|Barked: Tue Feb 19, '13 1:04pm PST |
|I haven't read the rest of the thread... but I think it depends. For example, I had to WORK to get Charlie as good as he is now. And even then, I could have done better, or he could have been better if he'd been in A better home prior to me. Instead, he was in four crappy homes prior. It took A LOT of socialization and training. He wasn't one of those dogs that left me feeling very lucky in terms of just being a generally good dog naturally.
My MIL got one of those dogs once. And it breaks my heart that she did, because this dog was STELLAR. Just naturally a VERY good dog. A shepherd mix. Protective, well behaved, KNEW what to do and when to do it without training whatsoever. However, now they think NO dog needs training and that every dog can naturally be that way, and they went and got a Shepherd/Aussie mix. This dog gets NO exercise, no socialization, no mental stimulation, NOTHING. She's locked up in a 28 foot camper trailer that they live in and gets nothing. And they assume she should naturally be a calm, good dog. Instead, this dog has NO manners, and a ton of pent up energy. I wish someone had informed these people of how much work a dog can truly be.
My SIL's Irish Wolfhound puppy is LOCKED UP in a KENNEL(which his poor back is completely touching the top of) every time I go over there and never gets walked because "they can't be walked"... er.. what? This is a dog bred to hunt and he can't be walked?! So.. while he's the typical Wolfhound in his calm, sweet demeanor, I feel terribly for him. Kenneling him all the time is going to do more damage to his joints than walking him once or twice a day!
I would rather give people the worst case scenarios, and the insane amount of work it CAN take, than see more people such as my MIL or SIL.
I KNOW we should have socialized Ria better. But that is incredibly hard to do when most of the dogs I know are... well.. like my MIL's Shepherd/Aussie. And that Shepherd/Aussie is a trainwreck when it comes to other dogs. I don't need my puppy socializing with her. Instead, she has Charlie, her Irish Setter friend Jersey, and my moms Rottweiler, Grizz to play with and socialize with on a regular basis. I also know we should have gotten her out and socialized her better with people, and I'm largely regretting not having done that.
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