Originally Posted by frostfell
im pretty horrified and dismayed by all the people who would be "shocked" and dumbfounded if their dogs growled, at anyone, for any reason. you are basically saying that you would be SHOCKED if your dog expressed an opinion, a desire, a thing that is not mindlessly accepting any and all treatment or situation thrown their way
do you want a dog, or do you want a robot? easygoing is one thing. saying you would be SHOCKED if your dog said "no thank you" to ANYTHING is, quite frankly, ****ing bullshit. its not a furry stuffed animal. its not a robot. your dog has every right to tell somebody, even you "not now please" or "id like it if you didnt do that". that doesnt mean you dont get the right to sometimes insist "i understand, and im very sorry but this must happen" but saying you would be shocked and floored that your dog dare to have a thought that wasnt complacent and accepting is grossly unfair, to your animal, and to its relationship to you
I'm not sure why this is so bothersome to you. If for YEARS my dog has never growled at someone, and all of a sudden one day did growl at someone, why would that not be shocking/surprising? I'd be shocked if my dog jumped on the counter or excitedly peed when someone came over. Doesn't mean my dog is a robot and I don't let her be a dog or something asinine like that. It means.... I'm surprised you just did that because that's not a reaction you've ever had before. Easy.