Tuesday, May 1, 2007
I CHALLENGE YOU TO....
Human: "I'm the boss around here!"
Dog: "No, I am!"
In the dog world, challenges constantly test and prove who is the fittest, strongest, smartest and most determined individual.
"Yippeeeee! I'm the boss around here!"
Again and again, dogs prove amongst themselves who has earned the right to be more dominant. Ultimately, they can challenge their way up the pack ladder and earn the right to be pack leader.
Dog: "Yep! I'm sure winning today!"
Your dog takes these challenges very seriously and keeps score of how many wins it has against each pack member.
Dog: "I'm stepping through the door first. I'm telling you...I'm gonna do it..."
You may be surprised by some of these challenges...and how petty they seem...but don't be fooled.If you don't win these challenges every day for the rest of your dog's life, your dog will start to climb up the pack ladder again and make a fresh grab for the leadership title.
So what are these leadership challenges?
I'll be going through some real favourites used again and again in the dog world, starting next post. You can always tell if your dog is challenging you - if you sense that it is trying to control whatever the situation is, any which way it can.
"Let me see now...this is my favourite challenge...oh no, this one is....oh, no, THIS one is a little beauty of a challenge...let me see, THIS one is fantastic...."
And believe me - you have to admire the ingenuity of some dogs in the way that they do manage to grab control of situations! Every dog has its own personal repertoire of favourite challenges. No doubt some will sound very familiar to you....
Human: "Hey! You stupid idiot of a dog!!!"
Dog: "Hee-hee. I win that challenge without fail every single morning."