I have noted recently in various sources, from both home and abroad, (blog, forum, website) relevant to different breeds, and groups of breeds, a tendency of some people to "spin" (in the political sense) their situation, achievements, dogs, experience, policies or knowledge.

I am not saying that this is a recent development, merely that it appears to me to be on the increase. Whether or not it is a new thing, I wonder about the motive(s) of such people! I do not make myself out to be a "saint", but I can honestly say that I have never deliberately misled others in such public spheres.

Without mentioning any names (I do not wish to lay myself open to litigation!) I offer a few examples :-

- implying years of experience in gun dogs and trialing when on a first dog
- talking about past dogs as if they have been working them for years when, in fact, they were bought in and then moved on within a few months.
- breeders who state that they always do home checks of puppy buyers (when they don't)
- breeders who purport to adhere to a particular Code of Ethics (when they don't)
- owners or trainers who purport to promote  'good' or 'kind' training methods when they use e-collars routinely (NOT  in Wales where I live . . e-collars are illegal here!)

These are just a few examples, quoted at random, to try to illustrate what I mean. So I repeat, why do some people find it acceptable to do this? Well, the title of this post says it all in my opinion!

Some people do this in the misguided impression that others will perceive them as people of  'experience and status'. . . these are the those suffering from pride, and we all know what comes after pride ..... A FALL!! Some have a deep-seated need to be in charge and have total control over others whether within a breed, a club, a group or any other collection of people; these are the megalomaniacs.

Some do it in order to promote their business and make more money; even fewer of these than those in the other two categories will ever admit to this being the case (rather they declare honourable motives such as actions being "for the good of the breed") .... In my experience NONE of them!!

Unfortunately many individuals to whom I refer to fall into two or even all three of my classifications!! Can anything be done about these people? Sadly, not a great deal in most cases; proving beyond doubt that these things are happening is not always easy and even if the evidence is there, there are no sanctions unless the law has been broken!

11/12/2012 07:47:32 pm

Sadly, this happens all of the time. I have to admit that it does make me chuckle when I see people advising others, especially on facebook,when I know that their knowledge is limited to very few years experience (and in some cases, very few months) and yet they appear to "know it all". Facebook is the place where many can be taken in very easily as 99% of the people don't actually know each other personally and so deception, of the gullible, is easy.
I'm sure that this happens in all walks of life but, in the world of dogs, I do find it sad as it is their lives that we control and sometimes ruin.


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