As soon as you reach for that leash, Cody leaps to his feet in excitement. Your Vizsla spins around, desperate to go out and explore. With so many interesting smells and sights, who can blame him? When you’re walking, he’s constantly pulling you in every direction. While you understand he wants to explore, it certainly takes away the relaxing element of your walk. That’s why it would be ideal if you could train your Vizsla off leash. That way he’d still be able to explore, just without pulling you to the ground as you go.
Training Cody off-leash would also mean he’d travel a greater distance when you walk, giving him more exercise. And even though Vizslas are the smallest pointer-retriever breeds, they still need a generous amount of exercise each day. Lastly, off-leash discipline will translate into greater control throughout their life.
Training any dog off-leash is challenging. Unfortunately, Vizslas aren’t an exception to this rule. With so many temptations around, keeping them on track and stopping them from charging towards other pets and people can be difficult. That’s why training will consist of slowly building up their off-leash time. You will then need to use strict obedience commands and an effective incentive to ensure they reply to your commands and stay near.
If yours is just a puppy, their brain should be at their most receptive, so you could see results in several weeks. However, if your Vizsla is older and never been particularly interested in responding to instructions, then you may need months. Get training right and you’ll soon be able to stroll through the countryside happy in the knowledge your Vizsla is safe and getting as much freedom as possible. This also means you’ll have more hands free to carry shopping, push a stroller, and any other tasks.
Before you can start training your Vizsla off-leash, you will need to gather a few bits. A long leash will be required. You will also need an effective motivator. So you can break their favorite food into small chunks or use some tasty treats.
You will need to set aside 20 minutes or so each day for training. Quite simply, the more regularly you train, the sooner you will see results.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a proactive attitude, then work can begin!