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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:48 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Sounds like typical beardie, itís really hard for them to be serious for very long.
Hobbes you keep up the good work and you will have dad trained in know time.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:26 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Any about Hobbes, some pictures maybe? Must be getting a big boy now....

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:24 am Reply with quoteBack to top

When Sophie was going to classes she did very well, and when the classes were finished, we were allowed to let them all off to have a play. It was very good, as it let them socialize/make friends. Cool Razz

As for travelling, do make sure he does wees/poos before you take him, or stop on the way to let him out? That may be why he starts to wine. Confused Just a thought. Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:00 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Okay sorry everyone, I have not been keeping you up to date with Hobbes' progress as I perhaps should have.

So, where are we now?

Well we've finished our puppy training classes, which were - shall we say - interesting. We all learned a lot in class about the way to train your puppy but for Hobbes the classes were a little too much... he became almost hyper exuberant because there were other puppies there who he had to play with and lots of people handing out treats.... to the extent that about 15 to 20 minutes into the lesson that was it. Each lesson just became a "treat fest". The lady, leading the lessons, and her husband were fantastically understanding "they knew beardies" and, to a greater extent, I think the other owners were good about Hobbes' behaviour too - some thought it amusing Smile We're continuing with the training and Hobbes is doing well and is becoming a well behaved puppy (if there is such a thing for a beardie). In January, we're starting another class. "Good Citizen Dog Scheme" run by the NTU Canine Centre, which we're looking forward to.

Hobbes has grown and is already 18Kg and approx (cause it's difficult to measure a mexican jumping bean) 18/19 inches at the shoulder. So I think he's going to be a big lad - like his Dad. He loves his walks (runs) by the river and - as I think someone once said in this or the earlier thread - he does "zoomies" back and forth like a lunatic. Such fun. Then when we get him home and after he's been washed and dried it's like someone flicks a switch and he's out for the count for a couple of hours. In the evening, if we're watching TV, he squeezes in between my wife and I and dozes and wriggles and twitches as he dreams...

We think he's over his car sickness now and certainly loves getting into the car because that means something exciting is happening like a walk at Belton House or Clumber Park, or somewhere else just as exciting.

We keep in regular touch with his breeder, a wonderful lady, and he sees his mum and dad and a brother and sister who are local and has had three sleep overs with them whilst my wife and I have had to go away for a day.

Hobbes is a delight and a beautiful dog. He's just like a cuddly teady bear.. I will post a selection of pictures of him, later today, once I have chosen the best from the plethora I seem have acquired on my iPhone and iPad.

Without doubt, getting Hobbes, has been the best money we have spent in a very, very long time. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy


A very Happy Christmas and New Year to you all from "Hobbes 'n' Us)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:09 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

He sounds perfect to me Wink Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:34 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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He sounds perfect to me Wink Very Happy

..And me! Very Happy I'm so glad you had such an understanding Instructor in your class, ours was tolerant shall I say, but not really understanding of a Beardie pup. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find another class within an hour or so travel. Zebo enjoyed the social side of the classes but just couldn't take the training seriously! He is brilliant off the lead now but on he is just too excited. Rolling Eyes
Hobbes sounds to be doing very well now that you have 'cracked' the travel sickness and I fully understand your sentiment about the money you spent on one wonderful bundle of fluff. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:52 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Oh many thanks for the update Robert! Hobbes sounds perfect in every way, a proper Beardie! Looking forward to the photos, give him a hug from me.
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Sandownbeardie wrote:
Oh many thanks for the update Robert! Hobbes sounds perfect in every way, a proper Beardie! Looking forward to the photos, give him a hug from me.
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Yep, sounds like a proper beardie to me Very Happy

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Derwendolly wrote:
Scruffymuffins wrote:
He sounds perfect to me Wink Very Happy

..And me! Very Happy I'm so glad you had such an understanding Instructor in your class, ours was tolerant shall I say, but not really understanding of a Beardie pup. Unfortunately, I have been unable to find another class within an hour or so travel. Zebo enjoyed the social side of the classes but just couldn't take the training seriously! He is brilliant off the lead now but on he is just too excited. Rolling Eyes
Hobbes sounds to be doing very well now that you have 'cracked' the travel sickness and I fully understand your sentiment about the money you spent on one wonderful bundle of fluff. Very Happy


It's so sad when trainers don't understand your breed, beardies are unique and need very understanding owners and trainers too Mad You'll find when he gets older it will all fall into place but beardies are very slow to mature and some just can't cope with too 'formal' early training.

Saying that all breeds need a trainer that understands their individuality.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:51 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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It's so sad when trainers don't understand your breed, beardies are unique and need very understanding owners and trainers too Mad You'll find when he gets older it will all fall into place but beardies are very slow to mature and some just can't cope with too 'formal' early training.

Saying that all breeds need a trainer that understands their individuality.[/quote]

There was never a truer statement. I am delighted with Zeeb's progress when out with me. He is very sociable, has lots of doggie friends who he meets every day and always behaves impeccably ..... until it is time to go home. Then he hides in the tussocks of grass and looks pleadingly at me for 'just a few more minutes play, please.' At home, he is an accomplished thief and pick pocket, he chews anything he thinks I have had my hands on and acts as my alarm clock (at 7am on the dot!) every day!! But he does do as he is told.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:51 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Actually maybe some people start training classes a bit early?

All of my Beardies haven't started until they're about 4/5 months old.
think that's why they've done so well. They're more mature, plus doing a bit at home before hand. Confused

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:00 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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But he does do as he is told.


And that's all you really need Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:32 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Exactly Jacquie. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:23 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hobbs, it seems you are doing a great job of training your hoomans . A good chauffeur is a must for taking you to exciting places and the Hobbs club training class where everyone loves you. Keep up the good work and your hoomans will be at your beck and call and love every minute of it. 😘

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:41 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I'm not very much surprised to read about classes at your club, Robert. In my previous club, Foxie was the only Beardie there and apparently nobody among the various instructors had a clue how a Beardie "functions"! Puppy classes went ok, but as soon as we joined the proper training classes and, further on, the agility classes, I had several arguments with the instructors and finally stopped going there altogether as Foxie was totally fed up with agility "thanks to" the instructor! Evil or Very Mad Fortunately, in the second club we joined almost 3 years ago, it's very different and, even if Foxie is again the only Beardie, all the instructors know the breed and accept the fact that well... a Beardie is a born clown, will not necessarily do exactly what is requested (or at least the way it is requested to be done Laughing ), and there are the days "with" and the days "without"!!! Rolling Eyes Foxie enjoys going there very much (and so do I).

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:06 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Well said Nina Very Happy It's good that you had the confidence to argue with the instructors and finally walk away, sadly lots of novice owners don't even realise that it's the training methods/expectations that are wrong and stress their beardies by persevering in the wrong way or just give up. Sad

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:15 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I agree itís important to consider the breed and to also understand and observe the emotions displayed by the puppyís in a class as it is emotions that drive the behaviour. If an instructor fails to observe the emotions a pup is experiencing then that can have a detrimental effect on the pups learning and future behaviour.

When we send our children to nursery school at 3 we dont put pressure on them by teaching them difficult skills in what can be a stressful environment for some children, we let them develop and socialise through play, fun and we give them some guidance. However in some puppy classes we expect our pups to follow our instructions in what can be a stimulating and stressful environment to them when they are still so young.

Puppy classes should cater for all breeds and all personalities and problems with over excitement may only become a problem when there is to much pressure placed on the pup because the way the class is structured and set out.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:13 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Well said Chris Very Happy

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