Activities For German Wirehaired Pointing Vizslas

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Introduction

The German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla is a devoted and affectionate pooch. This breed is a cross of the German Wirehaired Pointer and the Hungarian Vizsla. If you're an active person that loves spending time outdoors, one of these pups could be a furrific companion for you. They're clever and easy to train. As a hunting dog, this fur-baby needs to exercise daily. Provide Fido with one to two hours of activity and some mental stimulation to keep them content. These four-footed pals thrive best when they have room to explore and frolic. A home with a moderate-sized yard can work if they get enough exercise.

Agility

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
treats
agility equipment
Activity description
This handsome pooch is a quick learner with energy to burn. Once you get your pal familiar with obedience commands, you can offer them mental and physical stimulation by teaching them agility. Show your pup how to follow your cues as they weave through poles, jump hurdles, go through tunnels, and more. You and your pooch will build a strong bond as you work together to complete an obstacle course as quickly as possible. Fido can do this activity inside or out. Once you learn the mechanics of agility, you can choose to compete in events, or you can make equipment to use at home.
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Training
When you complete obedience training, find a place that offers agility. You can use the class to introduce your pooch to the obstacles. Taking a course will also help you learn how to coach your pooch through each challenge. Once Fido is familiar with the different equipment, you can practice on your own.
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Do agility
Consult your trainer or the American Kennel Club to learn how to create agility components for home use. You can use items like yard ornaments, planks, buckets, and PVC pipe to build some of the obstacles. Spend time working on the skills in your back yard. When your pooch gains mastery, decide if you want to compete against other pups.
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Frisbee

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
water
treats
frisbee
Activity description
The Vizsla cross is an athlete that loves to run. You can teach your fur-baby how to catch a frisbee to help them burn off their energy. These four-footed pals enjoy a good game of fetch. All you'll have to do is acquaint them with the new toy. Some dogs will show immediate interest in a frisbee, while others need encouragement. With patient training, you'll have an enjoyable way to exercise your pup whenever the weather's favorable. You'll want a long field and a flying disc that can stand up to your pup's jaws. Bring water and offer rest breaks when you play this game with your pal.
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Learning the game
Start by introducing the toy to your furry pal. Let Fido sniff the frisbee and praise them for showing interest. When your pup grabs for the item, reward them and tell them to give it back to you. Then, try some short tosses to your pooch. As soon as they can snag the flying disc up close, start throwing it further away.
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Play Frisbee
When your four-footed friend can race down the field, jump up, and catch the frisbee in the air, you can play this game regularly. Head out to an open area and toss the toy for your pooch to fetch. Take some breaks and offer your pal water when they need it.
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K9 Nose Work

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
20 - 30 min
Items needed
target scents
cotton swabs
toy
treats
Activity description
K9 nose work is an offshoot of training dogs for scent detection. This activity is a great way to offer your pal some physical and mental stimulation as they search for the target odor. A hunting dog like the German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla already has a strong sense of smell. They'll enjoy using their sniffers to figure out where a favorite toy or other item is hiding. You can train Fido to find their quarry indoors, outdoors, in a container, or inside a vehicle. With the different venues, you can practice nose work just about anywhere and in different weather conditions.
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Teach nose work
Most people get started with training by using a yummy treat or beloved toy. Let your pup smell the item, then hide it somewhere in a room or specific area, like a fenced yard. Release your pooch and tell them to find it. When your pal is successful, let them eat the food or play with their toy as a reward. Repeat a few times. Continue with these sessions for several months.
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Add target scent
You can introduce Fido to the oil of birch scent about three months to a year after you start the training. Call your pal over when you're holding a cotton swab with the odor on it and reward them for sniffing it out. When they can identify the scent in either hand, you can move on.
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Play the game
When Fido consistently noses the hand that holds the cotton swab, put it in a vented plastic container. Hold the box and call your dog. When they sniff the item, immediately feed your pooch a treat. Soon you'll be able to place the container on the floor then start hiding it somewhere in the room. As your pup improves, take your activity to different locations like the back yard.
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More Fun Ideas...

Swimming

This Vizsla mix is a natural swimmer. Look for a beach, pond, or lake where you can take your pooch for a swim. It's a puptastic way to get exercise and refreshment on a hot summer day.

Camping

Plan an evening or weekend campout with your furry friend. They'll love getting outdoors and exploring with you. Find a facility that will let your pup come with you -- many state and national parks offer pet-friendly accommodations.

Conclusion

With enough activity and a firm hand, the German Wirehaired Pointing Vizsla can be a furrific family pet. This medium-sized pooch is loving and loyal but needs an outlet for their energy. These fur-babies can be a great playmate for older kids. However, you'll want to train them to behave around small children so that your pup won't knock toddlers down in their excitement.