Saturday, January 17, 2009

What counts to the dogs

A close friend of mine has been training horses most of her life. She retrains the racer rejects into champion hunter jumpers. She spoke at length with me about the diligence and patience it took to teach these animals that there was indeed more to life than running. I of course, shared parallels with stories of red zone dogs who respected neither man nor beast. Although there is a minimum fifteen hundred pound difference, the facts remain similar in many ways. You cannot force respect from an animal. You have to earn it. You have to own your space. Dogs don't care about positions, degrees, and education.

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