By the way Sophie, one of the new pictures I posted of Walker is how he used to stack when I showed him so many years ago now. I shall put a comment on it for you should you be interested in looking again.
Hi Sophie I am really glad that your breeder has done all the right things and that Milo has grown out of it. Funnily enough Hektor has a sister as well as 6 brothers but I think Annie has gone elsewhere now so it will be nice for Milo to meet her though I have found they do not really recognise each other as siblings once they have parted. Bye the way I have left you messages on Doggysnaps. Helena
Sophie, I have left you a message re the gagging and pasing out. Ask your Vet to check his soft palate first in case he has an elongated one as this could be the reason for him passing out, as Stenotic Nares are often found to be with the first one have this checked too. I hope this helps. As for the Breeder, so many will not face up to the fact that their dogs are not right, but they still take the money for it. Though I have to say my breeder had one of Hektor's brothers checked for the same problem, but was told by her Vet that he would be fine. I don't suppose she told you to take your pup to your Vet for checking when you got him and I don't suppose she had him vet checked when she gave him to you? Regards Helena
Sophie I am going to be as objective with my answer as possible perhaps it will help, perhaps not, I like your idea of the kindness collar, I used a gold link collar myself. About the leads, here is where it gets a little sticky.....I have used both colours and like them both and was of the same thinking as your mother with the blending in, my thought was to not have anything detract from my dog, and it worked quite well, but frankly I used the black lead more, and not because it is a standard colour if you will, it simply gives a connection between dog and handler that is appealing to the eye. You have asked me an interesting question, frankly, were I to show again, I would use the black. Hope this helped. And don't forget the can thing for the table stack, it works very well as a training aid
Yes it was referencing Milo, perhaps a specialist would be in order, certainly from the way you describe it, it doesn't sound (or isn't)like anything Walker has experienced over the last 10 years with epilepsy, just don't know, and am certainly not a professional by any stretch of the word. He is still quite young, and I can understand the reluctance to show him. I pulled Walker from the show circuit after he had his first seizure, for me it was not ethical to show and finish a dog with a defect, that is not what showing should be about. Regrettably there are those that don't hold to the same standards that I do. Any way I look at it, he is still an exceptional dog, absolutely beautiful in my eyes. I have judged in the far past, were he in my ring, for him to be topped would have to be just a knock me down forever gorgeous dog going against him. I do hope you pursue what is happening to him and get it corrected if possible.
You haven't explained just what it is he is doing, my guess would be reverse sneezing, this is a common occurrence with snout nose breeds, if not a frequent occurrence usually nothing to be concerned about. You can get him to stop doing it by getting his attention focused on something else that he likes to do, or treats, something to play with, pretty much anything will pull him away from doing it. If it is real frequent, may wish to pay a visit to the Vet to get professional advise.
A little trick to get him to stack properly on a table is to get some large tin cans, place them on the table (4 of them) then place his feet on the can. He will balance on them, get him used to doing that first, then start moving the cans to positions you wish his legs to be at (touch his leg while doing it) after some practice he will allow you to move his legs into position and keep them there. This is a very good method and with patience works quite well, make certain the cans are large enough, not small ones. This method is good for the table and will also transfer itself when he stacks on the ground. And there is a little trick for you. Also best to have peawee away from him at first, then introduce Peawee to the training so as to help Milo keep his attention on what he is doing instead of Peawee, just remember have someone with peawee so he will not actually come in contact with Milo. You are correct with those that bread Milo, they could go either way with what they tell you, hopefully they will help you with what you wish to do. I would.
Hey Sophie, I was reading your comments about training Milo. He is absolutely a gorgeous pug. My Puga also came from a breeder that bred show pugs. Puga's mom was a national champion. Yes she did keep the pups she thought were show quality and sold the others. My Puga she said was very close to show quality but they are sooo picky. She said Puga was just a bit to long and something else I can't remember now that wasn't up to total snuff in the "show" world. Ask your breeder why they sold Milo instead of keeping him to show. I'm sure it's some minor thing that they new might keep him from placing. BTW I am noooo expert by any means just going by what my breeder told me. Milo is perfect in my opinion. :)
Ive trained him to heel by my leftside already for walks but he gets excited around other dogs sometimes, sometimes hes not interested i think it depends on how much energy he has at the time perhaps. My only problem with him being handled is that he would lick the hands off of whoever comes near him. Ive tried training him to 'stack' many times before but when i attempt to move his leg into position he likes to sit down. Hmm, ill just keep trying i suppose. I just wish i could have started training like that from a very young age but his breeders wouldnt let me have him until about 15 weeks old, but i chose him about 9 weeks. But my mum had her pug at 9 weeks and i could easily clip his nails without him freaking out also he seems more socialised to noises rather than milo but im working hard at building his confidence :p milo nearly has a heart attack when a nail trimmer goes anywhere near his paws. hehe. Hense why ive had to buy a dremel. Ill look around for show leads, havent been able to find any good ones in the UK, maybe ill keep an eye out on ebay or something. We're off to dog training again tonight so hell get to see a few different dogs, collies and spaniels and whatnot. I havent been able to train him much lately since getting peawee cus peawee likes to jump all over him when i try. Ill just have to go to a quiet room and train him those things. Could be quite fun to show him! Ill have to see what his breeders think, theyve judged before and shown. but their opinion may be biased. Oh well, im sure theyll be honest. Don't breeders usually keep the show quality pups? Milo seems show quality to me...Ah well.
Sophie, if you do go show with him and you have not already started, you need to get a show lead along with collar. Start teaching out and back's, with him on heel left side. Teach L's, at the end of the L you must turn him around to go back to the beginning, when turning insure he stays on you left and turns in unison with you. Also teach stack and stand, and how to be handled by another person while he is on table. When you can get him to perform these functions with you without a lead, he will really be ready for the ring. These moves are for Conformation showing, it would be good to expose him to many other breeds of dogs for good interaction with them. Very important for he will be around many different breeds while at show. I truely hope that you will dicide to show him, it is much fun, and great discipline for both of you.
Thank you so much for the invite. I cannot help but chuckle everytime I read your comment about your mums pug Peawee "Hence not so many pictures of him" Love it! There is one picture that I like, I've looked at it a couple of times, I'll look it up and give a comment. Thanks again.