I believe it was DMX, the rapper, who said, “let a dog roam and he’ll find his way home”. From my experience, this proves to be correct. I have recently taken on caring for my neighbor’s two dogs, a yellow lab and an irish setter. We live out on 40 acres of trails and ponds, streams and woods, and salt marsh. I have noticed, that while the dogs love to go for walks with a human, they never seem to take themselves on walks. They do go on missions, to the farm down the road, the neighbors’ house through the woods, and so on, but they always have purpose. Ambling along with an actual human seems to be a far superior experience. If I leave them outside, and go in the house, they just lie down outside and wait until I come out again or let them in.
Dogs are loyal, loving creatures. It must be in their DNA. They yearn for the soft pat of a human hand, a gentle, loving look, a nurturing, soothing tone. Like babies and toddlers, they respond very much to the tone and volume of the human voice. A friend of mine who has a lot of dog experience once told me that, if I was ever with a dog off leash, and I couldn’t get the dog to come back to me, to lie down on the ground and make noises like I was being attacked, whimpering and crying, and yelping out. Although it could create quite a scene, I have used this trick, and it does work with dogs.
Today while babysitting, I wondered if it would work with children. My charge had wandered into another room mid diaper change, and thought it was hilarious to try to escape me putting on the diaper. I have been kind of sick, so my energy has been a little low, so instead of chasing after him, I tried making some kind of dog crying noises, like a puppy. It worked like a charm!! He came running into the room to see what he was missing. Just one of the many similarities between toddlers and dogs, amazing!! I guess you could say, let a child roam as well and they will find their way home to the nurturing love they crave.
( I am obviously not advocating unsupervised play, but I think it is good to keep a distance, and let them explore without a human hovering over them, projecting conflicting energy) . ~ my lovebyte of the day 🙂 xoxo H