Thinking of getting a Griff?
The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (member of the Sporting Group) is an incredibly versatile hunting dog, family dog and companion dog. They are very intuitive, easy to train, and just plain hilarious! It’s not unusual to see a Griff with her head cocked sideways as she tries to figure out just what it is that you’re doing!
They naturally love the field, the water, and they take pretty well to the confirmation ring, too! (From our limited experience, that seems to be the Griff’s least favorite venue, however!) Griffs are great trackers in the field and in the home (more stories on that in a later article) and their cooperative, fun-loving and adaptable personalities make them the family favorite!
I lost my mother when I was 5 months old and have suffered from anxiety and hypochondriasis my whole life. When I adopted my last dog, I somehow figured out how to train him to lie down on my abdomen when I was anxious. It turns out this is actually something assistance animals will do for autistic children – the compression is a means of calming. He and his compression became a huge part of my coping process, so when we had to put him down, I was utterly beside myself. I was terrified I wouldn’t find another dog who could help me the same way that he did. After seeing so much about Griffs’ personalities, I was pretty sure I could train a Griff to do the same thing I trained Thai to do.
The funny thing is that I didn’t even have to train our puppy! He came right “out of the box” with the most incredible ability to sense my emotions; when he was really little, if I sneezed, he would race across the room to make sure I was okay! He is a little more relaxed about sneezes these days… However, without fail, if I’m going through a lot of anxiety or upset, he finds his way to crawl up on my belly. He has beyond met my expectations and has become one of the greatest gifts in my life. I am forever grateful to you both for entrusting us with such a truly special creature.
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