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post #1 of 77 (permalink) Old 07-11-2012, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Very dominant male puppy

Hi everybody,

We picke our 9 1/2 week old puppy 6 days ago. He is adorable and we have already fallen head over heels for him. We recently got married and this was a present to me and my husband from each other.

We chose the vizsla and they are exactly what we are looking for in a dog. We currently have a two year old Lhasa apso aswell and have both grown up with dogs all lives and are quite experienced. We wanted a friend for our other dog and a new play mate for our two young children. This is the reason why we chose the vizsla as they are meant to be fantastic family pets with a loving temprament and their need to be involved in family life. We are an active family aswell and felt this breed would fit in perfectly with our family life.

We brought him home and he has been a pleasure up until yesterday. He is doing fantastically with toilet training, his recall is really good. He's now happy in his crate. No crying for the last two nights and the other nights we only had half an hour of cryin so we have been very lucky. We have spent alot of tine with him but also let him rest. He has list of toys to also entrrtain him.

He seems a very confident puppy which I was expecting and is also very stubborn which again I knew what I was letting myself in for but yesterday and today he has growled and snapped at me 3 times in total. The first time he was on the couch and when I tried to move him he growled and snapped at me. I was very firm and got him off the couch and since then have not let him back on. He lies in his bed now by the side of the couch where we sit. Then today he has done it again. He jumped up while I got up. When I went to lift him down he growled and then snapped at my hand. I was very firm when telling him off but conscious not to be harsh because of the sensitivity of the breed. He also snapped at me and growled in the garden when I removed him from the outside drain. He kept going for it and I kept firmly telling him no and after about the tenth time I picked him up and that is when it happened.

I am really just wondering if anybody has any advice as to how to deal with Flynn when he is doing this and also if you think there is a problem. I no it is very early days but obviously I have two young children to think about also.

Just to add aswell the children have been out most of the days since we have had him and so have never tormented him or provoked him.

Any advice would be really appreciated

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http://redbirddog.blogspot.com/2009/...with-kids.html

474 posts regarding dogs and especially Vizslas on my blog.

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How old are your kids?

Not all those who wander are lost.

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Spread your arms and hold your breath and always trust your cape.

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Thanx RBD I'll have a look.

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With kids that young I would call the breeder and ask if the puppy can be returned.
Young kids like to get face to face with dogs and that can lead to a nasty bite from a dominant dog.

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I 2nd TexasRed's recommendation. A reputable breeder would never let a dominant pup go to a family with small kids. I would worry about potential health problems in future as well if he came from a puppy-mill type situation. It's best at this point to cut your losses & save yourself some future heartache by returning the pup now.

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Thanx everyone for replying.

I am a stay at home mum and have had dogs all my life and so know I can trai. This dog well. I knew they were dominant breed and have been doing very well so far up until yesterday. Like I say his recall, sit command, down command are brill and his toilet training is excellent so I know I can handle this breed.

The breeder had both mum and dad and it wasn't a puppy farm. When we went to view the pups I spent ages asking lots of questions about the breed and specifically mentioned about the two children. Her answer was that she has 4 children with two vizslas and that they are fantastic.

I understand the comment about children being in dogs faces etc but is that not the sane with any dog. I really did do my research on this dog and understand that they like to be dominant and it's about you wing the leader of the paxk and establishing that without being harsh or using physical punishment.

In everyones view would what I have described seem aggressive or just normal puppy behaviour

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http://redbirddog.blogspot.com/2009/...dominance.html

Rachyd03, excuse a few of us who work with rescue Vizsla organizations and hear repeat stories about children and high strung Vizslas. Once your pup is no longer a pup but a dog in about a year he will be a handful.

You have your challenges lined up for sure. There are members of this forum who can successfully pull off small children and a Vizsla. But for every success story there is a dog that has to be placed into rescue or returned to the breeder for rehoming.

Bailey's, my male, first name, I gave him when he came to live with us was REPO.

Not every pup in every litter is equal, just like every kid or every owner is the same..

Good luck and don't let our bluntness turn you off. We key off of written words that don't always paint the full picture.

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Vizslas are not a dominant breed - it is each dog's personality that determines whether they are dominant or submissive. Our Riley is very submissive & we specifically wanted that in a V because we plan on having children in a few years. We can take a raw bone right out of her mouth with no fuss. If you are set on a Vizsla, return this pup and see if the breeder will let you have one from the next litter who will fit better with your family. A good breeder will gladly take the pup back and find it a more suitable home.

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Re: Very dominant male puppy

No not at all RBD I'm just grateful of any advice :-)

I completely understand and feel te sane way as you guys do. Nothing annoys me more than people buying dogs because of their stunning looks etc without doing their research and then simply because of their lack of it the poor dog has to suffer. It's awful.

This is my dilemma now. I couldn't possibly have done anymore research into this breed. I read constantly on this forum about vizslas and children and like said alot can cope and deal with it and when I was doing my research j felt those who did t cope either were not experienced with dogs in general or just didn't have the patience or didnt do the research etc.

I was fully prepared for Flynn to turn our lived upside down for a considerable amount of time ( not just a bad way but full on). We are the type of family that I feel could cope with all that and at the end of it have the most wonderful dog. We could wait for the long walks and all the training. It was part ofte package for us. Not the aggressive side that he has shown though.

This is my dilemma now. I don't want to just palm him off back onto the breeder. If people think that this is normal puppy behaviour and that it doesn't mean he has an in built aggressive streak then brilliant I would love advice on how to deal with him when he showing this behaviour.

I have never seen this behaviour before in a puppy and believe me we have had many dogs in my family

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