"Here is what one owner of 2 Vizsla dogs had to say. " I can't even imagine what you'd have to do to a Viszla to get one to bite....."
Wow!! I must be doing something wrong. I'm on Vizsla #6, and they've all bitten as puppies. Their mouth is one way that they learn, that's why they pick up EVERYTHING in sight! They're using their mouths to identify and catalog objects.
Along with that, all dogs, regardless of breed, bite. It's just a matter of how aggressive they are. Vizsla's are very, very, low on the aggression scale. Make no mistake though, they know how to use their teeth.
Puppies don't do "time out". If you want to put a puppy on a time out, you need to make sure that it's ready for a timeout first by taking it out to go to the bathroom first, then a timeout.
As for viciousness in a 13 week old, not yet. What your experiencing is a dog learning where he fits in. Put two 13 week old Vizlsa pups together and it sounds like a horror movie. Lots of growling,barking and snapping.It sounds like demons, but they're just trying to establish their place. It's not personal.
Yes, Vizlsas do not respond to harsh training methods, but that doesn't mean they need to be handled like eggs. Don't beat on them, but they do require a firm hand from time to time. Any "reasonable" discipline is perfectly acceptable. Just don't beat on them. It won't work! Positive reinforcement, with clear black and white boundaries and expectations will work a lot better
This is a breed that will break through ice to get at a duck. Rip their skin, and coat, to shreds in bull briars going after downed upland birds. I've taken mine to the vet with sticks that have impaled them, and I had catch them to get them to stop first. Mine have killed skunks so fast, they never got sprayed in the process. They're not wall flowers.
These are tough little dogs, make no mistake about that. If your puppy comes from proven field stock, he is going to be an assertive. bold, forward, little guy with high drive.
Each dog, of any breed, is different. They, like us, are individuals. Not all Visla's will be "Velcro Dogs.
I agree with Texas Red, you need to find a puppy class and in a few eeks I think you'll be very pleased with your new little guy.
My puppy is also 13 weeks old and is basically at the same point your is.
You should see my hands.