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Hey all

I found your forum here this afternoon and decided to jump in. Hope that's okay.
A little about myself and Vizsla's.
I've owned Vizsla's for going on 23 years, all have been good honest hunting dogs, triathlon and mountain bike training partners, greatly valued family members, truck seat stealers, and my best friends. All of my Vizsla's were trained to be on foot hunting dogs.
I currently have two new Vizlsa's. One is a 23 month old female that due to unfortunate circumstances was kenneled for most of her life. No social skills at all, humans or dogs!. She was a blank slate 3 months ago, but we're filling up the chalkboard quickly. Having a dog like this is interesting. On one hand she knew absolutely nothing, but on the other hand she had no bad habits, because she had no "habits" other than pulling like a freight train. She's steady now, whistles up, retrieves nicely, heels up well, walks with a slack lead, has been introduced to quail, very birdy! and she's so pretty it hurts, but she's toughie too. She's gonna make a real nice fall woodcock and grouse dog. Right now though, she's still learning to be a dog,and is being allowed to have fun. Real training starts in a month or so.
My other new Vizsla is a one year old Female. She's had some pro training, but just wasn't deemed a long term field trial prospect, which is fine with me. She's gonna be a real rock and roller in the field, one of those take your breath away dogs. Strong, athletic,powerful, very smart and already displays the latent instincts a good bird dog needs. She has the most intense eyes that don't miss a single thing going on. She just challenges me to be "good enough". She's going to be **** on pheasants,and maybe coastal ducks.
In case it isn't obvious, Vizsla's are pretty special to me. I try to meet them halfway on a physical and mental level. Taking each dog's individual personality traits and physical attributes into account and not push them into something they can't physically, or mentally handle.
I'm an "old school" type trainer. Time, patience, persistance and praise. Let the dog work through desire,and obedience naturally follows. Define their "box" and boundry and let them work it out. I don't believe in "roughing them up", unless they bite,( but that's an entirely different matter that needs to be immediately and decisively corrected). I believe in consistent, firm, black and white rules (the boundries). It's unfair to the dog when the rules change, sets them up to fail.
Well that's me and my quick philosophy on dogs. I hope I can both learn and contribute here.

Mike
 

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You have a great philosophy and you articulated it very well. My first vizsla was a great hunter of woodcock and partridge with my father. My current boy comes along 28 years later . I have been waiting for him all my adult life! Once you have a vizsla (thanks to my Dad to adding one to my childhood!) you are hooked for life. Blaze doesn't hunt , (because I don't nor does my husband), but he is a great athlete, running and hiking companion extraordinaire. A great dog for my 3 boys... as was my beloved Pete (1965 - 1980) :)
How did you get interested in Vizslas those 23 years ago? :)
 

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Blaze said:
How did you get interested in Vizslas those 23 years ago? :)
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After my obligation to the US Navy was up, I knew I wanted a hunting dog. After doing a lot of reading, and research I just kind of settled on the Vizsla. Being somewhat opinionated, I also wanted a dog that wasn't popular and had been over bred. The hunting in New England is by and large dense cover. Shots much greater than 25 yards are uncommon, so I also knew I wanted a close working dog. The Vizsla seemed a good fit.
I ended up contacting Lynn Worth ( very nice lady) in New York, as hers was the only name I came across that I could locate a ph# for. She told me that she primarily showed Vizsla's, and that she didn't believe her dogs would be a good fit for me. She gave me the ph# of a breeder in New Hampshire that focused on developing hunting Vizsla's for trials and personal gun dogs. After a few phone calls explaining my projected use, training techniques, lifestyle, how the dog would be housed, etc. We hooked up and she sold me first Vizsla. An 8 week old puppy, with droopy drawers. They've been underfoot in my house ever since. I get a little worried when my V's aren't underfoot. ;D

Hunting isn't for everybody, and that's what I like about the Vizsla's best. My hours riding a bike,and running with my dogs over the years have far exceeded the total time hunting. I think my dogs would be best described as training partners that could hunt. ;D They're just great all around companions.

1965 eh? Your dad must have been one of just a few Vizsla owners at that time. Very Cool 8)
 

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Yes, Pete was not far removed from his ancestors that came over from Hungary in the 50's. Pete was born to Rakke Selle (sp?) and Flaming Arrow, in Minnesota - Dr. Osborne (again sp?) was the breeder. Pete was actually older than me, coming along in 1967, so I grew up with him - Pete was practically canonized in my memory. I always said I would have another Vizsla when I "grew up". After a 10 years with a lovely Bearded Collie, and another 10 years later waiting for my youngest son to be "old enough", we got Blaze. Blaze does Pete's memory justice, true to the personality, temperament and beauty of the breed.
 
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