Sunday, July 25, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Vizslas are a fairly rare breed.
You hardly ever see them.
So, there must not be many breeders or kennels, right?
Well Skip Wonnell made up a quick kennel name list earlier in the week.
These are just North American kennels.
Our little Chloe is almost three.
all I could think of...
kick em up
king o'the fields
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
As "hard" as Bailey is, Chloe is "soft" in a good way. She is not weak or timid, just soft. This is a term often used for Vizslas and I have come to see it in our now three-year-old girl.
In an earlier post about buying a Vizsla, the topic of the "temperament evaluation" was touched upon.
In each litter, there will be a wide range of personalities of each pup. Chloe was the "runt" of a liter of six pups. We first saw all six pups at 4-days-old. We had to wait until week 6 to find out that "black girl" was going to be coming home with us. Each pup is named by it's colored collar and the breeder had to wait for the evaluation by Rita Martinez to see which pup should go to which potential new home. This occurred at about 5 weeks old.
Chloe's personality fit with us well.
A busy, balanced and quick witted little girl. Enjoy - she's going to make you laugh and pull your hair!
Confidence: This girl is able to self entertain and play alone as well as solicit interaction from humans. She is not a bully, but also does not let another bully her.
Agility: She is agile and fast, watches her environment and notices motion.
Activity: This is a busy girl. She will go until she is exhausted and then crash.
Awareness: Nothing much goes unnoticed
Things to be aware of:
- Social Skills: She plays well within the group, but expects some respect from the others.
- Senses: She is visually triggered.
- Competition: She doesn't intend to be last or left out of anything.
- Caution: Not as cautious as I would expect the smallest and next to last whelped to be.
Puppy socialization is going to be wonderful for her. She will gain a lot from being with other types of dogs of different sizes. She will no doubt be shocked that others are clumsy, since she is anything but.
This is a fast little gal - able to be very good at any dog sport. Always keep in mind that a dog is thinking as fast as it is moving. She will keep her humans busy trying to keep up for quite awhile
Play physical and mental games with her. She is very bright and needs to be stimulated mentally as well as physically. She is much too aware of everything to let her be bored. This is a girl that will self entertain and have a party of her own if left on her own. The quickest way to calm her down will be to work with her on something that requires her to think.
Socialize her to many situations. A dog that is this busy and aware needs to learn early to be comfortable in new places and hear new noises, etc. To avoid that part of her training could cause some fear sorts of opinions on her part. Better to over-socialize than to try to explain that everything is ok later on.
Dog Body, Dog Mind: Exploring Canine Consciousness and Total Well-Being
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Just a little over a year ago Bailey first worked on honoring another dog's point. This was done in a cow field in Santa Rosa area with Joe Lanlois and his GSP Sandy.
Now Bailey has been asked to honor another GSP during today's training.
It is very easy to take a picture of Bailey on point these days. He holds HARD on point.
His honors were too far away to have the GSP in the pictures.
I never get tired of seeing Bailey on point.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
We had the book Right Dog For You on our living room bookshelf for five years before we chose our Vizslas.
The below article was taken from the above website (edited for clarity):
"If you are planning to purchase a Vizsla puppy for your family, there are a few things you should know and consider.
The first is words you should be aware of.
These are Family, Loyalty, Energy, Tail, Intelligent, Patience, Persistence, Rewarding, Trying, Versatile, Love, Exercise, Creativity, Surfing, Nose, Vet Bills, Food, Toys, Bedding.
We get our fair share of Vizslas into rescue from people who had researched information on the internet, which I understand is good.
The Vizsla can be a wonderful pet.
To clarify something, like people, all Vizsla are not created equal.
That is why a good Vizsla breeder will "temperament test" puppies and try to place them into a home that matches the test results.
Picking your own puppy from a litter is not always the best idea. Be honest when a breeder ask you questions. These questions are asked to protect you and the dog.
Taking a Vizsla into your home is a large responsibility, as their life span can be up to 15 years.
Living with one is like having a child.
Vizslas are typically slow to mature. You could end up with a 2-year-old puppy.
They are family oriented.
Don’t stick them in the back yard and expect to have a happy life.
Don’t get one if everyone in the house is not excited about having it.
Expect the dog to be loyal and full of energy. To live peaceably with a Vizsla you must find some way to channel that energy.
The tail, while relative short, starts wagging around mid body and can unintentionally knock a small child down or deliver a series of sharp whacks to your hand or legs.
Intelligent is a common word used to describe a Vizsla. I am a firm believer there are people out there that are not smart enough to own one.
Patience, persistence, and rewarding are words that could be used to describe the training of a Vizsla. They do not respond well to heavy-handed training, but can be quick learners. Some are very head strong.
Watching them execute their training can be rewarding for both their master and others.
Versatile is another word used to describe a Vizsla. The breed can be used for hunting, retrieving, conformation, agility, fly ball, tracking, obedience, search and rescue, seeing eye dog, couch potato and last but not least lap dog.
While they could probably be taught to wave surf they are best suited for counter surfing.
We, as humans, sometimes have hereditary problems that are passed from generation to generation.
While many people know of their hereditary history, some choose not to pass their problems on to their descendants.
Some people only find out of hereditary problems too late and those problems are passed on to their children.
Many people, who breed animals, are in the second group of people I just described, except that they just don’t care. After they get your money any problems they have bred become your problems.
Over the years, pure-bred animals have evolved into many different lines.
Each line depicting assets and traits admired by the breeder of that particular line.
Although descendants from the many lines may look similar, believe me they are not.
There are thing in these lines of animals that may clash with or enhance the offspring of a breeding.
It takes much investigation and ancestral research on a breeders part to satisfy themselves which individuals in the hereditary lines of animals are most likely to produce desired effects when bred.
Even with such research results are not always quite as desired.
What you want in a dog for your family is a loyal and loving animal that is
protective, smart and economical to care for.
While health and temperament problems are some of the problems we see in our rescue program that is not the biggest problem.
The biggest problem is the unscrupulous breeders that are the largest contributors of dogs to our rescue program.
They will acquire several bitch puppies and in five short years will have had four litters with the bitches.
With little care and the lack of vitamin and calcium supplements for the mothers, by the end of 5 years the poor females are worn out and then they are dumped into the dog pound or worse yet dumped onto the street to fend for themselves.
This abuse of dogs will continue as long as puppy buyers continue to support this kind of activity.
If you do your research, have patience in getting your puppy and assure yourself the breeder you pick has the welfare of the puppy at heart, you as a puppy buyer will have done the breed you pick a huge favor.
We can continue taking in and placing rescue dogs, but only you, as a puppy buyer, can stop this cruelty to animals.