• Richard Chan

Drawing or providing?

Many owners who humanize dogs think of their dogs as spouses, children, parents, friends, body guards, doctors ... Etc.

I look at dog ownership as a responsibility to provide for my dogs - not to draw from my dogs what make me feel good but to provide for my dogs what make them the best they can be.

There are many problems associated with humanization of dogs, one that is not often talked about is the expectation.

If you love your dog, don't you want your dog to be the best he can be?

However, when a dog is viewed as a human, owners often focus on drawing from their dogs what make the human feel good. In doing so, dogs have become a tool to provide emotional support and good feelings for the owners. But it is the job of the owners to advocate, support, comfort, guide, and lead their dogs; not the other way around. It is what a dog would expect from his leader.

When dogs are raised with lots of "drawing" and very little or no "providing" they become confused and insecure. This imbalance will creat a lot of problems for the dogs and their owners.

When dogs are respected as dogs, when owners focus on meeting their dogs' needs as dogs - instead of expecting the dog to give to the human what the human wishes to have but cannot receive from other humans - the dogs will become much more balanced with much less issues.

Leadership is really important for a dog to be balanced and it is the job of the leader to support, advocate, guide, and provide.


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