If you’re yet to have the displeasure of participating in a ‘local dog group’ on Facebook, congratulations and don’t turn back now.
These groups are inadvertently the epicentre for some of the worst advice you will find anywhere on the internet. They’re the group equivalent of finding yourself watching ‘spot popping’ videos on YouTube.
Groups themselves are a wonderful idea, and a select few of them are great. The issue really lies in the large groups that have tens of thousands of members because it becomes impossible for the administrators to moderate the level of idiocy any more.
Having a dog, or having had a dog in the past, is now enough to advise others on dog training or behaviour. With 90% of it being absolute nonsense.
From the best harnesses to ‘stop pulling’, to dogs needing to know you’re the boss, or photos of the backyard breeders latest litters that’re ‘not for sale (message us)’.
The problem with dog ownership is that some people think having a dog and having a platform to share their opinion on makes their opinion factual. Hundreds of thousands of people believe the earth is flat, but does that mean they’re right because others happen to believe it too? Even though billions of people disagree.
Be smart about where you get your information from and trust the people who actually work in the industry it relates to. The people who dedicate every day of their entire lives to learning all they can about it. Not just ‘Shirley’ the highly opinionated noise-bag on Facebook.
So, what do dogs have in common with urologists? Just like some people think they’re qualified to teach others about dogs because they’ve got one; I’ve had bollocks all my life, but you don’t see me going around pretending to be a urologist!