Dogs are extraordinary pets that offer us companionship, love, and loyalty at all times. When a person acquires an animal of this type, his physical and mental condition generally improves considerably. That is because having a four-legged friend, we can do physical activities with it for most of the day, and therefore our emotional state will improve.
We know that there are many dog breeds around the world, and each one presents different characteristics, be it size, physical appearance, ability, habit, etc. One of the most interesting that we can find in various countries is the Vizsla.
This breed is characterized by having a friendly and affectionate personality with its owners and members of its human family.
However, it can also get along well with strangers, children, and other animals if it receives socialization training from a puppy. In addition, Vizslas are very active and energetic dogs with a high level of physical activity and are especially noted for their hunting skills.
Despite the fact that each breed of dog has its own characteristics, it is essential to bear in mind that most of these animals have a common habit that can be annoying for other people. We are referring to the tradition of jumping on other people. This situation can be uncomfortable not only for the people who experience it but also for the owners and members of the dog’s human family.
Training Vizsla Not to Jump
As we have said, it is important to educate our Vizsla and train it properly so that its behavior is the most appropriate not only at home but also in other places in the presence of other people. A well-trained dog will always be welcome anywhere.
It is normal for Vizslas to have the habit of jumping on people or children, considering that this dog is very active and energetic. It needs to exercise every day to release all the energy that it accumulates, as otherwise, it can develop destructive behavior.
Similarly, the Vizsla is characterized by suffering from separation anxiety. That means that this canine cannot stay alone for long as it needs the company of others. That’s one of the reasons why Vizslas often jump on people.
We have said before that when a dog, especially one belonging to a medium-large breed, jumps on a person, it could be not only annoying but also dangerous. In this case, we mean when a Vizsla jumps on a child.
Leaving a Vizsla alone in the presence of young children can be dangerous. The Vizsla has no bad intention but does not really know that jumping on a person, in this case, a child, is wrong. The main reason such a dog jumps on people is that they get excited when greeting them.
You should never reward these kinds of behaviors. You should always be aware of the moment in which your dog jumps on a person since that way, you can take the corresponding measures to let your canine know what it is doing is wrong. Many people make the mistake of petting or rewarding their dogs when they jump, but they are really letting the animal know that jumping on other people is okay.
To prevent your Vizsla from jumping on other people, you simply have to train it properly. A Vizsla will never jump on a person for reasons of intimidation or aggressiveness since we remember that these canines are usually very friendly in that regard.
However, suppose you notice that your Vizsla has symptoms of hostility when jumping on other people. In that case, something is definitely not right, so you have to go to a veterinarian or a competent trainer in that area.
There are several methods you can do to teach your Vizsla not to jump on people:
The Step Forward Method
This training is quite simple, but you need to have a lot of patience to be successful. The first thing you have to do is get your Vizsla’s attention. Once your pet is looking at you, you can proceed to keep treats in your pocket while your canine watches.
Get out of the house and stay outside for about 10 minutes (you can also do this step before going to work). The idea of this is to make your dog miss you and get excited when it sees you again. In case you decide to carry out this step when you go to work, be sure to leave someone at home to take care of the Vizsla.
Once you return home, your Vizsla will surely want to jump on you. When it does, take a step forward. That way, it will lose its balance, and you can let it know that you want your personal space to be respected. If you repeat this procedure several times, your Vizsla will stop trying to jump on you.
When you notice that your dog is no longer trying to jump on you, reward it with treats to let it know that it has done a good job. You can also choose to caress it. Getting a canine to stop jumping can take a long time, so it is recommended that you repeat the steps as many times as necessary until you do it completely.
The Sit Method
To carry out this training method, you will need to teach your Vizsla the “sit” command. This step is similar to the previous method. Put treats in a bag, and these, in turn, put them in your pocket. Leave the house for 10 minutes and then come back inside.
Wait for your canine to approach you to greet you and immediately tell it to sit through the command learned. That way, you won’t give it a chance to jump on you.
Every time your Vizsla sits down when you tell it, reward it with a treat or compliment.
Make sure you give it the treat without it is looking up. That way, you will prevent it from having the intention of jumping.
In the same way as the previous method, repeat each step in case your dog keeps jumping. You have to do this until your Vizsla is fully used to not jumping on other people.