[I]I like how some people assume that everyone's household (and the dynamics within it) is the same as the next person's. Believe it or not, you can have some truly misguided and frankly horrible parents. [/I]
Silver, you are obviously assuming Masha's parents are horrible. Maybe your household is like that but do not give a "child" (yes, a child) advice on how to handle her mother or what you even think about her. You have no right where she is concerned. I am sure Masha loves her mother and it is not your job to turn her against her. With so much criticism of her mother how do you want her to stand up for her? I think you should be ashamed of yourselves.
It is my opinion that anyone under eighteen should not be able to join this forum. Children have no business amongst adults.
Last edited by Melba; 03-28-2010 at 06:25 PM.
ETA: I'm just ignoring the bickering at this stage. While I agree it does seem that Dora is more your parents than yours, IMO that doesn't matter as at the moment you are actively seeking ways to train her.
to you. You're doing very well so far! You should be proud of yourself!!
Do you believe then, that Masha should leave Dora alone, and allow her parents to not train her (even though the dog IS part hers?), and let her be aggressive, etc., etc. I don't know Masha's mother, but I think any parent abusing her daughter for training an animal, especially when Masha has taken the initiative to gain the information from people who know (which has, btw, been ignored by her mother), doesn't deserve the respect that you claim she warrants.
I'm sorry, the fact that she is Masha's mother can only go so far. Parents do not have ANY right to emotionally abuse their children.
Sorry, no. There is nothing wrong with offering constructive advice from people who may have been in similar situations. Fortunately, you can't tell me what I can and cannot do either
As for your last comment, luckily you haven't got any sort of control over the forum. It would be a very sad place indeed, imo. How can you expect to have another generation of good dog owners, if children are not able to LEARN from those who are good dog owners now?
May I also add: my current dog, Leo, was a present for my step father. I obviously had zero ownership over him. However, if i had not stepped up and taken responsibility for him, Leo would not have learned even the basics of "no" and "sit", and I can guarantee you, he would be in the pound not long after he got him. Would you say that this is also wrong?
Last edited by silvershadowwolf24; 03-28-2010 at 06:39 PM.
Thanks Angela. I just did TOT with her outside, she started barking a bit, but as soon as she was quiet for ten seconds, I stuck half of my body out into the laundry, where she could probably see my foot. She was quiet for a whole minute before I gave her the food. I realise that I cant do TOT properly until we move houses, but at least I can take small baby steps towards the full program.
On a side note, Melba, I think you're wrong about the no under 18s thing - how else can 'children' get advice on raising dogs if they're not allowed to join dog information forums?
No, but I think I may be giving her a bit much. Also - Im so happy about this - she had a snack between meals today - about table spoonful of her dry food!!
Yep. I'll give her less. I'll judge by the amount she doesn't finish, so just take it away. Thanks for the help
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