Wednesday, May 23, 2012

"Dogs bark. That's what they do."

When it comes to excuses offered by irresponsible dog owners, this one has to top the list. Here's my suggested dialogue...

Irresponsible Dog Owner: Dogs bark. That's what they do.

You: Yes, and some dogs bark. Andbarkandbarkandbarkandbarkandbark.

I guarantee you that they'll beg you to please stop the "barkandbarkandbark" line. At that point, you say, "Welcome to my world."

Whether the irresponsible dog owner will take the hint is another matter. Many of them are so clueless that they don't realize that their dog's noise is causing even a little bit of inconvenience to others.

Here's a fun factoid, courtesy of Dr. Craig Mixon's excellent site:

"Humans around the world began to selectively breed wolves or the descendants of wolves. They sought to make each successive generation more in the likeness of what they conceptualized as the ideal canid companion. Over time, through the process of selective breeding, the descendants of those first cubs ceased to be wolves and evolved into dogs.

"Some of the humans who genetically engineered the evolution of the dog had little use for canines that barked much, so they selected breeding stock that was more vocally restrained. Those dogs are the ancestors of today's quieter breeds.

"On the other hand, some humans intentionally bred dogs who showed a marked predisposition to vocalize. Out of those dogs came, among others, today's terriers who lapse into intense, frantic barking with little or no provocation.

"So, we say that some dogs just 'naturally' tend to bark a lot, which really means that, by virtue of their genetics, they are predisposed to bark. It's important to note that having a genetic predisposition to bark doesn't mean that the dog has to bark. It just means that he is inclined to do so."

You can read more at Dr. Mixon's Why Dogs Bark page.

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1 comment:

  1. Dogs bark, and that's what they do. So as a dog owner, did you consider this fact BEFORE you got a dog, and the fact you may be called to account for the dogs barking? No? Maybe you should have read the instructions the shop owner, breeder, local government or any government forgot to provide you with! Hey, what a great idea, learn BEFORE you buy, get or obtain. I wonder why registration fees are collected for?