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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-26-2012, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Best companion for a V?

One thing that our trainer/animal behaviorist thought might be a good idea to help our very shy and fearful V pup, Gus, is getting another dog. Of course, since I love dogs and would be happy with 50 of them, I wasn't too upset to hear this We do, however have to absolutely make sure that the second dog is extremely confident and outgoing. We have found that when Gus is around outgoing, friendly dogs, he kind of picks up on their cues and feels more confident.

I am not sure I want another V, just because I am now nervous about the possibility of getting another nervous dog, which would be the exact opposite of what we need! So I am wondering if any of you guys have any experience with second dogs, and what kind of breed would be a good companion for a V? We are thinking probably the most outgoing lab or golden that we can find...but I am curious if anybody has suggestions?
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Re: Best companion for a V?

Well, here is a strange one for ya, but the breed Riley has gotten along with the BEST so far out of all the others she's met is a doberman. ??? They literally are best pals every time they meet up at puppy social club. I've noticed they have the same play style and like to punch at each other with their front paws. Just an idea. 8)

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Re: Best companion for a V?

I really don't think this is a question of which breed would be best. Each pup/dog has a different temperament.

Adopting an older dog from the shelter that you can already see how they behave would probably be the best and surest bet

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the breed Riley has gotten along with the BEST so far out of all the others she's met is a doberman.
That's funny you say that, Odin seems to LOVE all Dobermans. He's instantly the best of friends with every Doberman we've ever met. He hasn't done that to any other breed.

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Re: Best companion for a V?

Labrador retrievers, as one example, were genetically selected for highly friendly temperament and low reactivity, which makes it a lot easier for them to tolerate all kinds of stimuli. The TSA has been using them to detect explosives in part because it's easier for labs to "block" distractions and focus on the job.

Hunting and herding dogs, on the other hand, need higher reactivity to be successful at what they do because their work is much more complex behaviorally. (That's the reason the Vizsla people emphasize the correct socialization so much - it's probably the only way to balance and manage dog reactivity in the modern environment). The US Department of Defense chose the Belgian Malinois (if I remember right) as the military dog in the mid-2000s, partly due to its high reactivity to stimuli.

This is to say that if your plan is to have another dog as a confidence-boosting companion for a nervous Vizsla, then I suggest looking specifically for lower reactivity (which eliminates many hunting/herding breeds), and for heightened attachment to humans generally (which eliminates many of the guarding breeds).

Labrador retriever seems like a good bet in that scenario. But if shyness is hereditary, special effort would be needed to research the breed lines and the breeders....

And one more point - I would suggest thinking more about the age gap between them. If you get a second dog as a puppy, he's unlikely to be a leader in this duo and be much of an influence on your Vizsla....



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Re: Best companion for a V?

Ruby seems attracted to black labs, but she is a confident and outgoing young lady. I had a black lab for 14 years and found him a very sociable fella with other dogs.
I guess you'll need a dog that will fit in with your's and Gus's lifestyles and aims and although a lab wouldn't have the energy to keep up with a V all day I wouldn't hesitate in getting a black lab in your circumstances.

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If this is the route you are thinking, then breed will not matter. Maybe you can rescue an older dog that can show him the ropes, perhaps a female V ;D



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If this is the route you are thinking, then breed will not matter. Maybe you can rescue an older dog that can show him the ropes, perhaps a female V ;D
I agree to an extent, but surely you'd need to consider things like walks, as an extreme example a yorkie terrier would be no good on long walks as a companion for a vizsla.

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Re: Best companion for a V?

I've been having similar thoughts about the future of our pack and my thoughts are scattered at this point. If we decide to add we will also need a confident member as dozer has become insecure fin light of recent events and I've thought two things. One is that Dozer is drawn to pit bulls I believe because they exude confidence frequently. And two I think to some extent i'd like him to be able to pick his own companion based on personality. We can do the research and narrow it down to certain breeds/mixes but then he'll have to let us know and an adult from the rescue or shelter will already have a personality to "test".
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Re: Best companion for a V?

I think you are tarring all Vizslas with the same brush. Perhaps it is just the Vizslas here in Australia, but timidness and a lack of confidence is not a prevalent trait in our dogs? Is it a prevalent trait in the Vizslas of the U.S.???? Or is it a genetic thing with that particular line? If so, then another Vizsla with a more outgoing temperament might be an option.

I have two male V's, both of who are incredibly outgoing, confident and relaxed around petty much all environments. I also have a GSP and she is the same, apart from a little wariness going into a new building that has either tiled floors, or linoleum floors, which I believe is a legacy of being in a shelter for 6 months of her life.

The advantage of getting another Vizsla, or a pointer for that matter, is they play the same way. They are both similar in style and physical intensity in the way they play so will usually get on well providing the personalities fit OK.

As others have said, perhaps an adult dog, either a Re-home or a rescue, may benefit more than a puppy too.

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