Yeah I know…there are no bad dogs only bad owners. But dogs that have bad owners can be downright irritating, or as I call ’em-Dog-Noxious. And unless you sic Cesar Milan on them things are unlikely to change.
We’ve all met them, the nasty little purse sized dogs who snap and snarl at everyone while “Mommy” laughs and pats it for being so cute (yeah-reward it for that-that’s great training *eyeroll*).
Or the huge Mastiff sized beast that jumps up on or humps the kids, while the owner tells you “Oh he won’t hurt little Jimmy”, (as little Jimmy lies flat on his back in a puddle of mud with two ham-sized paws on his chest).
Training-not just for horses LOL!
Gotta say, I may have less tolerance for obnoxious dogs than many people. Our family dogs were trained to obedience trial level by dear ol’ Dad (though they did not compete). Dogs in our home were not allowed on furniture, they did not jump up, bite or bark 12 hours straight. They were well behaved family members we could take anywhere. There is really no excuse for a badly behaved dog as they are one of our most easily trained companion animals, unless it is a rescue you just got or something.
So….bad enough when you have to deal with these canine brats, but what about having them at the barn where you board?
Some boarders think it is their right to bring their dog to the barn, and some barns allow it. Not a problem when it is someone’s old yeller who lies nicely in the corner after getting his pats from the other boarders.
But then we have the Jack Russel on crack type. Nipping at heels, or noses hung over stall doors. My personal favourite, when you’re on an already nervous green horse and one of these nasty creatures decides that would be a good time to run into the ring harassing said horse. Or how about jumping an in and out, with the little monster running between the fences to stand there and bark at your horse?
I remember this happening to me once, I pulled the horse up to avoid landing on the dog. Then went into the barn and told the owners of little crackhead that I had stopped my horse ONCE in front of the fence to avoid squishing their little precious and would not be doing it again. And that the purpose of my ring work was NOT to teach my horse to slam to a halt in front of a fence!
Yes, I’m a big meaniehead 😛
If I ran a boarding stable I would have a “no dogs” policy. Actually I think some days I’d have a “no kids” policy too hahaha.
Some of you have likely been there. The lady who brings her five psycho offspring to the barn with her, then goes off to the arena for her lesson. So as you groom and tack your horse you have them either hanging off you, or running about screaming behind and past your horse. Of course any adult of good character is going to keep an eye on them, so it takes away from your horsey time. You end up acting like an unpaid babysitter so no one gets hurt, especially if there is no one else at the barn right then:
“Please don’t run behind my horse, he may kick you!”
“Don’t wave that pitchfork at your little brother-you could hurt him!”
And the typical 500 question game:
“My horse is a boy”, “No he is not brown he is chestnut”, “Yes he used to run in races”, “No he did not win races like Seabiscuit”, “Yes this is a different bridle from what your Mom has”, “No he can’t jump 6 feet high”, “Yes he has been to a show”………
“Hey dressage Mommy-you owe me five bucks an hour over here!!!!”
Told you I am a big meaniehead 😉
Dogs and kids, well I live with both and love ’em dearly. But when they run rampant and affect others in a negative way-never mind the potential for their OWN injury?
Not cool. All boarders usually pay the same amount, and deserve the same rights to ride and handle their horse without chaos and stupidity distracting them or the worry of someone’s child being hurt if you don’t keep an eye out for them.