Are you one of the people over-conscious of your pet? Beware, humanizing dogs is also considered animal abuse.
Many wonder why indulging their dogs too much is a bad practice against them, so we tell you why humanizing dogs is bad, and even considered in many places as animal abuse.
And you will see: although it seems obvious, many humans tend to forget that pets are animals, with needs of their own species.
These people treat their dogs like spoiled babies. Maybe they have the best intentions in the world, but… what do you think? Without realizing it, they’re hurting their “doggies.”
In extreme cases, humanizing pets can be an act of cruelty and animal abuse.
Why humanizing dogs is bad?
Let’s talk about Daisy, a cute 5-year-old Yorkshire terrier (which is equivalent to 39 human years).
Daisy’s human manager is Mrs. Petunia. Whenever they go out for a walk,, Daisy travels well tucked into a baby stroller or inside a designer bag.
Mrs. Petunia likes to put bows on Daisy; and on special occasions, a pumpkin costume or a dancer’s tutu. Every night, while watching TV together on the same couch, the two share dinner, which can be pizza, sausage or chocolate pancake.
“Only the best for my Daisy!” Says Mrs. Petunia, who recently hosted a birthday party for her pet.
There were balloons, streamers, guests (children on the block) and even a bone-shaped pâté cake.
From time to time, Daisy is restless and biting, and takes to peeing in every corner of the house … but Mrs. Petunia forgives everything with a smile.
It is clear that Mrs. Petunia loves her pet. However, she has never asked herself, “Is this the right kind of love for a yorkie? Does Daisy like to live like this?
Why can’t a dog be humanized?
The relationship between humans and dogs began thousands of years ago, and because of this, it is sometimes difficult for us to understand that the brain of a dog does not work exactly the same as that of a Homo sapiens.
To begin with, your dog believes that you are a dog too, and that everyone in the family (including him) is part of the same pack. That means, in part, that he needs clear rules.
His natural “programming” requires him to know who commands and who obeys within the pack. If you let Fido do whatever he wants (from sleeping on your pillow to eating your dinner), you are telling him that he is the boss.
Sounds cool? Not so much: that responsibility confuses and stresses your canine friend, who would naturally prefer to be guided by humans.
Consequences of humanizing dogs
According to César Millán, one of the world’s best-known experts in animal behavior, when we humanize a dog we take it away from its animal instinct and disorient it.
This can have very serious consequences, both physically and psychologically. Some of them are:
A dog needs to run, walk, sniff, play ball, and so on. If these basic needs are denied him, which often happens when he is treated like a fragile little doll, he becomes stressed and nervous.
An overprotected “lomito” rarely has the opportunity to live with its own species, so when it comes across dogs that behave like dogs, it can become frightened or aggressive.
Precisely because he cannot draw energy out of him naturally, the humanized dog tends to indulge in obsessive behaviors, for example: destroying things, biting his own tail or paw, howling all day, and so on.
As they live attached to their owners, the humanized “dog-children” feel anguish and abandonment if they are left alone, even for a little while.
Imagine Mrs. Petunia again, giving Daisy all the food she asks for: from cakes and sausages to sweets. Obviously, the dog is likely to gain weight until she has health problems.
How to avoid this animal abuse in your dog?
From everything you have just read, it is clear that loving a dog begins with respecting its nature. It does not mean that you stop spoiling your canine friend, only that you take into account what he really needs to be happy:
-Exploring their surroundings (going for a walk, sniffing poles and trees, etc.).
-Play with you
-Socialize with other dogs
-Have a balanced diet appropriate for its species, age and size.
-Receive love and attention, not to be confused with overprotection.
The last item on the list may sound weird, but it’s super important. When you put limits on your dog (firmly but lovingly, obviously), you let him know where he occupies within the pack, what you expect of him and how he should behave to please his humans.
In other words, you give him confidence and self-assurance because you accept his doggy essence. It’s a great gift, don’t you think?