|Barked: Sat Oct 19, '13 4:06pm PST |
|Yes, I did think that the dog could be in training (even though it was marked as "Service Dog") but, as a raiser myself who has been in many, many situations with dogs in training, I know that all of those behaviors are unacceptable and need to be stopped, regardless. The organization I raise with has an "ignore barking" policy too (no corrections), but NEVER in a public place where other dogs aren't allowed. If that were to happen, you leave immediately. When a dog's in training, you never take the dog to a place you can't leave if you need to. If you're incapable of doing that, you shouldn't be training.
Link, I think we're talking semantics here. Nosing, barking, however you want to describe it, the behavior I was describing was was annoying and inappropriate but not expel-able.
Honestly, I don't know why I'm still on this forum. It does attract a particular crowd. A few years ago when I first came, there were higher standards, people were clear that OTing is something not everyone can do (but some certainly can!) and that not every pet Fluffy is capable of being a SD when you've gone to 16 doctors and found the one that will write you a note. Now, things have changed. I know it's driven off a lot of people, and yep, it's driven off me too as this will be my last post. Which I know you guys will be fine with, but don't think that just because you've driven me off means that I think it's okay for somebody to decide that oh, they actually are disabled and that Fluffy needs to accompany them everywhere now.
New people come on and say that their dog is displaying some ridiculously inappropriate behavior, and the dogster crowd tells them to put on a metaphorical training band-aid when what they have is a lethal hemorrhage.
I guess if faking's okay with you guys and vest-wearing is optional, I'll just take my extremely well-behaved retired guide dog current pet with me places. Although I'm not disabled, I honestly feel so much better and happier having her around. If anyone asks why she's there, I'll start going off on them about how you can't ask that question. That seems to be the dogster way and moreover no one will know the difference. At least she'll be better behaved than many of the "true SDs" (according to you guys) that we see out and about.
And with that, I'm leaving. Maybe I'll be banned at this point as dissent and debate and critical thinking is never welcome at dogster, but I don't really care. Over and out. Best of luck to all of you.
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