Active families and those with love for the great outdoors and physical activity will adore welcoming a Vizmaraner into their home. Not only do they bring with them some exceptional hunting skills such as trailing and pointing, but a love for people and other pets. A Vizmaraner, which is a Vizsla and Weimaraner mix, is not called a velcro dog for no reason. They stick to their owners, do as you tell them, and prefer to be by your side at every waking moment. With such an eclectic mix of personality traits, it can be a challenge to think of fun things to do together. However, you can’t go wrong with these activities below.
Both Weimaraners and Vizslas make excellent hunting dogs due to their natural ability to point and trail. Therefore, when you blend the two breeds into a Vizmaraner, you get a highly talented dog that will become your favorite hunting companion in no time. However, to train them up to the correct hunting standard takes time and can be quite challenging. While it’s not an expensive undertaking unless you hire an expert, which might be a good idea, you still need to have plenty of dedication to the task. You also need a noisy item such as a pot and spoon, obstacles, a leash, and a treat to get the process underway.
As you will be aware by now, Vizmaraners are high-energy dogs that love to run. If you enjoy physical activity as well, then you’ve found your match in a Vizmaraner. On a sunny day, why not take them for an hour-long jog? This activity doesn’t cost a dime or use any effort, and can burn off your dog's energy levels far quicker than most others. What's more, it helps to keep both you and your dog fit and healthy. All you need to go running is a leash and a doggy waste bag. You may also find a decent pair of running shoes will help you keep pace with your pup! Avoid running in hot weather as the asphalt can burn your dog’s paws.
Vizmaraners are adept swimmers, but they differ from other hunting dogs in the respect that they don’t have an undercoat to maintain their body warmth. Therefore, if you are considering taking your Vizmaraner swimming, do so on a hot day. While the water will help them to cool down, the sun can help to warm their core temperature, so they don’t feel the cold as much. All you need for this free activity is a towel, leash, and a toy. You can then head to any of your favorite water holes and benefit from an easy exercise that burns off your dog’s energy in an hour or less.
Vizmaraners are exceptionally talented dogs, taking no time at all to learn new skills and tricks. If you want to appeal to their mental capacity, then make sure you have plenty of dog puzzles lying around the house. You can put treats in them to reward your dog, then set them up in your home for them to work the puzzles out. The mental stimulation will do them a world of good.
It can be a challenge to deplete your Vizmaraner’s energy levels entirely, but it’s not impossible. Enlist the help of other dogs! Take your pooch to a dog park and let them spring around with dogs of a similar energy level. You will also be doing the other dog owner a favor in the process!
No one ever buys a Vizmaraner to be a lapdog. Even though they are cuddly, affectionate, and pawsitively delightful, they are also a keen hunter with a need to constantly be on the go. Appeal to these traits by partaking in these activities above. You will be doing just what you need to do in order to keep your dog healthy and content.