Teaching your Vizsla puppy how to bring something to you is essential for both bird hunting and playing catch with your pet. It can also be a useful skill if you want your canine companion to bring you the morning newspaper when it is thrown in your garden.
Teaching your Vizsla tricks involves mentally stimulating it, reinforcing the bond between it and you, educating it, having fun, etc.
We have a variety of techniques and methods that you can use to teach your Vizsla how to fetch objects. These methods are as follows:
The Goofy Method
To get started, grab plenty of treats that your Vizsla loves and are easy for it to eat. Take a small container to put them inside and keep them close to you (it can be a treat bag or a small Ziploc bag).
Then grab a ball, stuffed animal, rubber bone, or a Frisbee (whatever you are going to use at the moment) and take your Vizsla to a spacious, quiet and safe area such as a fenced yard.
When you’re ready, get your dog’s attention by showing it the ball (or whatever object you’ve decided to use for training) and then throw it a few feet away.
If you see that your dog understood the exercise and picked up the ball, say “Bring it on” in an excited tone of voice, which will indicate that the dog has done something right. On the other hand, if your Vizsla has not returned at the first call, you have to get their attention by jumping up and down; waving your arms around and, in general, you must act excited and fun to encourage them to come back to you.
As soon as your Vizsla approaches you with the ball in its mouth, say “Drop it” or “Give it to me.”
If it didn’t listen to you the first time, hold a treat against its nose and place your other hand under its mouth until it drops the ball in your hand. When it does, you can give it the treat.
If your dog drops the ball before it reaches you, run to the ball and throw it a few more inches until your Vizsla picks it up again. When it does, back up quickly and say “Look for it” in an excited tone of voice and act upbeat until it comes up to you with the ball. Be sure to do that every time your canine drops the ball.
Repeat this process over and over every day until your Vizsla gets used to it.
You need to be consistent with training if you really want your Vizsla to learn to fetch things. To be more efficient, always have a bag with its favorite kibble as a reward.
The Run Away Method
Grab lots of small, easy-to-eat treats that your Vizsla dog loves, and a ball (or whatever object you’ve decided to use for training).
After you have everything ready, go with your canine to a quiet, spacious and safe place.
When everything is ready, call your dog and show it the ball. Throw the object a few feet from you, and as soon as your pet picks it up, say “Bring it on” with an excited voice. You can run away from it to chase you.
As soon as your Vizsla comes towards you with the ball in its mouth, congratulate it by placing a treat against its nose, while saying “Drop it” and putting your other hand under its mouth to catch the ball when it drops.
If your Vizsla drops the ball from its mouth while running after you, you have to run towards the ball and push it a little until it picks it up again. When your pet does, run away from it until it reaches you with the object in its mouth.
Repeat this step each time it drops the ball before reaching you.
Be consistent with training your Vizsla. You have to keep repeating the same processes every day or when you have time to play with your dog. That way, it will learn how to fetch objects.
The Leadership Method
Sit in front of your Vizsla dog and focus its attention on the object you are going to use, be it a ball, a stuffed animal, etc. First of all, it must be an object that your puppy likes and that is usually always something that catches its attention.
Allow your pet to sniff and bite the object before throwing it. When you see that it has an interest in the item, toss it up.
Two things can happen:
First: The normal thing would be for your canine to take the object and for you to call it to come to you, but some dogs drop the item on their way and come to their owner with nothing.
To do this, repeat the moment of playing with the object before launching it. Put emotion on it, because if your Vizsla feels that you are having a good time, it will return the item to you without thinking about it so that you can enjoy it more.
Second: Your Vizsla dog may grab the object but does not want to give it to you. Don’t take it off by force. In this case, it would be best to show it something more striking such as kibble or food, so that it loses interest in the object and releases it.
The moment your Vizsla has to bring the object and has to hand it over to you, it may refuse to drop it. Never take it off with force, because it will become a game of tug of war and competitiveness. At that time, your dog may feel that it has leadership and may even show aggressive behavior.
If your Vizsla dog successfully and calmly manages to give you the item, give it one of its favorite treats as a reward and repeat the process over and over until it’s completely mastered it.