paid $100/pup to go to a puppy class, trying to do all the right things. i know my pups are a little bit wild, i mentioned this to the trainer running it, she asked me if they have been socialised,
it's a puppy class???
after 30 minutes of listening all about products to buy for the pup and how all our pups should be on science diet becuase it is the best and then a lecture on why we should book our pups in for spay neueter like right now before we leave that day??? i said i had concerns about chronic incontinence spaying a 8/10wo pup, bad question to ask - i am causing my dog cancer by not spaying her at 10 weeks???
anyhoo when we finally got thru the product sell we were to let our puppies meet each other after they had all been tethered to our seats and gone thru the whole curiosity phase and were now all asleep from boredom - the deal was we all stand there with hands in pockets let the pups all loose and under no circumstances are we to pick up or pet or acknowledge any pup no matter what happens in order for them to gain confidence and not rely on the owner for comfort protection etc.
i did not think was a good idea knowing my pups - it went bad as my pups are like wolf-cubs, snarly gaurding horrible little things and the other pups were all gsd's, my pups have been around a large male gsd from since when they were born and are all over him playing tug, wrestling etc every day. the other pups had never seen another dog since they were taken from their litters from 5 - 8weeks old.
i could not stand what i was seeing so i picked my pups up and removed them and threw them in the truck - the trainer in the middle of it was just yelling "we need some calming energy....don't pick up yr pups...." over and over, what a mess.
i am sure some pups just developed some serious issues they will have permanetly imprinted on them.
is this normal for puppy classes?? should i have put my hands in my pockets and just let my pups traumatise and cruel other people's puppies??