As a breed the Hungarian Vizsla puppy is hard work. As many times as we say this to people it gets skimmed over as people do not listen to us or other breeders. I want to stress to everyone these following points as its worth listening to if you are considering a puppy.
For a start all we think about is picking up an ideal puppy. One that will love us instantly and just fit into our families. The Vizsla is a wonderful dog but they are one of the hardest puppies to settle in. We know this because we bred Weimaraners before Vizsla, and family bred Cockers, and an Uncle bred Labradors. We now breed Pugs and the Pug is a dog that settles in instantly. Their is differences between every single breed of dog and although we think Vizsla is easy for our family it doesn't mean its going to be easy for you, because we have got so used to the breed it is like second nature. IN fact we think Vizsla are hard work. I would say they are the hardest breed to settle in that we own. Pugs are so easy!
So you have got to tell yourself you have 3 weeks which will be frustrating but then life will get easier and life will become good.
All dogs go through stages as well, from the settling in, screaming, to biting their owners hard, then it will be house training blips. Then it goes onto jumping up anyone to finding its feet at 9 months onwards. We all go through it, professional dog handlers or not.
Travelling home with the puppy can either be easy and it sleeps, or the puppy is sick, pee’s and is stressed. You never know what the dog will do. As dogs do act out of character too because of stress. However calm in the breeders home, the dog can show total opposite behaviour with new people. But usually the Vizsla is reserved and frightened for a start. They seem to go inward, and they know their house is changing. Sudden fear of the unknown. They are hugely intelligent and thats why they act the way they do.
So the first day bringing the puppy home is wonderful, exciting and a bonding experience for us. We want to keep watching the dog because its all ours and we have such pride and joy looking at them. We feel we have the best dog in the world. Then night time comes and suddenly the dog is screaming its lungs off. Your the lucky one if it does it for ten mins then goes back to sleep until 7am. But here are some tips which we think helps settle in a dog.
1) Take the dog to bed with you. Okay I know most behaviourists will be spinning in their seat at the thought. But the Vizsla is scared and doesn't know where the heck it is. Taking pup to bed with you will ensure him to bond with you. Have a crate in your room, where you can put the pup, and when he wakes at 2am, get up and take him outside to the loo. Come back put the dog back in the crate, if he whinges, put your hand out and let the pup sniff you. He should settle down.
2) Buy a heart beat toy, yes these things exist. Amazon. Sell them. They are brilliant as remember the dog started life laying on top of a bundle of puppies, the heart beats of other puppies is comforting to your puppy. When that suddenly goes the dog is lonely. So put the toy in the crate with the dog.
3) Buy a Snuggle safe pad with fleece cover. These go in the microwave for 6 mins and last 10 hours. We swear by them, and again you may have central heating but your dog is missing the warmth of other dogs. Place in the crate, and they are washable. Hopefully your breeder will of also given you a blanket with some familiar smells of mum on and the siblings. They will cuddle up to this. Some pups will of messed on them by morning, others dont.
4) Pet Remedy is a plug in which emits scent which calms dogs, and also they do a spray you can spray a cloth and place in the bedding. We provide cushions sprayed in this which works every time. We rarely have people these days struggling over night with their puppies.
5) If you can not stand the idea of a dog going to bed with you then sleep downstairs on the couch beside the dog. If hubby is off for the weekend, let him sleep on the sofa, and swap when he goes back to work. Take it in shifts, and even if you have teenagers get them involved and let them also take turns, so you all get some sleep In the week. It takes 2-3 weeks to settle any dog in.
6) Wear puppy out! Dont let the puppy sleep all evening and then go to bed and expect it to sleep. Keep the puppy entertains and play games with the puppy during the evening. Take the puppy out to the toilet before bedtime.
7) If spring or summer the mornings get light after 4am, cover the crate with a blanket or a black out cover so it remains darker in there. It helps dogs sleep for longer, as in the wild they would get up at 4am and go to the toilet. Remember most dogs after going to the toilet will go back to sleep again. Often dogs like a sleep after they have eaten.
8) Ask your breeder for tips, dont just struggle because they know their dogs and may have some tips for you.
Remember the dog is your responsibility, you have not brought the dog from a shop where you can return if it doesn't fit your lifestyle. You make it work just like you wouldn’t get rid of your kids if they were playing you up. You may like too but its not ethical.
9) You must crate your dog daytimes. For a start the dog is crated probably more than it will be the rest of his life. Because your training the dog. Crate training means getting the dog used to the crate. No matter how well trained the dog at the breeders home was, taking it home with no other dogs reverts the dog back to the beginning with crate training.
In all the years of me breeding dogs, and speaking to friends and family it is only the smallest amount of people who can not cope. Its always the ones who we think will be absolutely fine, and the ones we think well they may have a problem, cope fantastically.
Do not panic and think you are alone, theirs probably 8 other people in the litter who are going through what your going through. Its not just you, and we are the intelligent being here, not the dog. You can do this, you can sort this puppy out. After the settling in stage your next goal is socialisation, and puppy classes. Its always the people who dont go to classes that end up with issues with their dogs. Remember it’s your dog and your responsibility to the dog to train it. So get classes booked up as soon as you reserve the puppy with the breeder. So your all ready to go in a few weeks after taking pup home. If anyone tells me they cant find classes I know they will end up ringing me saying they cant cope later on. So get classes booked up asp. You can do this!!!
Well done to a Tango son who was reserve best dog in Hungarian Vizsla at Boston champ show 2020. He was bred by Angie Porter-Manning and Graham Porter.
We cant wait to get back to shows again ourselves but we do not like booking shows when we have puppies expected. But we are now looking at possible shows to book for 2020.
A Jack son also was 2nd place in open class.
Our new girl Yennefer is doing fantastic settling into our house hold. She is our first Bracco Italiano and she wont be our last as we are smitten with how easy they are. I will be adding photos soon of Yenna.
Congratulations to Ian Credland and Graham Butcher on their new Champion. Belgium champion Silvestre Ace or better known as Dexter. This dog is a Chilli son. We wish them all the best in showing in 2020 while they chase another title.
Also Congratulations to Cheryl Sutherland and Graeme sutherland breeders of Carnlochan morning star who also made their girl into a Belgium champion. She is a Tango daughter.
Another Tango son has been winning CAC’s and CACIB’s in Russia. I look forward to his progress which we receive by facebook.
Happy New year to everyone,
If your following our website in the hope of a puppy in 2020 we will hopefully have puppies periodically during the year. Vizsla are not an easy breed to predict when litters will be, so you need to follow the available page or text Rachel for more up to date info.
We hope to be at some shows this year with our new addition to the family called Yennefer. The Bracco Italiano. We have admired this breed for over a. Century watching them in the show ring. We shall be showing her in the UK at select shows and also Europe at select shows. The Vizsla are booked for a show in Holland, and Belgium. Looking forward to getting them out again.
No show news for ourselves as we knew December was going to be a very busy time in the workshop. So we have not been out to any dog shows.
LKA champ show was 14th December
Silvestre Scarlett Witch owned by Angie and Graham was 2nd place in her class.
Wallaroo All That Jazz bred and owned by Angie and Graham who is a Chilli son was 2nd in Open
Wallaroo Hawk Eye bred and owned by Angie and Graham who is a Tango son was 3rd in his class.
Brussells Dog show
Silvestre Ace owned by Ian and Graham won the CAC, CACIB. Waiting for conformation on other news from the show.
Carnlochan Morning Star bred by Cheryl and Graeme Sutherland a Tango son won the CAC, CACIB and this subject to the belgium kennel club conformation makes her a Belgium Champion.
Well done everyone, and we are so pleased you have all done so well. Wishing you all a great 2020!
We travelled to Belgium on Saturday 16th November to show our dogs in a championship show. All shows in Europe are fun by the fci
We are very pleased to announce that Indie who is Silvestre Fortune N'Glory won the CAC and CACIB, which means he is half way to becoming a Belgium champion and International champion. So next year in 2020 looks like we will be going to several more shows in Europe. He won a very large trophy.
We took his mother also and she was 3rd place in Open bitch and won a small trophy.
We are not showing for a little while now as its Winter time so soon as the weather starts to improve we will then be on the road again.
Well no show news to report as we haven’t been to any shows, and our friends haven’t been to shows that I’m aware of. But we took the dogs out today in the forest. Its so easy with busy day to day life to miss getting out into nature and enjoying our wonderful English countryside.
Do not forget to check out Instagram and follow me on there. Lots of people follow us a year before even getting in touch for a dog, which is what its there for, so you can see the dogs enjoying life. We. Have over 500 followers from all over the world.
Pictured below is Buzz the Frenchie who belongs to Amy who is wearing his Remembering those who we lost bandana. Also our Sabrina who was wearing her puppy collar today. They remembered all the animals who were lost in the wars.
It was stag weekend this weekend. Stag is an event run by the French bulldog club and only dogs can enter who have qualified by gaining so many points in the year. I am thrilled to say Delilah did qualify and went along to the event. Her owner Beverly kept me up to date how it all went. She was short listed to 5th in the event, so the 5th best Bitch in the event. Thats pretty amazing considering it is a high volume breed. Their was a Halloween theme this year. Apparently next year will be the 1920’s. The organisers should be congratulated as they do a fantastic job.
Delilah is just the most amazing dog, because she is not just a show Frenchie, she does Scentwork, she goes on a shoot, and she is now starting a new sport where they have to scent rats in a barn. I tell Bev that Delilah has a better social life than I do. Bev replied saying Delilah is her social life. All I can say is what a great team they are. She also went to the French bulldog champ show and judge Frank Kane who you will see as a commentator on the TV gave her 2nd place in Limit bitch and said he was impressed with how fit she is. Again another great compliment.
This weekend was South Wales Championship show.
Wow The beautiful one Delilah a French bulldog who is my Cookies sister went to the show and won limit bitch and the RCC. How wonderful, we are so proud of her owner and she puts so much into her dogs. One day a show dog and the next day she has started training to detect where rats are. I didn't realise it was a sport but apparently it is.
Wallaroo Hawk Eye was 2nd place in Junior and 1st place in GCD glass. He is a Tango son.
Wallaroo All That jazz was 3rd place in open and he is a Chilli son.
Silvestre Scarlett witch was 3rd place in junior bitch and 1st in GCD class.
Well done to their owners.
Spice the search and rescue dog was doing helicopter training today. I also understand her friend Lani will be joining her soon.
Kip the Vizsla also started Search and rescue training in a different area.
The Hungarian Vizsla Club Championship show was held Sunday.
Logan a Tango Son bred by Mrs A Porter Manning and Mr G Porter was handled by Graham in Junior Class and won 1st place in Junior Class.
Jack a Chilli Son bred by Mrs A Porter Manning and Mr G Porter was handled by Angie in Limit dog and was 3rd place.
Well done on your wins.
Homesteads Workshop News
When my husband had an accident at work last year he couldn't go out to work, and he has set up a business at home making resin coffee tables, bottle cap tables, shotgun cartridges in tables, pennies in tables and colour pencils. They are unique and a great add to your lounge.
Also other gifts in wood. Also Christmas trees, lights with dogs of any breed be it pedigree or cross breed. Check out the facebook page for more details and ordering by PM.
Check out our new dog bed furniture for the family home. Made from reclaimed scaffold boards. These seem very popular and great Christmas presents for the dog. Order yours soon so that you will receive in time for Christmas. We do sizes
small, medium, large.
Bedding is not included in this, as people do like to dress them up themselves. But we can provide bedding if you wish at extra costs.
Another new bed is in the making using lighter wood, and hopefully will work out a cheaper option.
Check out silvestre.showdogs on instagram for photos.
We also now make collars from paracord to order. To order you must measure your dogs neck exactly as shown on the message I can send you. I make ones that do not enlarge, but also ones that do plus ones with a small chain. Leads can be made to match collars.
Also slip leads which are great value for money, strong and colourful.
We also have a range of dog products which belong to Bucked Off Equestrian and we can bring these to our home and sell on their behalf. They have a showroom now, but its mainly online sales of equestrian goods such as bridles. But now dog products are being sold from leather lead sets which are cheaper, to very expensive ones, plus fabric.
Last weekend we went to Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Canine society 29th September 2019.
Ripley who was 6 months and 1 week old was entered and she is a Tango x Gucci daughter. This was her very first show. She won puppy class, Best puppy in breed and then went onto win the Gundog puppy group. We are so proud of her. This means she was the best gundog puppy in show. Winning many other puppies. What a great start. Ripley is also doing weekly obedience training. So not only brains but beauty as well. Her pedigree name is Silvestre Whoo Whoo.
Indie also went to the show and won limit dog and also won Best of Breed. What a lovely day it was and the committee should be congratulated in bringing the show now to premier status which means if a dog gets a place in the puppy group it qualifies for Crufts. So Ripley qualified for Crufts 2020. I shall look forward to showing her if I am able.
Also show news Delilah the French bulldog went to a club show and was 4th place in limit class. She has done so very well and we are proud of her and her owner beverly.
I do not have any shows booked as Ive got a busy few weeks ahead. But we are looking to book a show in Europe in 2020, and also another Open show here in the UK.
Please note if you wish to call me, I really prefer you text me first. So text me on 07584279384 from 10,30 to 3pm. I will either text you straight back or I will arrange to chat another time. Please note that I am in bed evenings due to my illness, and this is why I have to do things daytimes not evenings.
Mrs Rachel Savage