I have been reading posts for the last 5 weeks- since we got our girl Piper at 8 weeks old.
My Husband and I both work from home- I am a stay at home Mom to our 4 year old girl. We have had puppies in the past but never a Vizsla.
Piper is pretty much with us all day- except for naps in her crate and at night. She gets at least 4 training sessions per day- if not more. She knows Sit- Stay- Lay Down- Down and Off- Leave it- Shake-Touch-Come- Release and Wait to go outside or come inside and for her food. She doesn't do them 100 percent of the time-but she is only 3 months old. She gets 2 walks a day, plus lots and lots of ball fetching in our yard or basement. I would take her on more walks but she really is listening to every sound and wants to eat everything she sees and have any one or any dog she sees- say hello to her. She does seem to be frightened/excited/curious sometimes by dogs barking or loud trucks. I have tried picking her up and letting her know it okay or getting down to her level or bringing treats to keep the walks moving a bit more. But within the last few days- she has been getting very bitey and attacks myself or my Husband on our walks.
We thought she was making good strides- but this week we seem to have hit a wall.
We are always second guessing ourselves- is she not getting enough exercise or too much exercise for a little pup- If we keep her up for more then 1 1/2 to 2 hours at a time- she goes into to Shark Mode and then it is hard to settle her down. She usually takes 2 (1 hour naps) and 1 (1 1/2 to 2 hour nap)- is that not enough sleep for a 3 month old dog?
She has also been trying to bite at as when we have told her to get OFF our beds and couches. She has her crate and 2 other dogs bed that belong to her. We had a 10 minute long stand off about who the couch belongs to. She will finally give up and submit- but not tell it almost seems like she has tried to attack you.
We don't want our little girl to get bite by her own dog
She is never left alone with Piper- but when Piper gets in to a mood- it is hard to say what will happen.
We have not gone to puppy classes yet- been just working on things at home and reading and listening to a ton a dog training books and videos.
We don't want Piper to get worse or stay like she has been the last few days.
Does anyone have a Vizsla Human Trainer that they have used or know of in the Seattle area??
We plan on taking her to places off leash- mostly dog parks near by-(or hiking trails- when she actually listens outside) once she is finished with her vaccinations.
We need some help! We want her to work out and be with us- but we don't want to be attacked.