Re: Some general Vizsla advice please!!
That's so helpful guys, thank you!
I really appreciate the support, too - I asked a similar question in a general dog forum a while back, and mainly received the general response of "don't get a vizsla, they're for hunting homes, their drive is too high" etc. But I'm just so drawn to them, and although I'm not 100% decided I must say I'm leaning more towards a V now... I can honestly say I've wanted another dog for years, (though my first passed away at the end of January) and I really would be dedicated to giving it a great life, and hopefully I will end up with a great companion! I have also looked into crate training, and it's definitely something I would be doing from the start. And yeah I've heard about their long puppyhoods - I was forgetting that, but hopefully if I pretty much dedicate the first year of my life to their earliest development and socialisation, it'll lay a reasonable foundation for the next few crazy years!
Out of your own experiences, does the dog go a bit stir crazy if, on the odd occasion it gets a slightly shorter evening walk? Like, is there any room for flexibility or is a solid hour and a half the minimum amount they can deal with?
Also, do you find them reasonably easy to train when it comes to tricks and obedience? Are they reasonably handled focused, or are they quite independent thinkers? I've read a few contradicting opinions on this. Thanks again!
(P.S. I just read the most recent comment, again more great advice!! Really encouraging - it's important that my dog will be great with children too, I have a 2 and a half year old nephew who I'd love to get along well with my dog, as his mum (my sister) won't allow him one!!