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!
I am having 2 issues with the vizsla that I am dog sitting. 1. When anyone comes to the door she jumps all over them. 2. When she encounters another dog she goes crazy. Otherwise she is very good with all basic commands.
Hello Chrissy, Check out the article linked below and the Step Toward method. Step Toward method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-australian-shepherds-to-not-jump For the dog reactivity, that's usually something that takes a good deal longer to deal with, but there are definitely some things you can do to decrease it. 1. Require her to heel the entire walk and focus on you - starting the walk with structure, following you, and calmness will effect how she responds when you see another dog. Even the way you exit the front door can effect it. Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo How to start off your walk right: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXLPwyKEjHI&t=403s 2. Use something to interrupt her behavior as soon as she starts thinking about reacting bad - don't wait until she explodes. As soon as you see her start scanning to find other dogs, pulling ahead, tensing up, staring at other dogs tensely, and generally getting aroused, used an interrupter like a Pet Convincer or a quick leash pop with the right tool to snap her out of it, then give her a command such as "Heel" and when her attention is back on you, very calmly praise her (excited praise makes it worse so keep it calm) and give a tiny treat while she is calm. Only praise, pet, or give rewards while she is in a calm state of mind - which is why the aroused state of mind needs to be interrupted first - to gain the calmness so you can train that. While walking her, the leash should be loose. Use the information about heel above to accomplish that - you only want tension in the leash during a second long correction and loose the rest of the time. A constantly tense leash adds to leash reactivity in a dog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmRPxTqeSNQ 3. Be confident and calm while walking the dog - notice the trainer's body language and calm directions. Your mindset and manner can effect her tenseness - if you have ever watched a trainer take the leash from an explosive dog and almost immediately get the dog responding, the trainers' calmness and confidence is a lot of why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGofhEc1YPg&t=581s If the dog uses a prong collar make sure it is fitted properly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3iczULPcdE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23zEy-e6Khg If the dog is aggressive I suggest asking the owners about using a basket muzzle or hiring a professional trainer to help you. If the dog has never bitten anyone and if fine with dogs off leash but simply crazy on leash, then you are dealing with leash reactivity which is easier to address. Check with the dog's owners before implementing any type of training - especially anything that uses any form of punisher - which is needed a bit for most leash reactivity to be addressed first before you use rewards once the dog is calm. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
thank you for your help!
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