Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Knoxville, TN
Dogs Name: Zeus, Ascomannis Tarzan
Titles: Zeus:CGC TDI BH Argo: BH CGC IPO 1 Kovu: BH
Dogs Age: 5
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People never cease to amaze me. A woman and her husband came out to the training facility this week for a private puppy class. I thought the little weim was maybe 8 weeks old. Turns out she was 12 weeks and had been with them since 6 weeks. I neutrally walked by, no eye contact, etc and the pup barked its head off then hid under the chair. Later on, I came up for the dog to 'greet me' and it took about 10 minutes for her to not be absolutely terrified of me. They were having all sorts of puppy problems. Danny asked the owner a few simple questions about where she came from (without flat out saying it), and it was extremely obvious that she was from a greeder.
They too, had no idea they were not supposed to take her out and about. I have to give them kudos for arranging private lessons, genuinely trying, and truly listening to the advice, but even with the best training in the world, that dog is going to have issues for the rest of its life.
I can't get the image of it out of my head. There was nothing blatently wrong with pup, but it just didn't look "right". Puppies that age usually seem so into everything and healthy. This poor girl looked like she was broken for lack of a better word.