can of course add your own personalized bits to this list
of mine above, this is just a starter for you and yours
of course will be relative
though, don’t you think that with the Spins they
are slowly but surely taking over your life?
am seriously thinking of a counter measure to my un-favourite
charity the RSPCA.
BSPCH – The Bankers Society for the Protection of
else I thought about as well?
have an actual ITALIAN Spinone. AND another joining us
shortly!!! From the home of the Spinone (Italy) we will
have TWO and God knows what they will be telling the Brit
versions!! (assuming they can talk English) I shudder
to think – and one male and one female
us they come in different colours as well……White
and Orange for the one side and Brown on the other!! Now
what a coincidence!!
is all looking a little one sided in their favour and
if we do not stop this by taking back control of our lives
then we are all doomed!!!
my piece “The Bankers Guide to Training the Spinone”
I wrote examples of where the Spinone reacts to differing
situations. If you look at the list above it is worrying
that a trend appears to be opening up.
The living room is not ours anymore, the car even. The
outside grounds is a Poo trap for us and in the summer
if you’ve got flip flops on and you inadvertently
tread on the stuff then – well you know the rest.
Why can’t they Poo in one place that’s easy
for us to get up?
This is another example of where the whole thing gets
complex, is it another point where they are trying to
confuse us or set us tasks. “Find the Poo”
a game to them………
as you know by now, we have a couple of English Springers
(The No Brain Dogs) and a Hungarian Vizla. The one Springer
spends all its time rushing around close by us and generally
picking up anything and everything it can find for us
to throw. The other Springer disappears into the wood
for an hour sniffing for whatever it sniffs for. Now this
one couldn’t flush a toilet let alone a pheasant
or rabbit. But he is old and he ALWAYS comes back. With
these two they are well known reliable and no problems.
As for the Viz!!!!!!! well what can I say? “They
mature around 5 years old” we were told. Oh really………well
this one’s eight and I’ve seen our two month
old puppy Spins with more sense. He is the JCB of the
family. BUT and it’s a BIG BUT, you call him and
he immediately comes back. In fact the Viz is easily the
best trained of them all. I openly admit he is a nutter
– but never a worry. He goes out, sniffs a ‘place’
and starts his digging. We can be out for hours and he
will stay put where he is digging. He has the strongest
front legs of any dog I know……………………
you see, from actual experience it is not the dog in itself.
It is the breed……..the Spins are the opposite
too the above.
let’s recap shall we on the traits and the general
thinking behind the Italian Spinone:
The puppy records everything you do and say
- The puppy will always be hungry and despite the ‘cute’
looks would eat you if it could, therefore be careful
where you leave YOUR food out and don’t fall asleep
on the couch? You may wake up with your left arm missing
- The human will possibly use another dog to demonstrate
training you. Don’t move and ignore the instructions.
Do not look like the other dog – you do not do panting
and fetching something the human has thrown far away.
- The human may use tasty treats to tempt you to move
and follow instructions, don’t do this unless you
get a treat WITHOUT fetching the object. Use the hound
- Make the human feel guilty – this will result
In you getting a treat
- “Sit” – this actually means stand
there and ignore them (when they have given up, then you
sit and wait for them to come back) this is most annoying
- “Fetch” – Fetch is a useless command,
what’s the point of fetching for you to take it
back to them and then what do they do? Throw it away for
you to fetch again…and the point is what……..
- “Keep still and let me put this lead on you”
– absolute nonsense this one. We have four legs
and need our exercise. Ridiculous request for a breed
like us. Best solution is to pull them along at your own
pace and stop suddenly to take on human fuss from complete
strangers, sniff at a child in a pushchair and alarm them
– this is great fun. You should watch the reaction
of the mini human owners. Ignore other dogs they are subservient
to us Spins. Accept all food sources, sniff all the time
and slow the pace down for maximum aroma intake. If they
buy a bacon sandwich, eat this and make them buy another
- When you are being introduced as an alert, sharp, powerful
fit gun dog, sit down with maximum boredom look, then
lay down utterly bored. This is most effective if there
is more than one of you
- “Dinner time, come here then” – listen
for the food bowl rattling otherwise this could be a trap.
If you are certain it’s food ensure you are first,
third and fifth in the queue.
- “Get off there” – associated to the
couch. It’s your couch and not the friends or family
to sit down on. You have made it your own – keep
it that way. If an annoying human sits next to you, first
move your head onto their lap and then slowly move your
body onto them. you will soon have the couch to yourself
- “Walkies” – what kind of word of this”?
Nonsense. It is in fact “Runnies” AKA clear
off into the distance at a suitable pace ensuring it would
need the Land Rover to get us back
- “Come on then, get out” – this is
associated to the Land Rover. You have been taken somewhere,
as you have remained prostrate for the entire journey
use your senses to establish where you are react accordingly
i.e. Show – stay where you are. The beach –
jump out and clear off (Note: watch out for humans with
ice cream, you get some or all if you hit them hard enough)
Garden – just clear off. Human friends house –
a potential massive food source, go onto full alert and
super scrounge mode (Tip: Poo in the most awkward places
as this is really annoying to the human hosts, keep away
from the roses – these have thorns)\
- “Come on then, get in” – again associated
to the Land Rover: if the other dogs are already in just
push them out of the way for the mst comfortable spot.
Don’t jump in, wait for the human to lift you in
- “No don’t touch” – this is the
human phrase for “yes, pick it up and chew it”
easily confused as you can see……..
- If a colleague of yours leaves the couch make sure you
take its place, you don’t want a human sitting there
- Dog Training school – a natural recruiting ground
for the secret canine society determined to push through
human training for dogs.
- When being “trained” ignore all the instructions,
these are patronizing. An example being “sit and
stay” – then the owner walks a few metres
away stops and turns to call you to him. When he turns
around, you should be at his side!! Or alternatively you
should head for the tea counter where the cakes are on
- In the show ring, show utter disdain at the alleged
judge. He will want to put you on a table and feel around
you. This is allegedly to get you used to the actual show
ring event as it would happen in real life. If the humans
did this to each other they would be locked away…….therefore
make sure you are prepared and by implication do not get
anywhere near that table. You have been warned!!!!
this release I have extracted information and edited it
for you to understand what you have taken on. This is
no ordinary breed of dog. Some of its traits are unique,
of this there is no doubt. They are a lovely dog to own
and great fun – but an element of me believes that
this is the new generation of dog. Closer to the family,
gentle, stubborn, fit and athletic, head strong, typically
canine hungry, needs exercise, but happy to chill out
all day on the couch.
this dog had its way it would have the telly on and be
flicking through the channels looking for that nice man
Ceasar Milan (The Dog Whisperer) and also taking careful
note of the Dog Borstal!!!
Spinone would learn a lot from both these programs…………the