Vizlas have golden fur as rich in color as their lovely personality. These little pups are the smallest of the all-around Pointer breeds. Traditionally, they are gun hounds and are known as hunt, point, and retrieve dogs. A cute fact about these little pooches is that they are often referred to as ‘Velcro-dogs’, because they are so people oriented. This is perfect when they are a puppy, as it enables you to form a bond with your pup. This makes them even more loveable and easier to train.
These puppies are gentle, lively, and intelligent, with a natural instinct to protect their own. This makes them perfect hunting dogs. Vizsla have a natural ‘prey drive’ and so can be easily taught to hunt and retrieve small animals such as rabbits or pigeons. Their calm nature allows them to easily adapt to gunfire, making them the perfect weekend shooting companion. You'll never go wanting for a good hunting partner with a Vizsla at your side.
It is important to keep your puppy mentally as well as physically stimulated, and so hunting is the perfect sport to train her in. By teaching your pup to hunt, it also teaches her obedience, therefore making her a great pooch to have around friends and family.
Vizslas are intelligent dogs and therefore can be trained in obedience from eight weeks old. This includes commands such as ‘Sit’, ‘Stay and ‘Come’. Once your puppy has mastered these types of calls it is time to move on to hunting skills. To fully train your puppy in hunting, it can take anywhere from six to eight months. Continuous practice is also key in order to keep your puppy's skills up to scratch. Some puppies may pick up on hunting skills and techniques faster than others, but with enough patience and practice, your Vizsla can be on her way to forming good behaviors that work well in the field.
Firstly, it is important to research the type of prey you wish to catch. If you are an experienced gunman, then this is the perfect dog for you. If not, don’t worry. Vizsla are also keen chasers, so catching rabbits is ideal. Secondly, find a location in which you are able to hunt. Local hunting ranges or ranches are ideal for this type of hunting.
Vizslas are also dogs that are incredibly smart, as they rank 25th out of 79 breeds when it comes to intelligence. However, they can get easily get bored, so training your pup in simple obedience training when they are young is a sure way to keep them attentive. Once they've picked up a decent array of obedience skills, you can move on to hunting techniques.
hello, i took my dog to the field when she was small i was like 500 meter far from her when i shot the first shot , She wasnt afraid. I kept on geting closer and closer while shooting and she wasnt afraid even when i got next to her ! she only lift her head up and tried to see what is going on . But in the same day i heard her doing noises as if something happened i dont know if its because of the excessive shooting but i dont think so because after that i took her a lot of times with me and noticed nothing . Now and since i started training her with a trainer she is scared of noises and even get shocked when we shoot next to her with a " not so noisy " gun . PLEASEEE ITS MY FIRST HUNTING DOG AND I WANT HER TO BE THE BEST. PLEASE HELP
Hello Mario, Unfortunately shooting the gun might be what caused the noise fear. She may have internalized the fear at first and so you didn't realize you were going too fast. Also, puppies go through fear-periods so what didn't bother her before might bother her now. Slow down your process a bit. See if you can recruit an assistant to fire the gun from a couple of hundred-yards away. You want the sounds muffled. You can also use a training gun that is very muffled. While practicing with the quieter gun noise also do something with her that she absolutely loves! If she is super into retrieving then play fetch with her. Toss her a few retrieves, then shoot the gun and immediately throw the next fetch - so that the gun noises start to signal to her that a throw is coming and gets her excited. You could also toss a handful of treats at her in the grass whenever the gun goes off. You want to ease her into the gunfire and pair the sound with something extremely fun to help her get over it. The video below gives some examples. The trainer repeats himself a lot the first half, but about 1/3 into the video starts talking about how to address a bit of gunshyness. Your girl is more nervous than his dog so make your noise even more muffled and pair it with something super fun. Very gradually make the gunshot louder when she can relax around the gunfire completely again. Take this slow and pay attention to her body language. Nervous looks like drooling, hanging back, sitting, ears back, tail tucked, body tucked, and avoiding eye contact. When her body language relaxes around the gun fire, you can get the noise a little closer/louder again and work at that new distance until she can handle the new distance/noise level too and is ready for even closer/louder again. https://youtu.be/rqkhvFHewLY Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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