The Number One Reason People Are Afraid to Train Their Dogs
So, if you’ve been following our Facebook page, you know I recently adopted an 8 year old Golden Retriever. He’s a handsome boy with a delightful personality, but he has little to no training. I picked him up on Monday, and took him to a pet store Thursday to practice and gather up supplies. He gets overly excited when he sees people and turns into a bucking bronco to be petted. People think he is very cute (which he is), but he’s spoiled and thinks everyone should be his friend. I’m actually having to tell people more than anything to NOT pet him because they give in to his cuteness before he is calm.
Here’s what happened:
#Incident Number 1: We walk into the pet store and an elderly woman with her small dog quickly spot us. She immediately gave us a dirty look and said, “Well, that’s a rambuctious dog you have there.” She then tried to avoid us at all costs. Rocky hadn’t even done anything except walk through the door with me.
#Incident Number 2: I overheard a woman checking out with a store worker that she hopes her Golden puppy does not behave that way in the future because my dog had “..so much energy.” Quick Lesson: Dogs are not robots. You purchased a working breed, who tends to have energy. Good luck!
Rocky was nervous and excited. He began to calm down after a few minutes of practicing commands and walking through the store. I was really pleased with how he did overall. However, here was something that kept going through my brain, how is one supposed to practice when they feel that much judgement from others in public? No wonder people isolate dogs that need work and training! People think their dog’s behavior reflects on who they are. That’s enough pressure to make some people not even try, don’t you think?
So, this post is for any of you who have felt this way. This applies to those of you who own breeds who are automatically discriminated against because of breed stereotypes too. Please don’t let it discourage you from continuing to train your dog. Training takes a lot of practice and hard work. You’re going to have rough days, embarrassing moments, and also moments of success! Those victories make it worth it.
Know this, when you are working with us, our job is to not judge you because of your dog’s behavior. Our job is to help. I think judgement may be the number one reason people are afraid to train their dogs. What do you think?
Post By: Laura Neiheisel