OH FOR F#*K SAKE. This is getting to be ri- god- damn- diculous. Now you can’t yell at dogs?!
A dog sled team, that was in the lead of the Iditarod, stopped running because the head musher- or whatever the hell he is called- yelled at one of the dogs for fighting with another one.
I yelled at Joey, and everybody heard the yelling, and that doesn’t happen. And then they wouldn’t go anymore. Anywhere. So we camped here.Musher, and Lunatic, Nicholas Petit
Even though he refers to them as “everybody“, this is a TEAM OF DOGS…they are not people.
All you ever hear is, “don’t yell at a dog 5 minutes after they shit on the floor, because they won’t be able to make that connection”. But now this chump wants me to believe his dogs are capable of such complex thought and rationalization, that they stopped running as some kind of form of protest???? Shouldn’t they have just forgotten about it as soon as you gave them a treat, or pat their head?
Well, apparently not. These dogs “refused” to run, and the “team” lost a FIVE HOUR LEAD as a result.
Look, I don’t know everything about dogs, so I’d like to be able to give this professional the benefit of the doubt. But I have to blame this 100% on the coaching.
You have to train these athletes for the job at hand. You’re competing in the biggest (only) dog race in the world. It’s like a 100, or 5 thousand, miles, or something, through the frozen tundra…and your “team” is so soft that they can’t take you raising your voice? What’s up with that?
I know it’s become difficult in today’s game, what with the dogs having collectively bargained for LESS practice time… oh wait. They didn’t? That’s right, because they are DOGS!
It’s clear to me that Petit is from the “Every Dog gets a Bacon Strip” New School of coaching. Dogs’ Coaches don’t cut it in the cutthroat world of Dog Sled Racing. You have to keep these professionals sharp, and the only way to do that is stay on them. I’m not saying I want the guy riding with a rolled up newspaper or an old slipper. But if yelling at one misbehaving dog makes all the other dogs organize a protest against you…you’re clearly doing something wrong.
These are dogs. They’ve been around forever. They fend for themselves in the wild if necessary. They drag your ass 5K miles for reasons completely unbeknownst to them. Pretty sure they can handle a stern warning once in a while. Stop being a puss.