Posted: 29/05/2013 at 00:20
GG, not really 'learnt' to train dogs by going to classes, but by growing up with them. I seem to find it easy to slide into a dog's brain and know what's going on in there. I have sworn at the telly when dog borstal has been on, there is the odd rogue dog that's not trainable (my Mum's Skye terrier that tried to bite me when I was 4 is one example), but they are few & far between. The only dog we've had problems with is Max, and we took him to a dog shrink, he didn't really tell us anything we didn't know, he couldn't decide if the constant barking when we were out was separation anxiety or the kids playing football in the street. In the end we think it WAS separation anxiety, after all, he was a rescue and had been around a bit, when he worked out he was in his forever home, he settled down. He knows what 'going shopping' means, an knows we'll be back, and is usually on the sofa before the front door has shut. If he had thumbs he'd be looking for 'Zoo vet' or somthing with the remote.
The biggest problem you find with dogs is weak owners. A dog that's in it's place, right at the bottom of the pack, is a happy dog. No need to worry about defending the place, raising puppies, keeping your place as top dog, finding food for the rest of the pack....bliss, for a dog. Remembering a dog is a wolf with centuries of domestication helps, as there are other important roles in the pack. Beta male and female, rounder-upper, and mediator are some. Bracken was a mediator when she was around, and Max is definitely beta male (or deputy dawg as he's sometimes known as). My favourite has definitely got to be GSD, or crossbreeds with GSD in there somewhere. I'd never have a border collie, I don't want a dog that's smarter than I am. We think Max is a mix of collie and GSD, had I known the mix I doubt we would have taken him on (we thought at first he was GSD and Dobermann).
Anyway, some random rants
* People who light a fag the minute they get out of a shopping centre - can you not wait until you're more than 5 feet away from the doors before lighting your vile cancer sticks?
* People out shopping who suddenly stop in random places with no warning
* Other drivers (in particular, doing 30 on a motorway, not bothering to indicate - I know which way you're going, I'm f*****g psychic, doing 40 in a 30 zone)
* Misuse of the apostrophe (heavens, it's not hard, you take some letters out, put an apostrophe in, use it to show possession, and NEVER use it for plurals).