Dogs are both wonderfully simple creatures and yet very capable of learning very complex behaviours and concepts. But do we sometimes expect more of them than we should? They don’t think like humans even though the seem to understand us very well. Sometimes it’s best to break things down for them and keep it “Dog Simple.”
The Dog Whisperer television program has become a part of our cultural fabric in the early 21st century. But divisive debate and harsh rhetoric has transformed it from a program designed for entertainment into a lightning rod for controversy over differing approaches to living and working with dogs. Perhaps the time has come to put The Dog Whisperer back into perspective and see it for what it was always intended to be.
Some dog trainers might say my dog isn’t perfect. She doesn’t always come when called. She can sometimes take a little too long to sit when I ask. She pulls on her leash on walks. But for all of her imperfections, she is perfectly Tiramisu – the dog I trained and love. Maybe “perfect” isn’t really what I wanted in a dog at all.
There is much to consider about dogs. And we have been considering them for centuries. For all of our logic and reason, we have been very wrong about dogs on some pretty basic levels. As we continue to learn about dogs, our beliefs about them have to change too. They cannot be what we want them to be because we reason it so. They are who they are.