The Bird Dog, The Fuzz Ball, Toop, Toopenator, Quantum Physics, QP. She has many names!
What you should know
Name: Konza Vadasz Quivira AKA: QP Born: 8/4/2004
Occupation: Bird Dog #9
Favorite Toy: Live Squirrels
INSIDER INFO: I earned my Intl CH but mom never turned in my paperwork!
Favorite Hunting Spot: Quivira Park, Duh!
NAVHDA Testing: NA Prize 1 112 pts
So a few years after getting Zephyr, Bryan wanted to get a hunting dog. Since we were at dog shows we started looking at the AKC breeds. The Spinone caught our eyes right away and we seriously considered the breed, but size became a clear issue. That and at the time, Bryan wanted a dog I couldn’t steal from him and turn into a “show dog.”
A few more years go by, Bryan continues to be frustrated by the dogs (retrievers) his friends hunt with. And we come across a list of Versatile Breeds. Taking off the AKC recognized breeds, the list got smaller and 2 breeds caught our eye. Wirehaired Vizsla and the Portuguese Pointer.
So as you may know, some of my dogs have come to me by chance. This too played a role in the breed we chose. The only breeder of P. Pointer I could find, did not answer her phone. My second call was to Deb Wall of Konza Vadasz Wirehaired Vizsla. Deb answered the phone, HA!
We talked about the breed, what Bryan was looking for in a hunting dog. The Wirehaired Vizsla fit Bryan's list well and just our luck...Deb had a puppy available. QP was 5 months old, she had been kept back from her litter for Deb to sell as a started dog. Well, that was not to be. We visited a WV family CO one week later. Abby was a great ambassador for her breed and one week after that, we drove out to KS and picked up QP.
We joined our local NAVHDA chapter at the encouragement of Deb, and later found a GSP trainer who we thought would help us in our training. Bryan attended 2 NAVHDA training days and we were working with the GSP trainer weekly. All leading up to QPs NA Test. As you can see QP did very well on her test, in season I might add!
BUT, as owners of our first bird dog, and even with all my years of dog training. We made several crucial mistakes in QPs training. She got incredibly board with the training by the GSP guy and in hindsight didn’t get enough retrieving work. Later we tried to introduce the Hold n Carry as a step in the Force Fetch. She did ok with the Hold n Carry but moving on to the Force Fetch and QP shut down. Way down!!!
QP has been off training and limited hunting for the last years, we wanted to just step back and keep things fun for her. What we have created is a “who’s gonna get out of the box today” kinda dog. When she wants to hunt or train, its beautiful to watch, if not, she is gonna play, bump birds, ignore, or even run behind you.
SO we are moving forward with her, but in a non-traditional way. I put QP through a Rally class and upon graduation I was told "You know she hates this, right?!" It was true, why o why would you sit, take a step, sit again, just dumb. Dumb, mom, Dumb.
QP has enjoyed limited hunting trips, due to health, the last few years and we will continue to try to not insult her intelligence.