Activities For Vizsla Staffs

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Introduction

The Vizsla Staff is a designer dog that is developed by crossing the Vizsla and the American Staffordshire Terrier. Known for being extremely active and playful, this hybrid has a charming personality that can win the hearts of any dog lover. Vizsla Staffs are also known for being affectionate and devoted to their owners, which make them a great family dog. Due to the parent breeds’ high levels of energy, this dog needs a good amount of exercise in order to stay healthy. If you want a dog that can accompany you on both your adventures and your lazy days, then the Vizsla Staff is perfect for you. 

Flirt Pole

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Flirt pole
PVC pipe
Rope
Toy or plastic bag
Activity description

For a high-energy dog such as the Vizsla Staff, activities that entail a lot of moving around and mental stimulation are a must. A good example of such an activity is lure coursing. However, formal lure coursing trials and events almost always require the participants to be pure breeds. Since the Vizsla Staff is a designer dog, your pooch won’t be able to join an actual event. A simpler (and even cheaper!) alternative to this is a flirt pole game. Instead of the lure coursing machine, this simpler version involves manual labor on your end. Vizsla Staffs would find this game enjoyable and will also help satisfy their exercise requirement for the day. 

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Buy or create a flirt pole
The flirt pole can be a game changer, particularly for high-energy dogs such as the Vizsla Staff. To make your own flirt pole, you simply need a PVC pipe that is about 4 to 6 feet long, a dog toy or a plastic bag and some rope. Attach the toy or plastic bag to one end of the rope using some tape or string. Then, attach the rope’s other end to the PVC pipe. In case you do not have time to create your own flirt pole, you can easily buy one from a pet shop.
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Play the game with your dog
To play, bring your dog to a wide enough space such as your backyard or your driveway. Wave the pole around to get your dog’s attention. You can walk or run away from your dog to get them to chase the flirt pole. This game is the exact physical and mental stimulation that your dog needs; they run back and forth to try to catch the lure and at the same time, they use their minds to try and anticipate which direction the toy will move to.
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Backpacking

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
6 hrs
Items needed
Backpack
Dog pack
First aid kit
Food
Water
Waste bags
Activity description

Just like humans, dogs enjoy getting away from their usual routine and trying something new. An active and willing breed like the Vizsla Staff will make for the perfect getaway and backpacking buddy. Backpacking is a good activity that will help strengthen your bond with your dog. Not only that, it is also a good way to keep both you and your pooch in tip-top shape. Your Vizsla Staff will also appreciate being with you and having the opportunity to take in some beautiful views and smell new scents. The great thing about this activity is that backpacking can be done year-round; you just have to bring the essentials according to what time of the year you plan to go. 

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Check with your veterinarian
Before you take on any physically-taxing activity with your dog, especially ones that involve spending time in the outdoors, you should always check in with your veterinarian. Your vet is the best authority that can tell whether your dog is ready. This is also a great time to ask for the necessary shots to protect your dog from harmful forces found in the wilderness and outdoors.
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Pack necessary items and gear
Once you get an all-clear from your veterinarian, you can plan the backpacking trip. Start by packing the essentials. You should always expect the unexpected, which is why a first-aid kit is a must have. Pack enough food and water to last your entire backpacking trip as well. It would also be wise to get a doggy backpack for your dog. This added weight can not only help burn extra energy, it also allows you to bring more items.
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Go on your trip
When you have packed all the essentials, you are then ready to go on your trip. Choose an area that you want to hike or trek with your dog and make sure that they are dog-friendly. Moreover, pick a trail or path that is relative to your dog’s fitness capacity. Remember that fitness does not happen overnight and that your dog’s safety is the top priority. During your trip, don’t forget to stop to take in the surroundings and simply relax with your pooch.
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Urban Agility

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Sunny Day
Free
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water
Waste Bags
Activity description

Parkour is a sport where extremely fit athletes utilize movement and obstacle course training to get from one point to another. Parkour practitioners are usually seen jumping off buildings, running up through walls and flipping over benches and simply using the world as their personal obstacle course. But did you know that there is a dog version of this discipline? Canine parkour, also known as urban agility, is the practice of using day-to-day items and things to physically and mentally stimulate your dog. Unlike traditional agility, there is no pre-made obstacle course. Instead, you will use your creativity to turn your surroundings into your dog’s very own agility course.  

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Find an area to work with
The principle of urban agility is to use anything that your eyes can lay on as a potential obstacle for your dog. Therefore, if you want to try this activity with your dog, you need to choose a place that will have a lot of things lying around. Avoid wide open spaces such as dog parks or fields. Instead, go around the neighborhood and look for items that are similar to the obstacles found in an agility course.
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Get your dog moving
When you find a potential area for urban agility, get your Vizsla Staff moving around. Use your creativity to turn regular things into your dog’s very own agility obstacle. For instance, if you see a bench, you can get your dog to jump up and over it. You can also get your dog to weave in and out of poles.
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Join an urban agility club
Urban agility is quickly becoming a popular hobby for dogs and their owners. In fact, there is a growing number of clubs and training groups scattered all across the country. If your dog ends up enjoying canine parkour, you can join a local club and have your dog trained to improve their skills in the sport.
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Doggy Spa Day

Known to live an active lifestyle, Vizsla Staffs, just like all dogs, also need some rest and relaxation. Make sure your pooch gets some downtime by bringing them to a doggy spa. All you have to do is leave your dog, pay for the services and let the professionals take over. Your dog will end up feeling more relaxed and fresh after their spa session. 

Play Flying Disc

Vizsla Staffs are fast and agile, traits which make them a great flying disc playmate. All you need is a Frisbee disc and a wide enough space to play in. Throw the disc and watch as your dog runs after and catches the disc with ease. 

Conclusion

Hyperactive, loving and full of life, the Vizsla Staff is a wonderful hybrid dog that can be a great addition to any family. This breed is very versatile and can adjust to their owner’s lifestyle, so long as they are kept healthy and their exercise needs are met on a regular basis.