I’m So Fucking Tired Of People Not Training Their Dogs!!!!

Oh my gosh you guys, I’m absolutely fucking livid right now!!! Because, yet again, some asshole had their dog out running loose and it ended up causing problems for Lily and I.

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(^^ I uploaded a whole rant onto Vidme if you wanna here me curse about 8 billion times πŸ˜‰ )

But anyway, I was out walking Lily like I do every morning, when some littleΒ sheltie decided to come running across the street, teeth bared, hackles raised, and growling/barking. So obviously Lily starts active aggressive, and why wouldn’t she? This dog is coming at us in a very aggressive manner and we’re attached to each other by a leash, so she feels kinda trapped but also wants to protect me and herself. So I had to grab my 35 pound border collie, who was now thrashing and barking and baring her teeth, up by the scruff of her neck and pick her up before she could get her mouth around this other dog, because if she did, she probably would have killed it. All while this dogs owner stood by and did absolutely nothing…..

So yeah, Lily ended up ruining my hoodie and scratching the hell out of me because she was super pissed and didn’t want me picking her up. Which is totally understandable. Like I said, she wanted to protect us both from a dog who was acting aggressive and being a threat.

 

 

 

Ugh, I’m just so fucking tired of always having to be the responsible one in these situations, because it never ends well for me. We had a similar situation happen at the dog park a few weeks ago and I got bit by the dog who was causing problems. Luckily once he realized he had his mouth around me and not one of my dogs he stopped and I didn’t even end up with teeth marks, but still…I’m just so fucking done with people not training their dogs, their dogs causing problems, and then not doing anything about it.

Honestly at this point I really want to stop intervening and just letting my dogs do whatever it is they’re gonna do (which probably means the other dog is gonna end up really hurt or really dead, especially if all three of mine are together). But the only thing that stops me from doing that is worrying that they’ll end up hurt too, or that the asshole who’s dog is the one causing problems will call animal control and have my dogs taken away and euthanized. Which would be the most unfair thing ever, because at the end of the day it’s not my dogs fault. It’s not mine or Luke’s fault. Hell, it’s not even the other dogs fault. The fault lies with the person who failed to properly train their dog.

So here’s a little tip for everyone out there; these are three basic commands I think all dogs should know and be able to do infallibly, especially if you plan on taking them out in public.

1. Your dog should be able to come on command.Β 

This is honestly the most important command you will ever teach your dog, because you never know. They may slip out of their collar, or some how get out of your house or yard, or whatever. If you can call your dog and they come back right away, it will save you a lot of heartache and get your dog out of potentially dangerous situations. Plus it’s not even that hard of a command to teach. It just requires patients and persistence.

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Luke and I don’t have to worry about how far away they get from us at the off leash dog park, because they come back when they’re called. Always.

2. Sit.

I like to think of sit as the doggy version of “please”. They should have to sit for their leash, their food, for treats, for pets/attention, whatever. Trust me, this is super important because it can help calm your dog down and get it’s attention on you. It also helps prevent your dog from jumping on people they probably shouldn’t jump on. I can have my little 3 year old neighbor running around my back yard with all 3 of my dogs safely, because they know not to jump for attention. Even Finn, who is young and dumb will plop his ass down into a sit right in front of her if he wants her to pet him. SIT IS IMPORTANT!! It’s also one of the easiest commands to teach a dog and is super easy to reinforce and get them to be able to do it perfectly. One of my favorite things to do is take one of my dogs out for a walk and just randomly tell them to sit, because it helps reinforce the command, ensures that they’re always listening and ready to comply with any command you might have for them, and its very amusing to watch the reactions from people when I tell one of them to sit and they automatically plop down.

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This photo was taken during the little game that I mentioned above. Finn was a little bit worried about a dog that was barking at him from someone’s yard. But he still sat there until I gave the release command.

3. Leave it.Β 

This one is definitely important for your dogs safety. You don’t want them eating or playing with something they just find laying in the street. But I’ve also found that once your dog has this command you can use it for just about anything you want your dog to ignore. You don’t want your dog bothering a cat? Tell them to leave it. Tired of your dog barking at a squirrel? Tell them to leave it. Are trying to walk past another dog and they’re ripping your arm out of socket trying to interact with the other dog? Tell them to leave it. Trust me, once your dog understands the command it really works. Although I’m constantly having to remind my dogs to stop trying to chase squirrels and rabbits while we’re walking, but after a couple of “leave its” they usually listen haha.

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Before this photo was taken, Lily was trying to be sneaky and go after a squirrel that was across the street. But she was told to leave it, so she sat and stared longigly at it instead.

And before I get off my soapbox let me just say that dogs are a lot of work. Training a dog isn’t always easy, but it’s something that absolutely needs to be done, for it’s safety and the safety of other people and animals. Remember that at the end of the day, dogs are predators. They have sharp teeth and claws for a reason and can do some pretty bad damage with them if they want to or feel that they need to. They can really seriously hurt or even kill another dog, or animal, or even a person, and I think a lot of people forget that. Dog ownership is not something that should be taken lightly. Or at least I think so. Train your freaking dogs people!!!

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This photo was accomplished with a “sit” and “stay” command. Just sayin.

Alright. I’m done for now.

~Ashley and her decently mannered (and very weird) dogs

 

 

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23 thoughts on “I’m So Fucking Tired Of People Not Training Their Dogs!!!!

  1. codemanbc

    Personally, I believe the MOST important command is EMERGENCY DOWN…Magic knows a loud, forceful DOWN, means STOP everything and LAY DOWN. And, he’s quite good at it. Just thinking out loud…Tom and MAGIC

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      Oh I totally agree!! That’s actually what I use sit for. lol mostly because all of my dogs struggle with down unless they’re working. Hahaha but I think that’s just because they’re all stupidly stubborn. I guess that’s what I get for owning 3 cattle dogs though lol.

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  2. codemanbc

    Herding breeds get you to realize that some dogs are really dumb, just idiots. Not to mention the DUMB owners. Magic has always been very easy to teach…Mr. Automatic, always paying attention, especially with squirrels. Your Lily looks like a VERY sharp girl!

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      Oh my gosh yes!!! You basically just described my brother in law and his dog to a T!! My dogs have also been pretty easy to teach, for the most part. Haha like I said, they’ve all got a bit of a stubborn streak in them, but honestly I kinda prefer that. My dogs are also super attentive whenever they’re around cattle, squirrels, and what not. lol they really want to work and if they want to consider chasing squirrels work then I’m going to encourage it! Oh she is! Lily definitely has her shit together and knows how to react and behave in most situations. Dean is the same way, all though he’s much more calm and laid back than Lily. Lol now if only Finn would get to that point. But he’s only 9 months old, so he’s still young and dumb. πŸ˜‰

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  3. peacelovepointers

    Yep, it happens. People are stupid. Believe it or not, with all of the bad encounters I have had with other dogs, the other dog was on a leash, and the owner still couldn’t control the dog, they were that incompetent. I myself recently wrote a rant on the subject. You’re not alone!
    Sorry if this is knitpicky, but I personally don’t enjoy reading curse words. It’s one thing when they slip out of your mouth, but it’s different when you actually type them out… I dunnow, it’s not even you in particular it’s just I’ve been seeing a lot of it lately and it’s starting to drive me nuts. Okay I’ll shut up now. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      Yes, yes they are…lol I really do believe that though! I’ve seen it happen many times as well. I mean, I grew up working in a boarding kennel that my mom and grandma owned and I’ve seen my fair share of incompetent people. I honestly believe some people just shouldn’t own dogs. Haha it’s alright, I never mind getting any kind of feedback! But I try to type the way I talk and I have a terrible mouth. Especially when I’m angry or upset. It’s probably a really bad habit, but one that I’m probably never going to break hahaha. πŸ˜‚

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  4. terrepruitt

    And that is exactly why people don’t train their dogs “it is a lot of work.” People don’t get dogs for work they get dogs for company. I think it is not fair to the dog nor other people and dogs. I am with you and your frustration. Try to stay safe. And as much as it pisses you off, don’t let your dogs get in the scuffle . . . . like you said, if you did YOUR dogs would end paying the price, not the other ones or their owners.

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      Exactly!! It’s really not, because you end up with a dog that’s not sure what to do with itself or how to react in certain situations. I carry pepper spray just in case. 😁 Ugh, I know, it’s just so frustrating…

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  5. Auntysocial

    Know a lass that got so pissed off with this she bought a small air-horn and took it with her on every walk then blasted it at every rude, loose or bad mannered dog they met. Laughed so hard at that because it’s such a simple but ingenious idea.

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      1. Auntysocial

        Isn’t it?!! I cried laughing but thought “That’s actually a brilliant idea” and she made sure her owns dogs were desensitised to the sound then packed it with her and took it on walks everywhere they went. Far as I’m aware it hasn’t failed yet πŸ™‚

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      2. Auntysocial

        I’d say it’s worth just working on with your dog at home and then taking one and just blasting the shit out of the first dog that annoys you for sure.

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      3. Auntysocial

        Tell you what I discovered does get a dog’s attention / freak them out a bit – sport ref whistle. I got one to use with a horse that could be a bag sometimes and I didn’t want my daughter going in the field with so whenever we went up, I’d blow the whistle and after a few days she was trained and came trotting over the hill and down to the gate.

        Weird thing is how irritating it seemed to my dogs and everyone’s else’s. I’ve never used a dog whistle but had one from when I retrained a Springer Spaniel we took on and the sound of the dog whistle never seemed to bother any other dogs at all.

        When I blasted the little sports ref whistle it got their attention – instantly. Don’t know whether it’s the particular pitch or warbling sound from the cork that does it but that whistle has stopped dogs in their tracks and sent others running in the opposite direction.

        It’s made my life easier too I don’t have to trudge into the middle of fields to catch horses either.

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