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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-20-2013, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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When do Vizsla start getting lovey dovey?

So, I have had my Vizsla for about a month now (3 mos. old), and noticed that he doesn't really stick to my side like velcro which is the second selling point of this breed for me. Could this be because I am maybe a little to hard on him while I train him? I don't slap him, but I do try and grab him by the neck firmly and try to startle him out of the activity. So, when did you start noticing your Vizsla act like velcro?
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Re: When do Vizsla start getting lovey dovey?

Ours has been Velcro since Day 1. They all have different personalities though.

Everyone has their own training methods and opinions, so I will share mine. We were very gentle with Miles as a puppy. When he would go to chew something inappropriate we would just replace it with a toy. He only had 2 accidents, but when he did we just picked him up, put him outside, and had him finish in the yard and then ignored him for a few min while we cleaned his accident up. When he nibbled on us we squeezed his baby teeth into his upper lip and gently said no.

Our dog is a big sensitive baby so in our case, I think very firm training methods would have scared him. But again, every dog is different.

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Re: When do Vizsla start getting lovey dovey?

From the minute I brought them home.
The correction needs to fit the crime, and Vs are soft on training. So yes you are being to rough on him.

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Re: When do Vizsla start getting lovey dovey?

Lots of great advice on this forum, and Vizsla LTD for new owners. The search box on the left will bring up plenty of posts on dealing with new puppies.
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Re: When do Vizsla start getting lovey dovey?

In my personal opinion, if you are grabbing him or putting your hands even somewhat roughly on him... you are being too rough. Vizslas are very sensitive. I've honestly found that their behavior worsens if you don't use soft correction.

Our pup was cuddly and attached to us from day one.
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Our boy was lovey from day 1 - within minutes of picking him up he was snuggled into us, crawling between myself and my boyfriend trying to soak up as much of us as possible, giving kisses like a wildman.

I will tell you that last night our pup caught me in the face with his paw and my immediate reaction was to swat at his nose. It was a bad reaction on my part, but I did it and I caught him on the nose. He immediately ran and stayed away from me for the better part of the night. We made up in the end (with snuggles) and I learned my lesson- to think, then react. I also learned how an immediate reaction on my behalf impacted my pup. Our boy is pretty soft but I can only imagine how any startling or physical behavior could really impact the personality of a V, especially so young.

I would suggest you ease up on the physical reprimanding with your pup. I know it can be difficult to get a pup to listen to your words, to remain calm at all times and still convey what you want to your pup but it's the key to owning a V. I would check out some of the threads on here, as suggested by TexasRed, and see if you can come up with a few tips to change your behavior. I think it's really the best step you can take for yourself and your pup, especially while your pup is still developing and evolving as a dog.

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Re: When do Vizsla start getting lovey dovey?

Our boy wants to touch us as much as he can. If I pick him up in my lap, he will look like he is asleep within 30 seconds.


Handling the dog, patting softly, massaging, stroking them is OK. Holding, shaping behavior by positioning the dog is also OK, IMO.

I play wrestle on his terms and we are quite rough... One time he bumped my nose with his head and it was painful. He then spent the next five minutes licking my nose, my head and face every which way he could.

However, one thing must be understood, grabbing any dog by the scruff of the neck, lifting them up and shaking is a very personal act.
Only the absolute worst behaviors get punished in this fashion, even in the dog world.

Try this your hand... Reach toward the dog's head gently. If it blinks and shyes away, it is hand shy.
Not a good sign because it generally means the owner provably is a little rough with discipline.



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Re: When do Vizsla start getting lovey dovey?

Our five month old pup leapt from the car into our open arms when he was 12 weeks old at our first meeting. He's been attached since day one. My husband is the alpha male in our house and he can be rough with the pup, but the pup loves him more than anything. He is strick, but firm and the bonding happened first. I am the "mom" -- boy hurt his leg crashing into an end table the other night and came whimpering to me for snuggles. He's definitely Velcro and had been from the start
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Re: When do Vizsla start getting lovey dovey?

I think the Vizsla is the very definition of the "soft" dog, and as others have said, harsh training methods might very well backfire on you... so you have to be careful about that.

My boy Willie, who is six years old, still comes to me and drapes himself across my lap whenever he can. He leans against me whenever he can. He follows me into the bathroom, because we are pretty much eye-to-eye when I'm seated on the "throne", and he likes that. The velcro dog, through and through.

To repeat, be careful about roughing up your V, or you could end up with a dog who is afraid of you. They really are very sensitive.

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Re: When do Vizsla start getting lovey dovey?

My 2 girls have been stuck to me from day one as well.... Ziva had a 5 hour trip home first day from the breeder... on my lap except for the last half hour, at which time she crawled up my shoulder and draped herself around my neck the rest of the way home...she is now 3 1/2 years old and still loves to be with me nearly all the time... leans on me, stands on my feet, lays across me... she does not like to be handled roughly and will wilt before your eyes .... Little Izzy at 4 months also has been the true Velcro V .... but also will wilt, if I happen to have a moment of insanity and am to harsh with her. Discipline with these dogs should not be physical in my humble opinion. It doesn't take much for them to understand they have done something you aren't happy with .....
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