dogs doing their thing

To explain my tags in the “Low Drive Owners should not own high drive dogs”…

When I seen that I immediately thought of the people who ONLY want the dog to say they have the dog. The people who DON’T make and effort to train their dogs and do hardly the BARE MINIMUM.

Example, my aunt. She bought a border collie two years ago. The dog is understimulized, destroying everything, and isn’t even house trained. In January, they bought a Silver lab. They have both dogs merely to say they have them. They aren’t training them, and they aren’t making an effort.

To me:

Low Drive Owners = People who buy dogs purely for the aesthetic, people who can’t be bothered to give their dog even basic training, people who don’t stimulize their dog in the least.

Low driver owner to me DOES NOT MEAN: people who do things with their dogs but aren’t exactly going with their dog all the time/on a training schedule. That’s just an owner. Just like the rest of us.

But for me, Low drive owners, or what I consider to be low drive owners, should not own high drive dogs.

Again, to me: Low Drive Owners = People who buy dogs purely for the aesthetic, people who can’t be bothered to give their dog even basic training, people who don’t stimulize their dog in the least.

So, I’m not saying that people who don’t revolve their life around dogs shouldn’t be able to own a mal or a BC or any other high drive breed, I’m saying that the people who CAN’T BE BOTHERED TO BOND WITH OR TRAIN THEIR DOG AT ALL, SHOULD NOT HAVE HIGH DRIVE DOGS. OR DOGS AT ALL FOR THAT MATTER.

Just to explain that because I didn’t pick up on the sarcastic context of the quote the first time around.

I’m not an elitist, I promise.

My views of things just register different in my mind.

anonymous asked:

hi! So I read that agility helped with Baylee's reactivity and I'd be interested in doing the same thing with my dog, but I'm curious about if you went to abnormal agility class or if you went to one specifically for reactive dogs or something else? Thank you!!

Hi, Anon!

Baylee and I just signed up for a regular beginner’s agility class. 

However, my agility instructor’s specialty is rehabilitating and working with rescue dogs…often these dogs come with significant behavioral problems and she’s able to turn them around. 

So she knew a good deal about how to approach my goals with Bay and help me set up ways for us to become successful in and outside of agility. She is also very accommodating to my and Baylee’s needs….understanding that Baylee often needs to be crated away from other dogs or around dogs that are calm and neutral to her reactivity.

My agility instructor also taught me that agility is something that should always be done with positive reinforcement training. You want the dog to love the sport, and to love and to bond with you at the same time. I know it sounds kinda corny but…the power of patience, love, treats combined with agility is what healed Baylee. :P

Anyway, I would really look for an agility instructor that competes regularly in trials, has good knowledge about how to work with reactive/problem dogs, and uses lots of positive reinforcement in their agility training. 

Hope that helps! Let me know if you have anymore questions! You’re always welcome to PM me privately/off anon.

  • Ravenclaw: *stares blankly at chalkboard*
  • Slytherin: Are you okay?
  • Ravenclaw: *turns to stare blankly at Slytherin*
  • Slytherin: Ravenclaw?
  • Ravenclaw: Do you think dogs know about thumbs?
  • Slytherin: What?
  • Ravenclaw: Or do they think all humans are magic because of thumbs?
  • Slytherin: This is why everyone said I shouldn't be your friend.

anonymous asked:

Hey amy! I just lost my dog, so i've had a bad week. Got any cute headcanons about Dami and his numerous pets?

  • I’m going to go ahead and assume that Damian names his favorite bats from the cave, and since Damian’s record on pet names is all over the place– some of them (Goliath, Titus) are dignified, while others (Batcow, Spotty the rat from B&R 13) are definitely not– I imagine the bat names get pretty interesting.
  • Damian: Antigone, Bonaparte, Ulysses, Jezebel, Scheherazade
  • Also Damian: Rita, Earl, Capitalism, Lemon, Bagel Bite
  • Alfred the cat has spyware in his collar. So far it’s been a useful and multipurpose investment, good for eavesdropping on both one’s family and unsuspecting criminals loitering in the parts of the city where a stray cat would go unnoticed. Conveniently, that is most of the city.
  • Titus sleeps at the end of Damian’s bed, for the death nightmares. It helps to have someone to hug.
  • There are also geese on the Manor grounds– they come in and out of the pond on the east side of the property– and Damian has been feeding them Cool Ranch Doritos for the past month as part of an experimental plot. That’s Tim’s brand of chips; if everything goes according to plan, the next time Tim takes a picnic lunch, he’ll be swarmed by expectant geese. It’s going to be hilarious.

Flowers of Darkness

Port Mafia + Flowers 

(scans by @dazaiscans, art by Kafka Asagiri, edit by me)

If You See A Service Dog...

while it’s working:

  • talk to the person and not the dog. the dog could be trained for any variety of jobs, most of which that it needs to be paying attention constantly for. if it becomes distracted during a crucial time, it could quickly become unsafe for the person it is aiding.
  • don’t pet the dog. you probably shouldn’t even ask to pet the dog in the first place because it is working. if the person tells you you can, then it’s okay.
  • don’t make kissy noises or snap your fingers at the dog. dogs with less experience, and even ones with years of training, can still be easily distracted.
  • don’t offer treats or food to the dog. the dog is likely trained to ignore food or treats unless given to them by their person. this could break their training and teach them habits they have already unlearned.
  • if you have a dog, even if yours is really friendly, don’t let them approach the service dog.
  • don’t ask the person why they have the dog. people’s disabilities and other conditions are personal, none of your business, and you have no right to know. you also shouldn’t ask them to prove their dog is a service dog by having it do some task. every dog is trained differently, and for different tasks and you still have no right to know.
  • don’t interact with the dog or person, even if you think you’re helping. ask first. don’t pick up the leash or move their other items without permission.
  • don’t draw attention to the dog by shouting ‘look a dog!’ or pointing. the dogs are essentially medical equipment, like a wheelchair or oxygen tank, and aren’t a spectacle. 
  • don’t take pictures of the dog, especially without permission. its rude to take pictures of anyone without asking, and service dogs are medical equipment that you shouldn’t be photographing in the first place. it’s awkward for everyone

i personally don’t use a service dog, but my best friend cj does (he asked me to write this post for him), and we encounter all sorts of things every day. doing the above makes it easier for the dog to do its job. 



…Aaaand he is also in for a bit of a shock once he actually gets filled in on what’s gone down!

Next part will be along soonlike!

–Dogs of Future Past–


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