Vizsla Training

A Vizsla will respond well to training, but it's important that you understand its personality and needs in order to achieve the best results. The Vizsla dog breed is known for intelligence and sensitivity. The training should be based on attentiveness, praise, and positive reinforcement. Using a harsh tone of voice or physical correction will cause your dog stress, and may seriously inhibit your training effectiveness. Vizslas perform well in obedience competitions should you eventually wish to pursue that course with your dog.

Early socialization is one of the most important training steps if you're raising Vizsla puppies. Before your Vizsla is 12 weeks old, introduce it to as many new people, physical environments, social situations, and animals or dog breeds as you can. Viszslas that were not well socialized at an early age tend to be timid and more easily startled, and may (at least initially) find it more difficult to behave properly when interacting with other people or pets.

Though intelligent, Vizslas often mature slowly. Prolonged house training should be expected if you have a Vizsla puppy. Several months of crate training may be required. Vizsla puppies are also known for chewing and carrying objects around in their mouths. A box of mouthable toys would be a wise investment.

Consistent, easily understood rules and positive reinforcement are essential parts of a Vizsla training regimen. Vizslas can become bored and easily distracted, especially when they're young. When teaching new commands to your Vizsla, try to do so in a relatively quiet and distraction-free environment where you can command its full attention. Vizslas are eager to please and respond well to positive training, though they can be independent and self-willed. If some form of negative reinforcement is required, a clicker would be an appropriate choice.

For many Vizsla owners, obedience classes are the most time-effective and cost-effective means of training. Look for a well-regarded professional trainer in your area, or ask your local Vizsla club for recommendations. If possible, ask to sit in on a class before you pay to work with a particular trainer. This will give you a better sense of whether the trainer's temperament and methods are a good fit. It's also a good idea to remain in contact with your Vizsla's breeder, as the habits and personality of your dog's parents will obviously play a role in its development. Vizsla training DVDs might also be useful to you.

Finally, mental and physical stimulation are absolutely mandatory for a Vizsla to be on its best behavior. Your training efforts should not preclude an appropriate level of exercise for your Vizsla. Mix in plenty of obedience games and activities such as running and swimming, and your Vizsla will be much more likely to respond positively to your training efforts.

Vizsla Breed Guide