This was just going to be a little catch up with some photos of the Waggy Tales family. However, a conversation with my daughter really got me thinking about humanising dogs and if we are going too far?
My daughter has been having some work done at home, including painting every room. Anything that is not essential has been packed away, dustsheets cover the floors and furniture and there are no curtains up. Windows are left open for ventilation but obviously, the rooms smell different and noises echo more than usual.
She was saying that she was worried that the disruption was stressing the dogs out. They were deprived of their creature comforts, strangers were in the house, ladders and cans of paint scattered the rooms and it had lost its normal cosy feel. The dogs seemed to be unsettled and sad about their change of surroundings even though they were fed and walked at usual times. She said she felt enormous guilt that they didn’t have their usual comfortable place to sit and couldn’t explain to them that the situation was temporary.
I wondered if the dogs were genuinely affected or was she imagining this because she felt guilty?
Surely as long as the dogs are with their humans, warm , walked and fed they would be fine?
However, I believe that dogs like to have a routine in their lives.
Their senses will be affected by different smells (ie paint) and strange noises.
Dogs are territorial so the workmen in the house will make them more protective.
So could it be genuinely affecting the dogs?
Or are we humanising them to much?
I am defintely guilty of this at times.
I talk to my dogs in a funny voice and tuck them up in bed. Although I don’t dress my dogs up, if I think they are cold I will put a jumper on them. I always say goodbye to them when I leave the house and put the radio on for them.
They are my soul mates and I want to make them feel loved.
Are we all guilty of humanising our dogs or should we treat them as pack animals with ourselves firmly situated as the leader?
Is it wrong to throw birthday parties for dogs and dress them like pumpkins at Halloween?
I wonder if some of the behavioural problems that affect our dogs are actually due to owners humanising them too much? Should we try to think more like dogs and treat them accordingly? Maybe by treating dogs like children, we are giving them mixed signals which confuse them and affects their behaviour. Are we ‘killing our dogs with kindness’ and introducing obesity and unwanted behaviour?
How far could this go when animals are treated like children?
Are you guilty of humanising your pet?
What things do you do to make them feel more loved?
Are we doing more harm than good when we treat our pets like humans?
So many questions, but I really would love to know how everyone feels about this topic.
(This article talks about how a daily routine is important for dogs).
Thank you so much for reading.