but they order the music, so to say. it's interesting this is even being denied. it's really obvious once you read the forums.
It's not, though, unless that's what you're looking to find. Like I said... I'm a pet home and I have never experienced any sort of negativity. I've posted some pretty stupid training questions, too.
What people mistake for "running the show" is actually that the people who work their dogs EVERY DAY, most of them ALL DAY, who actively train and compete either as a lifestyle or professionally (it's rarely a hobby)... they're the ones with the most knowledge. They know the most about training, they know the most about conformation and breeding... because it's ALL THEY DO.
The health forums, the most knowledgable people and dominant posters are pet owners, or breeders (because, again, it's all they do).
It's really not a political conspiracy.... it's just a sheer fact that in general, sport and working owners are going to have more of the nitty gritty knowledge of training issues, breed standards, etc. They're also more likely to be more passionate about the breed and preserving it.
If you look at most of the day-to-day, "help with this behavior" thread, it's pet owners who respond. When someone posts asking for help with a specific training issue, it's usually people who actively compete and train.
As a parallel, I'm a member of an Off-Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) forum. There are more casual "pet" owners there than serious competitors, but of course the people who train and compete professionally or very seriously are going to have the most influence- they have the most knowledge, overall. Sure, there are idiots who run their mouths about stuff they don't know anything about, on all sides... but really, it's the same thing here. Overall, the sport and working people have more knowledge (not counting the idiots who run their mouths).