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    Tuesday
    Jan252011

    My walk to work

    There were two things I loved about my walk to work today...

    Firstly, there was a whole bunch of fresh fluffy white stuff everywhere.  That stuff feels so nice on your paws.... and there's just something magical about rummaging my face through it.  I learned a long time ago that the fluffy white stuff turns into cold water, so sometimes I eat it... but only if it's fresh.

    The second thing I loved about my walk to work today is that every single house took their smelly bins out to the sidewalk.  There's so much good food in those bins... humans are silly to let it all go to waste.

    I also noticed that the humans put those sharp salty smelling things on the sidewalk so I'm not expecting any fresh white stuff to be there on my walk home... but I'm always hopeful.
    Monday
    Jan242011

    Sniff Sniff

    I think that one of the reasons why children are able to connect so strongly with dogs is because they are quite naturally highly ‘aware’.  Their unconscious minds are in the process of developing so they still pay attention to the myriad of things happening in their universe... in this very moment... just like dogs.

    Take a simple game like blowing bubbles... This is so incredibly fascinating for children. An observer of this game might notice that children are capable of focussing on all the bubbles at once... or simply a single bubble as it floats around through the air.  And most astonishingly, they do this for more than just a few seconds...  In this scenario, children are truly living in the moment.  They’re tuned in...their level of awareness is very high.

    I offer this analogy because this how I imagine a dog absorbs his information when he’s sniffing.  The fragrances and scents might flutter through the air... or carry in a breeze...or freeze in snow and gradually release as it melts.  A fragrance of decay might permeate through the soil... I imagine all of this is quite similar to floating bubbles from a child’s point of view.  This is why your dog’s nose is always moving, hovering, and collecting information.

    Getting inside the mind of your dog is well worth the effort.  A glimpse at the world from his point of view allows you to be more compassionate to his needs.  Insight into his point of view will allow you to lead him more effectively... with less effort... with more trust...and with better results.

    At my doggie daycare when we do our ‘mental stimulation’, we always incorporate the scent of the reward to enhance their level of focus on us.
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