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2 dozy pug owners at puppy class today

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by classixuk, Jul 12, 2009.


  1. classixuk

    classixuk PetForums VIP

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    Hi All,

    Went to puppy training class today for the second time and throughly enjoyed it. Paddy, my bouvier pup, did very well this week and did ALL parts of the agility course (tunnels, jumps and even the dog walk (the long plank of wood that is about 5ft high with ramps at either end to get on and off...I think that's what it is called).

    But what I am wanting to tell you about is that this beautiful little pug puppy came in, with it's 2 female owners.

    I suspected that they had never been to a puppy training class before, as they had perfect hair and make-up, designer jeans and heels on!! The puppy was on a pink diamante lead with a neckerchief around it.

    So there we all are, running around with our puppies in the sand (the puppy training is held in a horse riding school), and as we begin to practice a down/stay, I hear the instructor say (rather aloofly) to these 2 girlies, "No. We train people here. It's then up to you to take away what you have learned and train your dog throughout the week." LOL

    I think they actually thought that a "puppy training class" means "hand over the puppy and someone will train it whilst you watch" LOL.

    They didn't bother getting their pup to try any of the agility in the breaks, and the finale was towards the end when we were practicing our recall.

    There we were, stood on one side of the ring in a line, and one by one we were instructed to run to the other side of the hall whilst the instructor held our puppy, and then get puppy to "come" and "sit".

    These 2 girlies walked off to the other side of the ring as if they were heading on a night out. Wiggled their bums, flicked their hair and giggled with eachother, and all at a snails pace. It was as if they could never picture needing to recall their dog - perhaps they will only take him to the park in a Louis Vitton handbag?

    The instructor started getting pissed off, and shouted, "You'll have to get more exciting than that girls; your dog isn't even watching you walk away".

    On that, the 2 girlies took a few more steps away, then turned around but seemed too embarrassed to recall their dog properly. A half hearted name call, a lousy "c'mon". Well their little pup walked forward 3 steps, and then decided better for it. He simply turned around and came back to us lot.

    So, if you're thinking of taking a puppy to a puppy training class anytime soon and you are a puppy training class virgin...here are some tips...

    Before you check your hair and make-up, check you have the following 1. Puppy, 2. Collar, 3. Leash, 4. Treats in a bag that you can clip to yourself somehow (hot dogs cut up and placed in a food bag safety pinned to your belt are VERY popular, but cut them about as thin as a slice of pepperoni so your dog eats each piece fast!), 5. Poop bags, 6. Water, 7. Comfortable shoes as you will be running alongside your puppy!

    For your first visit, don't forget the vaccination papers etc.

    Anyone else have any funny stories from dog training sessions?
     
  2. peppapug

    peppapug PetForums Senior

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    OMG it is pug owners like that that give pugs a bad name!

    A pug that doesnt recall to it's owner (as they are the original velcro dog) has clearly not really bonded. so sad.

    don't let it tar your opinon of pugs they are not a handbag breed and they love a romp in the park! ;)
     
  3. Nicky09

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    At least they um took it to the class but yeah they give toy dog owners a bad name. Theres a pug at our agility class can outrun the jack russells and he's so smart its ridiculous.
     
  4. classixuk

    classixuk PetForums VIP

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    LOL. Don't worry Peppapug. My opinion of pug owners has not altered at all.

    I do feel very sorry for their dog though. Despite him being in a hall full of dogs and agility equipment - heaven for a pup! - these girls seemed more interested in keeping their stilettos clean.

    I doubt we'll see them back next week, but if we do (perhaps one of them might read this), I just hope that they come back with a changed attitude.

    IMHO, a dog (no matter the breed) is not a fashion accessory. A dog is not a surrogate child. A dog is not your "new best friend". A dog is first and foremost, a dog.

    I hope these girls allow this lovely pup to be just that. To think of him being hung up in their wardrobe along with the rest of their fashion accessories instead of out running in the park at the end of each day makes me feel a bit sorry for him.

    :confused:
     
  5. Inca's Mum

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    That's terrible, I mean seriously. WHAT DID THEY EXPECT?
     
  6. peppapug

    peppapug PetForums Senior

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    Oh really a good agility pug! i have thought of doing agility with mine but figured that figure was not made for speed! Maybe i will give it a go.

    As for the stilleto brigade, hand it back to the breeder and let it find a real DOG owner :eek:ut:
     
  7. Nicky09

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    Yeah the 2 Jack Russells are not impressed this little snorting thing can beat them but anyway. He's a beautiful pug very agile, slim no real breathing problems. Probably wouldn't win in the show ring but anyway. Take yours along and let it have a go most dogs can do agility to some degree the funniest I ever saw a peke with an agility championship that little guy could jump.
     
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  8. justenuf

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    Hmmmmmmmmm........ interesting............

    I thought dogs were not supposed to start agility until they were at least 12 months old................. 18 months to compete......... I can't think of any decent pug breeders that would like to hear their babies have been made to jump at a young age..............

    You are probably right....it is likely these 2 girls had never been to a training class before...............therefore they wouldn't know what was expected of them or what to wear to blend in with the 'doggy' people..........

    Maybe a quiet friendly word of advise would have been appreciated, A " Hi, are you new to this......it might be better for you if......"........embarrassed I bet they were.................let's hope they manage to find a training club for their baby where they are not judged for what they look like and wear....... and that doesn't allow puppies to do things that might injure them before their bones are fully developed........

    Mental Note To Self........
    1. Leave make up off
    2. Don't wear heels in the ring
    3. Never wear designer clothes ( not that I can afford them)
    AND
    4. Never again take my champion dog to Crufts in his collar with diamonds (pretend of course) on it and his Welsh bandana

    Heaven forbid....someone might think I am dozy..................
     
  9. Nicky09

    Nicky09 PetForums VIP

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    Thats actually a good point with the agility but there are puppy classes with very low jumps if any and the dog walk etc which they can do when puppies.
     
  10. peppapug

    peppapug PetForums Senior

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    :blushing: both mine have dimante collars.......shhhhh!
     
  11. classixuk

    classixuk PetForums VIP

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    Whoops. Looks like I might have ruffled someone's feathers. Not my intention.

    But just to clear a few things up...

    The "agility" isn't a hard course at all, it's simply used for 5 minute breaks in between 15 minute training sessions.

    Here's an actual picture of the place with the tunnel, jumps, dog walk etc. set up.

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    I really do believe that there is more risk to growing puppies' joints from running in the park, than running through that blue tunnel in the picture.

    Nobody had a chance to talk to these 2 girls before class started, as they turned up late.

    I personally didn't judge them for what they wore, but more their attitude towards their dog and the absolute credence that their appearance took over the dog's personal needs.

    Take the tunnel for instance. One handler holds the pup at one end, whilst the other goes to the exit and calls the pup's name. Pup gets the confidence to try it and is rewarded at the other end. It does however, involve kneeling down in the sand so that pup can see and hear you at the other end. The girls took one look at us sand covered owners before screwing up their faces and 'bypassing' that one.

    The jumps? Well, they're one level high (the puppies can step over them if needs be). Nope, bypassed.

    Recall? Run across the hall, crouch down, put your arms out and excitedly call pup's name and a 'come' command. These girls were "too cool" to either run, crouch down or get excited. Result? Theirs was the only pup that didn't move.

    It was a real shame to see such a fine specimen of a dog missing out because of his owners perceived "street cred".

    I just wondered whether these girls got a dog for the right reasons? They were more Paris Hilton in their approach than Barbara Woodhouse, that's for sure.

    Anyway, hopefully they will be back next week and get a chance to let puppy pug get socialised.

    Well done to you with what you have achieved with your dog. It takes a lot of effort, patience and knowledge to achieve that level of prestige and I respect you for it.
     
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  12. Nicky09

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    That course looks fine to me even for puppies I would just be a little worried about especially a Bouvier puppy doing any excess amount of exercise they're so heavy but that course just looks like fun.
     
  13. justenuf

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    Feathers unruffled !!!!!!!

    Don't very often answer things like that but it hit a nerve.......... I and my children have been judged before now for not conforming to the majority and it is one of the few things that really grate...........
    The course looks fun, although I would still be wary of jumps and yes, maybe they are a bit unreaslistic in their approach.........but everyone has to learn.........some take a long, long time......... Perhaps someone could take them 'under their wing' for the sake of the little puglet........
    Thanks for the end comments...........I don't think I'm anything special or at all wise............I'm just lucky to have amazing dogs !!!!!:D
     
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