The Veterinarian – Keep “you” as “you”.

If your veterinarian took your dog away from you for 6 months and kept your dog in his/her pack, providing the constant environment and structure (or lack thereof) for the dog, and then the dog was returned to you and it behaved badly or ill or fearful or out of control, you would blame the influence of the veterinarian for the dogs behavior.

If your groomer took your dog away from you for 6 months and kept your dog in his/her pack, providing the constant environment and structure (or lack thereof) for the dog, and then the dog was returned to you and it behaved badly or ill or fearful or out of control, you would blame the influence of the groomer for the dogs behavior.

If a dog trainer took your dog away from you for 6 months and kept your dog in his/her pack, providing the constant environment and structure (or lack thereof) for the dog, and then the dog was returned to you and it behaved badly or ill or fearful or out of control, you would blame the influence of the dog trainer for the dogs behavior.

If a breeder took your dog away from you for 6 months and kept your dog in his/her pack, providing the constant environment and structure (or lack thereof) for the dog, and then the dog was returned to you and it behaved badly or ill or fearful or out of control, you would blame the influence of the breeder for the dogs behavior.

If a Pitbull owning, black male took your dog away from you for 6 months and kept your dog in his/her pack, providing the constant environment and structure (or lack thereof) for the dog, and then the dog was returned to you and it behaved badly or ill or fearful or out of control, you would blame the influence of the Pitbull owning, black male for the dogs behavior.

But many owners that have raised their dogs since birth or have provided the pack that their dog has lived persistently in for years and years and years, immediately and reflexively jump to blaming the veterinarian or the groomer or the trainer or the breeder or even an innocent black man who happens to be walking by at the time with his stable Pitbull, for the unstable and un-socialized behavior of their own pet.

Now go back to the beginning and replace “dog” with “child”.
Change “veterinarian” to “medical doctor”.
Change “groomer” to “dentist”.
Change “dog trainer” to “teacher”.
Change “breeder” to “coach”.
Change “Pitbull owning black male” to “lower class minority family”.

Keep “you” as “you”.

Jeff Cribb DVM          2015

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