This is a typical day for Toby:
He does not bark, but give a little “yap” or whimpers. I rush downstairs and let him out of his crate and we race for the door so he can go outside. He then has a monumental wee and poos. Jumps up and down and tries to bite me. I say nothing and put him back in his crate and return upstairs. He is as quiet as a mouse and goes back to sleep. On the weekend, so do I :-). He then is ready to get up at about 8ish. If it is a school day then I go upstairs, get dressed, showered etc and shout at my 2 teenage daughters to get out of bed and ready for school. Downstairs, breakfast prepared and girls pushed out the house in time for school bus. At abut 8ish I then take Toby for his first walk of the day. This takes about 30-40 mins. Back home for breakfast.
8 -9 am
I then tidy up the kitchen, vacuum all the leaves, plants, mud that Toby has bought into the house – fight with him for shoes, leads, mud etc and generally mess about.
Toby put in his crate and left alone to sleep
Toby outside for toilet and then plays for a while with various toys as he charges around like a lunatic biting, jumping and racing about.
12:00 – 1:00
Toby has a longer walk of about 45 mins across fields, around the farm and generally behaves like a super star. Home for lunch and more playing around
1:30 – 3:30
Sleep – in his crate (hopefully)
4:00 – 7:00
This is when alien Toby arrives in the house. He turns into a complete lunatic. Racing up and down from room to room and wants to be with me all the time. If I sit down for any length of time to read or watch TV, he jumps all over me, will not sit down, fetchs different toys from his box and goes into total mental mode. He can now reach all of the kitchen surfaces and spends most of his time on two legs with his front paws on the work surfaces, much shouting of OFF has no effect whatsoever 😦
I take him for a 30 min walk in the hope it will calm him down (it doesn’t) and he comes home and is still a total maniac. This is compounded by girls arriving home from school at 5pm which winds him up further and then I start cooking followed by Husband arriving home at 6-6:30 (just as he is calming down and that sets him off again. Put in his crate (against his wishes) at about 7pm and he promptly falls asleep 🙂
7:00 – 9:00
Sleeps in his crate (the door is open)
Desperate to come and watch TV and sit on my lap . Spend 20 minutes trying to force him to stay on the floor and not jump all over us, steal our slippers, try and get chococlate wrappers out of the bin (the girls ate them earlier, honest!). rushes about and will not sit still
Outside to go to toilet, give him a nibble and off to bed for the night – Do not hear another sound from him until6:30 next day and we start all over again!
As you can see we operate on a 2 hour cycle roughly. Regardless of variations to this plan (more exercise/less exercise), he is always totally mental at about 4pm – where am I going wrong?
He is very funny to watch as he tries to run like a grown up and fails – he is all legs and not very elegant. Also, when I put the lead on him he thinks this is a great game and tries to carry it in his mouth for the first 5 minutes of every walk. He is most definately true to the breed and wants to be a Champion Velcro Vizsla 🙂 he would be top of that class!
I am sure some of this he will grow out of and he is the best Viz in the World