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Hi DK friends!

DK started an Instagram account just over a week ago and I'm trying to intersperse bits of education between photos. So far we've shared info on:

-- finding a rescue
-- choosing a responsible breeder
-- why doodles are not "hypoallergenic"

Now we can break each of these down into smaller bits of info and CONTINUE to educate on specifics, but wondering what you think are top priority OTHER topics worth doing education on via social media?  Some ideas I have are on poodle facts/history and retriever facts/hx for the sake of education on the parent breeds...but what else?

What should other doodle owners and potential doodle owners know?  What do you want to shout from the mountain tops?

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I feel like someone saying they are "finished" with dog training is like saying you are "finished "with learning when you leave school... like duh, there are always new things to learn.

A phrase they liked to use a lot when I was in teacher's college was "We want our students to be lifelong learners".  That was more about being curious and wanting to learn but I feel like it applies to our doggie friends too.  We want their minds to be stimulated and challenged and for them to learn for their whole lives.

You are so correct.  We trained Ned and Clancy with hundreds of hours, however, we became lax and they do NOT behave like they should and that is all on us.

Also I'm getting really "triggered" by rehome posts that give the reason of "I can’t give her the time of day and attention like he needs."  

Boca has been laying around on the floor, in various parts of the house, sometimes near sometimes not near since we woke up.  Nobody has spent TONS of attention on her.  She seems pretty chill and content and I may take her out for a walk before it gets hot and she will join me in my office this afternoon.  I always want to know the details of this attention the owners can't give.  Is it that they can't spend 3 hours playing?  Is it that they literally can't pet their dog for 5 seconds?  Is the dog actually jumping through the roof and eating through the couch?  Is it unfounded guilt?  WHAT?  (I actually responded to such a post this morning because it was bugging me too much).

Honestly, I would rather people think doodles DO need a ton of time. It would cut down on the rehoming by the idiots who really thought they were getting a living stuffed animal. I agree with your feelings on the topic, but i don;t think it's something that people need educated about. We certainly don;t want to say, "Hey, doodles are so chill they lay around calmly all day and really don;t need you to pay much attention to them or do anything with them." LOL

True and and Boca is 9 years old and I spent a ton of time in training her in puppyhood before baby #2 came along.   Most of which she's forgotten but, at this point it's not critical stuff.  

It also depends on the dog's personality.  Luna, even as a puppy, was very cat-like in her demands.  She happily lounged around most of the day and wanted to be near us but wasn't "in your face" at all.  Riley is still young but I don't ever see her being that kind of dog.  She absolutely NEEDS daily exercise including hard running and is more likely to deliberately seek our attention when she wants to play.

Those rehome posts are brutal, aren't they? Everything from tiny puppies, where I want to say, what happened in the five minutes between when you decided to get a dog and now? They are living breathing beings with feelings, not the impulse candy bar at the end of the checkout stand.

And then there are the really old dogs. They love you. They wait for you and don't understand why you don't come back. Sure, they adapt, but they are committed to you and they would rather spend five minutes with you in a shack than live in a mansion with 10 acres and a stranger. How can you love them for 12 years and then throw them away?

Sure, sometimes things happen. I could die and my dogs would need new homes. But that's about the only thing that would come between us. Rehoming dogs like that should be the exception not the rule, and I see so many who people think are disposable. It makes me crazy. I'm trying to limit my exposure, but I really wish I could save them all.

Yes they are!  Painful to read :-(

I ALMOST left a group this last week because I was sooo annoyed with the rehome posts.  I mean they are shared from elsewhere to help those seeking a rehomed doodle.  But it's hard not to respond in a snarky manner.  

Especially when those seeking a rehome doodle swoop in like vultures. "Ooh, ooh, a doodle! I'll take her! Where is she? Is she good with kids? When can I see her? Can you ship her to me?"

Even when the information is clearly given, they don't read it; they just see a picture and react, like children. And the person they are asking is just sharing a post, it's not even their dog. It drives me bonkers. 

A few more:

  • Puppy feeding (we have an infographic on this)
  • Puppy selection (i.e. breeders should be matching puppies based on temperament and needs not at birth based on color or whatever).
  • Grooming tools, grooming needs, matts
  • ?

Good choices.

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