Re: Living Outside
Where you live is the single biggest variable. That being said, I used to kennel my guys outside when I was at work in the nice weather, I live in Connecticut, but never in any inclimate or cold weather. My dogs were fully grown adult males and had each other for company when they were outside. They were never kenneled through the night, and once I was home they were out. Day 1 is definitley too soon.
A Vizsla has a single coat of hair, there is no under coat. They will not toughen up, nor acclimate to cold weather beyond a reasonable point. They will just suffer. They can handle some pretty extreme weather when they are active, but to just sit in a kennel, no.
Vizsla's are psychologically a "soft dog", and the term "clingy" is subjective. They need to be part of the family to achieve their most potential. They are very aware of where you are and what you are doing. They may not necessarily be right by your side, but their comfort zone is in knowing where you are.
"Psychologically soft" does not mean weak. They can be tough dogs,and you will literally, at times, have to hold them back from doing themselves harm. Their drive is incredible. Mine have come out of nasty briar patches bleeding from thorns while running down or retrieving a pheasant, or grouse. They are very tough.
The more time you spend with your Vizsla will pay off in the field.
Keep your V in the house with you. Use a crate, or indoor kennel when you aren't home. Kennel them outside on nice days if you can
You'll never beat a lesson into a dog, you just beat desire out.