Stand Back Everyone: Here Comes The ‘High Energy Bundle Of Fun’

I worked at animal shelters for many years and one of the challenges of the job is making ‘ordinary’ dogs look appealing to the public.

One of the ways you can do this is to write a ‘creative’ description.

My favourite term in an adoption description is ‘High Energy Bundle Of Fun‘ – aka. an unruly, un-trained, un-socialised nut-case dog that will jump all over you, trash your house and tear the furniture (I am giving away some trade secrets here).

The best way to turn a ‘high energy bundle of fun’ into a handleable dog is with assertiveness, obedience and work.

This is why the above contest to find a badly behaved dog with a year’s worth of training as a prize seems a little inappropriate to me:

‘This high-energy husky mix will jump all over you without a moment’s notice, gnaw on expensive pillows, knock over anything in her path, chew apart her toys and is persistent about sniffing backsides.

Lucky for her, she’s also incredibly cute and loving.

In many ways, she’s just like any other dog, said one of her owners, Eve Memmer of Simpsonville. At the same time, it’s not every day your average dog wins a national contest for mastering the art of mischief. Leave it to Lucy and she’ll get your attention whether you want it or not.

She was recently named the winner of Camp Bow Wow’s first-ever “Bad to the Bone” contest and will be rewarded with 12 months of free professional dog training.’

Don’t get me wrong, I think training is a brilliant idea and a must for every dog. What concerns me here is that the owner is not expected to take the responsibility for the problem and fix it. Instead, the dog training company takes the dog off their hands, so to speak, and fixes the dog for them.

I would prefer to see a contest where the most committed, hardest working dog owner gets the prize.

Maybe I should run that contest on this blog.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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