(Closed) Is this Awesome, or Awful??

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Honestly the dog looks pretty happy (tail wagging, etc).

Also, I don’t see where it says the dog has to do this every day.

Golden retrievers are very smart dogs and LOVE being with their people. It seems like this dog is very well trained (good because it keeps the dog’s mind busy) and in very good shape. 

With a routine like that, I do not think you can really “force” a dog to do it, it is far too complicated to coerce a dog into do it. 

In my mind it’s similar to dogs competing in agility or other athletic competitions. This one may be a little stranger and not quite what the breed was bred for, but if the dog is doing it willingly and well cared for (which is what it looks like from the video), I see no problem with it.

Post # 4
1077 posts
Bumble bee

Dancing with your dogs is actually getting to be a pretty popular thing. I know a couple of people that do it with their dogs and the dogs really enjoy it because there’s a lot of positive and active interaction with their gaurdians, something dogs really crave. I think you’re right, that it depends on how often the dog is expected to do it. But even nightly would probably be a more positive than negative thing. I wouldn’t worry too much about her, it is pretty cute!

Post # 5
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

Do you play fetch with your dog? Every day? The same toy, the same throwing style? Over and over again? 

Same thing here. The dog obviously enjoys it and gets plenty of attention! I wouldn’t worry about the dog at all.

Post # 6
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The dog looks happy to me, looks like she’s loving it! 

Dogs actually thrive on having a job to do. It’s mental stimulation for them, as well as attention from their owner.

This is really no different than training a dog for obedience, agility, etc.

Post # 8
1811 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My dogs love learning tricks and showing off their moves!

Post # 10
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

As an owner of 2 working dogs I think it’s awesome! Some dogs need a purpose and a job and get so much joy out of it. Obviously this dog seems to be very happy. I know my dogs are so happy and please with themselves when they learn a new trick and absolutely love showing off.

Post # 11
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve seen this dog on Letterman!  It never crossed my mind that it might be abusive…  Doesn’t see that much different than canine freestyle

Post # 12
3175 posts
Sugar bee

That was my only concern…the strain on her hips…but honestly, if she is having a wonderful time learning tricks and spending time with her master and is mentally fulfilled, is it so bad that it does wear and tear on her body? I think not….My family has a lab and she would be miserable if we toned our play and activities down because she has bad knees, so I’d rather she be happy and need a knee replacement at some time than her be unhappy but physically whole. 

Post # 13
799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My Golden is not that amazing, but know in agility his work ethic and drive is absolutely unreal! Something that I know I am lucky to have in him, and he just wants to please -I would assume that is the same with this dog -awesome!

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