Vizsla Question

I have a 5 month old Vizsla who does not calm down! He gets plenty of exercise. I walk/run...

I have a 5 month old Vizsla who does not calm down! He gets plenty of exercise. I walk/run with him every day 3-5 miles in the morning. we play ball with him everyday. I have an 8,10 and 12 year old kids that walk him again in the evening and play outside with him on 3 1/2 acres where he is free to run as much as he wants. The problem is, at 9 at night he starts racing thru the house and I can't get him to calm down before 11 pm. Thats with benadryl. Per the vets recommendation . I'm exhausted. My entire day is spend trying to wear him out, and it's not working. Please help!

    In Vizsla - Asked by Anonymous - 5/21/2012 10:29:46 PM
I have had a vizsla for 8 years and we have had similar problems. She did not start to settle down until she was about 6, even though she does still have a lot of energy. Some friends of ours have a vizsla and have a creative way of addressing the situation... a treadmill. I'm not quite sure how they went about training the dog, but he will run on the treadmill for an hour, twice a day. I wish I would have thought of this when our vizsla was young!
    Answered by Anonymous - 6/16/2012 9:20:15 PM

Hi - I have a 5 month old viszla and yes I am learning what a huge life change this is. My puppy has about 7 walks a day and one of her main ones is in a local park where there are lots of other dogs. She has formed friendships with some of them and plays hard which tires her out. The other thing I am doing is training her to accompany me on the bike. This is going well and, whilst it takes lots of practice to ensure no injuries or strains (i.e. the bike ride is solely about the dog not the bike) it's going to save our sanities over the coming years. She is a joy - but she could do with an army of carers! The bike and other dogs help a lot.
    Answered by Anonymous - 10/9/2012 10:56:49 AM

I have noticed that this question was brought up about 6 months ago, you may be beyond what I can suggest, we have our Vizsla kennel trained. We did this with him since he was a pup. We put him in a kennel at night around 9 o'clock in the evening and shut off everything letting him know that at that time of night it was time to sleep or rest time. At first of course he didn't like it and there were some long nights but you have to keep with the consistancy of it and they do learn. He now goes to the kennel when he wants to get away from everyone. He is now 7 years old and is still just as hyper as he was when he was a puppy that never changed. We have been around others who also have a Vizsla and they are in there teens and still need to keep the energy going with them.
    Answered by Anonymous - 11/23/2012 1:02:28 PM

    Answered by Anonymous - 8/10/2013 3:33:56 PM

Treadmill saved my life. make sure they relieve themselves afteer about a mile take them potty aagaiin then another 2 miles. My vizsla would go on it every morning for me and sometimes in the late afternoon if AFTER the walks runs and ball time he was still nuts. We do triathlons, Husband runs him 15 miles 2 to 3 days a week, 7 minute pace and the dog is ready for more when he walks through the door not even panting. he will be 4 in October and has calmed a lot. plus, i am deaf, so I gave him a job, training to be service dog. I cant stress enough how important it is to work their minds, an hour in the mall with me does more than a 2 hour run. when he has to focus and pay attention and stay calm, it takes more out of him than a day in the woods ever could. I rescued him at 10 months so you can imagine with no training what this bullet of a dog was like...crazy
    Answered by Anonymous - 6/29/2014 12:36:26 PM

I have 6 months old Vizsla female and she has so much energy. We take her usually once a day to the dog park for 1 hour (more or less depending on time available) and that does its magic. Also if you have time to take your dog somewhere for a walk off leash where she can actually run and feel free and pretend hunting, that will be helpful to. No matter how many walks on leash a day you make, they still need their 1 hour per day off leash running. Also, very important for these smart dogs is that you need to train their mind. Introduce him to words find and hide toys and treats around the house and have him find it. He will be so tired after that and you dont need to exercise. And somebody made really good point, they dont have turn off button, you need to give them time off in the crate, they will cry but crash after 5 min. Good luck!
    Answered by Anonymous - 8/27/2014 9:44:45 AM