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We pick up are vizsla from a pet store. It looks like he was taken there at 8 weeks of age. We just got him, he is now 15 weeks old. I'm not having the same problems like everyone. I lucky that he sleeps the whole night. ;D I guess what I trying to find out is, did everyone get there vizsla straight from the breeder? Or if you did get them from a pet store did you have any problems?
 

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Nobody wants to say it but I will, you've just put ££$$€€ into somebody's pocket who doesn't care about the breed, his/her own dogs nor their health.
Yeah we could say oh you saved that poor little thing but that's all these stores built up on! Somebody eventually will take that pup because they will feel sorry for it. :mad:

At this stage you have no idea where's that pup coming from or does it have any health, behavioural issues.
Yes you can get lucky but at the end you still supported a terrible organisation, a puppy mill.

Most of us here has got their vizslas from breeders yes, but even that doesn't guarantee a healthy dog BUT it does give more chance to it!

I'm sorry but I just don't get it why you've bought a dog from a pet store. By the way, obviously that pup has not been socialised in the last 6-7 weeks. It's one of the most important thing to do with a young pup.
You might be ok you might not with this dog. Good luck...
 

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bjm442 you will get a lot of negative feedback about purchasing a puppy from a pet store, something people here are universally against. Search here and on the internet for puppy mill and you will get a better understanding why.

I hope you don't take it too personally and it doesn't scare you off the forum. This is the friendliest and most useful Vizsla forum on the internet and you will get loads of useful tips as your puppy grows.

Lots of people here love puppy pics so why not post some here? What's his name?
 

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Welcome to the forum bjm 442.

Reading your post it sounds like you think it is normal for people to buy puppies from pet stores. Is this your first puppy?

Enough said about puppy mills, yes they are horrible, but I think yours was an honest mistake and I hope your pup has a long and healthy life.

I have to say that when I was at college my family wanted another puppy to keep my Dane company while I was out. We answered an advert for a Westie and went a long to choose one. When the man heard that my parents had grand children around he suggested a Sheltie instead, said they had a more reliable temperament around children.

Looking back, I now know what that place was - lots of puppies of many different breeds. We had no idea at the time, out purchase was in ignorance. That puppy lived to be 16, never had any health issues and had the sweetest temperament going. I hope your pup turns out just as well, but next time research a good breeder.
 

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Welcome to the madness that is having a Vizsla in your family. Start researching hunting if your not already up to speed. It makes for a very happy Vizsla. Oh....also.......where's the puppy pics you tightwad. It's totally against forum rules having a puppy and not posting up pics.........so cough them up....... :)
 

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I get my dogs directly from a breeder. I would not buy a fog from a pet stoe, I really havnt seen puppys in pet stores around here for years now.

Any way I hope every thing go's well with your puppy!
 

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Nobody knows they are bad until someone tells them. I dont think there is a big push to inform the public over this but I do think the amount of pet store's that sell puppies are shrinking. My mom got a puppy mill puppy about 7 years ago and he has turned out great, although i think she actually went to "the mill". Like hotmischief said, just a bunch of breeds in one place. They are a business too and dont want to get a bad reputation for putting out sick and screwed up dogs (at least the designer puppy mills). But that being said, there are definitely some sketchy pet stores that probably dont care about anything (Flushing, Queens NY).

I'm sure behaviorally he will be just fine, at least I wouldnt assume he wont be. Keep reading on the forum!
 

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Most of us on here got our pups from a breeder to know the lineage, heredity issues and feel confident on their health. Unfortunately with a pet store pup you will (most likely) not know any of this and it most likely came from a mill. Any of the "good" breeders will have a waiting list beyond their current litter and know the future owners of their pups before they're even born so the fact that a breeder had any available at 8 weeks of age is likely not a good sign.

All of that aside, you have a wonderful V and will love him like all of us love our Vs. You don't know what the future holds so I would suggest you educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of parvo, distemper, mange, parasites and dysplasia for the future, among other diseases and illnesses. Unfortunately it isn't uncommon for pups from pet stores to have these illnesses so you owe it to your new pup to know what to look for to catch them early if they should arise. You have a more difficult job as an owner than most of us who obtained our puppies through a breeder as you're walking into it 100% blind on what health problems could develop or what their history is. Of course ask questions on here (especially if a first time owner) and definitely post pictures!!
 

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Welcome, bjm442! I think you made an honest mistake by purchasing your puppy from a pet store. If you've read through this thread and done any other research on the subject, you now know that it's not a good idea on a number of different levels. That said, I know we all wish you and your puppy a happy and healthy life together!! As for any behavioral differences, I can only say that dogs, just like people, are all distinct individuals with their own characteristics and quirks. There shouldn't be any big differences genetically. At fifteen weeks old, I don't think it's too unusual that he is sleeping through the whole night, and you could have just gotten a calm puppy. Do you mind my asking how much you paid for your pup at the pet store?? I'm just curious, and it's okay if you choose not to answer. :)
 

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Welcome to the forum.

I am concerned that if you didn't even know about pet store puppies than chances are you didn't really research the breed much either and have simply bought your pup based on how cute they looked in the store.

Either way you now have this forum to use and use it I hope you do!.

Please understand the breed so that your pup doesn't just end up being re-homed. You have a crazy ride ahead of you. Fingers crossed the puppy mill hasn't given any bad genetic problems to your pup.

I now more than ever hope you will research as much as possible. You are lucky at the moment if you aren't experiencing some of the more common issues but trust me a puppy is a puppy and soon your pup will have puppy problems. They all do it is part of pups being pups.

Best of luck and ask us as many questions as you require.
 

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Well, with everything being said. I think you should pass the word on and not buy from this Breeder...

Maureen Moeller
P.O. Box 276
West Point, IA 52656
USDA # 42-A-1362

That is where Charlie come from. Since Charlie was at the pet store for 7 weeks the price was $699. Plus all his shots are done and we got a free visit to the local vet. I have to resize the picture and i will put them up.

On a side note... We were at the pet store to price out food, toys, etc.. We know a breeder for goldens and was going to get one in April. But that day we came home with him.
 

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Charlie is a cute little guy!! Thanks for posting the pics. You do know he's going to outgrow his little sweater before too long, don't you? Hope you have lots of fun and good health with him!! :)
 

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He looks like a really nice puppy and I am sure you will have a lot of fun with him.

This is a great forum for help and advise and we have all needed that at some point... keep posting and lots of pictures, we love pictures on this forum :)
 

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Most get there puppies directly from the breeder.
Is it right, or wrong, to get a puppy from a pet store? My gut says wrong, but you're past that point so it doesn't matter any longer. All that matters is helping the both of you.
Love attention, affection, and predictable discipline are the keys to your puppy thriving. Make him your best friend, and he yours. Make his day a routine he can predict and he will blossom, No matter where you bought him.

Welcome to the Forum.
Mike
 

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Even though I too believe that pet stores shouldn't carry puppies and breeders who give their puppies to pet stores are wrong to do so, I'm happy that you have the puppy now because the thought of that cute face sitting in a glass box makes me so sad.

Congrats on your new addition :)
 

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Did you buy the puppy from "Petland"? They are known to sell puppies from mills... :'(

http://www.ripoffreport.com/Search/petland.aspx

I truly hope your puppy grows up healthy and free from any genetic issues. Please have a vet (not one recommended by the pet store, but one you've researched and picked yourself) check him THOROUGHLY for internal parasites, kennel cough, ear mites, etc. I would have them do a complete blood and fecal test to make absolutely sure he is healthy. Puppies from mills tend to have all sorts of health problems that may not show up right away.
 
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