Monday, June 2, 2014
Must Be The Only Dog
It seems to me that there is something really wrong here. Shouldn't a dog who has gone through training - usually board and train - a specific type of socialization, and behavior modification, be ready to be a dog? To live with other dogs? I can see the no children because of size considerations in many of them, I can also see the point in no cats as it's usually the cat's fears that cause the issues. But shouldn't a dog who has been through this type of program be able to live with other dogs?
But, what I see are these dogs, who have issues with other dogs, put into a board and train situation for a month or two, sometimes more, and come out the other end still not able to live with other dogs. Why? Isn't that supposed to be what they are in training to fix? What are they learning?
This is a lament more then a rant. I want so badly to be able to help these dogs. I know I can do it, I've done it way too many times in the past and am still doing it with dedicated owners and even some fosters in the allotted 8 week time period. The dogs I work with are just as fearful, just as dedicated to eating anything that scares it, just as "red zone" as the ones in these ads. I work with dogs with fight and bite histories that would curl your hair in seconds. I work with dogs who are so out of balance that they even want to kill the fake dogs I use to assist in their rehabilitation. They are so out of tune with reality due to their fear, they really do think the fake dogs are real.