I have some pretty polarized opinions. Based on the number of comments – so do a LOT of other people.
When I started this blog, I didn’t even know if anyone would read it. In light of the recent volume, I also realized that I can’t carefully read each and every comment. I can only scan them.
It dawned on me that I have never publicly clarified my guidelines about banning, blocking, censoring and appropriate content. Here it is.
Positive does not mean people will be a doormat: Positive reinforcement people have a right to speak their mind. They have a right to say they find certain things offensive. That is freedom of speech.
Ex: I think shock collars hurt and I think it is mean to shock a puppy. OK
Force trainers have a right to express their opinions too: Another freedom of speech thing.
Ex: I don’t like giving dogs treats for everything. OK
Avoid passive aggressive comments: They won’t get you banned. I will call you out on them. Passive aggressive comments start wars.
Ex: If you loved dogs, you would use x tool because otherwise the dog will die without help from any means possible. NOT OK (People who disagree with you probably do love their dogs.)
Human Rights Issues: It is not cool to make comments based on race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or other such matters.
Ex: I hope no one actually needs an example.
Physical Harm: Do not threaten anyone with harm. No hitting, slapping, pinching, prodding, shocking, death. However, expressing an example illustrating how something might feel is fine.
Ex: That person needs a baseball bat to the head. NOT OK
Ex: Anyone that thinks shock collars don’t hurt might want to consider wearing one and handing the remote to someone else. OK
Swearing: Pretend there are kids reading….or your mother. You really don’t need to drop the F bomb to make a point. But I’m not a prude. Generally, if it’s in anger, best to leave it out.
Ex: I had a Boston that was a little sh!t when he wanted to be. OK
Ex: You are a F’n moron. NOT OK.
Professionals Insulting Dog Owners: Pet professionals, never insult clients especially by name. People need to know that trainers are here to help them.
Ex: Dog owners are so stupid. NOT OK
Ex: Sometimes I find it frustrating with some dog owners don’t follow through. OK
Readability: If you’re directing a comment at a specific individual, please – please –please put their name at the start of your comment. If I don’t see a name, I’ll assume you’re yelling at me. Sometimes that leaves me scratching my head.
Spamming and Promotion: This is my blog. If I like a product or book, I will at some point write about it. If I do not, I will either ignore it or write about it. My blog is not a place where you can advertise your stuff, or the stuff you sell and promote. Hiding promotion in seemingly helpful suggestions won’t be tolerated. I am active on social media. I’m pretty familiar with which trainers are posting to their fan pages – telling fans to “Please go to such and such a place and post testimonials an/or links.” That is spam. If you put down another method without supporting evidence – if you’re trolling – understand that BS is often my muse for future blog posts. Fair warning. Spamming is not tolerated. Try showing some etiquette. Send me a release. If you want to advertise, try PAYING for it.
Outside of that – Fasten your seatbelts and please try to colour inside the lines.
Swearing and human rights issues will be automatically deleted.
Other stuff is a one warning then you’re out.
If I miss something, please do me the courtesy of sending me a message.
And no, being positive does not mean I’m opposed to rules. (See rule 1.) It just means I won’t spank you for it.