When I take my dogs on walks, people often praise them for their good behavior. My usual response, “They are very well paid.” The people chuckle, but it’s very true. I reward my dogs well with high value, healthy treats for being well-mannered, good canine citizens.
I posted the adorable picture above of my dogs, Gina and Sanchez, on Facebook last Thanksgiving. A comment was posted from a fan saying that she didn’t make her dog work for turkey. She just gave him turkey for being cute. She believed it was cruel to make them work for it.
People enjoy doing work they love and getting well paid for it. Why wouldn’t dogs? People also love doing work that encourages them to learn. Dogs are no different.
Recent research reports that dogs brains resemble humans in ways we never realized. They can understand up to 1,000 words.
Every night at my house, I spend time working with my dogs. Even at 10 years old, I’m often teaching Sanchez new tricks. He not only loves it, but he begs for that time with me every night. I’m sure it’s his favorite part of the day as it is mine. I use reward based training and he gets yummy treats. If I chose to alternatively just give him the treats, I don’t believe we’d have the emotional connection that we do. I’m inspiring him to think.
I believe that dogs that work for a living are happier dogs. Whether they are service dogs with a job to do, or pet dogs with tricks to learn, dogs like working for a living. It gives them a purpose and supports a strong bond with the 2-leggeds in their homes.
Do your dogs enjoy working for a living? Thanks for sharing your thoughts in a comment below.
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