Monday, December 03, 2007

When Is It Out Of Your Hands?

"We cannot leave him alone," the couple said.

I eyed the small dog and asked for the routine of his day. He ran free as he pleased in his small yard. He walked ahead of his owner on their 5 mile walk every couple of days or so. Not to mention, he slept in bed with his owner instead of his crate, and he marked in the house.

I had been contacted, of course, only to get him used to his crate. I had the owner leave the room. The dog screamed, and the man rushed back in petting the dog and talking to him. He also made a big to do as he left the room.

I was able to get the dog to be quiet in his crate for an hour while he was staying with me. Even when I left him. I ran him twice a day, 40 minutes each time. He had a ton of energy and could not be confined without draining it.

I explained all of this in detail to the owner, and he simply refused to do it. He said the dog was his kid, and he did not want him to feel like he was a dog!

It is out of my hands when the owner comes back.

Rena Murray
Dog Whisper Woman



Margham said...

It is so horribly frustrating to watch people ruin their dogs. I have seen some beautiful animals of exceptional ability closeted and stifled as good little family dogs - yard or house - with all the health care, good food, shelter, good intentions, even the ubiquitous "dog obedience training"...

But without the "job" in which to be proud, the leadership in which to trust, and the exercise to burn off all that pent-up energy, the poor creature goes bonkers. THAT is neglect of the poor dog!

No amount of "dog obedience training" will solve that! Witness these dogs who went through "dog training:"

There was a Lab-Border Collie cross who was a yard dog and considered worthless by everyone. Yet at an advanced age, when someone other than his family took him in for a while and worked with him, ran him, provided leadership... he proudly displayed the magnificent creature and obedient, loving pet he always was inside!

He was brilliant. But with his owners, he was bored. He had competition quality, native agility ability that could have made him a great champion. But he wasn't even walked. How can you blame the dog for anything?

I have seen a beautiful, incredibly gifted Bloodhound puppy spoiled and catered to by loving, unknowing owners... and shut up in a small yard or garage, without outside human socialization, without leadership, without adequate exercise... until the poor thing went bonkers and bit the owner... and was put down. A tragedy all the way around.

Not to mention the fact that the breeder wanted the pup back when he saw her incredible, inborn tracking skills which few ever achieve even after extensive training... skills which could have save many, many human lives!

And some of these owners were TOLD what the dog needed. It didn't fit their preconceived paradigm, so they ignored it. And the incredible animal was the victim.

Yes, Rena. When is enough ENOUGH???

10:54 PM  

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