Teresa Garratty: Can I train my new puppy to be my ears around the house?

Posted on December 14, 2015

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teresa garratty

I’ve recently acquired a puppy and it’s not just any old puppy….it’s a pug puppy.

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I’ve never really thought of myself as a dog person but since pugs are small and my partner is worryingly obsessed with them, we decided to take the plunge.

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Some people are probably thinking that if we were going to get a dog, it should have been a hearing dog. That would have been the most sensible option…but sensibility is overrated, which is also code for….

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And after some extensive research (5 mins on google) I’ve discovered that it might even be possible to train the pug as a hearing dog anyway. I mean, how hard could it possibly be?

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Hearing/service dog breeds are usually something like labradors or retrievers, as they’re easiest to train. I think pugs are probably best known as eaters and farters.

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But I have concrete evidence (an article I found online, the internet never lies!) that it is possible to train a service pug!

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Apparently, all service dogs must have two important traits…

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It’s a bit to early to tell if Pascal the pug has these traits, as he’s currently only 10 weeks old and an insufferable little ****!

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He does show some promise though, as he’s very alert when someone’s at the front door…maybe he thinks they have food…

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Well, whatever happens, I’m sure he’ll become a useful set of ears in some respect. We’ve just got to nail the basics first!

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Teresa is a freelance film maker, photographer and full time cynic. At school, she was voted “Most likely to end up in a lunatic asylum”, a fate which has thus far been avoided. Her pet hates are telephones, intercoms and all living things.

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