A view of Michael Vick dog training in the past would be one of him teaching dogs to kill one another. Now the three-time Pro Bowl selection is taking his pup to training classes at a New Jersey PetSmart.
Vick’s dog is named Angel, a Belgian Malinois, and is being trained by Vick at the local PetSmart according to Crossing Broad, a Philadelphia Sports Blog.
Michael Vick has been accompanied by his bodyguard and family members on each occasion and even stopped to take photos with an employee and his puppy.
Anything involving Michael Vick and dogs has never been viewed well in the past. Vick spent almost two years in prison for illegal dog fighting a few years back before returning to the NFL.
Just last fall, Michael Vick released a statement in front of the press about his view on owning a dog after his stint in prison:
“I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family’s decision to care for a pet. 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.”
The statement was firm and seemed to be honest. Vick made these remarks just this past October, so my guess would be that they still hold true today.
There are a lot of questions going forward for Michael Vick with the Philadelphia Eagles. With just one year left on his contract, the Eagles signed Dennis Dixon.
There has been a lot of talk about Vick being moved, possibly before the season starts, due to Nick Foles success late last season and Chip Kelly bringing in his former player Dennis Dixon. The Jacksonville Jaguars have been mentioned as a possible suitor for Vick.
No matter where Vick is playing football next year, the current focus remains on the irony of him partaking in dog training classes. Most people have yet to forgive Michael Vick for his involvement in illegal dog fighting a few years ago, and some never will.
Whether Vick is scrutinized for the rest of his life or not doesn’t seem to be bothering him one bit, as he was all smiles at PetSmart. Both Vick and his dog Angel are probably better off with the training than without it. Michael Vick dog training can quickly become confused with dog fighting considering his disgraceful past, but that won’t stop Vick from enjoying his pets with his family.
[Image via Crossing Broad]