My junior bridesmaid showed me this after my bridal shower on saturday. When I first saw it, I was in awe and totally loved it!!
Then I watched it again and kinda though….I hope that dog is okay/not being forced to do this repeatedly for performances to make money each day. And then….I hope he really loves that dog and takes care of her. She looks so happy, but I kinda wonder if this is kind of….abusive? She looks like she’s having a great time and knows all her steps. I want to just enjoy it and think it’s adorable and hilarious, but part of me worries for her well-being and that just takes all the fun out of it. What do you think?
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.
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!
@KatNYC2011: Oh I agree, I think she looks thrilled. She obviously loves it. I think I just get really skeptical really quickly about stuff like this because I so badly don’t want anyone to exploit an animal, especially by making it perform or something else taxing multiple times a day or any more often than is healthy for the dog.
As the owner of a retriever, I fully believe this dog is loving the “task” she’s been given. But, as the owner of a retriever with hip problems (due to breeding), I see that and think “omg, is he taking care of her hips??”
I mostly wanted to share because I do think it’s so adorable and amazing. But I wanted opinions in case I was just getting sad and worried for no raeson hahah!
@batwoman: I had no idea this was a popular thing!! To be clear, I do think this is adorable and the dog looks soooo happy…but with all the WB talk of bad breeders and puppy mills and other bad things happening to dogs, I thought “oh no, i hope he’s not working that dogs little hind-paws to the bone”. I wish I could get my lab to dance with me!
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.
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.
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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