Join Date: Jun 2013
(Long, sorry!) Know it all neighbor ( I wish it was fake)
So, this conversation is completely and utterly true, not a made up one like you awesome guys do! I wish it was, but sadly, not.
My neighbor was over to talk mulch with my dad, and if he could have some of ours for a small project, while I had Lucky out in the backyard, working on her recall with distractions, i.e my dad and my neighbor. I had her on my 30ft leash, though I cinched it down to only 6ft, because of the distractions.
So I'm running around our yard like an idiot(the things we do), making it absoLUTELY fun and amazing and just SUCH an awesome thing to come to mom, with either a treat, huge praise, a stick, a toy, etc. when my neighbor finally takes notice and starts walking towards me.
Thinking "woo, a great way to practice!" I start to run off and have Lucky chase me, albeit a bit rude to our neighbor, I admit(don't like him. He's a priss and thinks GSD's are vicious dogs that shouldn't be allowed off chains), and start to praise her when he calls out for me to "Stop! You're ruining your parents' dog!"
Shocked, I turned around(forget to praise Lucky like an IDIOT) and just kind of stare at him dumbfounded. This is how the conversation continues;
-- "What do you mean, I'm ruining MY dog?" (I am possessive, it is a thing(they're mine damnit)
--"Don't have your dog chase you! That makes her think you're an omega in the pack."
-- "Uhm, I don't think so, sir."
-- "Trust me, I've been working with dogs since I was a kid. You're ruining any kind of dominance you have over her."
-- "I assure you, sir, that I'm not." (In an effort to prove to him(ugh, he makes me feel so fricken insecure(and very creeped out), I tell Lucky to Sit, Stay. Drop the leash, and walk over to him. Once there, I bend down, and ask Lucky to come to me. After of course, giving her her release. Tongue lulling, she bounces towards me, like a perfect angel.
It isn't even two seconds after I praise her, that he snatches up the leash and YANKS her towards him, telling her in a very deep and loud voice to 'come'.
Lucky startles, and darts away, and he goes to yank her back when I snatch the leash out of his hand(needless to say, I've had trouble with recall after this). Sadly, my dad having gone to get him the mulch, doesn't witness it.
-- "You should really let your father teach your dog. She'll only listen to a true pack leader, and that's always a male."
-- Speechless, I just stare at him for a moment before mumbling out; "I think you need to rethink all those years of dog handling, sir. Recall has to be fun, not something to be scared of."
-- "With dogs like GSD's, you have to be firm and very, very dominant for them to even think about listening to you. A girl like you just isn't the person to be training your parents' dogs. I'll give your father some advice."
And he walks away. I'm just so pissed right now. Lucky is afraid of my dad(tall, broad shouldered, deep voiced) right now, and it's breaking his heart, because Lucky is his favorite. We're working on building up a positive environment with my dad and looots of good, yummy treats to combat her bad experience.
I feel like such a bad owner for allowing it to happen.