Sorry you are having trouble with your V.
Sorry, but mine was just as stubborn as yours
Originally Posted by IagainstI
I think I have the most stubborn Vizsla in the world. No matter how many times I correct her, praise her, scold her, or whatever she does not learn.
Training aside consistency is the key to success with all dogs, but especially this kind.
I very much agree with Misha
a specialized trainer would help.
Without knowing specifics, I can only try and explain how I got my dog to mind.
First, I got a nice large wire crate. I kept the dog inside the crate at all times as long as I could not supervise him 100%. All other times he was with me, everywhere. I mean if I went downstairs he came with and I went with him. We did everything together. I gave Sam enough exercise outside a puppy can take. I practiced commands in short sessions. I fed him accordingly with quality dog foods. I picked up after him every time he pooped. That way I could tell if he was sick or healthy (poop is a pretty good indicator of health) :P
My best lead was a British style slip lead 4 foot long which I attached to my waist harness. You can customize and fit a prong collar and 4 foot soft lead or a longer lead outside.
I have this one:
There are many others, just google "freeleash"
I have learned to stay calm and especially patient at all times.
Dogs are masters at body language and if you let them they will teach you lots about yourself and allow you into their world.
Oh and all dogs are opportunistic, that's how they survived for centuries. This is not specific to Vs.
My Sam is 11 months old intact male and he has improved every day a little bit. Now I can let him loose inside the house and he will not do damage, yes I still supervise him intensely.