It's easy to get hung up obsessively comparing. And as the wise Mr. Roosevelt once said, "Comparison is the thief of joy." So true.Here’s the thing: we each train what’s important to us. What I find important with my pets and what you feel are a priority may be very different, and that’s okay.
I'm assuming you had show lines and then got a working line? Did you notice any big differences or changes in what you have to do, or your day to day life?It's basically how I always have trained and lived with my dogs. I thought that this would not be enough for a WL GSD before I ever got one and the reason I didn't for a long time. But it works beautifully as long as you have fun with them.
I think the "do whatever feels good" philosophy should only apply after a certain base/minimum level of training & socialization has been achieved. Not everyone needs an IPO3 superstar, but everyone does need a calm, obedient dog.I think it's fine unless what you are doing (or not doing) is inconsiderate and/or endangering others. My Newlie is far from perfect so you would think I would be raving about this article, but I am a little wary of the "do whatever feels good to you" type of philosophy as too often it comes at the expense of others. I am not saying that the author is advocating that, I can just see a lot of people latching on to it as a excuse for not doing what they know they should be doing.
I agree with that. "My rights end where your rights begin" should apply to all dogs in public places. Though my takeaway from this article is not a blanket excuse for being lazy.The only caveat I would suggest, as an abundance of caution is: don't allow your dog to intrude on other people's space.
I agree with that. "My rights end where your rights begin" should apply to all dogs in public places. Though my takeaway from this article is not a blanket excuse for being lazy.
Since I started paying close attention at different types of dog events (both participating and spectating), I'm really appreciating the huge spectrum of behaviors that different people want, and encourage, from their dogs. Some want quiet self control, with slow careful predictable movements. Others want intensity, engagement, and pushing for reward and more-more-more. What one person considers obnoxious, another might embrace.
I think this article is encouraging dog enthusiasts to back off some of the sniping/criticisms of personal preferences, not to excuse bad behavior that disrupts other people. It's easier now (with Facebook/Youtube/etc) than ever to constantly, CONSTANTLY, compare your dog and your training to everyone else's dog. And like the author of the article pointed out, with the "well trained dog" that chewed up a pen, it should be fine to talk about screw-ups instead of only showcasing the rare, perfect moments when the stars align and the dog completes its work flawlessly.
What I sensed from this article is that it is OK if they are not perfect. Mine are not, but they are great in impulse control and obedience, at home and in public. I just don't need them to be robotic.I think it's one thing to allow our dogs to behave a certain way in our own homes, but when it comes to public places, they definitely should be well behaved and under control!
Reminds me of the time I had Carly at the training center, and we walked into the building and saw these 2 goldens. The woman had just finished training and was packing up her stuff. She handed a tote bag to one golden, and a stainless water bowl to the other golden. No one was on a leash, and they stood there like perfect little statues. I was in awe, I'll admit. She saw me, and said "oh they love to carry things!". She turned and they followed her across the building and out the back door. I looked at Carly and said to her "oh honey, you'll never be a robot dog". I'm not sure if that was a compliment or a complaint, LOL.What I sensed from this article is that it is OK if they are not perfect. Mine are not, but they are great in impulse control and obedience, at home and in public. I just don't need them to be robotic.
I agree with you on a certain level of expectation across the board and think that applies to kids and animals alike. Common courtesy when you are out in the world, let's call it. I don't accept teeth on skin, I don't accept jumping, I want a solid "leave it," and I expect a calm sit when I ask for it so people can meet and greet. (All assuming dogs on leash - actual, not flexi.) Basically, enough owner control that the dog doesn't pose a risk to others.I agree with this article kind of. Just like children everyone has different expectations of their dogs than everyone else . Sometimes even their spouse. However, there should be a certain level of expectation across the board. certain things should be and will be individualized. I personally don't like my dogs jumping on people or myself. I was training Rosko that he doesn't jump on people period. Then I witnessed my wife come home from work one day and the first thing she done was to tell Rosko "hug" at which point rosko jumped up on her in a hug like fashion. I asked her what she was doing and she informed me that she looks forward to that so I switched my training to an immediate response to the off command. He will jump on my wife, daughter, and boys. (they enjoy this) With strangers I tell him off and he doesn't jump on them. As mentioned above the most important aspect of dog ownership needs to be control.
This is very very true.It's easier now (with Facebook/Youtube/etc) than ever to constantly, CONSTANTLY, compare your dog and your training to everyone else's dog. And like the author of the article pointed out, with the "well trained dog" that chewed up a pen, it should be fine to talk about screw-ups instead of only showcasing the rare, perfect moments when the stars align and the dog completes its work flawlessly.