I am a pretty social guy. but i went to training yesterday and they had a meeting. and it got a litlle argumentive. an one of the members brought up. "dog people are notorisly hard to get along with, that's why the love and work with dogs." funny thing is i always felt this and just never said it. don't you agree?
I don't agree with that. I can see however that some dog people are hard to deal with, and prefer the company of dogs to people. But I also know a lot more people who don't like animals at all and are hard to get along with.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 5/22/2005 11:23:27 AM*** Reason: add
a good friend of mine always says that pet people are just like the animals they love. territorial, possessive, defensive, protective, claws are out always ready to strike down the next victim.
i pretty much have to agree. with animals you always know what to expect. with a human being you are always walking a thin line never knowing what could happen with an encounter with one. theres a book and a movie , i think its called the most dangerous game ? where a person is hunted by the most dangerous mammal on the planet. guess what that is ? a human.
What's a "dog person", anyway? I suppose you'd have to define that before I could agree or disagree with you.
I love my dogs- they're a big part of my life- but there are other equally important facets to it. I'd never call myself a dog-person - but I suppose I'm more of a dog-person than much of the dog-owning population. :)
For the record, no- I'm not hard to get along with. I will detest everything I know about someone and still search for something to like about them. Now, I'm not about to blow sunshine up someone's rear all day- just to "get along"- but I can find common ground with most anyone.
People who dont have strong enough opinions to ever argue are generally pretty dull- a character flaw that I suspect has nothing to do with what type of pet they do or don't own.
The only time I could see that as true is a real dog lover that wants to raise their dog and let him or her have the best life ever and then you get these people that complain that it costs to much to own a dog, but they still want one or they want one for free and dont think they have to give them the proper shots or take time for training. I know some people like that and it really steams me since they are going to buy a puppy and they told me they will not get any shots or get it registered with the county how will anyone know they say? It is to expensive for all that they come back at me with! Then why the heck own a dog! I think that is where I get upset at people. I just think if you have a pet treat it as you would want to be treated, so in that case I could see how I personally would not get along with ignorant people, but that does not mean I don't like people I just don't like people who do not take proper care of their animals.
I think that dog people are easier to get along with because we have something in common and are able to relate dog problems with each other. I myself dont get along with people... I'm extremely shy and anti-social and I get along great with people I warm up to but tend to hate a lot of people... mostly idiots.
What I dont like is when people (most of them do not have pets) dont understand the relationship I have with my animals. I serious have no friends because I am so shy so I guess you would call Kiba my best friend. She also "makes me" go out and meet people when we're training and I'm getting better. So what if I spend my free time with my dog.. it'd rather be with her with them... which I usually tell them.
Most people have a tendancy at stabbing you in the back or blabbing stuff. And I dont see Kiba doing that.
***Edited By: MericoX19 on 5/22/2005 12:17:05 PM*** Reason: blah
Don't agree. Since we have had Georgie, we have found out just how many of our customers are real dog people. They have to visit every time they come to the store and love to talk about their dogs. All really nice people. I am pretty easy going. I do think a little differently of people who don't like dogs. They don't have to own one but if they don't like dogs, I think they don't have a lot of compassion.
I brought this up because i do have "iam right" "you are wrong" streak in me. and i do not shy away from argument. (i think many people on this forum suffer from the samething, even if they want to admit or not) it is not a bad thing though. i think that i also like control, and i believe dog training is an excellent outlet for that. A lot of peole do like me and "dog people" are a very different breed. i could go on with the "you know you a dog person when...." jokes. hey lets have emm' heres a couple
-you know your a dog person when...
you go for change in your pocket and pullout dog biscuits and plastic bags first.
-you have a special pair of shoes for going out into your yard.
-you can name 50 breeds but not the 50 states (no offense to others not from america)
-you no more about the dog food you are feeding than food you eat
***Edited By: gunny on 5/22/2005 12:26:42 PM*** Reason: c
Gunny, I don't think people who have dogs are hard to get along with. I think the people who don't have a dog can not understand how we who own dogs can become so attached to them and have a loving, caring relationship and enjoy their company (I think our dogs feel the same about us too-it's a two way street) Perhaps the people who can not understand are a little jealous, they don't have what it takes to become comitted to an animal, all the time with training and caring. it does take a lot of time but I manage to enjoy my dog and have a social life. I have to admit that I really enjoy socializing where I can take my best friend, my dog!
Gunny, 98 times out of a 100 I agree with you. This time I respectfully disagree with you. But in all honesty never really have thought about what you brought up, until now. I do not have a lot of friends but my amigos are lifelong buddies..both male and female. Some are high school, college, sports, some are military. Dog owners and non-dog people/couples are equally represented.
If someone makes one or two good friends yearly, throughout their life, assuming they live a long life they wind up with a lot of friends.
I don't think dog people are more difficult to deal with. I've met more than a few.."retire before age 40" money-motivated people, non-dog owners that I wanted to hit with a shovel. That says nothing about about the half decaf, half caff, soymilk, hazelnut latte pinheads....LOL. I love espresso drinks though.
You may be on something or onto something, regarding this question. Got me to thinking I suppose...all the makings of a good question...cheers and have a good one. e
I agree. I don't think it's "us" that are hard to get along with, I think it's "them."
I hope you will understand what I'm saying. Dog or animal lovers by nature have compassion, where people who don't like or only tolerate animals generally do not. Mind you I know that doesn't hold true for everyone. And certainly there are people that don't have animals that still love them, but the people who don't like them have a problem.
Think about this. One of the first red flags of a serial killer or major anti social personality disorder is someone who starts off young torturing or killing animals.
And the point about animals always being there for you, while you can never be totally sure about a human is right on. My dogs have never betrayed me, but my so called best friend of 25 years has. The one person I always thought I could trust. Not.
I think that it varies as to whether dog people get along poorly with others. I think that it might depend on how hard core you are. If you are %100 percent devoted to only your dogs then I think that most people would have a hard time relating to you. That said, it may be that you have a hard time relating to people and therefore you are attracted to relating only to your dogs. A 'chicken or the egg' type of a scenario I suppose.
I also think that dog people have an easier time relating to other dog people- but the same probably goes for people who have anything in common. For example, sports fans probably get allong better with other sports fans.
Gunny, yes I am a dog person and enjoyed your You Know You Are A Dog Person jokes, guess what, I do all those things, treats in the pockets of every pair of pants I own, special shoes for going outside, know more about dog food and than my own etc. etc. If you have any more jokes pass them on!
i don't agree either gunny. as a whole. i think therre are dog people, gun people, latte people (got a kick out of that obi), city people, chat people, bird people, anti-people, all kinds who get along, or don't, with others. i always thought of dog people as more friendly, but maybe that's just because i am one....ha. ha.
I can only say for my part. I know I have a difficulty trusting humans. I do not become friends with someone easily. I test people, I listen to what they say and then I ask them again the same things to see what they say. If I find out they lied to me or if the person sounds selfish or only wanting gain in my friendship, that is it, I X them out of my book for good.I am really picky when it comes to choosing frieds. That is why I only have 2 really good girlfriends who I know I can count on. Another reason why I do not have too many friends is because it cost to cultivate friendship and I do not have the time for that. And also, I do not want to make the time because if later on I find out I spent time with someone that was not worth it I am going to feel disapointed. I have alot of acquaintences but not too many friends.
On the other hand, I know I will never be disapointed with my babies. My time with them will never be wasted.
***Edited By: alldogslover on 5/23/2005 6:02:10 PM*** Reason: .
I think a lot of people view "dog people" as hard to get along with because they don't understand the passion we have for our animals and so they see us as radicals. I think that people who don't like animals are harder to get along with in my experience, but then maybe its like someone said, maybe I think that because I'm an animal lover. I think people who don't have animals miss out on a lot in life and I personally can't understand people who don't want a dog curled up beside them while they watch tv. If that makes me hard to get along with then so be it. I wouldn't trade my dog for anything. Maybe that's why my only really good friends are also animal lovers. My closest friends here, one has 7 dogs and the other has 10. At the moment I only have one, but hopefully someday I'll have more. And my best friend has one dog, but its more like her child than a dog!