When I get unsubscribe notices from my newsletter, I try to check the reason if I get one, so I can improve upon the content. This one was interesting: “Dallas Dog Life only supports pure positive training. I’m not a pure positive fan.”
I never really have discussed this topic publicly but I have to admit it’s been something I’ve struggled with from time to time. Dallas Dog Life is not a rescue or a non-profit, although I do help run a local rescue group. Dallas Dog Life is a for-profit company, and I make money from advertisers. So I had to think long and hard when I started getting requests to advertise businesses and events that I would not personally support.
I made the decision early on to not include breeders in my Business Directory because I want to promote adoption. Then boarding facilities became an issue – did they discriminate against certain breeds? I do not support breed bans; I believe in evaluating a specific dog for behavior.
Then last year I got a request to advertise an electronic (shock) collar workshop. I have not personally used shock collars on any of my dogs before, but I know many people who use them and like them. I called several people for advice about this workshop. I thought, I don’t want anyone to think that I support the use of these devices. On the other hand, if people are going to use them, I don’t want them to fry their dog. Maybe it’s better they use them responsibly. In the end, I decided not to post it. And then I knew. Dallas Dog Life is not an “unbiased news source.”
Dallas Dog Life started in 2008 as a way for me to compile information that I thought would be helpful to other DFW dog owners. Over the years, it’s grown in a way that is very personal to me. It reflects what I believe in and not what will make me the most money. I try to promote rescue groups as much as I can. I want to help pet owners get reunited with lost dogs. I don’t want people to surrender their dogs because they are misbehaving when there are plenty of social and training events in the community to help them channel their energy. And I am passionate about saving homeless pets and reducing the stray dog population. I don’t like when dogs are discriminated against because of their breed. And I prefer that you show a dog what you want and praise him for it rather than shocking a dog into submission. (There. Whew. I said it. I feel better.)
I know Dallas Dog Life is not for everyone. I don’t expect everyone to agree with the things I post. But in the end, I have to be true to myself.
Regardless of whether you believe what I believe or agree with my rants, I hope that you all know I love dogs, I never want to see them suffer, and if there’s something I’m doing that I need to re-examine, let me know – I have changed my mind about a lot of things in the past 5 years and I am continually learning.
Thanks for reading.