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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-17-2016, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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I got scolded at adolescent class

For handling Loki too roughly. They were having an exercise to get a dog used to being touched by other people. All they did was put the flat brush to his back. while we were waiting our turn, he was sitting in my lap on the floor so I was looking at his nails and in his mouth to see if his bottom canines are coming in. Of course, he wasn't thrilled I was looking in his mouth. The instructor came to tell me she was concerned that I was being too rough with him. She wanted me to only pet his ear with a flat palm and the same with his tail and not make him let me look in his mouth. All I could think was are you kidding me. He is 5 months old, been in intensive care isolation for 4 days, had 12 teeth pulled, wrestles on the floor with my husband like he is a 40 pound dog, has had countless butt baths where I had to hold his tail up, gets brushed and has his teeth brushed everyday. Oh, and been groomed twice and gotten his nails cut at least 5 or 6 times. And, runs into the vets and dentist wagging his tail. I know he is fine but I still feel terrible like I have done something wrong and scarred him for life. I feel so guilty.


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You did nothing wrong. It's very important for puppies to be handled in a variety of ways, even small dogs. I made sure I did that to Emmie when she was younger and as an adult she's very tolerant of people touching her all over. I would see about finding a different trainer.

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doesn't sound too rough to me. Possibly aversive to him , but it is necessary to be able to do these sort of things as it is part and parcel of handling and gentling .
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Thee trainer probably didn't want other people seeing "reality" in her class and doesn't understand that you know what you're doing. I agree that you did nothing wrong. Don't feel awful because of her insensitive comments. You love your puppy and take excellent care if him.



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It probably wasn't part of her lesson plan for the day. Don't feel bad because you are so much more advanced than the rest of the class. ;p

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I agree Barbara I'm positive you did not handle Loki too roughly! I'm so sorry you had that experience with your instructor. I can imagine what she would say to me also Sophie and I play very rough at times I do that on purpose as a confidence builder!
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Every dog is different, but Loki is your dog, and I cannot believe for one second you were handling him too roughly. My dogs are total wimps and do not, sadly, tolerate even mild rough housing when playing, and early experiences have made them very cautious around others when being petted. I know that, but others don't, and I'm always needing to tell people, usually guys, to take it slow and easy. Maybe your trainer has wimpos like mine Definitely don't feel guilty.
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I definitely wouldn't feel guilty. No one knows your puppy like you. Sounds like a class is for really young puppies.

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I guess that trainer knows a lot more about these dogs, and dogs in general, than we do. It sounds like we handle our puppies too roughly starting when they are a few days old.
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I guess that trainer knows a lot more about these dogs, and dogs in general, than we do. It sounds like we handle our puppies too roughly starting when they are a few days old.
I agree, it's ridiculous. She should have seen me today when I was holding his tail up to brush and comb the back of his legs.

I should of asked her if she wanted to come and try to groom him and give him butt baths for me not lifting his tail!!!!
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