Anybody watch Dogtown?
I've only seen this show twice so I may not know what I'm talking about but..............
God love em for what they do. Giving these hopeless cases a second chance is wonderful. That part I think is great.
However, has anyone noticed the way they assess the dogs sometimes?
Neurologically challenged mutt. Has bowel incontience. Can't walk straight. FINALLY someone wants to adopt him but want to know if he's good with cats. They cat test him by putting him face to face with a strange cat. They are 4 feet away from each other. Dog is on leash, cat is being held. They let excited dog get close, cat hisses and swats, dog gets even more excited and now REALLY wants the cat. They try to give dog treats. Dog eats treats but is still face to face with the cat.
Finally they pull dog away from eye contact with cat and he goes over to the crate the cat was in to sniff it. He bites the crate lightly as if out of curiousity. Their response? "Oh no, this is not good. He bit the crate."
They deem he is unacceptable to place with a cat because of the way he reacted. Doesn't that seem wrong? I mean even MY dogs that are use to cats would freak and show excitement if we stuck them face to face with their OWN cats. If I tried it with a strange cat the outcome would probably be even worse!
Another time they were evaluating a fearful dog with other dogs so what do they do? They stick the poor dog in a small room with a dominate personality dog. Then they deemed him unsuitable for adoption because he freaked out and was running around the room trying to escape with his tail between his legs. All the while the dominate dog was growling, showing teeth, and trying to establish his rank.
They kept saying, "no, he's not ready". "He's (the fearful dog) is showing some aggression there with his hackles up". My thought? Ummm....he's scared out of his mind right now!
I dunno. I'm no behaviorist, nor a trainer, but their tactics look awfully wrong to me.
Anyone else notice this?? I doubt I will watch it again.
~Lisa owned by
Annabelle (4 1/2 y/o GSD)
Maiya (4 y/o GSD)
Jaeger (9 month old GSD)