On one of the Yahoo! Groups I’m a member of, somebody recently wrote:
“I want my dog to work because he wants to please, not because he has to”.
I responded: “Just a point on semantics: a dog will never find pleasure in pleasing others – they are not altruistic”.
This, as always, got me thinking. Even if dogs do find joy in pleasing others, I don’t want my dogs to work with me because it makes me happy. I want them to work with me because they’ve found the joy and value in the work for themselves, not to mention it would be nice to think they want to spend time with me doing what they enjoy doing – whether that’s playing around and figuring out what it is that will earn them their next reward; or whether that’s taking part in something more structured such as obedience or…
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