Activities For Vizslas

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Introduction

The Vizsla is a dog breed native to the country of Hungary. This breed was developed for the purpose of pointing and retrieving, working closely with a hunter, thus earning the moniker “Velcro dog”.  This quality of the Vizsla is still evident to this day; this breed has a knack for cuddling with their owners, being a shadow and just serving as an everyday companion. What’s even more impressive about the Vizsla is that it is the first and only dog breed (so far) to bring about a quintuple champion – in agility, field, conformation and obedience. A versatile pooch with impressive skills to boot, the Vizsla is a wonderful dog to have around. 

Flirt Pole Game

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Stick or pole
String
Plastic bag
Dog Toy
Activity description

The Vizsla is one of the most athletic and alert dog breeds in existence. A sudden movement can immediately catch this breed’s attention and get them up and running. This is why a game of flirt pole is a good match for the Vizsla. This game is basically “fishing”, but the pup version. The flirt pole game is like a do-it-yourself version of the canine sport known as lure coursing, where dogs are made to chase a mechanical lure across an open area. This game is quite simple but can do a lot to get your active Vizsla physically and mentally stimulated. 

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Buy or create a flirt pole
To play the flirt pole game with your pooch, you first need to have a pole. Some pet stores and toy shops sell a pre-made flirt pole. If you do not want to spend on this, you can easily create your own using various materials lying around your home. Take a stick, yarn or string and a plastic bag. Tape the string to the stick and then attach the plastic bag or dog toy at the other end of the string.
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Lure your dog around
When your pole is ready, find an area where you and your Vizsla can play. You can move some furniture in your home to make space for the game. If you have a fenced backyard, you can also take the game here. It is best to play in a fenced or enclosed area because Vizslas have the tendency to follow moving targets and may chase passersby or other creatures that they come across.
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Swimming

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Floating toy
Activity description

One look at the Vizsla and you might not expect this breed to be among the most impressive dog swimmers. Even though they do not have insulating undercoats similar to other water dogs (such as the Labrador Retrievers or Newfoundland), Vizslas do have webbed feet, which make them excellent in the water. Swimming is an activity that is fun and uses up a lot of energy, which is why it is such a brilliant choice for this energetic dog breed. Obviously, this activity is best done during the summertime, especially when the skies are clear and the sun is out. 

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Decide on a swimming site
When planning a swimming trip with your Vizsla, you need to find a spot. If you happen to live near a lake or river, take your pooch with you for a swim. You may also find other means of enjoying some water-filled fun with your dog by going to the beach or a dog-friendly pool.
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Play and swim around
When you find your swimming spot, head down to the location and have some fun. You can cool off by swimming some laps with your pooch. You may also make things more exciting by bringing some floating toys which you can get your dog to fetch and retrieve in the water.
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Hunting Test

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

The word “Vizsla” means “pointer” in the Hungarian language. The dog breed of the same name, which hails from Hungary, was largely used as a hunting companion, specifically for pointing purposes. At present, Vizslas are very seldom used for their original purpose. However, major canine organizations such as the American Kennel Club offer a variety of tests for pointing breeds. One of these is the hunting test. This non-competitive assessment that will evaluate a dog based on various characteristics, such as independence, speed and desire. This test is typically carried out by using a series of scent patterns, which the dogs must use to find the birds’ location. This test is good way to test your Visla’s natural pointing abilities. 

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Get familiar
If you are thinking about having your Vizsla undergo a hunting test, you should have at least some amount of knowledge about how it works. The American Kennel Club highly recommends getting familiar with the different terms used in the assessment. In their website, you will find a comprehensive glossary which you can read through.
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Find a local club
After you learn about the hunting test, the next thing to do is to find a local American Kennel Club associated club that conducts hunting tests. More often than not, these tests are done during the weekends. You may choose to go to one or more of these hunting tests to see how it really takes place. Clubs also hold hunting test seminars where you can learn the different rules, standards and other relevant information.
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Go for a Run

Vizslas have seemingly endless amounts of energy. In addition, they have inherent speed, which makes them the perfect running buddy. Take your dog to the park and go for a run. Just make sure that you keep your pooch on a leash because they can run really fast. 

Agility Training

The Vizsla is one of the top dog breeds when it comes to agility training due to their athleticism. You may enroll your dog in a club that conducts agility training courses or hire a trainer personally. You may also opt to create a DIY agility course to get your Vizsla up and running. 

Conclusion

The Vizsla is a smart, lively and loving dog that puts the “V” in “versatile”; this breed makes for the perfect workout partner, cuddle buddy, guard dog and overall companion. Take care of your beloved pooch by taking on various activities that will satisfy your dog’s mental, physical and emotional needs.