You Need To Become A Dog Psychologist
Yes, you heard me. And, no, I’m not joking. If you have a dog in your family, you need to become a dog psychologist.
What’s A Dog Psychologist?
What I mean by suggesting that you become a dog psychologist is simply that you learn to understand your dog.
To begin to understand your dog, you must first put yourself in the correct headspace. To do that, you must do two things:
Now that you’ve got the right headspace, the next step in becoming a dog psychologist is to learn. You can use any combination of the following modes of learning:
As you can see, there are many ways to learn how to become a dog psychologist!
But That’s Not Fair!
The complaint usually goes something like this: “Why should I become a dog psychologist? Why doesn’t my dog just learn to understand me?”
The answer is that your dog is learning to understand you. In fact, your dog is understanding you the best she can. But she can only go so far. Why? Because she’s a dog and, although very smart (dogs are very smart), she’ll only be able to understand so much through observation and what you teach her.
You, on the other hand, have (as the above list shows) many different ways to learn how to understand your dog. So stop complaining, and get learning.
It’s All Too Much!
Please don’t be overwhelmed. If you have a dog in your family, you need to become a dog psychologist, but that doesn’t mean you have to become the world’s greatest expert on dogs. You just need to learn more about dogs.
Believe me, it'll enhance your relationship with your dog. Your relationship with your best friend will be deeper, and your only regret will be that you hadn't become a dog psychologist sooner.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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