Yes it’s true. I love dogs and cats, but I blog for other people on these topics, so I can’t do it on my own blog. What I can do is tell you that I have written thousands of words about dog training, but I don’t train my own dogs.
Hypocritical – Maybe
Sometimes I do feel like a hypocrite as I type all the ways to effectively train your dog while my dogs are doing the exact opposite of good behavior. I will be writing about how to prevent your canine from barking, and my dogs are busy barking at the mail truck, the neighborhood kids, or the wind.
It’s not that I want to be a hypocrite. I would love for my dogs to be the well-mannered fur-babies I write about. It would be so nice, for all of us, if I could bring them to the dog park, walk them through the neighborhood, or play a nice game of fetch (I throw, but they don’t bring back).
I dream about having 3 dogs that are all calm and docile. Well adjusted beings who live the perfect puppy life. Instead I have a bitchy, aggressive female – a spoiled rotten, 60 pound lapdog – and a shy, quiet one that always hides.
So, why don’t I? Because it isn’t that easy.
Dog Training Takes Time and Energy
I could blame it on Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Arthritis. I try not to, though. The fact is, I have always been a lazy pet owner. To properly train a dog, you give up a year of your hobbies and time-passers for the new furry bundle of joy you brought home. If you are an active, outdoorsy person, this may be easy. If you are a video game addicted introvert, like me, it is harder.
Cute Balls of Fur
I also blame the puppy stage. Training starts from the beginning. If you want a dog that doesn’t jump on people, you start training your puppy not to jump. What do I do when a puppy runs up with its ears flopping and puts its little paws on my leg? I pick it up, and say aaawwwe, and that’s momma’s wittle baby! I pet them under the chin, rub behind their ears, and make fart noises on their bellies. Basically, I turn them into spoiled, rotten fur-balls.
Why Not Train Them Now?
Along with articles about training puppies, I do ones about training adult dogs. So, why don’t I turn my adult dogs into the model canine citizens I write about? Well, because I still don’t want to spend the time on it.
After home-schooling my daughter (if you lived where I lived, you would, too), doing my writing assignments, and cooking and cleaning house, I just want to sit and play my games. My current one being Star Wars the Old Republic (SWTOR).
I don’t mind going out and throwing balls and sticks that they never bring back, or giving them stuffed animals from Goodwill that they gut in 10 minutes and leave me with a mess to clean up, but I just don’t want to do the work. I don’t want to be a consistent dog trainer day in and day out.
Does that make me a bad person?