She's forgetting that you keep a puppy away from other dogs so an adult doesn't knock the sh!t out of your pup and mess him/her up...regardless of how well they "deal" with it.Consider the concept that dogs should have limited, if any, play or social interactions with other dogs. The rationale here is that a dog dealing with another dog must either be dominant or submissive. In having to learn the rules of normal dog behavior, these trainers believe that these dogs will have their fragile egos irreparably damaged by having to submit to other dogs, or become unduly dominant, thus rendering them incapable of successful competitive work. Does this really make sense? What happened to stable dogs who can actually deal with life?
Although she does humanize things, and is taking some concepts to the extreme, I think she has some good points in the article. I've met more than one trainer who does exactly what she's describing, or at least says they do. To the point of even removing food bowls from the dogs kennel, because the dog was so bored it began using them as toys, and the handler didn't want the dog to have ANYTHING that it might be able to use to amuse itself when not working. Maybe they aren't as extreme as they like to claim, but I only have their word to work off of as far as how they raise/train the dog, so ...There is a grain of truth here - a very small grain at best. There is no question that an inappropriate playmate can scare the pants off a dog (especially a puppy), sometimes leaving a serious and lasting impression.
You do what works for you and your family. From past discussions with you I don't see any problems with Annie.Woody Taylor said:I don't disagree with some of the sentiment I think is behind the article...I just don't know what to DO because of reading that article.
i don't think that's what the article is saying. i would add one word to your above quote and agree with it:Woody Taylor said:This article is taking the basic logic of bond-building out to an irrational extreme by claiming that it's sensory deprivation.
Yeah, I think that's wrong. And pointless. And missing out on a lot of fun because dogs are cool. And it's beating up on a herding dog that was not ever meant to be in that kind of environment.Greg Long said:There are many many sport trainers who want the dogs kenneled unless they are out there working on something specifically and then right back to the crate.If that isnt sensory deprivation I dont know what is.
it's only inflammatory to people who practice the extreme isolation concepts that she addresses. if you don't do this, you should not be outraged by her conclusions.Woody Taylor said:Tim, I understand what the article is saying. What I'm saying is that it's inflammatory and lets a casual dog owner rationalize a lot of dumb decisions. IMO.