We may have mentioned before that we’re internet dog group joiners. If there’s a dog group, we’re probably a part of it. If it’s a discussion board? Heck yes! We’re there.
Most of the time these are good places with good people who really just want to help others and maybe pick up some tricks for themselves along the way. You can find really great advice, tips, tricks, deals, steals and recommendations for trainers, products, clubs etc that can be difficult to acquire on your own without spending a small fortune (Or a large one).
There are however pitfalls of these groups, the first and foremost being of course, being sucked into petty arguments over absolutely anything under the sun.
These arguments are in a phrase, annoying as shit.
Really it’s our general annoyance that caused us to make our ‘Don’t be an Asshat’ trick training contest but sometimes, and not as rarely as we would hope, someone goes ahead and pushes an argument to such an extreme it surprises even our cynical little hearts.
We also root for the sun.
Without revealing all the details, after a “Pointless Methodology Argument (TM)“* someone involved in the discussion explained that she had in fact been to <trainer under discussion>. The next day she awoke to a message from someone she inexplicably enraged who wished death upon her dogs… yes you read that correctly.
This group in general is prone to some melodrama and usually that’s just mildly entertaining/slightly annoying but really? We may be ridiculous bitches, but we don’t make that shit personal. If you make it personal, you’re an asshat.
Yes creepy Facebook jerk. You are an asshat.
Whoever did or does that kind of thing really needs to take a minute, pause and reflect on their actions. Personally speaking, there have been some great dogs lost this month. Wishing that kind of pain on anyone is just plain cruel. We’re so incredibly unimpressed.
Think before you hit enter. Karma is a bigger bitch than we are.
*The more refined yet still annoying sister of the Pointless Internet Argument.