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11-01-2011 04:29 PM
kristen
Re: Day 1 with new Vizsla Puppy - Any Advice?

It is the end of week two with Odin.
We've been working with the crate since we brought him home. He sleeps in it fine all night, although you have to calm him down before you put him in his crate. If he is sleepy and chill, he will go in quietly and to sleep quickly. If you try to put him in when he's in "play mode" he will scream like you lit him on fire... endlessly.
When we have to leave for work and he wont chill out, a peanut butter filled kong tossed in his crate will keep him occupied long enough to forget that we left.
I know listening to them scream and whine is heart breaking, but Odin seemed to learn pretty quick when we ignored him, and his whining and whimpering are getting less and less. Although he is currently discovering his bark, but he reserves that for when he goes upstairs and is too afraid to come back down on his own!
11-01-2011 10:15 AM
redbirddog
Re: Day 1 with new Vizsla Puppy - Any Advice?

There was a singing group in the 70's: "Three Dog Night." The term comes from, what I understand, when it is really cold, you need to have three dogs in your bed to stay warm.

When field trialing in the motorhome, Bailey and Chloe sleep in the bed with me. It can get down in the teens during the winter and I call those "two dog nights." Their bodies run warmer than humans and it can stay nice and toasty.

At home it is crates with sleeping bags for them. In the spring and summer they sleep on top of the bags, in the winter they disappear deep inside.

RBD
11-01-2011 04:47 AM
mswhipple
Re: Day 1 with new Vizsla Puppy - Any Advice?

I'm with you, Ozkar! For me, part of the joy of living with a Vizsla is sleeping with one. Willie is almost five years old now, and a perfect gentleman. Snuggling up at night next to that velvety, silky, big red love muffin is such a soothing experience.

Willie has his choice of where he wants to sleep -- his couch or my bed. I let him pick. I'm actually a little disappointed when he picks the couch. HA-Ha-ha!! He is such a good boy, really, it has never been a problem.
11-01-2011 12:55 AM
Ozkar
Re: Day 1 with new Vizsla Puppy - Any Advice?

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Originally Posted by luv2laugh
awww, Ozkar!! he sleeps in a VERY comfortable crate surrounded by yummy toys RIGHT next our bed, he's even at eye level with us.

Once he's potty trained he may or not be welcomed in (not sure yet), but until then, nope, no thank you.
Ahhhh... but you have no idea of exactly how gorgeous the feel of those velvet soft ears and neck are when you wake up at 4am with yr V asleep with his/her chin across your chest, neck, head, face............. It's heaven on a stick for me!!!!
10-31-2011 11:35 PM
Cavedog
Re: Day 1 with new Vizsla Puppy - Any Advice?

Every puppy is different, so what worked for one may not work for another, but here was our first night experience.

We put the pup to bed at 10:00 PM. We had his crate in our bedroom next to my side of the bed and the first night he began to cry when we put him in. I told my wife I was going to take a quick shower and then I would see if I could calm him down. When I got out of the bathroom the pup was sound asleep. I asked my wife what she did. She told me that she laid down on the floor in front of the crate where he could see her and he fell asleep in a few minutes. He slept soundly until 6:30.

The next night he cried again when we put him to bed, so this time I laid on the floor and in a few minutes he was asleep. After that second night, we never had to do it again.
10-31-2011 07:55 PM
luv2laugh
Re: Day 1 with new Vizsla Puppy - Any Advice?

I don't see too much wrong with having her fall asleep on your lap and then putting her in the crate. Maybe someone can correct me if I'm wrong.

It isn't good though to take her out when she cries for a long time. That actually encourages her to keep crying. It trains her that she just needs to cry long enough or loud enough to get out.

My breeder crated Oso for 4 days before we got him. So, he was already sleeping through the night when we got him. I'm SOOO glad about that! We had to deal with a lot of crying for naps/settling down time though (for potty). 7 days in, he has finally stopped crying when we put him in. yay.

You all must be so exhausted.
10-31-2011 04:29 PM
moviegoer
Re: Day 1 with new Vizsla Puppy - Any Advice?

We absolutely plan to let Ginger, our V, have a sleeping life outside of the crate someday. But until she's housebroken and past the puppy chewing/ destroying phase, we'll wait.

I think the best idea that I've heard is to take her outside and crate her on a regular schedule. Last night (our night #2) was even somehow worse than the first. She cried and howled at being crated, and since it's in our room next to our bed, it's impossible to sleep and let her cry it out. We're both pretty miserable today.

My wife ended up sleeping half the night on the couch, because eventually we just broke down and took her out. As soon as Ginger can snuggle up against either my wife or I, she is out like a light.

She's 8 weeks old and already living up to the reputation of a Velcro dog, even though she's only been with us for 2 days!

Also - as soon as I let her out of the crate, if I'm sitting on the flood next to her, she runs out of it, jumps on my lap, curls up and shuts her eyes. It's very cute and sweet, but not the most fun activity at 2AM when I have work.
10-31-2011 01:35 PM
Suliko
Re: Day 1 with new Vizsla Puppy - Any Advice?

Sophie has a whole couch ALL to herself! : Although now with the power outage we are all bunkered down in the basement where the fireplace keeps us warm. Sophie gets an extra soft plush blanket....and loves it!
10-31-2011 12:09 PM
luv2laugh
Re: Day 1 with new Vizsla Puppy - Any Advice?

awww, Ozkar!! he sleeps in a VERY comfortable crate surrounded by yummy toys RIGHT next our bed, he's even at eye level with us.

Once he's potty trained he may or not be welcomed in (not sure yet), but until then, nope, no thank you.
10-31-2011 04:57 AM
Ozkar
Re: Day 1 with new Vizsla Puppy - Any Advice?

You are all cruel, cruel, nasty Vizsla owners!!!! I don't know how you can be so harsh to your Vizsla. Mine sleep on and sometimes, if it's really cold, in the bed!!! They have a crate, but it's only used in a storm!!
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