Vizslas are beautiful dogs that are characterized by being energetic most of the time. They have a high level of physical activity which makes them perfect for hunting activities. This breed has a loving and sensitive personality, so they need to spend most of the day together with their owners and members of their human family.
Due to what we have mentioned above, we can say that these dogs get bored easily as they need to do any physical activity outdoors for their entertainment. In fact, it is essential to note that if they remain inside the house for a long time without doing anything, they can become destructive.
These types of situations usually occur when the owner of the Vizsla goes out to work or study. In these cases, the solution is to leave our pet some toys to entertain themselves. However, the situation becomes more complicated when the weather is bad.
Keeping Your Vizsla Entertained When the Weather is Bad
Vizslas love to run, jump, play or do any physical activity outdoors whether it be going for a walk, to the beach or a picnic in the park together with members of their human family. However, not every day is beautiful and sunny, so many times the person and his pet will face rainy and cloudy days. These are the worst days for the Vizslas.
It is important that you know the ways to entertain your Vizsla during bad weather days. The most common during these situations is to play various games with your pet:
Tug of War
Tug of War is one of the favorite and most popular games for dogs and is excellent to use as a way to entertain our Vizsla inside the house.
This game will work the mental and physical part of our canine, so it is an excellent option not only to entertain it but also to train it.
You can use an old towel or t-shirt to serve as the tug toy. You will only need a small space in your house so you will not have to worry about that. Additionally, Tug of War is a great way to teach your Vizsla manners so that they don’t bite anyone.
Search & Sniff Game
A great way to entertain your active Vizsla is through the Search & Sniff Game. This game consists of hiding some treats throughout the house for your dog to find them. Vizslas are characterized by having a good sense of smell as they develop it, especially for hunting activities. In the same way, Search & Sniff Game will help your Vizsla to train its nose much more.
You will decide the difficulty of the game depending on which places you choose to hide the treats. Try to hide them in areas that are not near any valuable object that your dog can break. Also, use delicious treats that your dog loves to make it feel more motivated during the game.
As your dog finds the treats, try increasing the difficulty of the game as that will make it more entertaining and fun for your Vizsla. Search & Sniff Game will not only help entertain your pet but also improve its sense of smell which is very useful during the hunt.
This toy has a special design to be able to hide treats inside it. Kong Stuffing is an efficient way to keep our Vizsla entertained for a while.
You can store any type of healthy food in a Kong for your dog to chew on. Your Vizsla will not want to drop it as it will smell the treat. It should be noted that this toy will keep the pet entertained for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Make sure the toy has an opening small enough to challenge your canine. However, this opening must be large enough for a piece of the treat to drop, since if that does not happen, your dog will begin to feel anxious and frustrated. The idea of the Kong Stuffing is to entertain our Vizsla, not stress it.
Another way to entertain our Vizsla at home during rainy or cloudy weather is by teaching it tricks. That is a good option not only to train your dog but also for it to learn to be more obedient.
There are many dog tricks that you can teach your pet. Some of them are:
- Shake hands.
- Sit pretty.
- Stand on hind legs.
- Roll Over.
- Play Dead.
- Bark on command.
There are many other tricks that you can teach a Vizsla so you can surely entertain it for hours. Besides, you can take advantage of these types of days not only to teach it new tricks but also to practice the ones it already knows.
You can take advantage of these moments at home with your Vizsla to help it exercise in a fun way. Agility exercises are a good option to develop your dog’s skills as well as keep it entertained.
What you can do is place obstacles inside the house so that your pet can train with them either by jumping over them, avoiding them, etc. It should be noted that you do not need any special equipment since it will be enough with objects that you have in your house. Some of them can be brooms, boxes, towels, chairs, tables, etc.
You can position the objects in a way that presents a fun challenge for your Vizsla. Also, thanks to many of the tricks mentioned in the previous point, your pet will have enough skill to overcome each obstacle quickly.
There are many other ways and games you can use to entertain your Vizsla indoors when the weather is bad. The only thing you have to do is use your imagination and according to the personality of your canine, choose the best activity for it. That way, you will keep your pet entertained during that time and further strengthen your bonds with it.