I love being a dog trainer, but I can sometimes find it hard to be one when I am around family or friends.
How people handle and train their pets is a very personal thing for most, so it is very easy for people to get offended or upset when they think you are disagreeing with them. When I see someone misunderstand or sometimes even mistreat their dog, and especially when it is a family member or friend doing it, I want to speak up and provide some alternative ways to correct the behavior they are upset about. But that doesn’t always go over so well.
For example, I know a couple who contacted me for advice about getting their dog ready for a new baby. I put together a thorough email with simple steps about how to prepare. Later, I found out that they did not follow the guidelines I suggested, but were still frustrated about their dog’s behavior.
This isn’t the only example of a family or friend not using the advice they requested. I try very hard to not offer up advice unless it is asked, but I am not sure what to do when advice is requested and then ignored.
Have you ever run across a similar situation? It may not have anything to do with dog training, but what do you in a similar situation? Share your comments here.