I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from the Specialty draft test photographer.
Yesterday I said I was attending a two-day obedience seminar.
I walked out.
I am incapable of silent complicity when things are simply not okay.
Let me be clear — different opinions are valuable! My concerns were not about different opinions.
In my world, hitting dogs to teach behavior is not okay. I am not alone in thinking that — see, for example, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s Position Statement about punishment by clicking HERE
I want to be respectful and thoughtful about what I say about that whole misadventure. Therefore, I won’t say much now because I am still processing.
But I left that seminar heartsick and angry, and reminded that the sport of obedience has a ways to go.
It is looking like Claire might get a TDX track after all — and that means I need to change gears yet again to make the most of this week’s practice opportunities. The test is Sunday.
Claire and I are attending a two-day obedience starting today — because four days of working a dog show was not quite enough!
But oh man — the blog ideas are percolating from that show:
Why do people think fake ingratiation will help them?
Most owner-handlers are really bad.
Is it good sportspersonship to build a major with your own dogs?
Surprise! Judges are human!
Relationship between a human and a dog — and lack thereof — is really obvious.
Clothing choices — Oh.My. Heck.
Running with scissors and throwing bait: Bad Ideas.
And speaking of bait — Most show dogs are not trained (they are lured and bribed).
And so on.
And I have a whole list of…
HAPPY MONDAY! I dare you…