There are many types of pets (dogs, cats, snakes, birds, rodents, etc.) that many people acquire, depending on their tastes and interests. Each of them has different characteristics, both physically and emotionally.
Bringing a pet home is a joy for the whole family. As we all know, dogs are the most popular and common pets worldwide due to the loyalty, affection, and other benefits they offer. Each canine has a characteristic that identifies it and clearly differentiates it from other breeds, whether in terms of physical appearance, personality, behavior, etc.
One of the most interesting dogs, especially from an emotional point of view, is the Vizsla. These canines are affectionate and attached to their loved ones, especially their owners.
They love spending time with members of their human family, whether it be playing games or receiving training. Vizslas can get along well with strangers and other animals, but they need socialization training since they are puppies.
One of the negative aspects of this breed of dog is its tendency to suffer from separation anxiety. That is because these canines generally begin to feel anxious and sad when they are left alone for a long time, causing them to develop destructive behaviors affecting their emotional state. These dogs need the company of their loved ones (owners and members of their human family) most of the time.
We have mentioned the concept of separation anxiety earlier. It is essential to know about this disorder before you can determine if these types of dogs can be left alone.
What is Vizsla Separation Anxiety?
Separation anxiety is a behavioral problem suffered by most breeds of dogs when they are left home alone or separated from their owners for long periods. In fact, some canines become anxious simply by losing eye contact with their loved ones, although that will depend exclusively on the specific personality of each Vizsla.
It is vital that we know a little about some of the causes that generate separation anxiety in dogs. Some of them have to do with when the canine is left alone at home (or anywhere else) for several hours.
Traumatic situations and experiences can also generate a state of anxiety in Vizslas. Another common cause is the change in family routine which often affects the emotional state of these canines.
Can a Vizsla Really Be Left Home Alone?
Vizsla should not be left alone at home. In general, almost no dog should be left alone for more than 3 hours. Canines also have emotions like humans.
They are susceptible animals that can suffer from separation anxiety. They will need a lot of attention from you, so they are not ideal for owners who travel a lot or spend a lot of time away from home.
Notably, Vizslas can be trained to reduce this condition. That way, they will be able to stay home alone for longer but not too long.
If you live with several members of your family, you can leave your canine with one of them while you go to work. In the same way, you can ask a neighbor to help you take care of your Vizsla while you are away, although this option is not recommended if you work every day.
It is important to note that this breed of dog is very active and energetic, so it needs to do many exercises every day. These canines need 2 exercise sessions a day, each lasting 1 or 2 hours. That is good for them as it keeps them healthy, and they spend quality time with their human family. That will allow your pet to stay home for more hours.
Consequences of Leaving Your Vizsla Alone for Many Hours
When a dog of this type is left alone and away from its loved ones for a long time, it is normal for them to develop inappropriate behaviors:
Vizsla Destructive Behavior
Generally, this behavior occurs in dogs that suffer from separation anxiety. As noted above, Vizslas suffer from this disorder, so they can feel sad or angry when left home alone for several hours.
We have to bear in mind that these dogs tend to get bored easily since they are known to be energetic and require a lot of exercise daily. If you do not provide Vizslas entertainment through training, walks, games, etc., it will show destructive behavior by biting and breaking various things in your home.
Each pet of this type has its own personality. Some may be calmer while others not so much. Regardless of the case, if you leave your Vizsla alone at home for many hours, it is likely to start barking loudly. This situation will annoy or irritate your neighbors, and that could be a big problem.
Erratic Vizsla Behavior When It Sees You
After so many hours of waiting, your Vizsla could feel very excited to see you, leading it to show erratic behavior. Your pet may start to jump on you looking for affection, which could be a bit annoying for you.
Vizsla Urine and Feces Accidents
Like humans, animals also need to relieve themselves. Unfortunately, when you are not at home, they cannot go out on their own to urinate or defecate. That is a problem since if your Vizsla has been holding the urge to relieve itself for some hours, that feeling will intensify, and it will be more impatient. In the end, the canine will end up expelling everything inside the house.
Vizsla Training Process
These types of training will help reduce the separation anxiety that your dog presents.
If we want to help our dog in this aspect, we can do it through two types of training:
- Obedience training.
- Crate training.
Obedience Training to Reduce Separation Anxiety
Teaching your dog the basic commands will allow it to build good habits progressively. That means that it will be difficult to engage in unwanted behaviors outside the range of what you have taught it.
Teach it to sit, stay, or lie down somewhere in the house while you are not with it. You can do that through various commands:
Hold a treat in your hand to get your Vizsla’s attention. Move it slowly over its head to make it sit automatically. Quickly say “yes” and reward it with the treat.
Command your dog to sit and then say “stay” so that it does not move from its place. Take a step back and say “yes” and praise your dog if it has stayed in the same place. If not, say “no” in a firm tone of voice and repeat the process until it suits.
You have to teach your dog to be respectful and polite to you, the members of its human family, and even the guests who come to your house. Never pet or praise it when it does something that may be annoying to other people. All this will allow your dog to be more independent and have confidence in itself.
Crate Training to Reduce Vizsla Separation Anxiety
Place the crate in a suitable place in the house for your Vizsla. This space has to be where family members spend time. Also, make sure that the site you choose has perfect temperatures for your Vizsla; that is, it should not be so cold but not so hot.
The training consists of accustoming your Vizsla to stay inside the crate for short periods and little by little increase that time. Place inside the crate things that make your canine happy such as its favorite toy, a bed or blanket, treats, etc.
Once your dog is used to entering the crate, you can start giving it its favorite foods. That is very important since, as we know, any type of dog loves to eat. Therefore, if your canine eats inside the crate, it will associate it with a pleasant moment and always want to return there. Make sure always to keep the crate door open so your dog doesn’t lose confidence.
If your dog has already gotten used to eating inside the crate, you can close the door. Every time it finishes eating, open the door, so your pet can come out with complete confidence. That will allow it to enter without fear the next time.
Progressively increase the time your pet stays inside the crate. That will allow your Vizsla to be protected and confident in the moments when you are not at home.
Recommendations While You are Away from Home
Spending a lot of time away from home due to work is the most common problem dog owners have. As we’ve already said, Vizslas tend to suffer from separation anxiety, so leaving them alone is not the best option.
Apart from training, it is recommended that you ask a family member or friend to regularly supervise your canine and verify that everything is fine. In case you don’t have these people, you can hire a dog sitter to do it.