we have a 9 months old vizsla\pitbill. he has a lot of energy (obviously) and since we work long hours he spends a lot of time on his own. we keep him seperated from the rest of the house (in the kitchen) when we're out because he chews on EVERYTHING. will bringing a new friend make things better ? will they play, and therefor he will NOT want to trash the house since he's board, or will they just party together and make an even bigger mess ?
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we have a 9 months old vizsla\pitbill. he has a lot of energy (obviously) and since we work long hours ... to trash the house since he's board, or will they just party together and make an even bigger mess ?

Definitely the PARTY is ON!!
so our best bet is to keep him by himself ? i kinda feel bad for him having to spend 8-10 hours a day (and then all night) by himself.. i'm really on the fence on this one... HELP !
so our best bet is to keep him by himself ? i kinda feel bad for him having to spend 8-10 hours a day (and then all night) by himself.. i'm really on the fence on this one... HELP !

I think that is too much time to be alone. try to find a way to get him some people company, like a dog walker or you coming home to check on him. maybe you can give him lots of exercise before he is left alone and some good toys for when you're gone (like food in a kong or something). not sure if this is enough but hoepfully you can find a way to improve this dog's situation
he gets a good walk in the morning, one in the evening and one at night before bed time. he has some toys with him in the kitchen for when we are gone, and twice a week my wife is able to stop by on her lunch brake, play with him a little and take him for a 10-15 min walk. we love him so much, and just cant be mad at him for trashing things, since we understand he's doing it cause he's board out of his mind... we're really on the fence about a second dog, we know it will make his life better for sure, but ours will either be a double hell or paradise, according to how they get along.
did anyone here go through something similar ?
so our best bet is to keep him by himself ? i kinda feel bad for him having to spend 8-10 hours a day (and then all night) by himself.. i'm really on the fence on this one... HELP ![/nq]Your best bet is to train the dog (take him to obedience classes), let him sleep in your room with you at night, even if he has to be crated to do so, and see if you can get someone to come in and take him out to play and exercise in the middle of the day so he doesn't end up bored and full of energy. It could help get the energy out to have a second dog (I do that myself!) for your dog to run and wrestle with, but without training, they will just make twice the mess.

Mine can be home alone and entertain each other while I am at work because they know the house rules and behave. OTOH, when I have had dogs who didn't, they had to be crated or confined in a room until they got it. But they'll never get it without a lot of work and I don't see how that is going to happen with your schedule without making a really concentrated effort on the training.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
so our best bet is to keep him by himself ... i'm really on the fence on this one... HELP !

Your best bet is to train the dog (take him to obedience classes), let him sleep in your room with ... that myself!) for your dog to run and wrestle with, but without training, they will just make twice the mess.

"I second that emotion."
Try OBEDIENCE TRAINING the dog you have, Tal, before chancing multyplying your problems by a factor of two.

Handsome Jack Morrison
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he gets a good walk in the morning, one in the evening and one at night before bed time. he ... be a double hell or paradise, according to how they get along. did anyone here go through something similar ?

Visla's ARE high energy dogs.
But instead of having two partying dogs, having a dog walker come in during the day to break up the dog's day is a great idea. There are even doggie- day care centers to entertain and supervise dogs while the owners are gone.

But if the dog is damaging things, I would contain the dog in a crate or kennel while you are gone, to prevent damage to your property, and prevent him from getting into things that might damage him. And provide lots and LOTS of entertainment, exercise and mental stimulation when you get home. A tired dog is a good dog.
Containment is NOT solving the problem, but a doggie day care should
will they just party together and make an even bigger mess ?

bingo! never get another dog to "solve" another dog's problems, Training, appropriate confinement, maturity - but not another dog to help in destruction.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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