It would be enough to look them (well) in the eye to understand why dogs are much more special than you think. And yet here we are to affirm only one thing with certainty: despite the amount of convictions on all fours, in reality our furry dogs are little or not at all known, little or not at all understood and are commonly underestimated.
This is strange considering that they have lived alongside humans for thousands of years now. The case of dogs is probably the umpteenth testimony of the difficulty of humans to devote themselves with attention to others, even those who are closest to them.
Index

  • Common ideas about dogs
  • The complexity of the dog
  • The dog’s sense of self
  • The diversity of each dog
  • Dogs have feelings
  • Dogs understand when we talk to them
  • Dogs distinguish the faces of humans
  • Dogs have a sense of time
  • Dogs live by observing and learn from what they observe
  • We, not me
  • Appearances can be deceiving

Common ideas about dogs
The common idea about dogs is that it is the coat , size , color, four legs and tail that define their aesthetic appearance. Another idea is that they are defined by the ball they go crazy for, the food they would swallow at every opportunity or the barking with which they disturb humans.
There are also many people who believe that they are all the same and who are surprised when people and situations are remembered. There are those who believe that they cannot be sad or need comfort and are unaware that they have character, personality, tastes and whims.
For reasons that are difficult to identify, dogs are thought of as more or less hairy boxes whose only content is a passion for the ball, barking, eating and, if they are bad, biting. Sometimes I wonder if dogs don’t somehow facilitate the limited opinion one has of them. Perhaps one of the problems is that they have extraordinary adaptive abilities.
Americans say there is more than meets the eye. Literally translated: there is more than what you see. In other words, we need to go beyond appearances. If the rule applies to practically everything, when it comes to dogs it is an obligation. It is no coincidence that having a problem dog can be lucky. The complexity of the dog
Dogs are extraordinary creaturesand they are much more special than you think. An extremely common mistake on the part of humans is to think that the Dog exists, with the characteristics described at the beginning: little more than a living puppet with few if any needs (just to give an example, the number of owners who free themselves is impressive of the dog because they discover that he pees and pees).
In reality, dogs are complex and have many, important and complex physical, mental, and emotional needs, given by being a Dog, by being of one breed rather than another (or mix of) and by being that individual dog. Recognizing and respecting the complex nature of your dog, recognizing, respecting and satisfying its needs is fundamental for its well-being and is one of the great responsibilities of owners.The dog’s sense of self
Among humans there are those who feel like a cool guy, those who feel like a loser, those who are uncertain about who and why they are in the world. Dogs travel on very similar tracks: there are the safe, the insecure, the uncertain. Their ways of being significantly influence how they relate to the world, their behaviors and even their health.
One of the emotional needs of dogs is to know that they are loved and appreciated for who they are. The diversity of each dog
Each dog has its genetics, its breed predisposition, its character, its personality, its tastes, its experiences and its history. No two dogs are alike. The importance of the individuality of each dog is such that according to some ethologists it is even superfluous to talk about breed characteristics.
In fact, ignoring breed characteristics is just as risky as ignoring the individuality of each dog. Dogs have feelings
Dogs have a rich emotional life. They experience many emotions, many feelings and live many moods. Numerous ethologists even believe that dogs, in addition to primary emotions, experience secondary emotions including guilt and disgust.
Recognizing and respecting the emotional life of dogs is essential for their well-being and to allow the human-canine relationship to develop its extraordinary potential. Dogs understand when we talk to them
Humans are anthropocentric. For us it is all human-related. After all, we believe we are the most special, the best, the most important, so it is obvious that the whole world revolves around us. An exemplary case is talking to dogs.
We talk to dogs and assume they understand (and do what we say). For us it is so normal that it is obvious while in reality the normalcy of this communication is one of the signs of how extraordinary dogs are. They don’t speak, they don’t read, and there are no words in the canine world. Yet with us and for us they use them. Dogs distinguish human faces
For dogs, humans are not all the same. They are able to distinguish different faceseven just from the eyes. Of course, it might be tempting to comment on someone. But no: it’s another sign of how special dogs are.
Just think that we are of another species. How many humans are able to distinguish dogs only by eyes Dogs have a sense of time
Humans don’t like dogs having a sense of time and in fact one of the great myths about dogs that is handed down from generation to generation and that live in the moment, that for them five minutes, 24 hours, or 2 years are the same.
It is not so. It is scientifically proven that dogs are aware of the passage of time, have a sense of the passing of the hours, have a memory of the past and an expectation of the future. Dogs live by observing and learn from what they observe
We do not notice it, but dogs spend their lives observing the world around them and who moves in that world. Nothing escapes their eyes and everything (about humans, the gaze, the position of a shoulder, the tone of the voice, the movement of an eyebrow, the way of holding the leash, the breath, etc.) is used to evaluate situations. and understand how to behave.
How much information humans transmit to dogs without realizing it and how many misunderstandings and how many problems arise from this unawareness of bipeds. Dogs have responsibility
Obviously not. They learn by observing and their survival depends on observing and anticipating. If humans do not know what they communicate and teach things they do not want, it is a limitation of which, unfortunately, dogs pay the consequences.Us, not me
Dogs are social animals for which the we, the group they belong to (which for pets is mainly made up of humans), counts more than the ego, of themselves as individuals. It is one of the reasons why it is so important to consider and treat them as real family members , as well as one of the reasons why they should not be left alone for long. Appearances are deceiving
The dog that growls is bad, the dog that yells is bad, the dog that gazes at another is good, the dog that runs straight to meet wants to play, the dog that does not like being with other dogs is strange and probably also bad, the little dog and white and good, the black dog and dangerous.
These are just a few examples of the beliefs humans have about dogs and how they judge their behavior. Except that with dogs appearances can be deceiving, so much is the first belief that falls is that about good dogs and bad dogs .
Two examples give a good idea: the more they make a scene, the less they want to hurt. The protagonist of the famous phrase wants to play with everyone more than a harmless playful and at least annoying and rude and in the canine world to behave badly and very badly seen. It is one of the rules that puppies learn from an early age. These are just a few examples, as we said at the beginning, but they give a good idea of ​​why dogs are so much more and so much more special than is commonly thought.

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