The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
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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