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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-20-2014, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Are my expectations really too high?

I get that no one is perfect ... and that some issues / behaviours will take longer to work through in order to get a calm / relaxed dog. (i.e. going from aggressive to non-reactive or whatever).

I see so many videos of dogs doing things that people think are funny and about 85% of the time I'm cringing or thinking HOW is this funny? Do you have any idea what that behaviour can lead up to?

This morning a colleague of mine showed me a video of her 4 month old lab and her 16 year old chihuahua having breakfast.

The lab inhaled his breakfast and then ran around in circles barking and nipping at the chihuahua while the chi ate his (this took about 4 - 5 minutes).

So she's cracking up and I'm looking at her like she's an idiot and how could she think this was funny ... then she says to me, so you don't find it funny? I (as tactfully as I could) said well, your rambunctious lab could use some manners - he needs to learn when he's done eating, he waits until the chi is done. You could put him on leash to keep him away ... since he's a puppy, and full of beans.

Her response? The chi is 16 and will train the puppy, besides the chi will correct the puppy if it feels threatened ... really? I get it that a dog can / will correct another dog / puppy ... but you're expecting a 16-year old chihuahua to train your puppy?

Am I really expecting people to have more intelligence than they appear to have?

And another thing (I'm on a roll right now) ... I see / read / watch so many things where people are making every excuse in the world for why their dog isn't "basic trained" ... and by this I do mean DOG, and by "basic trained" I mean sit / stay / wait / down ...

For example - we've had the dog for 6 months now, and we are still having problems with it walking on leash / sitting for a treat or whatever ... REALLY? I get that some dogs have issues ... I do ... I've worked through them with Kyleigh ... and we're still fine tuning some elements. BUT the very basics???? It doesn't take 6 months to get a dog to sit ...

I feel the older I get the less tolerant I am ... so maybe my expectations aren't really that high ... I'm just a an old bat???

Sorry, just need to vent ...

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-20-2014, 09:39 AM
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LOL, no it's not you! I COMPLETLY agree with you! Your co-worker with the lab and chi is setting both her dogs up to fail! I would never allow a pup to bother an older dog while it is eating. Actually, I would never allow a pup to bother a 16 year old dog, regardless of breed.

And excuses!! I used to help out in basic and more advanced obedience classes, and the excuses you hear! One of my favorites was "My dog doesn't want to be trained". Really? I don't really give my dogs a choice, and we are trying to show you how to set things up so that your dogs THINKS that it was all his idea to sit, down, come, look at you, etc. Seems to me YOU are the one who doesn't really want to train your dog.

I get a lot of excuses from average people I meet too. Like, I never taught my dog to walk on leash properly, and now it's too late, he is too old to learn, so I can't take him out for walks (this said in response to me being out on a walk with my dogs). "Oh, how old is your dog?" Answer: "One".

(I'm glad my head didn't exploded from that one.)

Another example is when I have K&G at work with me (they stay in the van), and after we've had our break, where they play and harrass people outside for pets and attention, I say "Okay guys, back in the van, break's over!" and both obediently and happily trot back to the van and jump in.
People find this amazing. "I'd be chasing my dog around the parking lot for 20 minutes to corner and catch him to get him back in my truck" someone comments. I'm just amazed at THAT! The thing people don't realize, it's not the dog, it's YOU! YOU TRAINED your dog (or the dog trained YOU), to make getting back into the truck a 20 minute ordeal.


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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-20-2014, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Lucia!! I was beginning to think that I was turning into this cranky old bat lol

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A person I was friends with on faceboook put a video of a chihuahua growling and snapping at someone trying to get his bone. I am the only one that saw a problem with it and needless to say we aren't friends anymore.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-20-2014, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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That's exactly what I mean. Or this:

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