VIZSLA HEALTH ISSUES
Growth and Development
Birth- 2 weeks
Puppies are born deaf and blind but the senses of touch and taste are present at birth. The average hungarian vizsla puppy weighs between 14 - 20 oz at birth.
During the first two weeks they are completely dependant on mum for all there food cleaning. They need there mum to stimulate them to urinate and defecate by licking them.
2 weeks - 4 weeks Hearing and sight Senses start to operate weight gain and growth are rapid. The puppies first teeth push through and there claws grow rapidly. They play with litter mates and learn to wag there tail they also learn to growl in play They now urinate and defecate on their own At the 4 week mark puppies start to eat solid food.
4 weeks - 6 weeks The puppy will venture away from his mum aand litter mates, not very far, and do a little exploring. At the beginning of the 6th week, awareness of others will dawn. During critical period, your puppy will learn to respond to voices and will begin to recognise people. It is during this period that a 'social pecking order" will be established among the puppies in the litter. Some of the puppies will learn to fight for food, they will be the bullies.
The litter mates that are cowed by the aggressive tendencies of the others will become shyer and less dominant.. Scientific tests have shown that it is an advantage for a puppy to remain with the litter long enough to acquire a little competitive spirit. but that too much is detrimental to the puppy's emotional growth.
Puppies that remain with litter mates after the seventh - ninth week will develop bullyish or cowed tendencies which will remain with them into adult hood mitikus litter aged 7 weeks The 7th week During the 7th week and the puppy is now considered emotionally developed and ready to learn.
The training ability system within the dog is ripe and is operating to capacity. What is learnt during the this period will be retained and become part of the personality and characteristic of the overall dog.
If the puppy is left with the mother only, its emotional development will be crippled. It will remain dependent upon her, but in her will find very little security since she will begin to totally ignore the pup. If the puppy remains with the litter beyond this point, and without adequate human contact, its social adjustment will be learned from litter mates.
The optimum time for taking a puppy into a new household is at the end of the seventh week and the beginning of the puppy's fourth critical period puppies who remain longer with the breder must be correctly socialised.
8 weeks - 12 weeks
Since the puppy's trainability, or learning facilities, are operating at full capacity now, it is better that he do his learning from his new owner. And learn he will. This period marks a time when the puppy will learn at a fast and furious pace. Although the "come, sit, stay and no" commands are invaluable if taught during this period. The puppy learns by rebelling that it get things its way. It is during this period that absolute authority will be challenged. It is here that the challenge must be met, head on, by the dog's owner.
Instructing people as to the best method of dealing with the problem is difficult because no two dogs are exactly alike. Disciplinary measures for one dog are not necessarily suitable for another any form of disipline should be calm,kind and consistant. towards the end of this period the puppy starts to look lanky and more like its adult version!