Untrustworthy, overly-excitable Hungarian Vizsla to obedient and manageable trained dog

A dog doesn’t need to be aggressive to be unmanageable. Earlier this year Ruby the Hungarian Vizsla came to us because she wouldn’t come back when called and was overly excitable around people.

The challenge – unmanageable behaviour

Ruby could not be trusted off the lead when she went out for walks because she would not come back and would jump up excitedly when she met people on walks or when visitors came to the house.

Her owners found that behaviour hard to manage and after finding our website and speaking to us on the phone, they agreed to send Ruby to us for four weeks of residential dog training.

What we did – correcting Ruby’s behaviour

When she arrived at WKD Trained Dogs Ruby was very distracted by everything going on around her so our trainers had to work hard to make sure she focused on them and that they were the centre of her world.

Our trainers got to know Ruby and discovered what motivated her, unsurprisingly it was dog treats. Ruby also wasn’t interesting in playing with a ball or playing fetch, so we taught her how to do this and she saw this as another reward.

Once our trainers understood what motivated her they began to teach her the right behaviours such as how to walk on the lead without pulling, how to come back when called and corrected any bad behaviour, for example running off or chasing our chickens or other dogs.

The result – the same loving dog but obedient and manageable

Four weeks later Ruby’s owners returned to pick her up and we carried out a handover, showing them all of the commands we taught her and gave them a set of guide notes. They were delighted to find that she was still the same loving and friendly dog but she was now much more manageable and obedient.

Ruby is now allowed off her lead every day on walks and always comes back when called, even when they are somewhere busy with lots of distractions such as people, children and other dogs. In the home she is also much more obedient and doesn’t jump up at visitors anymore and doesn’t jump up at people they meet when on her walks.

Here is a small snippet of the testimonial from Ruby’s owners, you can read the full testimonial on our testimonials page.

“This has turned out to be one of the best decisions we have made, Ruby remains our very friendly, lovable dog but she appears much happier and so are we, as she is much more obedient, therefore, more manageable in company and when out for walks…The training Ruby has received has given us confidence to take her anywhere knowing that she will be well behaved.”

If your dog is unmanageable on walks, boisterous or aggressive with other dogs or people or has any other behavioural issues, our residential dog training can be life-changing.

Call us on 01785 761 441 or fill in our contact form to find out how we can help you and your dog.

Want a trained family dog? Three breeds WKD Trained Dogs recommends

Trying to choose the right breed of your dog for your family can be difficult but there are three breeds were often recommend to our clients: Labrador Retriever, Hungarian Vizsla and the German Shorthaired Pointer.

We find all three breeds are intelligent, fun and perhaps most importantly, gentle around children. Read on to find out more about the three breeds we love and recommend at WKD Trained Dogs.

Labrador Retriever

Labradors are the most popular breed of dog in the world because of their lovable, fun, energetic but gentle nature which makes them the perfect choice for families with children and other pets.

Their gentle and intelligent nature also means they’re an excellent choice for people with disabilities, whether that’s as a companion dog or an assistance dog.

Last year a family with an autistic son came to us after reading research about the potential benefits dogs, especially Labradors, can give people with disabilities.

We trained a Black Labrador Retriever for them, who they named Hector. During the first few months of having Hector at home with them they didn’t notice much difference but then their son began talking to Hector and started to seek him out. (You can read a testimonial from the family on our testimonials page)

Interested in a trained Labrador? Visit our Trained Puppies and Trained Family Dogs page to take a look at the Labradors we currently have for sale.

Hungarian Vizsla

The Hungarian Vizsla (sometimes called the Magyar Vizsla) is a gundog that has been around since the 10th century where they were used as hunting dogs by Hungarian tribes.

Their loyal and affectionate nature has earned the Hungarian Vizsla the nickname ‘velcro dogs’.

Vizslas are gentle around children which makes them a great option for active families who have the time to exercise them daily.

Watch the video below to see Dylan, a Hungarian Vizsla, we recently trained and sold as a trained puppy.


There are currently no Hungarian Vizslas listed for sale on our website, but please contact us to find out if we have any in our kennels.

German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer was developed in Germany in the 19th century for hunting.

They are intelligent, affectionate and energetic and are suitable for active families who can exercise and let them run daily.

German Shorthaired Pointers usually get along with other animals and make good watchdogs.

There are no German Shorthaired Pointers listed as for sale on our website, but please get in touch with us to find out if we have any.

If you want a fun, energetic but gentle family dog we believe all three breeds are an excellent choice.

Not all of the dogs we have for sale are listed on our website so if you cannot see a Labrador, Hungarian Vizsla or German Shorthaired Pointer for sale please get in touch with us to find out if we have one available.

If we haven’t got the breed you’re interested in or you have specific requirements, we can source and train a dog to meet your exact requirements.

Call us on 01785 761 441 or fill in our contact form to begin the search for your perfect trained family dog.