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06-25-2014 11:40 AM
LaRen616 My step dad is a know-it-all, he knows everything, at least he thinks he does.

He knows more about being a girl than I do. He knows more about wearing high heels than I do. He knows more about having periods than I do.

Anyways, even though he has never owned a PB GSD or a Dalmatian, he knows more about both breeds than I do and he especially knows more about my dogs than I do. He always tells me his opinions on why they do this or that, he tells me what I should and shouldn't do with them and how I should and shouldn't train them.

06-25-2014 09:40 AM
martemchik Although I 100% agree with you that people need to ask before petting a dog…the fact is, when you bring your dog somewhere “special” where they are actually getting special treatment and being allowed into a place where they usually wouldn’t be…you’re kind of telling the world around you that your dog is safe and stable. If I see a dog at an outdoor patio restaurant, a pet store, or a busy street fair of some sort…my assumption is that the dog is safe in all situations.

I’ll admit, I rarely, if ever don’t get asked. I don’t remember if I’ve ever ran into someone that hasn’t asked. I know I’ve been to street fairs where people would walk by, my dog would stick his nose out a little towards them (picking up a smell) and they’d reach out and while walking by give him a pet on the head. The way I look at it, most people don’t know that they should ask. And bringing your dog to a place like that, is a borderline advertisement that you have a good dog and you want him around you and other people. I just think that’s how people see those situations.

What I have seen, is that if I’m actively training, and the dog is clearly engaged with me. People tend to watch and not interrupt until I’m either done or they get tired of waiting.
06-25-2014 02:20 AM
A girl and her dog Here's my rant - not necessarily training advice problems, but dumb things people do.

I had an argument with a petco worker b/c I got in between her and my dog when she went to pet him. I had the two dogs in the cart (keeps them from having accidents, and allows for more control when I have to actually look at something) and she came up to us, not saying anything to me at all, and starts going for my dog. I was p!ssed!! But all I said was "whoa, hang on, you should ask first, I'm not sure how he'll react..." Well, she got seriously offended and gave me some back talk to which I defended my position. We went back and forth a couple of times before I just turned away. I still can't believe she actually argued this with me.

I don't like it when people come up and just go for the dog, not unlike a toddler with zero impulse control would do, without even asking or acknowledging my presence. This isn't the first time an employee at this location has done something stupid like this. My little dog almost bit two employees for doing basically the same thing; one was the trainer! She should have known better and no longer works there. What is it with these employees that makes them think they are all the dog whisperer and know everything?

Other members of my household (I'm an adult, living with my mother and stepfather) cannot understand, even in plain English, what to do about the dogs jumping on them when they come in the door. Biggest impediment to our training! Next would be guests/family members that come in and start giving my dogs commands and yelling at them. If they would just shut up, I could get them under control. If anyone would even bother to tell me they were coming, I could handle the situation before hand.

One thing that irks me is those who are living solely reactively and not proactively. Especially with pets.
06-25-2014 01:24 AM
A girl and her dog
Originally Posted by Rocket View Post
I had an ex-girlfriend tell me that GSD's were known to turn on their owners and attack.. she went on to tell me that chief was not well trained (true, he's trained just not as well as I would like), when I called her out on her dog that's a little terrorist she said, "a 9lbs dog that isn't trained isn't big enough to cause problems"..... that dog runs away all the time, and tries to start fights at the dog park and she thinks it's everyone else's dog that's the problem....... and she wondered why I didn't like to go to the dog park with her... and even funnier she wondered why I left her.. haha.
Sounds like you dodged two bullets there! One human and one K9. I too have a 9lb little guy. I think it is absolutely ridiculous that some people think they don't need to train their little dogs b/c they're too small to cause any harm. Small dogs are even more important to train b/c of their high propensity to be aggressive, not realizing that the bigger dog can EAT them if they wanted to. They often give the wrong signals to larger dogs and start fights that way.

I cannot stand a yippy, bratty little dog. I make it my mission to train my small dog just as I would (and do) train a large dog. The same rules apply, the same manners are warranted. No jumping on people, couch/chair/bed/laps only if invited and they must get down when asked, no barging the door and certainly NO going out of the door without explicit permission.... no excessive barking, no babying or coddling for being small, no special privileges for being small. I don't even like family members to favor or dote on my little dog too much... you get the idea.

An untrained small dog is a real danger to itself. That's really the bottom line.
06-20-2014 01:41 PM
glowingtoadfly Skadi could take Toula. Rooney vs Grim wouldn't be a fair fight.
06-20-2014 01:31 PM
martemchik You setting up a dog fight? Poor decision on your part...
06-20-2014 11:45 AM
glowingtoadfly Heeeeere we go...You beat my dog, then you call him weak? Them's fightin words Max. I don't think Rooney and Skadi can go on any more dates!
06-20-2014 11:15 AM
martemchik She might bite back though, I don't really want to put myself in harms way. I pick on the weak.
06-20-2014 11:03 AM
glowingtoadfly Next time, please take Skadi behind the barn instead. She's the sassy one.
06-20-2014 10:52 AM
Originally Posted by martemchik View Post
Actually when it comes to OP's dog, I usually just walk up, take him out of his crate and walk away without letting my intentions be known. Last time I took him behind the barn and just beat him senseless until he listened. Hopefully this week he'll remember that lesson.
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