Treating dogs like human beings have become a big business. But at what cost?
It’s rather preferable to have pets be treated as self-entities. Recognize their individuality instead of having them be seen as one more kid on the block. Some have even recognized the potential to get more out of a pet if they’d just be allowed to be what they are; animals.
Think back to what you make a pet do already. When to eat. What’s going in their dish. Where to eat it. Their bed placement. Even the toy they’re to play with. That’s all up to us as humans. But animals have preferences as well.
Not paying attention to that may have negative consequences. There’s a tendency of forcing animals to go through things they wouldn’t necessarily be involved in. A Worst-case scenario is losing sight of distress signals.
Something like what could lead to an uncalled-for bite could then become easily missable. It’s not about having an aggressive animal. Rather, the pet’s trying to advocate on its own behalf the best way it can under the circumstances.
It comes down to the type of communication allowed. Singling out a toy & taking it to a room means that’s what they prefer to play with. Shaking or shivering while tucking the tail on the legs & putting the ears back when recognizing they’re about to be dressed as a human should tell you they rather not.
Avoiding eye contact, licking the nose in rapid succession &/or starting to lip-curl when recognizing another canine or person in their vicinity is often a signal of preferring not to play at that moment. Close observation of our pet’s lives would allow us information on their preference.
But why would that be important? Let’s finish it up with that next time we meet on this overdue subject for consideration..