Opinion - a belief or judgment that rest on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty. A personal view, attitude or appraisal.
Opinions are funny things, many people offer up theirs quickly, some hold their tongue and others share when asked. I like to fall into the later category but often cannot help myself. Heck I share my opinions with you all everyday here on my blog. An opinion is just that; a personal assessment, never positive or certain. But I often deal with people who state their opinion as factual, the only option, their way or the highway so to speak.
Dog behavior is not a perfect science. As living, breathing creatures they are all different. This is where lies the problem with the 'only their way,' folks. Even within feeding, housing, caring, grooming etc etc. there are many different ways. When asked I will always give my opinion; you may not like it or agree but that's okay because it is my opinion, not yours.
Obviously I have a lot of opinions, I've been writing this blog since 2007. But much of my opinions are backed by experience and research. Again that is NOT to say that they are correct opinions, just mine. So when someone comes to me attacking one of my opinions with their own claiming that I am wrong and they are right, I'm not a fan. "How dare I say that choke collar training is bad," is what one guy who remained anonymous said. How dare I? I do dare. It is my opinion and yes it is based on experience.
If you read something that you don't like, that's okay. I don't mind if you don't agree but allow me my opinion. You can have yours and I will have mine. I think that everyone is entitled to share their opinion, in fact it is a great thing when people do. As we go through life we learn a great deal, almost something everyday and if you share just a fraction of what you learn and how you feel about it you can help many others. Sharing is different than ramming down someone's throat though. Taking the I'm right and you are wrong stance is a good way to have people never listen.