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Dog Lover's Special

Updated on February 1, 2016

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One of the first dogs that really was 'mine' was a Husky/Shepherd Mix named Cora. Cora had been in a shelter in Fulda, Germany. She was a almost white and short-haired thing; beautiful and still not.
On the way home we stopped at a gas station and she jumped out of the half open window to go after another dog. When I tried to separate them, she bit me in the hand.
I brought her back that day, but I told them I would be back. I got my hand stitched up and came back the next day to get her. I knew that it had been my fault: I had forgotten the lessons about dogs and wolves; she hadn't known I was the pack-leader! So it was my fault!

Cora was a challenge. She loved freely and was the greatest dog in the house, unless it came to food. She was highly food aggressive and would steal anything not secured. Outside she was a energy bundle that wasn't too keen about some other dogs. She was very dominant.

While I was capable of handling things, I wanted more than just a daily challenge. And I needed some help to make things better.

I love my dog like you do!

The Fuldaer Hundeverein (Dog Club) was a beautiful stretch of land with a fence around it, an area for socialization, and an open area for obedience and agility. There was a club house that served drinks and small snacks.
The membership was cheap. I believe it was 14 Deutsche Mark to became a probational member. After a period of time you could become a real member. Club membership, like a lot of other German things, is taken very seriously. Germans have a meticulous nature and love tradition!
I loved the idea of meeting people that understood my love for animals. The club was full of them. I had been a member of a German Shepherd Club in North Germany, but always been kind an outsider, because my dog wasn't PB. They never said it outright, but a lot of owners and breeders of PB dogs tend to be a little different towards us 'Mutt-Lovers'. I am one, a 'Mutt-Lover' that is; and proud about it!

Giving them a chance...

I see it many times that people get animals and then don't know how to take care about them and what to do when 'issues' arise. A lady down in Abilene, TX does knowingly or unknowingly something about it. Evelyn Guitar and her low-cost obedience classes have probably saved many homes; and thus lives! When I lived in Texas her classes were $30!

Like the club in Germany she helped socializing them. But since she 'worked' out of a YMCA gym, she did it as part of her classes. Many dog owners like me came to her with dogs that had a habit or two; or maybe it was the owner?! She taught us, the dog and us owners, how to work together.
How many dogs get brought back because they don't do something or another; or do something or another!? But how many shelters care at all if the adopters and adoptees know how to deal with each other? How many rescues do?

I think a lot of the problems like socialization, fear or aggression, food aggression, too much energy, chewing and more, can be fixed by a little education and training. But unless you are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on classes, you can't get any help.

For a social country I find it hard to belief that we don't have a single dog club anywhere where I have been! Are we so capitalist that we can't help each other out anymore?

He is the 'Uebungsleiter' fuer 'Ausbildung & Obedience' aka Instructor/Leader for Training & Obedience.
He is the 'Uebungsleiter' fuer 'Ausbildung & Obedience' aka Instructor/Leader for Training & Obedience. | Source

Set them up for Success!

So why a dog club?

In today's economy most people can't afford spending that much money on obedience classes. It is easier to just 'get rid of' the problem.

Would they try harder if we gave them the tools and the information needed? Maybe not all of them, but some would for sure!

The purpose of the dog club, in my eyes, was to build a educated and skilled community of dog owners! And have some fun while doing it!
We came there with our dogs, let them play around in the fenced in area to socialize. Then we took them on the big field to listen Gerd and have him teach us how to communicate and co-exist with our canines. Sometimes we did some agility. And after training and socializing both the dogs and us, we socialized some more in the club house; learning from each other and enjoying the company of fellow dog lovers!

Gerd was the one who listened to my problems and taught me how to understand Cora. He taught me to see my 'dog' as what she really was: A domesticated wolf!

"Read a book about wolves!" he said. So I did!

Cora and I learned to understand each other, respect each other, love each other!

Instead of getting them out the door as fast as we can, we need to give new 'parents' the opportunity to learn the needed skills and the skills to make this a lasting relationship!

Too many dogs end up 'back in the system', because their new 'owners' did not have the skills or the knowledge to find a way of communicating and understanding each other!

We never gave them a chance!

Don't blame the owner! Not every owner is like me and realizes on their/my own who's fault it really is. Not every owner knows where to go to find help; or has the strength to do so!

Yes, there are those that don't even try! But there are many more that would if they would know how; and could afford it!

If we feel that we know what is best for those animals, then it is on us to provide others with the tools to succeed!

Most of us like to mingle! So lets mingle together and educate each other!


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    • Cat R profile image

      Cat R 6 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      I think if I would have known more back than, a lot of problems could have been avoided. I firmly believe that half the problems that lead people to return animals could simply be solved by a little education and training of BOTH owner and 'pet'!

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thankfully for Cora, you stuck with her through the early times when you were just getting to know each other. Our Chow Dolly was aggressive when we brought in a new female to the household. Eventually they learned to get along and figured out the pecking order! Great story here.

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      Cat R 6 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      I know the feeling. But way too often are owners left to themselves too. I had to learn a lot of things the hard way! I wish somebody would have occasionally given me some tips and tricks like Gerd did. Cora and I had a lot more fun and joy in life because he helped me find an understanding with her.

      Sadly vet costs are getting higher and higher. I wish there was a solution for that!

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      Cresentmoon2007 6 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      It's sad how people will simply get rid of their dog because of behavior issues or even some cheap health problem as well. I have a friend who's having a cat put down because she simply cannot afford the sugary. If I was her I would try to find a home for the poor thing to someone who can afford it. Anyway this is a great hub. Sorry about rambling. Voted up.