|Barked: Sat Mar 2, '13 2:25pm PST |
|Omg.. The 'crating is cruel' thing drives me batty too! If it's safer for the dogs... how is it cruel? And I have to agree between the difference of crating and plain negligence. It was cruel that Charlie was a neglected, eight month old puppy when I got him, with FOUR homes prior, and that he had been crated for a majority of the time in his previous homes. It was not cruel to make it a positive place for him, to make it a place he could SAFELY stay. I can't imagine the dangers he could have been put in had he not been crated when I left him home alone back then - he loved to tear things apart and chew them and even swallow them. Not safe. Now, I simply have crates as a JUST in case, and leave the doors open for them anytime my dogs want to go in them and only crate as needed.
Another one! "Smart = easy". Not the case! If anything, smart can mean FAR more challenges! People assume that being Lab/Border Collie, Ria has to be incredibly smart and therefore, an incredibly easy dog to handle. Easy to train, yes. Easy to socialize, wear out, or handle on a daily basis? Not so much. She's going to take a lot of work for the next few years and even after that, will never be entirely 'easy'.
"Rottweilers are aggressive and will hurt me or my dog." Lol... This seriously happened to me once when walking Maya. Maya was fine with people and dogs outside on walks. In fact, she was great. So when I was walking her down a narrow pathway between houses one day on our way home from a dog park, I noticed a couple spotted us and immediately ducked down another path to avoid us. At first, I just shrugged, but they looked really wary as I came up to the opening and it was the way I needed to go to get home. I was about to make my way past when the lady said, "Is she going to hurt my dog?".... Uh.. No. In fact, she'll likely take one sniff and then ignore your dog because she doesn't play with other dogs at all, and has no interest in them. So, when the little dog gave a nervous growl, Maya immediately backed off much to the amazement of the senior couple. "I heard Rottweilers are really aggressive! Is she purebred?" Yep. She's purebred. Poorly bred, but pure, yes. "She's so well behaved!" Well, it took a lot of training and socialization, but she's a really good girl. Rottweilers, are in fact, typically very people-oriented dogs who make wonderful companions. They were shocked by how good she was. To the point, they talked my ear off about her for about half an hour before they let me on my way again.
Every time I walked Kia, the Bull Mastiff, people always crossed the street. Except a car full of young guys that wanted to know her breed because they liked the look of her.
When people see a well behaved dog and automatically assume either the breed is easy, or that that particular dog was naturally that way. UH NO. Took A LONG TIME to get my Beagle this good, and took about a year of rehabilitation with Maya to help her get back to at least a somewhat normal life again, and it took a TON of work with my aggressive foster dog, and Ria certainly isn't easy or naturally that way either.
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