This post is part of our weekly series on raising our Vizsla puppy, Zooka.  You can use our posts as a guide to help raise your own puppy, regardless of breed. Keep in mind that different breeds might develop at different rates, so while you can do these things with any breed, your breed might need certain things at slightly different stages or ages.  Click here to see our list of all updates.

In this ninth week of life, our Zooka comes home from our breeder in North Carolina and settles into our eating, exercise, training and sleeping routines.

Notes from week 9:

  • We picked Zooka up at nine weeks old
  • First half of week was drive home from North Carolina back to Colorado
  • During drive back home, Zooka vomited at our hotel one night
    • noticed worms in his vomit
    • never saw worms in his stools
    • added our natural de-worming protocol once we returned home
    • after a day or two we did not see any further worms
  • We started our daily puppy log
    • using google docs so we can both access from our computers
    • update with daily activity
      • meals
      • training
      • pottying schedule
      • field trips
      • any other daily events
  • Took first few days to settle in at home without any field trips or visitors
  • Limited access in the house
    • crate and ex-pen set up in dining room/kitchen area
    • very limited access to rest of house
      • only after pottying outside
      • very closely supervised
      • most of house is off limits for now
  • Closely supervised when in back yard for now
  • Training/working for meals started on our return trip
    • sit
    • eye contact
  • Additional training session (aside from meal times)
    • crate training
      • “kennel up” will be our cue to go into crate
      • going in willingly (reward going in, no luring)
      • remaining in crate even when we walk away
      • sometimes closing door for brief periods
      • mostly keeping door open so far