Are you safe?
Are you stuck in a self-created, bland, daily routine? Would you call your life adventurous and free or would you call it safe? Adventure: an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.
While adventure isn’t the most important thing in life I believe it should hold a place of value and be sometimes specifically sought after. I am not alone in this belief. If we follow the fun in life as we travel, reach out, and interact in this our wide world and embrace the fascinating people, places, creatures, and things in it we all can find a richer experience as we journey this life together.
“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal.” -Paulo Coelho
If we follow after safety nothing great is accomplished! Imagine the great heroes in the history of our world. Since the dawn of time they have been memorialized because they chose the unsafe path! They placed themselves in harm’s way to help others. They chose adventure over safety and comfort. They did the hard thing not the easy thing.
We’ve all heard the expression “No risk – No reward.” It’s true. Risk is good!
Dogs are natural explorers. They are naturally curious and adventuresome. A dog left loose in a neighborhood will range and rove and follow where his sensitive senses take him…for better and sometimes for worse! This is nature’s way. The way of freedom.
We are facing a crisis in this country currently. A crisis called fear. In the name of “safety” and “security” certain rights and freedoms have been taken away. As the years pass us by and more corrupt politicians enter the game we steadily lose more freedoms as big government continues it’s unhampered growth. This pervading feeling that “safety” should be foremost in our minds and lives is usually motivated by fear. The media constantly preys on our fight/flight instincts as the news manipulates the masses. If you avidly watch the news to “stay informed” you may find you are just “staying programmed” to whatever messages the media may want inside your brain. (Personally I try my best to limit all forms of “news” media and have found it amazingly beneficial on my mind, and my thinking and actions.)
This crisis of fear and the medias plays on our “safe” thinking isn’t safe.. Sadly this way of thinking isn’t limited to government.
Many loving parents over-protect and condition their children from a very young age to be fearful and non-adventurous. The days of “free-range” kids roaming neighborhoods until sundown are tragically diminishing. In place of kids running around and getting into their own mischief and adventures their mothers set up play-dates. Play-dates (if you do the research) lead to less self-reliance, less creativity, and less freedom for the child and parent!
We have done this exact thing with our dogs over the years. And we have done worse. When leash laws started being implemented we actually took away our dogs natural ability to successfully navigate a neighborhood with traffic and people, critters, and distractions. As we tightened up on the illusion of control and patted law-makers on the back for “dog-safe” leash laws we didn’t consider the possible future rebellion from our dogs!
The results of increased laws in the name of safety have been increased aggression toward people and dogs, dogs without wisdom running into traffic and being killed, increased territorialism, increased fears and phobias, and wildly unsocial dogs!
Please consider this. Please don’t just brush this off. Allow the thoughts you have on this subject to begin in the past… about 30-40 years ago when many dogs (like kids) used to romp and adventure through the neighborhood and interact with other dogs and people. Then bring your mind to present day and consider that although we have more dog training programs, more behaviorists, more dog daycare programs, more vet offices, more pet television programs, more “safety” and more alleged dog info than ever before in all of the history of the world …dog bites (dog aggression and dog fear) are on the rise! It’s been steadily getting worse over the past 10 years!
Am I against leash laws in cities and urban areas and towns. Of course not. I’m just trying to stimulate some thoughts. I’m hoping to get some conversations going. Because we do need a change. Each year 5 million Americans are getting bit by dogs! Half of those bitten are our own precious children! Most training and behavior modification methods are shoddy and inefficient. So I’m hoping people will start asking questions.
Questions about safety vs. adventure. Questions about law-making. Questions about human behavior. Questions about dog behavior. Questions about growing government. Questions about control vs. freedom. Questions about intelligence. Questions about sociability.
“I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude.” -Thomas Jefferson
“The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.” -Thucydides
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” -Gandhi
The point of this post = To raise critical questions and thinking among the masses. To remind you, as you work with your dogs and puppies, never over-control, and never micro-manage or a rebellion may result in the future! To seek out adventure and newness in your relationship with your dogs and those around you and sometimes throw caution to the wind. Seek to balance freedom with direct communication with your dog.
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