How To Raise & Train A Vizsla
We brought home our new Vizsla puppy, Zooka, in 2019 and are documenting his growth, development and training. We post text, video and image updates to this page, as well as to our email magazine and social channels. You can use our posts as a guide to help you raise your own puppy, even if they are not a Vizsla. Keep in mind that different breeds might develop at different rates, so while you can do these things with any breed, your breed might need certain things at slightly different stages or ages.
Articles, videos and infographics on how to raise and train a Vizsla
- Week 1: Introduction to calming music and biosensor early neurological stimulation
- Week 2: introduction to stuffed animals, distinct odors through essential oils, sound desensitizing music and toenail clipping
- Week 3: Introduction to more toys, textures, sounds and goats’ milk
- Week 4: Met a new dog, getting more outside time, beginning to wean pups off mom
- Week 5: getting started on housetraining, crate training, recall (come when called) and eating a raw diet
- Week 6: field trip offsite, Puppy Party, new people and beginning clicker training
- Week 7: field trips – horse barn, farmers market and a pool party!
- Week 8: more field trips, temperament and conformation evaluations, and heading to new homes
- Setting up for a new puppy
- Road trip to North Carolina to pick up our Vizsla puppy, Zooka
- Week 9: pick up Zooka from the breeder in North Carolina and settle in at home in Colorado with our eating, exercise, training and sleeping routines
- Weeks 10 and 11: intro to new dogs, field trip, kiddie pool and new obstacles
- Week 12: Pool party, more play dates, continued training, more field trips
- Week 13: More play dates, more field trips, continue Puppy Class, start Shaping in our training
- Week 14: More play dates, more training, more field trips
- Zooka’s ER visit and surgery
- Week 15: Play date, pool party, ER visit, surgery for rock obstructing his GI system
- Week 16: Lots more training; more mental stimulation due to limited activity for surgery recuperation
- Week 17: continued limited physical activity; more training & mental stimulation; return to walks & field trips
- Week 18: lots of play dates, more outings, raising expectations and adding new things into our training
- Week 19: progressing with training, continue play dates and outings, discovered the joy of DIGGING!
- Week 20: traversing full flight of stairs on his own; continuing training, outings and play dates
- Week 21: Losing puppy teeth, more play dates, and our first overnight trip to the mountains!
- Week 22: continued stay away from home and learning first steps to a fetch/retrieve
- Week 23: continued training w Heel, Fetch, Stay, etc.; first overnight human visitor, lots of play with other dogs