Living With A Vallhund

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. 

Vallhunds 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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