A Dog’s Contribution to Humanity, appreciated…
There have been many well known and respected people throughout history who have said that humans who endured in the face of great adversity carry many scars but it is these same people who have the most to contribute to society. I believe that the same can be said for the dog.
All dogs have so much that they are willing to share with humanity. If we are willing to open our minds to see, we can learn so much from a dog about ourselves. Dogs can help us be more aware of our own behavior and give us a second chance to grow into better, wiser and happier individuals. When you help a dog it is not just the dog that gets a second lease on life and a new opportunity…it is also the human.
My Dog Pack
Many of the dogs in my pack were abused and/or neglected and others simply came with multiple issues resulting from their past experiences with humanity. A few of my dogs have been with me since puppy-hood; they had no prior adverse experiences with humans and my job was just to bring them up right.
There are many people who have been taught to believe that the best and only solution for a ‘vicious’, ‘aggressive’ dog is to euthanize (kill) the dog. So wrong.
A dog in its natural state is a social being with the potential inherent to get along with others. There are very few dogs born with ‘bad wiring’. Yet many dogs have lost their lives unnecessarily as a result of misinformed assumption.
Aggressive-reactive dog behavior can cause minor to serious and sometimes fatal injury to humans, dogs and other animals – but the root cause of such behavior is typically human made – not canine.
Such a statement is offensive to some people, but the logic behind my statement is irrefutable. Dogs do not bite for ‘no reason’. There are many contributing factors that influence a dog’s behavior including inappropriate and inadequate diet. In most situations a dog bites becasue humanity has failed to provide the dog with the learning, socialization – the leadership required to nurture the dog properly. When we remove a dog from his / her canine family it is our responsibility to take over the natural nurturing process which we interrupted. It is not the dog’s fault if we have not invested sufficiently in ourselves first to learn how to be patient, effective, logical, communicators, mentors – leaders. It is wrong to expect another being to unconditionally respect us if we do not first earn that respect.
Over the centuries humans have selectively bred dogs for both physical and behavioral traits. The end result of which is a huge range of breeds made up of Companion Dogs, Herding Dogs, Hunting Dogs (gun-dogs and hounds), Terriers, and Working Dogs. Sometimes breeding simply focuses on fashionable physical attributes at the expense of a dog’s health – i.e. foreshortened nose resulting in respiratory issues (i.e. bulldog, pug etc.), or excess folds of skin (i.e.the Shar Pei), or the roach back German Shepherd dog. Sometimes the goal was to achieve a loyal, strong, dog with stamina and great intelligence a dog that could be taken into war, or employed as a guard dog.
Some breeds have been completely stigmatized. For example the German Shepherd and Rottweiler, Dobermans and Boxers – the list includes many.The most stigmatized breed today are the Pit Bull breeds. A breed that is close to my heart. Pit Bulls are much maligned and misunderstood in today’s society. Pit Bulls are amazing dogs. You can read more about Pit Bulls here.
Any and all dogs, regardless of breed – when placed in the wrong hands, can become dangerous. No different than humans. Our positive and negative attributes – peaceful or waring are not determined by our race, but instead by nurturing, and so it is for a dog and his /her breed.
It is humanity that has created all of these breeds yet it is humanity that mishandles them, disrespecting the dog’s needs and requirements and when things go wrong it is the dog that is blamed.
When my daughter was a toddler strangers would criticize me for leaving her in the car with Shanny (my first German Shepherd x Malamute). Shanny would have done anything and everything she could to protect my daughter if the need ever arose. Shanny would never have harmed her. I had nurtured Shanny’s natural balanced state of being and enabled the best attributes of a dog. I had respected her as a dog and as a non-human person. I had every reason to trust in Shanny. I knew who Shanny really was. Problems with dogs and children arise due to human error, not canine error.
Not only did Shanny never let me down, but she often astonished me with her kindness, instinct, intuition and great intelligence.
Humans that have dedicated their time to working with dogs whose natural state has been compromised know from direct experience that the dog is not to blame and that almost all dogs can with patience, respect, persistence and the right knowledge be returned to their original balanced state of being.
Many of my dogs are a case in point with Robbie being the most extreme example – Robbie is a testament to the true and beautiful nature of a dog.
If you would like to know more about the dogs in my own dog pack you can read their bios.