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About the Author

Gay Gottlieb was born in Gloucestershire and spent her formative years in the country. She went to school in England and Switzerland and lived in Paris for some years. She welcomed her first Vizsla dog, Sh Ch Waidman Remus, in the early 1970s, shortly followed by a bitch, Sh Ch Galfrid Sofia at Russetmantle. Over the following four decades she studied and nurtured the breed dedicating her time and love to this most beautiful animal.

Gay Gottlieb with puppies

Achievement

In 2008 Gay Gottlieb was honoured to receive the prestigious 'Lifetime Achievement Award' presented by the Hungarian Vizsla Society.  To find out more about the award please click here.

Chapter 9 - Imprinting

A puppy is born with certain functional patterns, such as sucking and sleeping, that enable him to survive. As he grows from day to day, his behaviour is influenced by his earliest experiences. Therefore the way in which he is imprinted is vital to his welfare if he is to reach his full potential. Emotional sensitivity is a necessary part of the socialisation process and this (automatically) makes the puppy susceptible to psychological damage if he is not treated well. I am suggesting that those of us who have known a shy Vizsla, an aggressive Vizsla, an excitable Vizsla, a fussy one, the clinging type or the one that could not work, should not always put the blame on the poor gene and the well-worn pedigree. I am proposing that some of this behaviour could be a result of ignoring a critical need in our puppy's rearing.....

Extension to the puppies freedom
Extension to the puppies freedom

 

 

Subheadings in chapter 9

What is Imprinting?
The Critical Periods.
In Conclusion.