If you have an issue with him pm him, but seriously, relax... You have opinions like everyone else, threads are moderated as they are seen; moderators aren't paid and have a thankless job (thank you moderators! ) and take abuse they don't deserve. You obviously have an issue with another member, but this isn't the thread (nor is there a thread for that purpose), you just end up getting yourself moderated...
I would add a thought on advice... Text is very cold, there I no emotion until the reader inflicts it upon themselves, depending upon their mood this can be good or bad. If you think something was offensive, leave it, come back to it later and reread, often it will be viewed in a different light and perhaps good gleamed.... Finding advice or things that work for you does not always mean that everything that doesn't conform to your ideas is wrong or obsolete. Keeping an open mind (looking for perspective) can often help in other ways, even if primary opinions differ (like ideas of things done differently but implemented in another situation) Keeping things civil and conversations moving in a friendly way benefits everyone
"Ideally, someone giving advice (as opposed to someone sharing their own personal experiences and opinions) should have a real name and verifiable credentials and not stand as an anonymous person".
Excellent post, thank you. It seems that sometimes, the more experienced but un-credentialed folks (although well meaning) forget that that there is usually more than one way to achieve a goal. They have their ways of caring for and training their GSD's, but their way is only one of many.
I too have been alarmed at some of the "diagnosis" posts. For many GSD owners, vet bills are a consideration and they may be prone to taking advise here and not consulting a Vet as soon as they should. I have also seen posts questioning a Vet's diagnosis, causing un-necessary additional testing and expense to the poster with the problem.
All said, this site is the best resource for basic information on the GSD that I have found. Thanks moderators - for moderating!
I joined the group because I was concerned about Elke's squealing. You were all very nice about her 'talking'. I felt better knowing it was somewhat normal behavior. Thank you. But I stayed because you are all so nice and earnestly helpful. I appreciate that and the wisdom of the moderators. Thank you.
BTW, the squealing stopped when we lost Buck but has resumed with Duke in the pack. I missed it.
Beautifully written post on advice. I'm back from trying to find something similar on elsewhere, and just want to say this is a very socially cohesive group, and I see the flow of posts often goes as it should, people debate, flesh out their words, not too much arguing.
As an aside, I clicked this post as it reminded me of breaking my own rule (never give unsolicited advice) when someone's large strong impulsive adolescent pup popped his prong just outside of the dog park yesterday (I train my own dog outside of the dog park). They never did manage to get the prong back on the dog while the dog ran up to several leashed dogs (not mine, I did well-practiced evasive manoevres) and resolved only by letting him in the dog park. Since my guy was wearing a prong with a back-up clip, yes, I stepped in and asked an adult if she minded some advice. Somehow I managed to come off as kind and helpful rather than rude and intrusive and got thanked for the tip.
This has me re-thinking the unsolicited advice rule. On the otherhand, it does get tiresome when people say, 'have you tried' for the millionth time on a been there done that issue.