It’s difficult to imagine life without your Vizsla now. Yes, you always have to wake up to feed them and take them to the toilet every morning and evening, but you wouldn’t change it for the world. True to their nature, your Vizsla is loyal, energetic and equipped with a fantastic sense of smell. And it is that last attribute you want to put to good use. You’re an avid hunter, who spends many a day each year stealthily creeping through fields in search of prey. However, locating and bringing down that prey isn’t always so straightforward. Fortunately, this is where you think your pup could come in.
Training your dog to point brings with it several benefits. Firstly, you’ll have some company on those long, quiet mornings, making it ideal bonding time. Training will also turn your Vizsla into a highly trained and obedient dog in all areas of their life. But most importantly, you may be much more successful on your hunting trips!
Training your Vizsla to point will require hard work and dedication from both of you. The challenge comes in training them to retain discipline and silently alert you to the presence of prey. To do that, you will need to get them familiar with their future prey. You will also need to use strict obedience training to keep them under control and prevent them giving chase. To help you keep that control you will need an effective incentive, be it mouth-watering food or a toy.
If your dog is just a puppy then they should be ideal students and could respond to training in just a month or two. But if your Vizsla is older with a history of disobedience under their collar, then you may need up to six months before you see consistent results. Persevere with training and you’ll have the perfect canine companion to improve your hunting performance.
Training a Vizsla to point is no easy feat, so you will need several bits. A check cord is relatively cheap and will play an important role throughout training. A launcher will also be required to test your dog. You will then need decoy toys and a large supply of tasty treats to motivate and reward the pup.
You’ll need to set aside around half an hour several times a week for training. You’ll also need a large space, such as a yard, to practice in.
Once you have all the above, just bring patience and a pro-active attitude, then work can begin!