By Deborah Taylor-French www.dogleadermysteries.com
Didn’t make it to the fair this summer?
Craving a corn dog? Or just like corny jokes?
Q. Why does a seagull fly over the sea?
A. Because if it flew over the bay it would be called a bagel!
We have the corniest dog.
Photo Credit: Marc Hoffman
Sydney loves his corn cob.
Of course, we do not let him eat it. He gets the fun of chewing and licking, plus having his corn.
Sydney growls, telling us that what’s in his mouth…should stay in his mouth.
Dogs know that possession is the law.
Never mess with what a dog believes he owns what is inside his jaws. That is a good way to get bitten. Although dogs live with us and share our lives, dogs are not human. Dogs have complex social relationships with us and with other animals, especially other dogs. One of the absolute rules between dogs is to NEVER take away anything in another dog’s jaws.
Two different schools of thought about dogs and their food.
- Dogs have rights. Treat dogs gently with understanding for their unique point of view.
- Dogs need domination. Dogs must live completely submissive to human owners. Owners and trainers should train dogs to meekly allow people to take away their food or toys at anytime.
Sydney knows his food. He also knows the command “drop it” and how to trade foods for other favorites.
All dogs learn to respect other dogs’ rights to keep what is inside their mouths.
What do you think?
Do dogs have rights?