|Barked: Sun May 19, '13 6:50am PST |
|Hi, I'm Lily. I've been looking into getting a dalmatian for several months now. I've been doing extensive research on the breed as well as puppy training, and dog care. These include, online sources, books, dvds, and asking people personally their experiences with dalmatians.
I've been encountering a problem, however, whenever I announce that I'm looking into getting a dalmatian. All I get are negative feed backs, a lot of patronizing and condescending remarks about how dalmatians are "aggressive, stupid and hard to train". Though, I'm sure everyone is doing this to warm me, it's as if I don't understand the temperament of the breed, and am going into it on a whim. Despite how much I attempt to fight about how much research I'm doing, and understand the traits that dalmatians may come with, my voice gets drowned out by everyone, who are completely adamant on dalmatians being "bad dogs". Though I'm not quick to believe them, it has become slightly disheartening hearing this because of the judgement I get. I feel that they think I'm imagining this high expectation of a dog learning tricks over night and being extremely well trained dogs with a snap of my fingers. When I know this isn't the case. I know that there will be a lot of time, effort and patience that I need to put into having a dog, especially if I want it well trained. I know every dog is different and it's up to me, as a dog owner, to be extremely responsible with any breed, to train them and be their companion in the best way that I can.
I know that in the past a lot of people have gotten dalmatians because they're "pretty dogs" without understanding their temperament and what they needed from their owners. Don't get me wrong, It IS fantastic that they are so good looking, but I want a dalmatian for many different reasons. First, I've realized that dalmatians are me in dog form. We have similar traits of hyperactive-ness, and needing of attention and need of constant brain work that I feel we would make a great team. The spots really are an added plus (because I dress up in spots a lot too). Second, it's also because of the fact that dalmatians will really influence me to be the best person that I can be. And I hope that I could do the same for my future dog. I want a companion, a best friend, that will be by my side. One that I can play with and go hiking with, to the beach with. Do everything under the sun with.
Now this is getting extremely verbose, but I'm writing in here in hopes to get other people's views, advice and experiences with dalmatians. It's always nice to get a different range of views. I know that dalmatians have the greatest potential to be one of the best dogs, and I want to be a great dog owner and companion for my future dog, as much as she/he will be a great dog and companion for me. If you have any advice to offer and information about them, please let me know! Thank you so much for your time.
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