By seeing the world through their eyes, we build lifelong trust and a symbiotic partnership between ourselves and our dogs. More often than not we impose our own perspectives and experiences onto other people, and certainly, onto our pets. We see everything through our own eyes, after all, so it can be hard to imagine what someone else is experiencing, especially if they don’t even belong to our same species. We invite you to try, however. Try to see things through your dog’s eyes. Leave your human language, human habits, and human psychology behind for a while. Imagine what the world looks like through those playful puppy dog eyes and truly take into consideration how your actions impact their life and their happiness. It’s not fair to our dogs if we impose our human perspective on them, and this is the root of almost all the problems we see between people and their dogs. They are not humans and we shouldn’t treat them as if they are. We must see them for who and what they truly are.
We use a lot of body language and pay a lot of attention to energy and the reactions the dog has to certain situations. Dogs are instinctual, reactionary animals. We are therefore very instinctual when working and living with dogs and communicate in a physical way that they understand. While we use body language to communicate with our dogs, we are never abusive and never aim to hurt any animal, especially the ones we love so dearly and share our life with. Physical communication is what dogs do and we honor our dogs by speaking their language. Many dog professionals find this to be “mean” but in reality we simply communicate in a way that makes sense to dogs, in the way that they communicate with each other.
Animals want balance in life. By being present with our dogs and learning how to think like our dogs, we can bring ourselves to a higher awareness of the world around us and become capable of living in the present moment. Seeing ourselves through our dog’s eyes can be a very enlightening experience. The joy of truly being in the present with our canine companions, in harmony as a pack unit, is one of the most rewarding experiences we can have as dog owners.