Living With A
Like most of the vallhund owners
we know, we can't imagine ever wanting another breed. But is a vallhund
right for you?
Vallhunds are velcro dogs. This is not a dog to be left alone
all day and see her family for a couple of hours in the evening. This is a
herding breed. Herding dogs have been bred to work with and be a partner
to their human. Your vallhund needs to be included in your daily life and
live in your home. Although they are energetic and should have
regular exercise, they will be happy to curl up with you if you are having a
quiet day. They just want to be with you.
are slow to mature and very outwardly focused as a puppy. (If you
are going to herd those cattle you need to be able to keep an eye on
your surroundings.) Early puppy training and puppy socialization
are very important, but don't expect to win many obedience prizes
during that first 18 months. Somewhere between 18 and 20 months
your dog will "miraculously" start to pay attention to you.
Clicker training is an ideal method with these dogs. Valls react
very well to positive training methods.
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