Vizsla training in Dorset

Hungarian Vizsla training for recall, lead pulling issues and general obedience.

As a qualified dog training instructor, I am getting more clients asking me to review their pet Hungarian Vizsla. The common issues I am asked to address are around recall training, the dog pulling on the lead and being over excited and demanding. The Vizsla has been bred as a working dog and therefore has lots of strength and durability. A couple of 20-minute walks per day are quickly going to lead to a very bored dog. This, in turn, will lead to training and behaviour issues.

Muttley Solutions specialises in working with gun dog breeds which are owned by owners who have decided not to work or compete with the dog. We provide a challenging and stimulating training package that will give you, the owner, a lot more confidence in controlling and having fun with your dog in various environments.

I am based near Wimborne and cover Corfe Mullen, Broadstone, Canford Heath and other areas local to Wimborne Minster. We also provide a training service out towards Poole and surrounding areas.

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Wirehaired Vizsla

A brief introduction to Hungarian Vizsla’s; why are they so popular?

Across the UK, the Hungarian Vizsla is one the fastest growing breeds of dog – and also one of my personal favourites. However, just ten years ago, it was a very rare sight to see one, whereas nowadays it is more of a challenge to go for a walk and not spot at least one on your travels!

The shorthaired Hungarian Vizsla does have a slightly rarer sister breed, too, the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, and although numbers are still very low, experts are predicting that demand will increase for these too. Why is that, though? What is making these dogs so popular?

Their history…

Before I get into what makes them popular, let’s take a little look at their history. Originating in Hungary (hence their name!), the two breeds are closely related and share a lot of similarities. Whilst the Hungarian Vizsla has been around for over 1,000 years, the Wirehaired Vizsla only first appeared during the 1930s and was an attempt by breeders to keep all of the desirable traits of its sister breed but with a heavier coat; meaning they were more robust and could take on more working roles.

The first Vizsla dogs are believed to have been imported into the United Kingdom during the Second World War, although the first actual recording of the breed by the Kennel Club was not until 1953. Slowly growing in popularity, by the mid-1960s, there were over 300 registered in the UK, whilst now there are hundreds.

Their purpose

Both the Hungarian Vizsla and the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla are considered an all-purpose breed of hunting dog and were often the dog of choice for Hungarian nobles and warlords. The Vizsla was originally bred for its hunting, pointing and retrieving capabilities, and after the outbreak of the First World War, they were often the dog of choice, regularly being dispatched as a dependable messenger dog.

Vizsla training in Dorset
Smooth coat Vizsla

Their personality traits and characteristics

Both breeds carrying an aristocratic bearing are incredibly friendly and welcoming to both people they know and strangers. Typically all the Hungarian Vizsla and the Wirehaired Vizsla wants is to be loved, making them a perfect family companion. In fact, both breeds are often referred to as ‘Velcro’ dogs as they love attaching themselves to humans!

Alongside their friendly nature, they are highly intelligent dogs and very inquisitive. They also require a lot of physical activity and human interaction, so it is important that any potential owners remember this when looking to welcome a Vizsla puppy to their family.

Being a very intelligent breed, they do require regular stimulation to keep them occupied and stop them from becoming bored; otherwise, they are known to be a little destructive in terms of chewing and digging. This is also possible if they are kept cooped up in smaller confines for too long.

They are very tolerant of other larger animals, although being former hunting dogs, they are known to be very inquisitive and potentially dangerous towards smaller things such as rodents and birds.

The Hungarian Vizsla is characterised by its short coat, whilst the Wirehaired Vizsla is noticeable for its slightly longer coat. Both are lean, medium-sized dogs and are renowned for their tapered muzzle and long drop ears. Typically, both breeds are some colour variation of tan and gold, a throwback to the camouflage needed for their hunting heritage.

With the right care and attention, the Hungarian Vizsla and the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla are very warm and friendly dogs that are perfect for families. 

Can you train my Vizsla to stop ignoring me when I call him?

We can improve your dog’s recall abilities with the right techniques and persistence. It’s about making you more fun to be around. I will also train you to be proactive in distraction environments and teach you to read the signs your dog tells you about what it will do next. There are various reasons your dog ignores you; part of the training will explore these. We will then put in techniques which help improve the recall.

My Vizsla does not like being left alone. Can you help with this?

The Vizsla is a prime candidate if a dog suffers from separation distress. The fact they want to be with us all the time is nice, but it can also be an issue when you need to leave them for a short while. They are well known as the ‘velcro dog’.
With the right training techniques, we can teach your dog that being on its own for a while is not an issue. This can take a while, but you can get there with patience.