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.
If you want the best seat in the house ... move the dog