As you venture into life with your new puppy it can seem rather daunting to know if you are giving the right guidelines to your puppy, and training skills. Do not worry as all you need to do is find a dog trainer local to you.
You can find on the Kennel club website a list of obedience trainers which do the Kennel club good citizen classes. These classes are aimed at young puppies and older dogs to give them good manners and be good citizens in life. No one wants an unruly dog, untrained, and one that will run off into the distance causing havoc.
The Vizsla is not the easiest dog to own, and I think being experienced dog handlers we do forget this. This is why we are telling everyone who is having a puppy of us now or in the future do not buy this dog unless you are committed to the training of this puppy. Because what happens is the dog can become the boss of your household and ruin your life. Lots of tears can be shed when a dog is constantly mis behaving. Families with smaller children often can not cope because of the amount of time spent looking after the children, let alone taking on this high energy dog breed. Sometimes its better to wait a few years until you have more time to give.
I have spoken to several people this week and given advice. I have been told by a few people I was the only breeder who talked about the breed, showed love towards the breed, and wouldn't sell them a puppy lol. Everyone else was ill send a photo of the puppy, its x amount of pounds and good bye. We have an absolute love for this breed and we want to get it right for you and us. Wether your working full time and do not have time for this dog, or your home circumstances just do not allow you to give lots of time to training, you really need to get on board with the info we provide you, as we want to save another Vizsla heading off to rescue.
Training is not always easy, and it is sometimes frustrating.
Key tips from me.
Do not turn up to training class after a busy day at work, fly in from work, grab a mouthful of food, fly to training and get dog out of car, and straight into class. Your dog is going to be wound up like a coil. Full of energy, probably show you up in the class. Make sure when you come home you take things at a slower pace, and take your puppy for a walk for 15 mins first before going into class. Allow your puppy time to settle down, be calm, be positive and reward with food constantly.
Reward training is the only training we advise for any dog breed. Be it love and fuss, or treats.
Tip 2: A dog should be trained every day of its life, in fact life is training too. So every thing in the house should be followed by everyone. Reward the dog with words such as good dog when the dog is pleasing you. Reward the dog with treats once the dog is doing a command you've asked for. You need to repeat actions at least 15-30 times a day for some dogs to understand sit, wait, lay and so on.
Tip3:Always end training on a good note. If the dog rebells, do not end training on a bad note. Wait until the dog has finally done what you have asked, praise and say good dog, and reward treat.
Now I have many many tips, and Im currently writing a training guide for my hidden pages. Ive been send by kind clients in the past information on training, and I have one such guide written in our hidden pages.
Watch out also for my new page being added called "THE FEAR PERIODS"
Well thats it for now folks, but thank you for reading and remember dogs are a joy to us all, and never feel that you can not cope as their are always people who do training for a job, behavioural for a job, and your breeder is always happy to pass on advice to you. So never feel alone and together we can help your dog achieve everything you want it too. But enrol today in classes if you have a young puppy and make sure that your in training before 16 weeks. Socialisation is key to life skills.
Mrs Rachel Savage