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  1. Default So it's finally decided...for real this time!!!

    Good news, everyone!

    After many months of disagreements and indecision, my family and I have unanimously agreed on a *drum roll* Hungarian Vizsla! He has been whelped and we will be receiving him from an interstate breeder (a good one, don't worry! This will be the mother's second litter and she is five years old. Hip scores of both parents are very good. They only breed very rarely for the right reasons and their dogs are highly cared for as family pets) in mid-August. I can't wait!

    So - since I have a little under a month - does anyone have any suggestions of what I can do to prepare?

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    That is great news!! Good luck with you new puppy!!!

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    Congratulations, you must be very excited!

    Some things you can do to prepare are: Buy a puppy cage or crate (this will be its home for the first few weeks), chew toys, and a warm plush dog bed. Make sure everything chewable is out of the puppy's reach. Designate a tiled area in which the puppy will be restricted to, until it is housetrained. Make sure you don't have anything expensive near the puppy, because they are destructive little creatures and will probably break and destroy anything they can get their teeth on. When the puppy arrives for the first time don't make too much fuss over it, allow it to explore its surroundings without talking to it or touching it too much.

    Be aware that your puppy may experience homesickness during the first few nights so if it makes any noise you need to get out of bed and reassure it without speaking to it or making eye contact. The best way of doing this is to kneel by its sleeping place, make it lie down, and stroke or pat it gently until it relaxes again. Don't look at it or speak to it while you are doing this or it will learn to howl for attention. If it tries to get up, gently push it down into a lying position until it gets the message. This may take a lot of repetition. You want to communicate that you are there for it and there's no reason to be scared, but it's time to relax and sleep not time to socialize and play.

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    LOL, awesome, about time!! One question!! How did you get the rest of your family to agree? hehe

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    Congratulations.

    I think a Vizsla will be great, though they have a very short coat and would much prefer to be an inside dog...

    Hopefully you will talk the rest of your family into that.

    Do not buy any kind of expensive bed until the puppy is out of chew everything age (maybe 12 to 14 months). Mine slept (ate her way through) a series of moving boxes that were cut in half (two for the price of one), and lined with old pillows and clothes (ones you've slept in and don't want to wear again are best - cos they all got chewed too).

    Buy some vicks vapour rub to preserve things you dont want chewed. Have a large supply of white vinegar an bicarb soda for cleaning up accidents - though hopefully you will be so vigiliant - that won't happen. Read the stuff on biting and toilet training in the puppy and training sections of here.

    Digital Dog Training Textbook | Dog Star Daily

    Read all of that. Ok, at least the puppy bits.

    Consider investing in "really reliable recall" by Lesley Nelson. And Crate Games by Susan Garrett, and maybe a crate - metal to start with (big enough to hold an adult vizsla) - just to make general management and protecting your furniture and back yard easier.

    And do some googling on "clicker training" and kikopup's youtube training videos for everything from leave it (ie don't eat your lunch when you're not paying attention), and loose lead walking (don't reinforce/encourage pulling by continuing in the direction of the pull).

    General rule of thumb for exercise - 5 minutes per month of age - so when you first get your puppy, walks will be no more than 10 minutes probably... And make sure the breeder gives you further instructions on how much exercise and what to feed and how often. If you change the food, do it slowly over several nights or a week or so.

    How to train your dog not to pull- Loose Leash Walking - YouTube
    (excuse the ads)

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    For the first few nights, it helps to place a hot water bottle and a clock underneath the pup's bedding to help settle them, the hot water bottle is like the warmth from their siblings and the clock sounds like their heartbeats Worked wonders for my parents puppy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosh View Post
    Congratulations, you must be very excited!

    Some things you can do to prepare are: Buy a puppy cage or crate (this will be its home for the first few weeks), chew toys, and a warm plush dog bed. Make sure everything chewable is out of the puppy's reach. Designate a tiled area in which the puppy will be restricted to, until it is housetrained. Make sure you don't have anything expensive near the puppy, because they are destructive little creatures and will probably break and destroy anything they can get their teeth on. When the puppy arrives for the first time don't make too much fuss over it, allow it to explore its surroundings without talking to it or touching it too much.

    Be aware that your puppy may experience homesickness during the first few nights so if it makes any noise you need to get out of bed and reassure it without speaking to it or making eye contact. The best way of doing this is to kneel by its sleeping place, make it lie down, and stroke or pat it gently until it relaxes again. Don't look at it or speak to it while you are doing this or it will learn to howl for attention. If it tries to get up, gently push it down into a lying position until it gets the message. This may take a lot of repetition. You want to communicate that you are there for it and there's no reason to be scared, but it's time to relax and sleep not time to socialize and play.
    Thanks for that!

    Quote Originally Posted by Oskar's mum View Post
    LOL, awesome, about time!! One question!! How did you get the rest of your family to agree? hehe
    About time alright! Hahaha they all like vizslas for some reason. It helped that we know someone who owned one (it died very recently, unfortunately).

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Congratulations.

    I think a Vizsla will be great, though they have a very short coat and would much prefer to be an inside dog...

    Hopefully you will talk the rest of your family into that.

    Do not buy any kind of expensive bed until the puppy is out of chew everything age (maybe 12 to 14 months). Mine slept (ate her way through) a series of moving boxes that were cut in half (two for the price of one), and lined with old pillows and clothes (ones you've slept in and don't want to wear again are best - cos they all got chewed too).

    Buy some vicks vapour rub to preserve things you dont want chewed. Have a large supply of white vinegar an bicarb soda for cleaning up accidents - though hopefully you will be so vigiliant - that won't happen. Read the stuff on biting and toilet training in the puppy and training sections of here.

    Digital Dog Training Textbook | Dog Star Daily

    Read all of that. Ok, at least the puppy bits.

    Consider investing in "really reliable recall" by Lesley Nelson. And Crate Games by Susan Garrett, and maybe a crate - metal to start with (big enough to hold an adult vizsla) - just to make general management and protecting your furniture and back yard easier.

    And do some googling on "clicker training" and kikopup's youtube training videos for everything from leave it (ie don't eat your lunch when you're not paying attention), and loose lead walking (don't reinforce/encourage pulling by continuing in the direction of the pull).

    General rule of thumb for exercise - 5 minutes per month of age - so when you first get your puppy, walks will be no more than 10 minutes probably... And make sure the breeder gives you further instructions on how much exercise and what to feed and how often. If you change the food, do it slowly over several nights or a week or so.

    How to train your dog not to pull- Loose Leash Walking - YouTube
    (excuse the ads)
    Thank you so much. Just what I needed!
    It will likely be an inside dog - mainly because it has a short coat, licks itself clean and sheds very little.
    By the way, that ad on the video was for Native Instruments. Which is funny, since I'm thinking of buying a 'Maschine' (musical sequencer) made by NI. But I mustn't spend too much time making music. I'll be busy training my dog.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy.Maree View Post
    For the first few nights, it helps to place a hot water bottle and a clock underneath the pup's bedding to help settle them, the hot water bottle is like the warmth from their siblings and the clock sounds like their heartbeats Worked wonders for my parents puppy
    Great idea! I would have never, ever thought of that.

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    You got an ad that was fairly relevant...

    I got an ad for a feminine hygiene product... the one that mentions wimmins bits by their correct names.

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    Id consider going into a coma for 4 weeks, waking up 1hr before delivery, and spending that rushing around grabbing things. I hate waiting!

    all suggestions sound great.
    Id add, start saving newspapers for the dog to pee on etc
    Get a dog tag engraved ready


    And my fave: when everyone's outside cooing over pup, appear to be really really strict with pup, overly strict say, twice, when others are watching, and see how fast they bring that pup into the house coz you've been mean lol
    Inside dog dilema: sorted lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy.Maree View Post
    For the first few nights, it helps to place a hot water bottle and a clock underneath the pup's bedding to help settle them, the hot water bottle is like the warmth from their siblings and the clock sounds like their heartbeats Worked wonders for my parents puppy
    I tried this on the first night we had Pip - she went manic and tried to kill it until I took it out of her crate.

    My only advice - EVERYTHING is chewable! Puppies explore with their mouth - check the plants in your garden, are they poisonous? Everything, everything, everything is chewable... (*rocks back and forth holding head, "put that down pip, put it down")...

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