Well, that depends. On what your definition of grateful is. Feel free to tell me what you think your dog is grateful for, in the comment section. But that’s not what this post is about.
This post is about how many dog owners think their dog should behave a specific way and show a degree of gratefulness, because they have provided them with a wonderful home and a yard to play in. Some think their dog should not display any unacceptable behaviors, because of this. This would be similar to someone thinking their toddler should be happy, instead of crying in their bed, just because it’s a really, really nice bed.
This kind of thinking ( anthropomorphic ) is how some of us think when it comes to our dogs, as misplaced as it may be. And by the way the intelligence level of a dog at best, is that of a one or two-year old child.
I’m reminded of this from a recent conversation I had with a nice guy about his dog. Sadly this is not the first time I’ve had a conversation like this with a dog owner, and unfortunately it certainly won’t be the last.
This is a classic case of us projecting our human emotions and rationalizations on a species of animal that derives it’s pleasures from digging holes, chasing squirrels, rolling in the stinkiest stuff it can find and eating it’s own shit. Dogs don’t think anything like us and to believe they have the capabilities and intelligence to understand us on our levels, is doing that dog and yourself, a great injustice. Hell, we can’t even understand each other and we expect our dogs to understand us ?
A dog can only think like a dog.
So just remember, either your going to get lucky with a dog that has very few problems or you’re going to have a dog, that acts like a dog. And you’re going to have to help them through their issues.
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