Take a look at me- I get to do month-to-month child updates once more! Half kidding. Nevertheless, since we really feel like now we have our toes again beneath us a bit of bit since we first introduced her dwelling, I felt it was time for an replace on our vizsla pet at 4 months outdated!
Let me first inform you, we undoubtedly forgot how demanding the pet section is. We received Koda after we have been a younger, engaged couple. We debate whether or not Koda (additionally a vizsla) was a calmer pet (uncertain) or we simply forgot/have a extra demanding schedule now (extra seemingly). Nevertheless, we’re slipping right into a little bit of a routine now and it’s making my sanity start to return.
Finley is all puppy- loopy energetic (I really like the zoomies) adopted by crashing right into a nap. She’s very curious and a bit mischievous. She is aware of what she is allowed to do and never, and often opts for the latter. She could be very sensible and is aware of the way to sit, keep, lay down, go to crate, go to mattress, and shake on command. She can also be very distractible and attempting to do any of those exterior is anybody’s guess if she’ll obey. However gosh darn in, she’s as cute because it will get!
Vizsla Pet Coaching/Conduct
We’re placing quite a lot of effort and time into coaching proper now. We began with clicker coaching, which I like to recommend because it assist join the proper conduct instantly with the reward. We’ve got now transitioned to the phrase “YES” as a substitute of the press so we will prepare with out the clicker all the time with us.
We not too long ago purchased this ecollar. At first we simply had her put on it with out utilizing any options to get her used to it. We’re beginning to use the stress now (for each coaching functions and for deterrent of undesirable conduct) however she doesn’t appear bothered by it in any respect (she sleeps via it). So we’re nonetheless within the studying section with this.
Some excessive factors: She does wonderful in her crate at evening time, but additionally throughout automotive rides or when we have to put her up for a bit in the course of the day. Koda all the time hated the automotive, so this has been a welcomed change. She has discovered to ring the bell on the entrance door when she must exit to do her enterprise. She likes to snuggle with us, after we sit on the bottom along with her (we took away her sofa blanket to assist set up the pack hierarchy for now). Fortunately she loves her snoozer mattress!
Our greatest behavioral struggles proper now embrace her leaping up, each on folks and up on counter tops. We’re beginning to get the folks leaping beneath management (have her sit when an individual walks in, no consideration until all paws are on the ground), however the countertop conduct is uncontrolled for the time being.
Uncooked Food regimen
I really feel like we’re over the hump on studying the way to feed Finley a uncooked food regimen. A little bit caveat first: after I had a dialog with a buddy that feeds uncooked on IG she really useful I not speak about it due to potential backlash. What?! I’m certain you agree that we have to keep in a spot the place we will proceed to share concepts with one another, proper? I perceive folks have differing opinions, however half the issues I do know now I wouldn’t have identified if folks hadn’t shared their “loopy” concepts with me. So, very similar to elevating children, I imagine all of us love and need what’s greatest for these we love, even when now we have totally different approaches on what that appears like. Let’s maintain the conversations open!
Again to the uncooked food regimen… we didn’t take this strategy halfheartedly. I used to be tremendous nervous at first and sought out quite a lot of data from books, the web, and from pals that feed uncooked. I’ve a vet that totally helps pure rearing and uncooked food regimen and it’s working properly for us. If I ever see proof of the opposite, I’ve no qualms about switching issues up.
So what does Finley eat? She eats a mix of uncooked muscle (often lean beef), uncooked edible bone (often rooster toes or rooster backs), liver, kidney, and spleen (each beef and rooster). She additionally eat sardines, uncooked goat milk and greens like carrots, cucumbers, parsley, pumpkin, and others.
Our native butcher makes a grounded mix of the meats, bone, and organ that we began with, however now we largely meal prep her meals on our personal, a couple of week’s price at a time. She eats thrice a day proper now, so we portion it out into small tubs, then simply dump it into her bowl at time for supper. It took some getting used to however we’re in a great rhythm now.
For treats we use dehydrated cow lung or Fruitables Skinny Minnies in apple bacon taste as a result of she will get actually excited over each of those.
Vizsla Pet at 4 Months Outdated Day by day Routine
We’re early risers, so I open her crate at 6:00 AM after I rise up for the day and take her proper exterior for a fast potty break. After I begin the grinder on the espresso machine, she goes loopy and I’ve to carry her. After that, she goes to her Snoozer mattress and goes again to sleep.
She snoozes till round 8:30 AM when the children rise up and shifting. I feed her breakfast, take her out once more, then get some type of chew or toy to maintain her busy whereas we get our day going.
Our days don’t have a set routine however usually mid-morning I’ll take her on a a two mile stroll. Generally she continues to be wired after we get dwelling so if she will’t maintain herself entertained, I’ll put her within the crate so we will do some homeschooling. We feed her lunch round 12:30 or so, then take her again out. She’ll alternate between taking part in round the home, doing a little coaching, or sleeping all through the afternoon.
Mid to late afternoon, we take her on one other two mile stroll and play along with her exterior after we get again. She eats her dinner round 6:00 PM then begins to wind down for the evening. She’ll often chew on a toy or a bone for some time then round 7:00/7:30 PM she is snoozing soundly on her mattress. We take her out proper earlier than mattress, often about 10:00 PM, then she goes willingly into her crate in our bed room (the bigger, wire one) for the evening.
Useful Pet Objects
There are some things which have been actually useful to us.
To begin with, child gates! We must always have gotten these sooner and confined the house she was restricted to from the start. When she was youthful, she would sneak away upstairs to try to do her enterprise as a substitute of going exterior. We realized that if there was no carpet she might sneak away to, this wasn’t a difficulty. So we minimize off entry to the upstairs and maintain our master suite door closed and viola– no extra accidents!
This straightforward stroll harness was really useful to me by a buddy and it’s made an enormous distinction in our day by day walks as a result of she will’t pull with it! Ideally we need to prepare her to stroll properly by our aspect off leash, however we’re a great distance from that proper now so this no pull harness works nice!
The doorbells. They naturally jingle anytime we opened the door to take her out. I’d wish to say we “skilled” her in some way, however I feel simply associating the jingle with going potty work by itself. A pair weeks in the past she began strolling up and jingling the bell when she needed to be let loose.
The snoozer mattress. She loves curling up on this factor! It’s heat and comfortable and infrequently it’s simply her paws protruding from the within.
The delicate and squishy crate liner. We’ve got two crates, a big wire one within the bed room and a smaller journey crate in the lounge. This liner matches within the massive bed room crate and creates a snug and comfortable sleep spot! We maintain pondering we’ll should get her a bigger journey crate however she likes the coziness of it for now.
It’s a job to verify she will get sufficient train, but it surely’s been nice at getting all of us exterior extra within the chilly climate. I often take her on two 2 mile walks a day and the ladies will spend 20-Half-hour working round within the yard along with her.
She’s added quite a lot of vitality and chaos to our dwelling and although she typically drives David and I loopy along with her curiosity, we discover ourselves taking a look at her when she is curled up at evening and feeling fairly smitten. Plus, the ladies nonetheless inform us not less than as soon as a day how blissful they’re to have a canine. So sure, it’s a bit loopy proper now, however we certain do love that humorous pup!
Additionally, can we speak about how vizslas are a number of the happiest pups but in some way all the time look fully stoic in footage?! Don’t take her severe face… severely. She’s a foolish little nut job! Subsequent time I’ll have our little photograph shoot exterior whereas she’s working amuck. We love you, Finley woman!