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Do you ever feel bad about the manipulating?   Off Subject

Started May-13 by GetTheDogs; 920 views.
GetTheDogs

From: GetTheDogs

May-13

This is probably a bit deep and overthinky but.. do you ever feel bad about manipulating your dog?

I do. Mildly. I feel like we went and got him and he's obsessed with us. Knows nothing else. We don't reallyyyy need him for a job. Ultimately we just have him because we want him for a connection to nature, companionship and mild security.

We let him fall in love with certain toys but take them off him when he's really enjoying them to establish us as the most awesome thing and to keep them in line.

We make him submit for food and water. 

We manipulate his mind to reinforce training behaviours.

I sometimes feel a bit bad about this as I look into his eyes and I wish I could communicate more clearly and explicitly with him.

Ah. C'est l'amour. And also humanising. C'est humanising. Haha

bearshandler

From: bearshandler

May-13

Do you ever get the feeling you’re being manipulated?  I think the dig gains way more from the relationship than you.

GetTheDogs

From: GetTheDogs

May-13

Gasp. Manipulated by my dog? That would make me feel much better.

I genuinely didn't think of this. That manipulative little ####. 

DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

May-13

Haha. Who is in charge? You only think you are.

GetTheDogs

From: GetTheDogs

May-13

I am the gamma of our pack.

GetTheDogs

From: GetTheDogs

May-13

Ray launched himself off my foot to get the ball yesterday. Claws against my bones and stuff. I was in agony for a minute.

I told my wife the story and she asked me if Ray was ok.

bearshandler

From: bearshandler

May-13

There is a lot of manipulation going on, especially if you’re training for sports. The dogs however, have long since won that battle.

bearshandler

From: bearshandler

May-13

You’re wife is the perfect example.

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