Sunday’s guest post by the wonderful Kelly Gorman Dunbar raised a very valid point about our dogs. Even an animal that has been hanging around us for fifteen thousand years still needs to act more like a dog than a human. However, many of the things that make a dog a dog annoy us and there’s the rub.
Chewing, chasing, barking, marking, sniffing, and rolling in things that would make a Billy Goat puke are just a few of the things that dogs love but we consider less than desirable. Watching the reaction of some owners to their dogs rudeness in public— you would think that their daughter had just chugged a beer, belched for a minute straight, and then shouted “Pull my finger!” at her cotillion ball.
Chewing, chasing, barking and all those other behaviors I mentioned above are required for the mental and physical health of our dogs. They need an outlet for behaviors that have been hardwired into them long before they ever begged a piece of popcorn.
So the next time you’re out for an evening stroll and your dog sniffs another dog’s butt, don’t frown and pull them away, smile and be happy that you’ve allowed them a little piece of normalcy in a world not of their own devise.