Couch Potato Dogs are not the Happiest Dogs.
I’m reminded of this from a dream I had last night, well actually it was more a nightmare. About a year or two ago a rescue group contacted us, (spirit animal sanctuary) about taking in a middle aged dog that they considered a couch potato. I don’t remember why they couldn’t find a home for him, probably his age got in the way of an adoption.
Anyway, after asking tons of questions about the sanctuary and how the dogs lived they decided to euthanize the dog. Only humans are capable of coming up with such an absurd logic in regards to the wants and needs of our canine friends. Their Logic : being that he was a couch potato they didn’t feel he would be happy in a group of dogs. So they decided to kill him instead, he would of thanked them for it, I’m sure.
Do you see the problem with this thought process ? Forget about the fact that they killed this guy, they are sorely lacking in the ability to fundamentally understand dog behavior at it’s core level. They may be able to do a better job rehabbing and rehoming some dogs, with a more accurate knowledge of behaviors. Although, that’s more wishful thinking than anything else, since the majority of potential adopters still prefer puppies over dogs.
How to get Mr. Potato Head happy
Talk to him, Play with him, show some excitement with your emotions. Consoling an unhappy dog will reinforce his unhappiness. Our dogs follow our emotional lead, so lets lead by example. Get Happy and Excited.
The Spirit Dog
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