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Thought provoking quote from “The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving” by Jeffrey Mousaieff Masson

November 23rd, 2010 · · Musings

While reading the latest from Jeffrey Mousaieff Masson, The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving, I came across something which seems quite thought provoking. Here’s the quote: “Perhaps one reason dogs respond to children with greater enthusiasm than to adults is because hierarchy and rank, absent in children, can destroy or inhibit the kind of deep love that depends on mutuality and equality. You cannot have love that is coerced, paid for. or unequal (top-down). The corollary of this is that the love between a dog and a person who insists on being the strict alpha animal is not the same as the love that develops from equality. (This is my objection to Cesar Millan.” What do you think?


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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Donna // Jul 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I understand this but not all children respect dogs and don’t know how to treat them. This is the case with my guy. He is afraid of children as, I suspect, they threw sticks and stones at him.

  • 2 Marc Desjardins // Nov 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I think dogs feel insecure in the human environment of our house and cities. Our better knowledge/intelligence on the environment offers many leadership opportunities. As long as we can read the dog’s concerns, we will be able to lead their learning process of our world and gain friendship as well as leadership.

    When it comes to children, I think the higher tone of their voice (and intonation) could well be more joyful than stressed adults’ one.

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