|Barked: Mon Jan 21, '13 1:26pm PST |
|That's my point. There's room for everything, including an elitism. It's not bad, it's just different. Whether you are talking about dogs, horses, or whatever have you. Just as I don't think it's fair to be judgmental about using treats, I don't think it's fair to think there's anything peculiar about elitism, either. Some things require high skill and aren't attainable by everyone/every dog who tries. Elitism there is par for the course. Sometimes taking the shape of someone who is a mentor to everyone humble enough to listen to their many years of experience....somewhere in that that yes, they are just better than you are (for now).....and sometimes taking a less favorable, condescending, snarky grossness. But that's just like being a chef or jazz musician. Same thing there, too.
It's very hard not to strive for something not readily attainable and not feel, fairly, that you are "one of the best." Those are stripes you earn. And part of that process is years of separating wheat from chaffe. It's everywhere. I mean, I have my debates and the number of times I have heard from Schutzhund people that a UDX doesn't mean anything because it's not "real" Or from a working person that Schutzhund dogs are loads of crap. Or from a conformation person that bite sport people are twisted? Sure. It's out there. Or, avoid it, not care about being the best and do something more user friendly, or even within that frame, just setting personal goals in a more friendly community.
There's something to suit everyone. Both sides judge everyone. It's all in the perspective.
Edited by author Wed Jan 23, '13 5:16pm PST
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