When Enzo’s former puppy class teacher Dee Ganley, offered up a formal, 6-week Canine Good Citizen Class, I decided we’d enroll. I had no delusions that he would pass– I wanted the exposure for my sweet, goofy boy who tends to get anxious and can become stressed when encountering new places and situations. He is my work in progress; I wanted to continue to build on his strengths while supporting his weaknesses in a safe venue.Continue reading “Enzo Calls My Bluff”
what you want, but if you try real hard, you get what you need. Ever have a picture in your head of how it’s gonna be? Yeah. This was my picture: happy, confident Bull Terrier next to me as we drove to class. This was my reality: anxious, miserable Spinone moaning in the back as I desperately looked for a place to pull over before he threw up. Again. Continue reading “You Can’t Always Get…”
Enzo was having a ball in Puppy Kindergarten and doing a fine job with basic obedience. My next step had originally been to start tracking with him; however, February in New Hampshire doesn’t provide the optimal conditions in which to introduce a puppy to the sport. Was there something else? I went online to Fenzi Dog Sport Academy to peruse their courses…. Gun Dog Foundations?! The Spinone Italiano just happens to be classified as a versatile hunting dog! Do I hunt? No, why do you ask?
I get a lot of questions regarding why I have a Spinone Italiano. A lot. Because anyone who’s known me for any length of time knows I yearn for an English Bull Terrier. I love these unusual looking, egg-headed dogs with their beautiful triangular-shaped eyes, short stocky bodies, and comical nature. I fell head-over-heels with the Madcap Gang when I had the pleasure of meeting several of them while attending a When Pigs Fly dog training seminar. Then, after several years of researching, planning, and waiting, I was on the list for a Madcap puppy. * insert happy dance here* According to the plan, ‘my’ Madcap Bull Terrier puppy would arrive in the spring of 2017. So, how… exactly, did I wind up with a Spinone Italiano in the fall of 2017? I blame it on Finn… Continue reading “Blame it on Finn”