog doesn't just run around like a maniac, but it's in a work mode where they finally focus all of their attention on one task!
They are very loving dogs. Our girl has to follow us around where ever we go. All she wants out of life is to run, look for some birds, and lay down near our feet.
So, like everything worthwhile in life, you have to work for it. The insane puppy stage is a right of passage. Once you own a V, you'll be hooked just like the rest of us nuts in here! 8)
This forum is a great resource, feel free to post up any q's you have.