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I don't know if this is the proper area, so Moderators, please feel free to move as you see fit.

I work with a young girl that got her pup about the same time I got Jackson. Her dog is an Allaunt (a pitbull/mastiff crossbreed) and is about 4 months old....we have talked a lot about our pups, training, etc...She and her BF decided they didn't need to kennel this dog anymore and just cordoned off an area in their foyer with baby gates, well the dog destroyed all the window blinds. She thought it was funny...not my blinds, but still...I suggested she might want to kennel the dog when they are not home but "I feel so bad when he has to stay in that crate". Anyway she was telling me about some small behavioral problems she is having and asked why I was having such good luck with Jackson...told her I worked with him everyday and that everything we did was a learning experience...she said "I'm just to tired when I come home to work with him."

I wanted to smack her. That poor dog is going to end up being about 120-130 pounds and will probably end up in a pound or rescue because she couldn't control him...I do not understand why people get a dog and won't work with them...sure its hard work, but so worth it and the dog NEEDS that training.

Anyway, just venting.
 

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Originally Posted By: ZeusGSDYou see this with human kids, much less dogs. Some people are just extremely lazy and clueless.
Absolutely....my husband and I have a 10 year old daughter...she is incredibly well-behaved because we got off our butts and "worked" with her...(OMG, I make her sound like a puppy).
 

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I have to say 'I had 6 german shepherds before I had them' when anyone comments on how well behaved my kids (4 1/2 and 3 y/o twins) are. It seems impossible to some people that children can actually sit in a real chair in a restaurant. Or that they might listen and not wander off in a parking lot. Maybe it was the leashes I made them wear when they were 2!
 

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Originally Posted By: SunCzarina Maybe it was the leashes I made them wear when they were 2!
Just tell me you didn't crate them...?


But yes, it is frustrating. And it's something I think we all hear far too often. Too many people are generally irresponsible, I think. Or they certainly don't think things through, at any rate. They don't stop to consider what a huge committment it is before they get a dog. They don't do their homework, look at different breeds, ask "is this the right dog for my lifestyle?" They don't stop to think about how tired they are when they get home from work and the dog always ends up paying for it.
The world would be a better place if dogs could choose their owners.
 

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I don't understand why some people think that a certain breed of dog that they've seen is "automatically a good dog". I was walking Meeka on a leash when we had a co-ed softball tournament in our town. She was about 8 months old at the time, doing very well, walking nicely with me while being aware of all the activity around her but not pulling at the leash, and as I walked by I heard one man say to another, I've got to get a dog like that. I wanted to spin around and yell, "They don't COME this way, you have to TEACH them!"
 

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That's the thing...I come home from work and I'm tired...gotta get dinner, clean the kitchen, etc...sometimes I think I just don't feel like working with him...but HE doesn't know that...my husband and I talked alot about getting another dog and we knew it would be a lot of work involved..and it is...but he is such a happy little guy, so eager to please and SO bonded to us that its all worth it.
 

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Originally Posted By: 1211meekaI don't understand why some people think that a certain breed of dog that they've seen is "automatically a good dog". I was walking Meeka on a leash when we had a co-ed softball tournament in our town. She was about 8 months old at the time, doing very well, walking nicely with me while being aware of all the activity around her but not pulling at the leash, and as I walked by I heard one man say to another, I've got to get a dog like that. I wanted to spin around and yell, "They don't COME this way, you have to TEACH them!"

Our pup just turned 15 weeks, and he is just great!
We walk him twice a day morning and night, train with him, short sessions two three times a day.
We hear alot of people say how well behaved he is for a pup when we bring him on our walks. Little do they know, we do alot with him, make him sit at every door, lays down before he gets to eat his meals, when on a trail if a cyclist or jogger comes we get him to sit.. We expose him to many different surroundings. Just the little things that make him well behaved.

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"As you sew, so shall ye reap".

You're right - the dog will suffer from her neglect.
 
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