|Barked: Wed Feb 29, '12 6:48am PST |
|"Think about it, how many people would find testing a flat collar on themselves pleasurable? How many people crawl into a crate to try to experience what their dog does? Do we worry about how it feels to go to the bathroom barefoot in the snow? Sleep and eat on the floor? Have their temperature taken the way dogs do"
To be honest, I have, some of those things not intentionally. Although my POV will obviously never be the same as a dog's, I take all of the information I can get to help me figure out what might work or not with an individual dog. I remember what it's like to have my temp taken that way...that's why I always warm a thermometer first.
Dogs appreciate that and respond instantly to a handler that knows what they are doing, I have felt it in a spit second just receiving a lead. I've figured out some very important factors by just getting down on all fours and walking the same path a particular dog does every day, to be at eye level. I was a young kid, so you bet I was scoffed and laughed at, but it took me under two minutes to figure out why the dog was balking, correct it and move on. I don't forget those things, so they're all in the 'maybe try this?' kit. The canine sense of smell leaves me in the dust, ofcourse, but the more I study it and observe how a dog uses it in their approach, the better off I am.
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