If She’s So Smart, Why Can’t She . . .

How is it that Layla, our Corgi/Australian Shepard rescued dog, can be so super canine smart and learn her “rights”and “lefts” and still can’t fathom how to walk in the heel position?

After fifteen months of having Layla with us, she has made remarkable progress in learning commands.  We know she knows them, well, until she thinks she is about to catch a fleeing car or a hidden pheasant.  And then POW, she doesn’t have a brain cell working on other than DNA dominated behavior.  She appears to not know she has choices.  She is one determined dog.

She is doing quite well at waiting QUIETLY at the door when she thinks/knows/has fantasies that there are PEOPLE on the other side of the door.  That statement needs to be amended.  She does quite well when her mistress is opening the door to the visitors.  She remains steadfastly disobedient when her master opens the door. Why does she react differently between mistress and master?

Now think about your children–you knew I would get around to children.  How is it that they can be so smart on all electronic/battery-driven devices and yet not know that they need to go to be early and get a full’s night rest?

Why is it they have so many abilities to successfully multi-task and at the same time in life be totally frazzled by a peer?  (Hint, see Chase below)

And when was the last time your child was willing to obey the house rules when one parent reminded the child, but not when the other parent did?

Now back to Layla.  You don’t suppose any of Layla’s learning or learned behaviors could have anything to do with the habits of her mistress and master, do you?  If she’s smart enough to learn “left” and “right”–doesn’t this mean I don’t have to work 10-15 minutes twice a day to teach this dog how to HEEL?  Gosh, that’s a lot of time.  I’d rather walk with her in the dunes, yelling “left” and “right” on her 26 foot long leash, it’s much more fun than marching twice a day with a short leash.  I don’t think either one of us enjoys it.

As for her behavior at the door–the mistress uses a calm voice and doesn’t open the door until Layla is quiet.  Guess what the master does?  Yep, he gets excited, too.  Yelling at Layla and opening the door at the same time.  Hmm, I’m thinking it’s gonna be a long time before we can count on Layla to be polite at door.

As for Layla’s chasing cars?  She’s doing better after a lot of she and I standing on the side of the road and “calmly” watching cars go by.  Of course today she almost broke her neck in the car by hitting the back window when a gravel truck went by us.  How does one deprogram a built-in radar system called “CHASE?”

It seems that young dog brains and teenage brains may be somewhat similar (to my way of thinking)–they aren’t fully formed, yet.  They don’t have a lot of ability to put the brakes on when it comes to being stimulated and aroused.

So, perhaps this is the dog: child/teenager factor:

Leash is to dog as . . . .constant-consistent dialogue is between parent and child

What do you think?  Am I close?  No?  Yes?  Let me know.

And as always, be gentle with yourself and your children (and dogs).




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