I'm feeling far more positive about the concerns I have regarding the snarling, growling and nipping. A night of worry after the incidant with my partner left my fearing I had a problem dog. My partner hit her in a spontaneous reaction. It's the first time and the last that this will happen.
I had been wondering if Greta was entering a fear period as she's had about 4 warm water outdoor baths now without any problems and plenty of tellings off without conflict so her reactions were confusing for both of us. I had noticed that she'd not been her normal brave self recently and today she was scared of the horses; the horses she has chased, to my horror, just a few months ago! Another story...
All Vizslas are different. My first V was well suited as a first dog when I was in my mid 20s. Attached to me by invisible elastic, very keen to please and super sensitive. The deer/game keeper at work who knows dogs well, he has 7, said I'd been spoilt with old Amber!
Greta is full on and strong willed but very affectionate, more affectionate than Amber was at the same age.
Here are some examples of training successes with Greta, and hopefully encouragement for others with a full on pup and I guess a funny read ......
The biting/chewing. I think it was over four months before she stopped the biting game. Plenty of injuries, blood drawn and holes in clothes. She still chews now every day for most of the day!
First V had only chewed her toys and bite inhibition took 2 weeks! And certainly no blood!!
Leave it/take it. Greta had to be taught this as fast as possible. She tried to eat everything, her poop, other dogs poop, any dead bird/animal she could find all plants and sticks she came across, it was relentless and is now nearly under control. I've lost count of how many times she's been sick!
Humping, peoples legs used to be her favourite, again relentless, she now knows this is a no no! Her bedding and mattress are allowed. People say humping is a stressed or dominance thing but without a doubt it's a play/excited thing for Greta. Started at 9 weeks.
Counter surfing again was relentless but now with the 'off' command is nearly under control. I did use the spray bottle also.
Anyway I could go on.....luckily for me Greta will do anything for food, especially little bits of fresh carrot!
Last edited by Greta; 05-15-2019 at 09:06 AM.