We’ve all seen it. A seemingly innocent question is asked in a dog forum and then suddenly….MASS CHAOS. From shaming, to name calling (pro tip: Please come up with something better than poopyhead if you ever want to be taken seriously. We suggest assmarmot or shitweasel), to complete psychotic breaks, we’ve seen it all. If you want to avoid being “that person” who flamed the fire, we suggest avoiding the following topics. And alternatively, if you are a shit-stirrer like we suspect many of you are, take your pick!
1.Asking what people think of Cesar Millan
Ah, CM, the trolliest topics of all. Guaranteed for at least 100 comments, 3 personal insults, and at least one mention of Hitler. Proceed with caution.
2. Posting a picture of your child riding your dog like a pony.
This never ends well. For bonus rage, mention neighbourhood pony dog races and ask where to buy a custom dog saddle that is lightweight and comfortable.
3. Ask if Kibbles-n-Shits is a good dog food.
People get crazy when it comes to what they feed their dogs. We’ve literally seen people refer to kibble as ‘death nuggets’ before in forums. DEATH NUGGETS. We’re pretty sure some of the funniest and most outlandish forum fights stem from what starts as a simple discussion of canine nutrition (or lack thereof).
4. Mention getting a dog anywhere but a reputable breeder or rescue
Was your breeder reputable? Were they reputable… enough? It doesn’t matter if your breeder has 10 generations of CHIC numbers, All GrCh dogs and titles on the other end too…. someone will bring up SOMETHING. And they’ll judge you for it. To a lesser degree, this happens with rescues too but it’s much more evident in dogs from breeders.
5. Bring up your training style.
Frankly, it doesn’t matter what your training style is. Some people will love it. Some will hate it. Lines will be drawn and a war of words will begin.
6. Proclaim your love (or hate) for Doodles.
Do we even have to explain this one? It’ll mostly be Potnoodle yelling at you, but if that’s how you get your jollies, who are we to judge?
For another post on the shit-shows that are dog forums, check out our post on the types of people who use dog forums.