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pagep
21st June 2011, 06:04 PM
Saw this on a website and it really made me stop and think - we tend to treat our cavaliers almost like babies (we are all guilty of this!) and assign human characteristics to them. It makes it easier to accept some of their behavioural traits that humans find unacceptable, when you realise how different they are to us.

It shouldn't stop us showering them with love though!

A Bill Of Rights for Dogs
By John Bradshaw

1. We are dogs, not wolves. We have lived with mankind since you were hunter-gatherers, and are now no more or less domesticated than you. We assert the right to be treated as dogs, and not as any kind of wild animal.
2. We assert the right to have our perceptions of the world taken into account, especially where our senses are superior to yours. Our sensitive noses are continually insulted by the crude odours indiscriminately applied by man to our homes. Our acute hearing is assailed by the high-pitched sounds generated by all manner of machinery, often without your knowledge and beyond the range of your hearing.
3. We assert the right to have our feelings, which are real if unlike yours, allowed for and comprehended. We are neither inferior humans, nor senseless robots.
4. Our mental capacities are considerable, but again different from those of mankind. We assert the right to be understood by our owners, who should not expect us to comprehend every word they say, nor presume that we learn as human children do.
5. We assert the right to be taught how to cope with the world of man. For although we are the product of your world, we are not born to understand it, and need to be introduced gradually, with care and with kindness.
6. Our language is rich and sophisticated. We assert the right to be comprehended, in the same way that we attempt to comprehend you.
7. We are fundamentally social animals, and we assert the right to the company of our own kind.
8. We are domesticated animals, and assert our right to the company of humans.
9. We are individuals, each dog with its own personality. We therefore assert the right to be judged on our own merits, and not according to the reputation of breed or type.
10. We have served mankind faithfully for tens of thousands of years. Whilst we are born to serve, we assert the right for our needs and our dignity to be respected in all the capacities, both traditional and novel, that humanity may require.
11. We are dogs, not surrogate humans. We assert the right to be housed and fed according to our particular needs.
12. We assert our right to a future. Having adapted our bodies and our lives to your needs, we have forfeited much of our capacity for independence. We therefore require mankindís assistance as we meet the future together.
From John Bradshaw New York Times bestselling author of Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behaviour Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet (Basic Books; 2011).

Desrae
21st June 2011, 11:56 PM
The book looks good, I might have to get it from amazon. Number 12 is interesting, since it reminds me of what the cavalier breed is going through at the moment! Thanks for sharing, it really gives one something to think about.

Ladybug
22nd June 2011, 12:51 AM
9. We are individuals, each dog with its own personality. We therefore assert the right to be judged on our own merits, and not according to the reputation of breed or type.

This is a good point.

Davecav
22nd June 2011, 10:26 AM
I like it. thanks for sharing it.