Friday, February 5, 2010

Asshat Rant - Repetition

I happened across a situation the other day that made me shudder ... this is the second time I've run into this and it kills me every time.




Nothing bothers me more than idiot dog owners. You know, the ones who shout 25-100 times for their dog to "Sit" in a high pitched, shrill voice that makes you want to cut off your ears? Oh my. I could only imagine how the poor dog feels.



*headdesk headdesk*





This is what we heard ... "Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit, Sit" while the lady was chasing the dog around trying to put a leash on him.





My dogs stood there, looked at the lady, looked at the dog and looked at us as if to say "Is there something wrong with her?" It looked like they were grinning ... I wish I could have laughed but it would have been too much. The lady looked at me like I should do something, so I asked my dogs to sit and they sat. So, I sighed and helped corner the dog with a bunch of other people so she could take him home.





If you are trying to teach your dog a behaviour, you really don't have to repeat it a thousand times. Your dog is not an idiot (though some owners are - it's scary when the dog is smarter than the owners ...) so don't treat him like one.





If you have to repeat yourself when asking your dog to Sit, then one of two things is going on. One - He doesn't really know the behaviour and doesn't understand what "Sit" means. Two - He doesn't think he has to do what you ask, couldn't care less what you say and is going to ignore you no matter how angry you get; the more angry, the more fun.












This lady gets today's Dogs Deserve Freedom Asshat Award.




Congratulations, Dumbass, you're the Asshat Of the Week.

6 comments:

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

I used to tell people, "Congratulations! You just taught your dog it doesn't have to sit when you say Sit (or whatever)" A good majority of them didn't get it.

That would be the 578 billiontyeth reason I don't work with people (at all) or with their dogs until after the dog is trained.

OldMorgans said...

Yep. And they do the same thing w/their kids and wonder why the kids don't behave.
I still love your Asshat award!
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Andrea said...

It is so annoying when people yell at their dogs like that. You are exactly right, the poor dog either doesn't know what "sit" means or they don't think they have to do what the owner is asking. Dog training is so key...or you end up in a situation like this.

GoLightly said...

I KnoW.
Drives me batty.
Once should be plenty, twice, third time their butt better be...
All words become meaningless to the poor creatures.
They've TRIED to understand.

Viatecio said...

I think the best retort I've ever heard was a trainer who told me that they were working with someone in that situation, and he finally asked "How many dogs are you training? I only see the one."

My neighbors do that with their dog who never comes on command. And then they wonder why she always runs all over the neighborhood when she's let out to run outside her fenced-in yard...

bermudabluez said...

Totally agree with you! Sad to say, but I suspect that there are many dogs that are smarter than their owners. I love your award!