|Barked: Thu May 19, '05 5:54pm PST |
|When my mommie and daddie lets me go off leash at a park, I sometimes run around and challenge mommie and daddie on a race (to initiate a race, I offer them my toy or a stick by dropping it really close to their feet, then pick it up and take off when they bend down to reach for it. It's like saying "come and get it!"). Apparently, doggies like to challenge their pack members on an agility race. Whoever wins is more dominant!
Mommie and daddie know that I run faster than they can. At the same time, they also know that they are "above" me in the pack, and losing to me can lead to relinquishing their power. They know that if they chased me, I'd understand that as them participating in a losing race. So they ignore me. They just stand there, and watch me as I run in circles. They turn the situation around by giving me a message that they're just above this whole race thing, and it's just amusing to watch me run. Although I have fun running, I return when they call me back, because I like the attention (it's better than them just staring at me).
My mommie never lets me off leash when I'm anywhere near a street. Even if there are no cars driving, you never know when a crazy driver might zoom past. Maybe your mom can walk you on a leash when you're walking through the neighborhood. It's dangerous.
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