I happen to think that dogs are brilliant. They are totally in tune with themselves and their environment. They pick up on silent cues and clues, and they seldom get themselves into dangerous situations..(with other dogs, I mean). Oh yes, they get into all kinds of dangerous situations like trying desperately to run onto an oncoming car while I'm holding him back with all my might...but they seldom get themselves into trouble with other dogs.
As soon as I take my little 18 month old PWD to the park, he'll run to the other dogs and proceed to sniff them before playing with them. When a new dog is introduced to the pack, the dogs will surround the newbie, sniff him from all angles..oh and of course, especially the crotch..and then decide how to play with him.
I really think this is brilliant. By sniffing, they get a good sense of the type of dog they are dealing with. They know when to be rough or submissive, they know if the other dog is too young to understand them, and, most importantly, they know when to STAY AWAY!!
I think that people have a lot to learn from doggies. We spend our lives trying to impress people with our words, our athletic skills, our dance moves, and our money. But, no matter what we do, there will always be that one person that you will never win over. We'll try and try to do everything in our power..what a colossal waste of time!!!
To illustrate my point, I've detailed below a typical first date scenario. The first with people, the second with dogs..You decide which one makes the most sense:
Two humans getting ready for their first date. Both shower excessively. Woman frets over what to wear. Man gets his car cleaned inside and out. They meet. Words ensue. Man tries to make woman laugh. Woman tries to act flirty. Both order two completely different meals. They try to pick up on each others cues. "Hmm", the guy wonders.."does she really think my jokes are funny or is it just a nervous laugh"? "Hmm.", the woman wonders.."should I really have worn these heels? Now I'm 2 inches taller than him" And so it goes. They make plans for a second date..they want to keep learning about each other...is this THE ONE?
Two dogs meet in the park. They've been out all day so they are definitely emitting a few fumes. The smellier the better! They meet..nose to nose. One goes over to the others crotch...They sniff, sniff, sniff.."Hey.. you're my type of dog..let's play!!" A match made in heaven. These dogs will play together well into their senior years.
How easy would it be for humans to do this. Think of all the time and energy we'd save. We'd go to a friend's party..sniff out men and women alike and then decide on the spot who would be our BFF and who we'd like to spend the rest of our lives with.
Ah..so much to learn from our doggies..
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