I don't think that it is 'righteous'. They said they have no plans to 'teach' him or change the way he's raising his current or future dog. I also don't think that there is anything wring with giving someone -healthy and sound- advice (or having a civil conversation about dog foods and bringing up -facts- about their brand and another brand). I do think it's absurd that you would consider trying to be helpful and informative to someone and to educate them - maybe not in -your- way of raising and training a dog but just general dog information. Such as selecting food or general health care or exercise as 'righteous'Please don't try to "teach" your roommate how to train his dog. Maybe you could be taught not to be so righteous in how you think a dog should be raised.
This proves your point more than anything else. I don't understand what the others mean when they call you righteous. Dogs have certain needs. I don't agree with much of Cesar Millan, but I find his "three canine needs" to be spot on.He isn't walked. Ever. His owner plays fetch with him for like 3 minutes a day and randomly gives him attention (Like saying "Hi!" and patting him in passing). He gets let out into the backyard to do his business. That's the extent of his activity.
I agree with you. I've found myself getting sucked into feeling guilty at times, wondering if I am doing enough for Luke...giving him enough. Whenever I have those moments my Mom and my gf smack me upside the head and give me one heck of a lecture, because in all honesty, he is treated like a God in this house. My entire world revolves around him. I spend every waking and sleeping moment I can with him, doing whatever I can to make him happy. I spend money I really can't afford right now with my financial situation being the pits, on the best food on the market because he must have the best. I force myself to get up out of bed when I can barely stand up straight, to take him out on long walks and park runs so he won't be bored. Yet, I've sometimes wondered if I am doing enough because I don't have him in some dog sport (which I know he really wouldn't be into anyway...he's very much a homebody in the sense that he really prefers just doing things with me and him alone...he doesn't want to spend hours in training, he doesn't want to be constantly surrounded by other dogs and people) I look at some GD's and their owners, like Green Bean and Honey the Great Dane, who lead such full lives, always busy, traveling, etc...and even though I know that that's not Luke...I feel like I'm failing him somehow by not doing those things. Then I have a reality check and I realize that he has the life that suits HIM. Where he is literally the center of attention 24/7, there is no competition...he is healthy and well behaved, well trained. Maybe he doesn't know as many commands as some of those danes I know, but he knows a heck of a lot more than the average dog I see. Maybe he doesn't jump to obey those commands every time, immediately and without question....but he is who he is and that is a guy who has his stubborn moments . He's not a robot.I've also seen the other side of the spectrum where the dog is on point with commands, fed the best, socialized, in agility/shows, impeccable grooming, etc.... But I don't see affection between dog and owner like my MIL does for hers.
My ideal is somewhere in the middle. I want my dogs to have discipline, be exercised and loved.