Watching this broke my heart. The end of the video. :( This is supposed to be “calm.” Ugh.
How to ruin your dog…
I don’t know what people are freaking out about. They are correctly using the prong and the dog is doing much better.
Why does this break your heart? The owner is treating the dog the same way the leader of a pack would. Making sure the dog doesn’t get out of hand and is kept focused on the walk and not hunting/searching. Those collars act the same way a mother would to her puppy if it was being disobedient. Nala seems to be doing so much better on her walks, her walks are probably more enjoyable for her now instead of being stress-inducing.
I’m sorry it’s taken so long to respond. I saw these comments this morning, but I wanted to make sure I was informative and not rude when replying. If any of this comes off as rude, I do apologize. I sincerely do not mean for it to be.
Here’s a little picture of dog body language:
Nala is the epitome of scared. Workingwithjayne made a great post the other day about how a dog should look while on a walk. This here is the link. I know the post was about “dominance” and “submission,” which is not the point here, but the pictures are great examples.
I sadly don’t have any good pictures of Potter during our walks. He’s a bit long for me to get a good full body picture; however, the best picture I have can show you the difference between the way he checks in with me and the way Nala checks in with her owner:
When Potter checks in with me, his ears are forward and his tail is on the higher side, being happy while on our walk. The second picture is the best I have of him mid-walk. You can tell his tail is up from the shadow. Behind us was a lot of noise at the moment, which is why his ears are a little back. This picture is the best I have from the front, although he’s not in the process of walking:
However, you can see the difference between Potter and Nala. Nala’s tail was tucked, her ears back, her body rounded. She was nervous and scared as could be. Some people may argue that Potter isn’t a reactive dog so the situation is completely different. That being said, here’s a picture of my old dog Petey. He was a human aggressive pit bull. Although I don’t have a picture of him mid-walk, whenever I stopped walking he had to sit down. This is a picture of him doing so:
I was able to train him to walk politely next to me despite his human aggression. I did not use methods even similar to this and we did just fine. He was happy and confident during our walks.
On a different note, you state that she is being a pack leader. Recent studies have shown that dogs do not think in a pack mentality. Here’s one link and here’s another that will direct you to two lovely articles that talk about how this “alpha” theory has been debunked.
Also, walking your dog should be done for the benefit of your dog. The reason walks are so tiring to dogs is the sniffing. Sniffing is an important part of a dog’s life and they need to be able to smell on walks. Does that mean they should pull you around during walks? No, however, completely not allowing them to do so is not how a walk should be done. You can teach your dog to walk near you while they sniff and walk or you can teach your dog to simply make eye contact with you (or some other indication) to let you know they want to sniff something. You can then add a cue (for Potter and myself it’s “All right, go sniff!”) to release them to go sniff a spot for a moment before continuing on your walk.
I hope this helps explain what’s wrong with this video. If not, or if you have specific questions, please ask and I’ll explain the best I can. I also apologize for my rambling.
Welp, at least I did something productive- water changes in three tanks and trimmed the plants in Gators and Galaxy’s condo. My new planted tank is doing terrific, after two days pretty much everything has new sprouts on it! :D Tomorrow I’m going to my LFC and getting a school of Corydora cats or tetras, not sure which to get first. I’ve only been to this LFS maybe twice so I’m interested to see their selection!
Accidentally scared them during their bath [reddit]
"GET OUUUUUT MOM"
"EVER HEAR OF PRIVACY"
"RESPECT MY PERSONAL BOUNDARIES"
WHERE are they getting this stuff !!
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Everyone who has ever owned a cat knows exactly this feeling, right here. It’s like the cat thinks that if they go slow enough you won’t noticed. But you do. And you are DONE.
Male C. elegans
i don’t care if it’s stupid I laughed so hard the guy at the counter of the 7-11 asked if I needed an ambulance