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2010-08-16 08:13:49 PM
nimawai: I have actually done my job trying to train my yorkiepoo. I have literally spent over $1000 training her.

Training or socializing?

I've found the latter to be just as necessary as the former.
 
2010-08-16 08:16:47 PM
Just use a flowbee.
 
2010-08-16 08:16:48 PM
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/Should have been charged a "naughty dog" fee
//Didn't because she was too cute
///Now is a lot better at the groomer's
////Doesn't give a shiat about what you basemynt dwellers think
 
2010-08-16 08:17:05 PM
The_Six_Fingered_Man: CSB time.

PetSmart sold me a sick hamster. Died within 7 days of coming home with me and the two year old, who immediately named it "Nosie." (She can't pronounce "mousie" yet)

I went back to PetSmart. They no longer had any female black bear hamsters in stock. Said that they would come in on Thursday's shipment. Ok, I said, I'll come back on Thursday.

Fast forward to Thursday. I go into PetSmart. "Oh, they come in on Thursday's evening shipment, so they won't be out until tomorrow." Me: "But there are female black bear hamsters in the shipment, right?" PetDouche: "Yes." Me: "Ok, I'll be back tomorrow."

Friday rolls around. I pick up the rugrat and we go to PetSmart. There are no black bear hamsters in the cages, female or otherwise. Me: "Where are the black bear hamsters?" Same PetDouche: "Oh, we didn't get any in last night." Me: Fine, give me one of the female short hairs I see in the cage there." PetDouche: "Oh, since we've only had these for less than 24 hours, we can't sell them." Me: "Fark you, gimme my money back." PetDouche: "We'll have some black bears next Thursday." Me: That's what you told me on Monday, jackass. Money please."

Manager (coming out of his office ahead of a female employee, tucking in his shirt): "What seems to be the problem here?" Me: Reiterate story of defective hamster and lack of integrity of his employee. Manager: "Would you like a refund or an IOU?" Me: "An IOU that may or may not be applicable come next week? Why do you even display the hamsters that you can't sell? Money please." Manager: "Ok, authorize the refund." Manager then looks back at the female employee and goes back to the office, PetTart in tow.

Oh, and I shouldn't have to state that there were two employees on duty at the time and one was banging the manager in his office while customers were lined up waiting for help.

/End CSB


That was a shiatty story. What did the woman look like? What was she wearing?
 
2010-08-16 08:17:40 PM
Garg0mel: The $6 is likely in addition to other "fees" hidden or known. PetSmart groomers are "contract" workers with below minimum wage hourly pay if they don't make commision rate, which actually includes add-ons. PetSmart groomers are generally so poorly trained, supervised and paid that the lowest common denominator always wins out. Called to speak to my fiancee at work at PetSmart and another groomer answered--assumed I was a customer and actually told me that she had quit; my fault for calling during her lunch break I guess. Oh, and some groomers will actually beat the shiat out of your "unruly" pet too, be forewarned, in case the groomer is having a bad day/out of meth.

All that I gathered from this is that your girlfriend is addicted to meth.
 
2010-08-16 08:18:06 PM
There's no such thing as bad dogs. It's just a coincidence that pit bulls have the most bad owners.
 
2010-08-16 08:20:09 PM
Rufus Lee King: Well, then, old Herc should have gotten an extra $18, right?

GOOD LORD WHY IS THAT MANS CAPE TIED TO HIS TESTICLES????
 
2010-08-16 08:20:50 PM
TheRaven7: There's no such thing as bad dogs. It's just a coincidence that pit bulls have the most bad owners.

THIS!
I live in Atlanta where it's almost mandatory to own a pit bull that you chain up in your yard, ignore, and wonder why the dog doesn't want to cuddle.
 
2010-08-16 08:24:01 PM
I have no problem with this at all. If my cat bites you, I'll gladly pay the extra six dollars because it was a little shiatbox. I'd feel better about this if the money went to the groomer in question, but you can't have it all.
 
2010-08-16 08:29:00 PM
Kurty Pie:
Moral of the story: Become a manager at Petsmart.


Damn right. Was the PetTart hot? Produce pics of the promiscuous PetTart!
 
2010-08-16 08:29:41 PM
csb time.
My wife begged for a cocker spaniel after our wedding. We got a male puppy, took him to the local petsmart for his first grooming visit. We were told that puppy cuts were around $25. We dropped him off, picked him up and had to pay something like $60. For a 6 month old pup. Better yet, he had razor burn behind his ears and an absolutely horrid cut (close shave all the way around, no where near standard breed cut, or puppy). We now go to a groomer in her hometown about 70 min away who charges us $25 and does a FANTASTIC job. Not a fan of petsmart.
 
2010-08-16 08:30:02 PM
I have a great group of groomers at my shop. They're kind, gentle and patient. You would not believe the shiat a groomer has to put with. People will straight up lie to you about the behavior of the dog. Lie about shots, lie about the condition of the dog's hair, the dog's weight, the dog's temperament. All of it. They seem to think we all possess magical powers of bite avoidance or get receive pleasure from dog bites. We don't and 6 bucks is nothing.
 
2010-08-16 08:34:32 PM
Even the dogs now are snowflakes that need to be tolerated when they misbehave. Because discipline is harsh man.
 
2010-08-16 08:37:35 PM
The First Four Black Sabbath Albums: Write to Consumerist when the Petsmart employees are regularly farking your girlfriend. Then, you can gripe.

Well, I don't grant the premise that we should set the bar for complaining that high. But yes, since you mention it, that's ANOTHER thing Petsmart does that I hate!

/gonna add that to my angry letter to Consumerist
 
2010-08-16 08:39:53 PM
schubie: I have a great group of groomers at my shop. They're kind, gentle and patient. You would not believe the shiat a groomer has to put with. People will straight up lie to you about the behavior of the dog. Lie about shots, lie about the condition of the dog's hair, the dog's weight, the dog's temperament. All of it. They seem to think we all possess magical powers of bite avoidance or get receive pleasure from dog bites. We don't and 6 bucks is nothing.

That would be why I have a 6" scar 2" from my happy place on my leg. A guy brought in a border collie and claimed that I provoked it when it bit through my brand new pair of jeans while reaching down to pet it.

Turns out the dog's been reported to AC over 20 times for biting people, the guy was trolling for money, kept screaming how he was gonna sue us etc.

I was bit in the face by a dog when I was 6, there was no way in HELL i provoked dogs. He actually assaulted me by trying to take the dog off the leash while I went flying into the office (the only place that had a door on it) to assess my now very lovely bleeding inner thigh.

it's really a fark story, because behind him in line was the AC officer from the county, and behind the AC officer was an undercover cop. Man was arrested, dog was eventually put to sleep after biting the AC officer as well.
 
2010-08-16 08:40:54 PM
He assaulted me while trying to hold onto my shirt screaming "let me show you what this dog can really do"*

sorry, missed that part above.
 
2010-08-16 08:41:19 PM
Anyone who would be outraged by this is likely a self-centered douchebag with a poorly behaving dog.
 
2010-08-16 08:46:26 PM
Blind_Io: I see no problem with this.

I worked in a specialty auto parts shop and we had a sign just like that hanging on the wall behind the counter. My older brother now uses the sign in the car customizing shop he works at.

At the parts shop, we did indeed charge the $10 "asshole" fee. The fees went into a lockbox and were used to finance the store's holiday party every winter.

It showed up on customer receipts as well - A/C $10NT (Asshole Charge $10 non-taxable).
 
2010-08-16 08:49:17 PM
I used to work at a Petsmart.

...they have a shiatty policy of never rehiring anybody. >.
 
2010-08-16 08:56:23 PM
nimawai: talldarknstinky: Restaurants need to do this too... messy kid? Automatic $20 tip.

Messy kid? Try the loud mouthed little brats. They should also impose a babysitting fee in walmart. Every time I go in that place there are small kids running around by themselves. Just begging for some perv to haul them out of walmart.

I have actually done my job trying to train my yorkiepoo. I have literally spent over $1000 training her. She is just the type of dog who doesn't get along with other people or animals. It's a bloody miracle that she gets along with my pit bull.

I know my dog is a pain. On the very rare occasion that I do take her to the groomers I tell them that she doesn't like people. I also bring her in muzzled. So they are fully warned what they are in for. That's my job as her owner. Their job is to charge me what we agreed upon in the begining and to do a good job on my dog. Keeping her safe in the process. None of this hidden fee bull poo.


I can see your problem - the dog is a Yorkshire Terrier/Poodle crossbreed and got the worst traits of both breeds. Strong willed, aggressive to anyone that doesn't live in the house and has absolutely no concept of her own size.

My sister had one. It's absolutely hilarious watching a 7 pound dog dragging a 120 pound woman down the block, so the dog can pee on the Golden retriever that lived 9 houses away.

/yes, the YorkiePoo would pee on that barking blond. Dumbest Golden that ever lived.
 
2010-08-16 08:58:46 PM
Praise Cheesus: Blind_Io: I see no problem with this.

I worked in a specialty auto parts shop and we had a sign just like that hanging on the wall behind the counter. My older brother now uses the sign in the car customizing shop he works at.

At the parts shop, we did indeed charge the $10 "asshole" fee. The fees went into a lockbox and were used to finance the store's holiday party every winter.

It showed up on customer receipts as well - A/C $10NT (Asshole Charge $10 non-taxable).


nice.
 
2010-08-16 09:11:30 PM
KiwDaWabbit: ////Doesn't give a shiat about what you basemynt dwellers think


How do you know about my basemynt?
 
2010-08-16 09:28:05 PM
As someone who got sent to the hospital and is now on Augmentin from trying to groom a crazy cat last week, I'm getting a kick.

/our handling fee starts at 10 bucks
 
2010-08-16 09:29:45 PM
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Bad Dog!

/That's right, I just made you remember that movie
 
2010-08-16 09:33:06 PM
I guess that I won't take my dog there. He's an Australian Shepherd who is stronger than 4 retards if you go for his toenails. I bathe him by staking him to a short leash in the yard and spraying him with a hose. I guess that I won't do other things while I wait like buy dog food or cat products, animal treats, toys, etc.
 
2010-08-16 09:36:22 PM
MadAzza: That's OK, Eyebleach doesn't know how to spell "blue heeler." :-)

Sigh. I always misspell that. I know better and I always type it out wrong anyway because how many times does someone see 'heel' versus 'heal'? It isn't habit. It's my they're.
 
2010-08-16 09:41:42 PM
KiwDaWabbit: /Should have been charged a "naughty dog" fee
//Didn't because she was too cute
///Now is a lot better at the groomer's
////Doesn't give a shiat about what you basemynt dwellers think


Cocaine dont make me crazy
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It comes naturally
 
2010-08-16 09:45:45 PM
This is new? PetCo, the other big box animal house, has been doing it for at least a decade. Lots of groomers charge an "aggressive animal" or "special handling" fee if the animals go nuts during grooming.
 
2010-08-16 09:57:55 PM
myrla_cat: A guy brought in a border collie and claimed that I provoked it when it bit through my brand new pair of jeans while reaching down to pet it.

I wonder what the hell an owner has to do to a border collie to get it to be that mean and foul tempered.

We have a 7 year old border collie mix (not sure what she's mixed with, but she's mostly BC) we got from the Humane Society in late January. She's so sweet, petting her puts you in a higher risk group for diabetes. I've yet to meet a BC that is aggressive- they may try to herd you, but not flat out attack.

Some small dogs, on the other hand (Yorkies, Chihuahuas, etc.) can be cast iron assholes.
 
2010-08-16 09:59:24 PM
The_Six_Fingered_Man: CSB time.

PetSmart sold me a sick hamster. Died within 7 days of coming home with me and the two year old, who immediately named it "Nosie." (She can't pronounce "mousie" yet)

I went back to PetSmart. They no longer had any female black bear hamsters in stock. Said that they would come in on Thursday's shipment. Ok, I said, I'll come back on Thursday.

Fast forward to Thursday. I go into PetSmart. "Oh, they come in on Thursday's evening shipment, so they won't be out until tomorrow." Me: "But there are female black bear hamsters in the shipment, right?" PetDouche: "Yes." Me: "Ok, I'll be back tomorrow."

Friday rolls around. I pick up the rugrat and we go to PetSmart. There are no black bear hamsters in the cages, female or otherwise. Me: "Where are the black bear hamsters?" Same PetDouche: "Oh, we didn't get any in last night." Me: Fine, give me one of the female short hairs I see in the cage there." PetDouche: "Oh, since we've only had these for less than 24 hours, we can't sell them." Me: "Fark you, gimme my money back." PetDouche: "We'll have some black bears next Thursday." Me: That's what you told me on Monday, jackass. Money please."

Manager (coming out of his office ahead of a female employee, tucking in his shirt): "What seems to be the problem here?" Me: Reiterate story of defective hamster and lack of integrity of his employee. Manager: "Would you like a refund or an IOU?" Me: "An IOU that may or may not be applicable come next week? Why do you even display the hamsters that you can't sell? Money please." Manager: "Ok, authorize the refund." Manager then looks back at the female employee and goes back to the office, PetTart in tow.

Oh, and I shouldn't have to state that there were two employees on duty at the time and one was banging the manager in his office while customers were lined up waiting for help.

/End CSB


THAT IS THE GREATEST INJUSTICE SINCE THE HOLOCAUST
 
2010-08-16 10:16:34 PM
I can just see all the idiot customers, "My dog never misbehaves."
 
2010-08-16 10:24:55 PM
uncletogie: nimawai: I have actually done my job trying to train my yorkiepoo. I have literally spent over $1000 training her.

Training or socializing?

I've found the latter to be just as necessary as the former.


I've tried to socialize her as well. Her puppy classes has quite a few dogs in them. She wanted nothing to do with them. I tried taking her to the dog park. I'd let her loose, go sit down, and she would come running upto me and jump in my lap. No matter what I have done she is just a one person dog. As I said before I'm amazed she has taken to my pit as well as she has. Although it's taken her quite a while to calm down a bit. I'm also amazed that my pit takes her abuse.
 
2010-08-16 10:31:49 PM
Eyebleach: I've got a blue healer/Australian shepherd mix. I could buy several more dogs with what my 'bad dog' bill would be.

When she was a pup having a good time in my office...



Is that the worst she did? Seriously??

When my golden retriever was a puppy, she killed my three favorite, not cheap pairs of shoes (which granted was my own fault for not putting away) but also dug two holes in the drywall in our house.

Crate training commenced soon after, and was an unbelievably great decision.
 
2010-08-16 10:39:03 PM
bubbaprog: BFD. You're paying people to do something you ought to be doing yourself. If you have enough money to waste on this bullshiat, you have enough money to pay an extra $6 because you didn't train your dog properly.

God, fark rich people. Seriously.



I groom my golden myself, even have the electric clippers to trim her short in the summertime. I may let it slack a little too much in between and have to cut out the occasional mat, but it's our cuddly time.
 
2010-08-16 10:41:03 PM
We take our dog to a local groomer. She loves dogs does a great job and since our dog is a rescue dog she gives us a discounted rate. We like her so much we drive across town bypassing several vets, groomers, and big pet stores to ensure she gets the business she deserves.

/Her shop is in Toledo, Oh and is called "Shampooches"
//She even takes troubled dogs who are terrified of clippers and will groom them with scissors, and won't charge extra
 
2010-08-16 10:42:32 PM
Took my Boston Terrier to Petsmart to get her nails clipped. She took a huge dump right on the table.

/didn't get charged extra.
 
2010-08-16 10:51:16 PM
The_Six_Fingered_Man: CSB time.

PetSmart sold me a sick hamster. Died within 7 days of coming home with me and the two year old, who immediately named it "Nosie." (She can't pronounce "mousie" yet)

I went back to PetSmart. They no longer had any female black bear hamsters in stock. Said that they would come in on Thursday's shipment. Ok, I said, I'll come back on Thursday.

Fast forward to Thursday. I go into PetSmart. "Oh, they come in on Thursday's evening shipment, so they won't be out until tomorrow." Me: "But there are female black bear hamsters in the shipment, right?" PetDouche: "Yes." Me: "Ok, I'll be back tomorrow."

Friday rolls around. I pick up the rugrat and we go to PetSmart. There are no black bear hamsters in the cages, female or otherwise. Me: "Where are the black bear hamsters?" Same PetDouche: "Oh, we didn't get any in last night." Me: Fine, give me one of the female short hairs I see in the cage there." PetDouche: "Oh, since we've only had these for less than 24 hours, we can't sell them." Me: "Fark you, gimme my money back." PetDouche: "We'll have some black bears next Thursday." Me: That's what you told me on Monday, jackass. Money please."

Manager (coming out of his office ahead of a female employee, tucking in his shirt): "What seems to be the problem here?" Me: Reiterate story of defective hamster and lack of integrity of his employee. Manager: "Would you like a refund or an IOU?" Me: "An IOU that may or may not be applicable come next week? Why do you even display the hamsters that you can't sell? Money please." Manager: "Ok, authorize the refund." Manager then looks back at the female employee and goes back to the office, PetTart in tow.

Oh, and I shouldn't have to state that there were two employees on duty at the time and one was banging the manager in his office while customers were lined up waiting for help.

/End CSB


It's amazing you survived ...
 
2010-08-16 10:55:06 PM
Zerba: We take our dog to a local groomer. She loves dogs does a great job and since our dog is a rescue dog she gives us a discounted rate. We like her so much we drive across town bypassing several vets, groomers, and big pet stores to ensure she gets the business she deserves.

/Her shop is in Toledo, Oh and is called "Shampooches"
//She even takes troubled dogs who are terrified of clippers and will groom them with scissors, and won't charge extra



There's a kid's book called "Shampoodle". She sounds like a great groomer but don't give her too many props for her originality. :)
 
2010-08-16 11:12:21 PM
trueaustinite: How is this asinine, exactly?

Because the person paid the fee.. THEN biatched about it afterwards.

/Would have told em to stick the $6 fee up their ass or I'd just take the dog and not pay anything.
//bad as Chinese buffet place stopping people on the way out to charge $1 per crab leg (would actually count eaten legs on the plates) when NOTHING in the place said anything in there was extra
 
2010-08-16 11:28:30 PM
fanbladesaresharp: This is new? PetCo, the other big box animal house, has been doing it for at least a decade. Lots of groomers charge an "aggressive animal" or "special handling" fee if the animals go nuts during grooming.

I worked in the salon at Petco. We had a list of dogs that we wouldn't take. Don't remember an extra fee for pains in the butt...

I had a big dog try to bite me while trimming it's nails. I told the owner that I couldn't do it.
 
2010-08-16 11:30:11 PM
Zerba: We take our dog to a local groomer. She loves dogs does a great job and since our dog is a rescue dog she gives us a discounted rate. We like her so much we drive across town bypassing several vets, groomers, and big pet stores to ensure she gets the business she deserves.

My boyfriend and I try not to shop at the PetCo as much as we can even though it's a couple of blocks from my place. We are fine driving a few miles out to this pet supplies shop where they actually seem competent in everything that they're selling and we love that they're respectful towards everyone's dogs that come into the store. You'd be surprised (or probably not) by the number of big box store employees who will just drop treats down in front of your dog before you can tell them not to.

Also, the pup is just barely 6 months old now and we still haven't gotten her groomed. I think we can hold out a few more months because even though she's half Schnauzer her fur's remained rather short.

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2010-08-16 11:30:23 PM
memilkisyummy: Eyebleach: I've got a blue healer/Australian shepherd mix. I could buy several more dogs with what my 'bad dog' bill would be.

When she was a pup having a good time in my office...


Is that the worst she did? Seriously??

When my golden retriever was a puppy, she killed my three favorite, not cheap pairs of shoes (which granted was my own fault for not putting away) but also dug two holes in the drywall in our house.

Crate training commenced soon after, and was an unbelievably great decision.


I have a Blue Heeler.

Rescued her 6 months ago.

by far the most awesome dog I've ever known. Frighteningly smart, appreciative, kind. But yeah, out of the hands of me or my wife, she is kinda a pain in the ass. Certainly a 'bad dog' bill would come my way. And if this company incentivizes poor dog handling and bad behavior, it would probably get way out of control.

Great dogs often are trouble in the wrong hands. This company apparently thinks it has the wrong hands for my dog. I'll keep that in mind.
 
2010-08-16 11:34:13 PM
memilkisyummy: Crate training commenced soon after, and was an unbelievably great decision.

I've never had this problem. Sure our mail got shredded the first few weeks with the new one but my parents always crate trained so that's how I learned to train a puppy. It really is a great tool but I'm sick of people telling me it's an inhumane way of training an animal.

/FYI: I alternate a load of toys I shove in before going to work; she's walked in the middle of the day by the bf; and 2-3 times a week she'll have a frozen peanut butter kong. Result: I don't have a dog that goes crazy or neurotic around everyone.
 
2010-08-16 11:34:52 PM
ShillinTheVillain: $6.00 is hardly enough to merit surveillance footage

You're right.
But it's also just enough for someone to say "screw this," and go somewhere else.
Enjoy your six dollars, PetSmart.


Maybe that is the point - to weed out douche bags who have badly behaved animals and are unwilling to pay even a token amount to make up for the PITA.
 
2010-08-16 11:37:20 PM
Arcanum:
I have a Blue Heeler.

Rescued her 6 months ago.

by far the most awesome dog I've ever known. Frighteningly smart, appreciative, kind. But yeah, out of the hands of me or my wife, she is kinda a pain in the ass. Certainly a 'bad dog' bill would come my way. And if this company incentivizes poor dog handling and bad behavior, it would probably get way out of control.

Great dogs often are trouble in the wrong hands. This company apparently thinks it has the wrong hands for my dog. I'll keep that in mind.


I have 2 pit/heeler mixes. They are the biggest chickens. They are terrified of other people. We've been working with them, and they are ok on walks now, but we still don't take them into shops.

They are great dogs tho. Well behaved at home.
 
2010-08-16 11:37:26 PM
Eyebleach: I've got a blue healer/Australian shepherd mix. I could buy several more dogs with what my 'bad dog' bill would be.

When she was a pup having a good time in my office...


Heh, that first picture is adorable.
 
2010-08-16 11:44:38 PM
TriteTallulah: TheRaven7: There's no such thing as bad dogs. It's just a coincidence that pit bulls have the most bad owners.

THIS!
I live in Atlanta where it's almost mandatory to own a pit bull that you chain up in your yard, ignore, and wonder why the dog doesn't want to cuddle.


Move out of Negropolis.
 
2010-08-16 11:54:17 PM
akula: myrla_cat: A guy brought in a border collie and claimed that I provoked it when it bit through my brand new pair of jeans while reaching down to pet it.

I wonder what the hell an owner has to do to a border collie to get it to be that mean and foul tempered.

We have a 7 year old border collie mix (not sure what she's mixed with, but she's mostly BC) we got from the Humane Society in late January. She's so sweet, petting her puts you in a higher risk group for diabetes. I've yet to meet a BC that is aggressive- they may try to herd you, but not flat out attack.

Some small dogs, on the other hand (Yorkies, Chihuahuas, etc.) can be cast iron assholes.


I have a clear bite mark in the middle of my back from a Border Collie who got loose. I have the one on my inner thigh. I have another one on the other leg on the inner thigh from a chihuahua who I was trying to help groom. Maltese like to try to take off my fingertips. To be fair, I have about 25 different arm scratches from cats when I was reaching my hands into feral cages. >.> But that wasn't from work.

However, the best dog I ever met was a King Corso mix (with elephant, i think)- was heavily abused, the new owners would come in for classes.. Luciano was 8 months old when I met him and weighed something like 175.. his "brother" was a great dane. :3 He disliked ( i wouldn't say HATED? but when he'd bark, shelves would rattle) almost everyone that worked there.. except me. If he saw I was working, he would beeline for my register and sit down. And not move. Ever. He stayed there once for an hour while his owners shopped around for new beds and things. Dog was amazing. Smartest dog I've ever met too, and most gentle. Did NOT like kids (apparently whomever abused him had abused kids as well, or kids that acted out) and did not like blond headed people or long hair (i had dark long hair, and if I had it down, he wouldn't get near me either). Eventually certified him to be a service dog, as one of the owners was rapidly going blind.

/and yes, i've had rabies shots, why do you ask? *bats eyes*
 
2010-08-16 11:54:55 PM
Earpj: Arcanum:
I have a Blue Heeler.

Rescued her 6 months ago.

by far the most awesome dog I've ever known. Frighteningly smart, appreciative, kind. But yeah, out of the hands of me or my wife, she is kinda a pain in the ass. Certainly a 'bad dog' bill would come my way. And if this company incentivizes poor dog handling and bad behavior, it would probably get way out of control.

Great dogs often are trouble in the wrong hands. This company apparently thinks it has the wrong hands for my dog. I'll keep that in mind.

I have 2 pit/heeler mixes. They are the biggest chickens. They are terrified of other people. We've been working with them, and they are ok on walks now, but we still don't take them into shops.

They are great dogs tho. Well behaved at home.


I'm surprised, but Pits are often very mild most of their lives.

Heelers are extremely high energy, brave, fearless. Well known as such, actually, and much more likely to get an injury than other breeds because of their assumption of invincibility. Mine is ready to play with anything and anyone, and happy to bite just about anyone but me and my wife on their heel. She hasn't even tried once with me, because I'm the boss of her little world... but it's been quite a bit of work to train her not to bite other people. It's just how she interacts, naturally, but it's obviously not acceptable.

I am happy with this dog, but it's something I have to keep in mind all the time. Some people understand, but if I took her to PetSmart, they would probably have a horrible time with the dog.
 
2010-08-17 12:00:35 AM
Arcanum:

I am happy with this dog, but it's something I have to keep in mind all the time. Some people understand, but if I took her to PetSmart, they would probably have a horrible time with the dog.


I also have a rat terrier who has bit everyone in my family before he calmed down. Now, he's great with us, but we have to muzzle him even for the vet. He doesn't go where he's likely to be approached by strangers. He has a fragile ego, poor fellow.



If someone who the pits don't know comes into the house, they run aout the dog door so fast that they usually get stuck b/c they're trying to go at the same time.

We took in a teenager in June, one of the dogs still barks at him when he moves too fast and the other just avoids him.

They were meant to be fosters, but I can see a lot of trouble trying to place them. They'll probably just stay here. Which is fine, too.
 
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