Here at the Dog Snobs, we vary in our training styles. Honestly, we don’t even discuss it in great detail, which leads us back to our title; Mind your own business. Really, we don’t care, so just shut up about it.
It comes down to this–how you train your dog is really none of our business. Harping on people who aren’t in your circle by actively seeking them out to berate is insecure and, quite frankly, obnoxious.
While we understand the passion that many people have toward dog training and behavior, what we don’t get is the shaming, harassment, and vilification of people who don’t share the same training methods. This type of behavior is most commonly found on internet forums where people can hide behind an avatar of their schnookums puppy-face while hurling insults at others. We’re also pretty sure that no one has ever been convinced to change their training styles because they were called names.* Calling someone Hitler won’t make them agree with you, it just makes you seem like a crazy person.
We also understand that wherever you go on the internet, there are rude, ignorant people. What baffles us is that these insults are most often hurled from overzealous fingers of each training faction intent on spreading their ‘good’.
Given how quickly and easily these conversations tend to go south, it’s amazing to us that people still devote the time they do to trafficking these training-related threads. It’s almost as if some people enjoy fruitlessly attempting to change people’s minds that they don’t know, will never meet, and are unlikely to actually convert to a different training approach. Seriously, imagine if they used all that passion (and time) working with their own dogs instead of picking fights on the internet.
Also, just a general tip. The people that are giving out free advice on the internet? They generally aren’t top trainers. First Class trainers don’t have time to correct every wrong post on the internet. They’re too busy with paying clients. So think twice before you worship a faceless avatar as the be-all end-all of dog training.
So, the moral of the story really is to just mind your business. Do your own thing. Train your dog the way you see best fit and stop picking fights with total strangers on the internet. Just shut up!
*Literally, we’ve seen people called pretty much every name in the book on dog forums, including the ever-so-mature “poopyhead”