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.
(^^ I uploaded a whole rant onto Vidme if you wanna here me curse about 8 billion times 😉 )
But anyway, I was out walking Lily like I do every morning, when some little 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.
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.
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.
3. Leave it.
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.
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!!!
Alright. I’m done for now.
~Ashley and her decently mannered (and very weird) dogs