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Everything We Do Has Consequences

Everything We Do Has Consequences

Everything we do has consequences, some trivial, other more serious. A good rule is to ask the three following questions:
1. What do I give my animal and what do I take? (What does my animal give me and what does it take?)
2. What am I teaching the animal?
3. How does my animal (probably) interpret my behavior?

The relationship you have to your animal is the relationship you have created. It’s as simple as that, and it is your responsibility to build a relationship that will serve all parties best. Ignorance is no excuse. If you don’t know how to do it, take your time and learn.

Dog owners create the majority of the problem behavior of their dogs for they reinforce those behaviors never giving it a thought. Owners cause excessive barking, home alone problems, and even many biting cases, fear, and phobias. They didn’t think of the consequences of their behavior when responding to their dogs’ behavior. The same applies to all other animals we keep as companion animals. It’s easier to see it in dogs because we live with them in our homes. We share a significant part of our daily lives with them, and they adopt many of our bad habits.

Everything we do has consequences. That should be no surprise for anyone. I’m sure our ancestors knew it very well. Back then, second chances were rarely an option. We should recognize it as well, but since we live highly protected lives in the western world, we tend to forget that indeed everything we do has consequences. We pass this indifference of ours to our companion animals, and the result in the long term is the emergence of maybe unsolvable but avoidable issues.

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Roger Abrantes

Born in Portugal, a citizen of the World. Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, B.A. in Philosophy. Speaks seven languages. Present work: lecturing on Ethology and sailing and diving in Thailand (marine biology environmental management).

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