Michael Vick Takes Dog Training Classes

Michael Vick Takes Dog Training Classes
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Michael Vick taking dog training classes? What do I make of that? I'm honestly not sure. But, according to a report in USA Today, it's true.  Vick admitted in October that his family owned a dog, something that he was legally allowed to do after his probation expired last summer.

"I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family's decision to care for a pet," Vick said in a statement at the time. "As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God's creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family. This is an opportunity to break the cycle. To that end, I will continue to honor my commitment to animal welfare and be an instrument of positive change."

He appears to be doing just that. After all, I absolutely suggest (strongly suggest) positive dog training classes, and Vick is taking one at a local PETsMART. But Mr. Vick, convicted dogfighter, millionaire quarterback isn't just another dog owner. He's right, of course, growing up with dogs does teach empathy, something Vick never apparently learned himself.

What do you think? I know he has the legal right. But is it right?

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  • I have to admit, that it makes my blood boil. Michael Vick didn't just fight dogs, he tortured and killed them in abhorrent ways. On the other hand, is there a chance that he has learned his lesson? Has he truly begun to understand that animals feel pain and that they should be loved and valued? If he truly is doing what he says, I applaud him. Only Michael Vick knows the truth of what's in his heart and his intentions.

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    In reply to lbasgall:

    He did his time which was way to much for what he did. I mean a cop shoots a kid in the back and gets less time. I'm still messed up over that. I love dogs too but I'm just saying. He should have got 30 days and probation. If it was a normal person they wouldn't have got that much time.

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    In reply to Darryl Brooks:

    You clearly aren't a dog lover if you really stand by what you said.

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    Looks like publicity for Petsmart.

  • @Arlyn - odd he chose to 'go public,' and not a private trainer. I doubt though PETsMART thought this could be good publicity. I think it just happened.
    @lbasgall - well said....and true

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    my thoughts and prayers go out to the dogs and any other animal his family might "own" sigh ....

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    This entire situation just irritated me. The media is a double edge sword. You do realize that Michael Vick got the same time as Johannes Mehserle the cop that fatally shot Oscar Grant in the back? That's just insane.

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    In reply to Darryl Brooks:

    So? What makes one human life more valuable than loads of animal lifes so cruelly suffering? You're the type of person that makes me hate the human race.

  • In reply to Darryl Brooks:

    yup - it is insane - but Vicks crime - arguably more time. ... I'm not familiar with the other case, but perhaps that sentencing wasn't enough. By the way, typically dogfighters don't - unfortunately - serve that kind of time, aside from overwhelming evidence, Vick's celebrity worked against him. But it is (as it should be) a felony.

  • In reply to Darryl Brooks:

    He didn't do one day of time for dog fighting. He did time for racketeering

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    They knew exactly what they were doing!

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    There should be a restraining order on Vick. He shouldn't be allowed within a mile of any dog.

  • @Arlyn Sigeti...maybe PetSmart is looking to boost enrollment in their "training" classes with a "celebrity" endorsement...

  • Personally I don't think he should be around any animal. He tortured and killed dogs. It's a proven fact that people that kill and torture animals move on to humans.

  • A Malinois is a great breed, and it's admirable that Vicks is being responsible enough to take his puppy to training classes, even if they're only PetSmart household pet classes. With a dog like that (and good trainers) he could actually participate in some protection dog sports (Schutzhund) or other sports like obedience,agility,herding. It could be life-changing.

  • Why PETsMART, though....they tend to be less expensive than some classes....I doubt that's the reason. Maybe he knows someone there...maybe. But their classes are very public. A PR move you think??

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