“Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities. It is considered to be an innate tendency of human psychology. “Wikipedia

I’d never hear of such a big word until recently…we don’t talk like that too much in the bush, lol.  I was hearing a service dog trainer saying how bad it was, and how we shouldn’t attribute human traits or emotions to animals.

Science proves grumpy old man with the newspaper wrong!

Just go on youtube now and have a look at the MYRIAD of videos from University-based research to show that indeed dogs and horses DO understand language, they DO have emotions – and they DO understand OUR emotions…in other words, they are a lot smarter than some old grumpy old man training the dog ‘out the back’ with a rolled up newspaper ever thought they were.

BUT: Here’s the problem…

Of course you have a problem with a 10 year old kid is standing at the front of a horse trailer holding a rope that goes all the way through and out the back of the trailer where Mum, in high heeled sandals is freaking out with a pony rearing and semi-trailers roaring by.

People who don’t want to antropomorthoise animals don’t want the kid at the front of the trailer with a cookie at the front door whispering to Fluffy the Pony: “Come on Fluffy, I love you Fluffy, walk on please Fluffypuffy, I’ll give you a big treat tonight if you’re a good boy Fluffy, who’s my little wiggly woggly fluffy wuffie….and expecting poor Fluffy the pony to stop freaking out at the semi trailers speeding by and realise there’s a kid with a cookie. It’s obvious and dangerous.

But, in my opinion, some trainers have gone too far.  They’ve lost the love!

Where did the love go?

You’ve only got to watch some kid, soaking wet, on a trampoline, with the dog, flopping all over them, roughing the dog up, and the dog LOVING it and coming back for more.  That same ‘roughing up’ with a different intention, and the dog sure knows they’re in trouble.

You’ve only got to see some of the Police K9 Units at the end of the day PLAYING with their dogs, and roughing them up, and throwing toys and really rough and tumbling that dog, especially if the officer is young and fit, and they really “go a round” together, and the officer isn’t injured and the dog just loves it.  They humanise the dogs all over the place, with silly pet names, and toys and fun. Obviously they still know how to do their job…but the officers humanise them something chronic!

A kid can rough up a dog upside down on the floor really really quite roughly, and the dog LOVES it…IF THE DOG IS IN THE RIGHT MOOD –  they’ll swing around and beg you for more.

But, they can be highly trained at the same time.  YOU CAN DO BOTH.  You can have highly trained animals AND love….SURPRISE!

Sure…don’t try to think Fluffy’s going on the trailer with a cookie in the middle of a lightening storm…but geez…don’t forget what you did when you were a kid…and the LOVE you once had.  Where did that go?  Hopefully not to spurs and whips.

I’ve you’ve been down lately, if you’ve been stressed.  If’ you’ve been yelling or tense with your friends or partner….find that love again with your pet. Go for a play! Go for a walk in the bush, and you’ll find that connection you know, in your deep heart, is missing.

Blessings,  Your friend on this wonderful trail of life,


From our Friends at PBS…

Here’s a link to just one cute video to get you started….

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