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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-18-2014, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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My clingy Vizla is a SUFFOCATING ME!

She is super friendly 2 year old girl , but the constant demand for attention is driving me NUTS!
I work from home so she sees me / humans 24/7, never alone .
She gets 2x 1h ( sometimes more) walks / runs a day . She's well fed , looked after in every possible way. All in all , she is a very good hearted girl , really submissive ( I adopted her at the age of 1 as she hated being in the ring as show dog and needed confidence boost & just one owner) dog , but it's never enough .....
I can't play with my nephew or talk or giggle with anybody without her rushing to come and demand attention.

When she's hanging around ... It's not like a normal dog minding their own business - she's quite honestly - stalking me ! Just following me around , staring at what I do and denanding to be part of it .
The clingier she gets - the more need for distance I crave and ask her to go away . I don't let her dominate me , but I'm just so incredible over trying to get her to chill the **** out and just be a dog !

She sees other dogs for playtimes and has everything she could ask for .

So now I'm hoping for some good advice to help break this frustrating stalking
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Re: My clingy Vizla is a SUFFOCATING ME!

You sound just like my ex girlfriend

But reality check time..... you own a vizsla, this is what they do. It'll be pretty hard to train a vizsla to not be a vizsla. They are called Velcro for a reason.

You can give your dog stuff to do though. Train it to eat a raw beef knuckle on a towel. That should keep her occupied for a couple hours. Really tire her out. My dog sleeps the majority of the day because he gets high intensity exercise and training. They need mental and physical stimulation to be relaxed in the house.

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Re: My clingy Vizla is a SUFFOCATING ME!

Crate training if need be, it's never too late to start....

I think it was TexasRed who posted once "dogs need to earn their space in my house"... I follow that mantra. If Nico is behaving in a way that doesn't allow me to do what I need to do then he must be crated (getting in my way while getting ready for work, getting in my way while working from home, destroying things out of boredom or to get attention). These dogs need a lot of sleep if they get the right amount of exercise (high intensity as organic thoughts said) and sometimes they don't realize. Does she have a crate?

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My clingy Vizla is a SUFFOCATING ME!

Another option would be to teach your dog to go to a specific place when you need space, have friends over, eat dinner, etc - we use a dog pillow with the command "pillow".

It works extremely well. If I take my dog with me to work, I bring the pillow with me and he will lay beside my desk no problem. Same thing at home, if we visit friends or family, etc, the pillow comes with us and the dog knows the drill. This exercise also helps teach a really solid stay, just remember to release your dog from the pillow when your ready for it

It also helps if you can give them something to chew and focus their attention on, as OT mentioned above.


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You sound just like my ex girlfriend

But reality check time..... you own a vizsla, this is what they do. It'll be pretty hard to train a vizsla to not be a vizsla. They are called Velcro for a reason.

You can give your dog stuff to do though. Train it to eat a raw beef knuckle on a towel. That should keep her occupied for a couple hours. Really tire her out. My dog sleeps the majority of the day because he gets high intensity exercise and training. They need mental and physical stimulation to be relaxed in the house.
I'll second the big raw meaty bones to buy you some time.
My boy gets 4 or 5 a week.
It's kind of the evening thing to do
And when he is tired he is more content to chew on his bone longer.
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Re: My clingy Vizla is a SUFFOCATING ME!

While I believe this breed needs more attention than other breeds. I also believe they need to be taught, that a little alone time is okay.
If you let them help you, any work you do can take 3x as long to get done.
Why not put the pup up. Either by crating, or teaching them to lay in a certain area. Doing this gives you more time for quality interaction with your dog, along with teaching the dog its okay to be alone for a time. If a dog does not learn this they become unhappy, and keep demanding more. You keep giving them more, but because they didn't learn to settle without you, its never enough.

These type of dogs remind me of the spoilt kids, that we have all seen at the store. Given everything, but falling out in a fit for more.
Dogs just like kids need boundaries. Set some and you will get a happier dog, even though she is going to protest at first.

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Re: My clingy Vizla is a SUFFOCATING ME!

I work from home two days a week. My vizsla is too needy/clingy to be with me while I work so she gets before and after work time and she sees me on my lunch hour. The rest of the time, it's business as usual and she is crated. At first I thought it would be great to have her with me so we tried. I got nothing accomplished and if I was typing or on the phone, she was constantly nudging me. It seems she needs her normal routine and I am ok with that.

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I agree with TR about teaching that a little alone time is a good thing. Just to give you some perspective, though, Savannah (now 4 and a half years old) still needs to practice being alone. Every. Single. Day. It is a difficult skill for vizslas, particularly if they are already used to being with people 24/7.
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Re: My clingy Vizla is a SUFFOCATING ME!

Willie is approaching eight years old. Still, as I type this, he is sitting on the floor behind me, staring at me. I don't think the Velcro factor ever really fades away... You just become accustomed to it. LOL!! ;D

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Re: My clingy Vizla is a SUFFOCATING ME!

To amplify a little on Organicthoughts' outstanding post above, all dog have physical, mental, and emotional needs. What's rather unique about Vizslas is that in all 3 areas their needs tend to be off the charts.

I think (being impossible to ignore) the physical needs and emotional needs are clear to see. But it is the mental needs that sometimes get overlooked. These guys need to work, and train, and hunt (or have some substitute that fills that "mental" gap).

Other posters have said it before, but it is the mentally well-worked V that is content. More than the just physically well-worked Vizsla. If I had one word of wisdom for a new of prospective owner, that would be it.

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