|Barked: Sun Mar 2, '08 5:01am PST |
|OK, in the light of dawn, I should qualify.
I have no problem with intellegent, informed young people. Storm, I can pick up a whole lotta things about you from your posts and have drawn the conclusion that you are a college student (probably grad school) taking behavior or education related courses, have one dog you are devoted to, work with him in and out of the ring, no kids, no sig other, live on your own. I can draw enough info from your posts to let me know that if I have an issue and you give me advise, I would be wise to follow it.
Mack, You are probably fairly young (compared to me) Married (I think), dealing with issues that have caused you to seek out help and learn as much as you can to avoid having to give up a dog. If you said "Hey Ash, have you tried this?" I would probably check it out, maybe embrace it, maybe critique it intellegently without resorting to namecalling. I don't think you are too far behind me on the learning curve and also think that like me, you are still taking in information.
Mocha, Khola, Nick, I look at any advise from all of them. I would even check out advise from Natasha and Jaeger because, even though I disagree with them on many things, it is easy to see they have experience. You can tell who knows what the are doing by reading their posts.
What annoys me is when you can tell someone is young AND inexperienced yet the go to the boards and offer advise on serious issues and you can see how their advise may elevate the issues. When you point it out, they name call and, after many posts, start claiming they have trained lots of dogs and been a behaviorist.
To me, the word behaviorists would indicate you have an educational background in behavior and understand the science behind what you are doing.
Now, people may put more weight to their advise. I would never consider myself a behaviorist. I am getting certified to train, but honestly, I think the course is worth very little. I would never pretend to be a behaviorist so people will listen to me.
It's not just "padding a resume", it's pretending to be something you are not so people will consider your advise more valuable than the advise of people who truly have had more experience.
Maybe I'm still smarting from that fat comment that was directed at Asher
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