Don’t Be An Asshat Contest

26 Jul

Remember that time we told you that if more people spent the time they used arguing about training to actually train, the world would be a better place and considerably less damn annoying?

Probably not, you totally remember the breast fed dog though.

Well we’re ready to put our money where our mouth is. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is this: Every time you read something training related  on the internet that enrages you, instead of yelling at the idiot while you envision choking them out with a Halti or bludgeoning them to death with a Flexi… go train your dog. All we ask for is ten minutes, spent working with your dog on the trick of your choosing for six weeks. The worst that can happen? Your dog ends up with a pretty cool trick. The best that can happen? You get a dog snobs t-shirt with your dog’s silhouette* on it! That’s right… there is a prize for the winner and it’s a good one that means we need to be crafty so appreciate it.

That’s for us, not for you.

How do you win, you ask? By impressing us with a short video of a complex** trick taught over the six weeks you’ve been abstaining from preaching the word of your training philosophy. At the end of the six weeks (Around the 30th of August.), you send us a youtube link to our email or submit the video to our drop box. Sounds like fun, eh? No need for professional productions but a clear shot of the dog performing the trick will help.

He could be reciting Shakespeare but we can’t tell if it’s a dog or an English professor, so use some sense.

Remember, we do know how to work the internet and we are in a lot of groups. We’ll know if you’re still out there being an Evangelist. Also, don’t rip-off someone else’s trick, be inspired but don’t just rip it off the internet. People get mad and send us emails and then we mock them and Fang gets told not to call people names on the internet… It’s all very annoying so just don’t do it.

Don’t send us this. We know it.

*Part of the dealio is we need a decent picture of the dog to get a silhouette from. If we can’t get that we’ll come up with a breed silhouette that works or you can pick one of the Dog Snobs’ existing t’s. Winner’s choice.

**Sit is neither complex nor impressive. There are hundreds of cool tricks out there. Take a few and make them your own. Originality counts.

13 Responses to “Don’t Be An Asshat Contest”

  1. Pointydog July 26, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    So, can we still enter even if we haven’t been an evangelistic training asshat on the Internet in at least 4-5 years? Lol it’s funny how much I realized I DIDN’T know, once I got a job apprenticing with an actual dog trainer about that long ago. And as I got better at training I found less free time to bother with Internet evangelism. But, being that I’ve been guilty as hell of it in the past, and I can sure spare 10 minutes extra for my own dogs daily, I’d like to go ahead and enter as penance for my earlier sins. That cool?

  2. Vicki Smith July 26, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    Can you play if you don’t do lists? A Dog Snobs T-shirt could inspire me to try to teach something I want to use in agility.

  3. Nando July 27, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    Love it! I’m in…. not sure how long I will last though

  4. Nando July 27, 2013 at 6:02 am #

    Love it!….. Don’t know how long I will last though

  5. Sally Bradbury July 27, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    What a great idea. I’m in. Happy to be disqualified if I succumb to temptation and break the rules but my dog will still have a neat new trick.

  6. Laurie July 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    Personally, I think training is about teaching yourself a method that you understand, to communicate with your dog. Although I’m not a big fan of Cesarites, or slip chain training, if you happen to be good at it, I can see how it might work. I train with food. I have a friend who is an ex guide dog trainer, so no food is allowed and she insists on harnessing all dogs. To each his own I say, as long as you understand it and are good at it. I’ve tried slip chain training and it took me 3 years to become good at it and not hurt my dogs. So when I read a book by Dunbar, I was hooked. I went to every seminar I could get to, (Donaldson, Dunbar) and even Kevin Behan (talk about asshat!) who used his methods. Behan does not use reward based methods, FYI. And he says that letting dogs sleep on the bed is why dogs die in shelters…? (ASSHAT!!) But hey! I learned something even from him.

    When I learned about reward based training I though, I thought, I get this!! I’ve also tried my friends way of training. Putting a harness on my guys and using just my voice as well as leash manipulation. No, no yanking allowed in guide dog training, but you manipulate the leash by sliding it through your fingers to encourage a behaviour. I just can’t seem to work that way. So, find a way that you understand, that gives you success, as long as you aren’t hurting your dogs. We all learn differently, and think differently. So not all methods are going to sink in and work with everyone. OK, I’ll admit that I doubt I’ll ever be OK with Cesarites. Especially since Dunbar had him to his home, and he said that Daddy Jr. is the most inhibited dog he’s ever met. Why get a dog if you don’t like the way they behave, is what Dunbar says. And I’m with him. Use those bad behaviours as a reward for good behaviours. 🙂 And he said that Cesar told him, that he could not teach his dogs what Dunbar does. It’s not what he does. But if you don’t like the very essence of what a dog is, and feel you need to train all that “dog” out of them, then consider a cat. 🙂 Like Dunbar says, there’s nothing better in the world than coming home and being molested by your dog. Why would you want to train all that out of them?

    • Trainlikeyoumeanit July 27, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

      and….. you’ve just lost the challenge!

      • Catherine Duke July 28, 2013 at 5:14 am #

        Hahaha, I was thinking the same thing 🙂

    • Janet Westendorf July 31, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

      I’m a relatively new dog owner and have been to several training sessions with various kinds of trainers. I’m glad to see the statement about training all the dog out of dogs. That’s why I got a dog to show me affection and to act like a dog. Some dogs just look like they are depressed by the repression they have been trained with.

  7. Katie July 31, 2013 at 1:30 am #

    I’m torn on this. On one hand, it’s a brilliant idea and I’d like to participate. On the other hand, that’s the exact mood I don’t want to be in when I’m training my dog- when I feel like verbally eviscerating some idiot on the internet.
    Perhaps I could keep track of every time I don’t do it and each mark can be a 10min session I save for a calmer time.


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