Episode 181 - Pugability and Twix's Recovery

Released Sat March 25, 2017
Length: 1:10:34
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Pugability

Susannah and Marsha in action
Susannah and Marsha in action
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Agiity Pug
Agiity Pug
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An athletic Pug
An athletic Pug
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Susannah and Marsha
Susannah and Marsha
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My dogs have no breathing issues, they don't snore, they don't reverse sneeze, they have absolutely no issues in hot weather whatsoever.

 - Susannah Chalmers

 

If you thinks of Pugs as chubby couch potatoes, think again, because Pugability is proving that Pugs can whiz around an agility course, go on long walks, and in fact do anything any dog can do. Susannah Chalmers adopted her dog Marsha from Muffin Pug Rescue, and has found that agility taken Marsha from being overweight and out of shape to being super fit. Marsha now competes at agility under Kennel Club rules, but Susannah thinks it's sad that she's the only Pug in her club, and wants more Pug owners to allow their dogs to reach their potential and live a longer, happier, healthier life.

If you're anywhere near Halifax in the UK on April 2nd, check out the Pugability Fun Day via the Pugability Facebook page, and to watch Susannah's Marsha practising agility, check out the Muffin Pug Rescue YouTube page.

Twix's Recovery

Pam put her expertise to use helping Twix recover.

Pam put her expertise to use helping Twix recover.
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I immediately took him to the emergency room, they did ll their appropriate reception tests and he could barely stand.

 - Susannah Chalmers

Pam Johnson is a clicker trainer and educator who runs her Dog Academy in San Diego, California. She has four beloved dogs - three Border Collies and a Husky/Shepherd mix - with whom she has a lot of fun and achieves some great training feats. Then one day in 2016, disaster struck when she was playing with a Frisbee with one of her dogs. It's something many of us do every day, but it had huge and unforeseen consequences. The dog in question, Border Collie Twix, sustained an injury to his back, and later that day lost movement and feeling in his back legs.

Pam rushed him to the emergency room, and his recovery and rehabilitation started. It's taken lots of time, effort, love and determination, but Twix is well on the way to being able to live a "normal" life again, thanks to Pam. As you can hear in the interview, all the behaviours Pam had taught Twix have helped his recovery immensely. You can find out more about Pam and her dogs at her Pam's Dog Training website, and you can benefit from her training advice in her many informative and educational videos on her You Tube channel.