How to Raise A Vizsla Puppy. Bred to work in fields, forests, and bodies of water, the Vizsla originated in Hungary during the 14th century. They are considered a pointer class dog and exceptional for hunting fowl and other small game.
Are you considering owning and raising a Vizsla puppy?
I would like to discuss how to raise a Vizsla puppy including temperament between a male and female, some training tips, and other topics I think you need to understand.
Let me begin…
Are Vizslas A Good Pet For Me To Raise?
Vizslas are a good choice because they are generally happy, friendly, lively, tactile, and affectionate. They love to run and be active where ever they live. They are described as a “velcro” bred because they will follow you and can be clingy.
Conversely, they need to be constantly active so that they are not bored and become destructive. Therefore you need to start training them early for you to win their loyalty.
In addition, you should give them enough exercise so that they can stay happy. Vizslas are high energy dogs that are not only a good companion but great for outdoor activities.
So if you are looking for a house companion and a hunting friend then a Vizsla could be the right choice for you.
Male Vizslas To Raise (Temperment)
The male Vizslas are known to be loving and playful and will attach themselves to their owner quickly. They have lots of energy and need to be active on a regular daily basis.
Lots of walks and throwing the ball is a must. I would suggest reading my article on dog parks as an alternative location for puppies. Local dog parks are excellent for a puppy or dog to release some pent up energy.
Just understand, if coup up all day continuous barking could be a problem. They could also start trouble like chewing on wood trim or damaging other household items.
Finally, they are less mature when young and so training can be a stretch. This could ultimately test your patients for a period of time.
Female Vizslas To Raise (Temperment)
The female exhibits some extreme differences like they are typically hard-headed and independent. Just hanging out on the floor while you are watching TV would not be recommended and is not something that would be routine.
Running on a trail or around your neighborhood is an activity that would please the female. Just keep her on a leash because smelling new scents will naturally cause her to run a different direction and you could easily lose control.
How Much Exercise Does A Vizsla Puppy Need?
Vizslas are generally active breeds of dogs and therefore need more exercise considering their original work which is hunting and gathering and retrieving.
Therefore for the puppy to remain happy, active, and healthy needs regular exercise. The rule of thumb is that until the puppy reaches 10 or 12 weeks, exercise should be around five to six minutes per month.
Therefore at 3 months of age, exercise should be 15 minutes for the two sessions while at 6 months exercise should be 30 minutes.
For the two sessions, 9-month-old puppies are 45 minutes twice a day and the exercise is more crucial for a fully grown puppy. There are three levels of exercise that are light, moderate, and high.
Light activity exercise involves simple walk within a block or afternoon game of fetch within a yard.
Moderate activity exercise for a vizslas puppy includes a light jog or a little play with your dog and simple wrestling by encouraging it because vizslas are not well talented with wrestling but if you train they will get used to it.
High exercise for vizslas involves engaging your dog on the high-end play, fight, or wrestling with your dog. You should limit this exercise as the puppy’s heart is smaller and strenuous.
Are Vizslas And Children A Good Fit And Why?
Vizslas are a good pet for children but not young babies of less than four years. They are affectionate and loving to their companion and will enjoy playing a lot with older children and strolling around the backyard after school.
They also offer protection to the owner and their children from any harm, especially other strangers.
However, Vizslas are not recommended for smaller kids do understand the pet easily and as the pet continues to chew, it might accidentally injure the small baby.
Therefore to protect your small baby you can wait until they are in pre-school then you can have a Vizsla pet in your home.
When Should I Start Training My Vizsla Puppy?
If you want well-behaved Vizslas throughout their life then you should start to train them early. Vizslas puppies are slow to train but with time they can learn and catch up.
You can start introducing the basics from 7 to 8 weeks and the will learn to sit and come. This is the right age for your puppy unlike the traditional way of waiting until 18 months which is too late for the dog and might not master all the skills. By the fifth month, you can start some advanced training.
You will also start training your puppy the moment you bring it home and in that way, your puppy will adapt to the way of life you want. Understanding your puppy is also important on when to start training your Vizsla puppy.
Is A Vizsla Puppy Easy To Train?
Training Vizsla is not easy because they easily get distracted with sound or scents in the environment. However, once you start training your puppy they are quick to learn.
With time and patience, Vizslas will learn to train but others will take a relatively long time to adapt while others will days to master the training.
Vizslas are smart and easy to please and that is what makes them easy to train, they master the art of things easily and they are very intelligent.
Training of the Vizsla pet should be a continuous activity as this will make your pet adapt easily to the environment and relate well with family members.
Yes, Vizslas are a good pet for children but not young babies of less than four years. They are affectionate and loving to their companion and will enjoy playing a lot with older children and strolling around the backyard after school. They also offer protection to the owner and their children from any harm, especially other strangers.
However, Vizslas are not recommended for smaller kids do understand the pet easily and as the pet continues to chew, it might accidentally injure the small baby. Therefore to protect your small baby you can wait until they are in pre-school then you can have a Vizsla pet in your home.