Toby – Life with a new puppy

Formally known as Red Mallow Pepper – A Hungarian Vizsla

Week 11

Posted by Admin on 14, March 2008

toby - 14th March 2008

The last week has flown by.  Toby has had his moments of pure brilliance and moments of complete stupidity 🙂

He is learning many things very very quickly.  He is now 95% housetrained during the day – the night is a different story.  He tends to use the newspaper for wee but still poo’s once or twice elsewhere in the kitchen – not pleasant at 6am in the morning.

He does not cry when he goes to bed or in the morning.  He does whimper a little but nothing much

He now comes when called (95% of the time).  Sits when told too (100%) and lies flat when told to go down.  He understands his name, to go to the loo when told to and to get into his bed.

Pretty good going I think.

He wears his collar and tag no problem and sits when I put his lead on and take it off. 

Not so good when I tell him to have his paws dried – thinks that fun and does everything but stays still.  Not good at walking nicely on the lead – but thats our fault not his as we have not tried to get him to walk beside us properly

We are trying to “socialise” him this week.  He has met the postman and the delivery man, the dustmen and a builder.  He has been on a 40 min trip in the car, inside his crate.  Luckily he was not travel sick but did manage to bark or whimper the entire 40 mins there and the same coming back.  He does not like being in his crate in the car.

His teeth are like those of a shark – pointy and sharp.  I have the bites/scratches to prove it.  When he sits on my lap and is tired, he bites – drives me nuts (and hurts).  He is beginning to learn that this is not acceptable and his bites are often softer (still bl**dy hurt though)!

He is chewing the skirting board and the edge of the sofa – I have ordered a spray to stop this but I have to say, so far he is not being too destructive (may regret saying this later!!!)

He has a strong will and a strong personality and will keep us on our toes for many years to come.

Did you know that Vizsla’s have webbed feet – can’t wait to take him swimming – bet he will be pretty good in the water.

Next week he is allowed out into the big wide world and can meet other pets and start some puppy training.

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3 Responses to “Week 11”

  1. As the mother of a 1 year 4 month old vizsla it sounds like Toby has the roam of the kitchen all night. When it comes to night time potty training you need to close the crate door. He will howl to the moon to be let out. Quickly pick him up/escort him out and use a “key word” when he eliminates. We’ve always said “do your business”. Now Rocket will practically eliminate on queu when asked.

    The rule of thumb for potty training is their age in months + 1. Example if Toby is 2 months old + 1 = 3 hours of holding it … then you better get him outside. Anything under 8 months of age and you’ll be going outside at least once or twice a nite. Puppies won’t soil where they sleep so by closing the crate door you’re teaching him to hold it.

    We kept Rocket’s crate in an area where we could hear him. Most people will put the crate next to their bed if they are a heavy sleeper. Then the pups yelping will wake them up sooner.

    If you need to move about the house to do chores put him on a lead and strap the lead to you. He will get tuckered out following you around AND you will be able to watch for signs of needing to eliminate as well as keeping an eye on him.

    congrats on your new little bundle of joy.

    Cheers,
    Rockets Mom

  2. SLM said

    Hello Rockets Mom,
    Yes he does have the roam of the kitchen at night. He is brilliant in the daytime and goes to the door to be let out. At night he is left from 10:30 pm until 6am – hence the mess. When we put him in his crate he just stays there and goes to sleep – no howling and seems happy. I think you are spot on about shutting the door – but it means broken sleep for me as I will have to get up every 3 hours (lets hope its not for long)

    Vizsla’s are fantastic dog – hope yours is giving you lots of fun – they are bright little dogs:-)

  3. YEP! the first five months was the toughest for us regarding sleep. No different than bringing home a 2-legged child. This one just has 4 legs!

    If you really need the sleep at night try buying something called “wee wee pads”. They have a scent to them that entice the pup to pee/eliminate on the pad and not on the floor. Then all you have to pick up is the pad and no other clean up. We used these when we knew we could not get back to the house beyone Rocket’s ‘holding time’ for his age. Worked good but for boys they get their nose on the pad but their little ‘unit’ isn’t always over the pad. He made some messes that were half on half off the pad. Oh well, it’s all part of raising a pup.

    Wouldn’t know what to do without our little guy. He keeps our house in motion……

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