I’ve always loved dogs. I grew up with numerous family dogs, and always loved playing with them, cuddling with them, teaching them tricks and every now and then… messing with them.
When I say “messing with them,” I don’t mean in a malicious way that would cause them pain or emotional stress – I mean confusing them.
One real easy way to do that? Act like a dog around them and see what happens. I mean, your dog is so used to you being a human, and being the dominant one in your relationship. What happens if you do your best to try and convince your canine pal that you’re also a dog?
Brazilian comedian Oscar Filho illustrated how to do this perfectly in this video that’s been floating around YouTube for a couple years now. It sure looks like he’s confusing the heck out of his dog, doesn’t he?
That video was shared on Reddit, where the poster theorized that the dog had, toward the end, just accepted Filho as another dog. Just from watching it, it doesn’t look like that to me.
Some people suggest that the dog constantly putting its head under Filho’s arm was a sign of the dog submitting to the human, and then being confused when he does the same thing back. And sure, it’s hard to determine someone’s credibility just from what they post in a comment on Reddit, but one user who claims his wife has one of the highest qualifications possible for dog trainers says that’s not the case at all:
Dogs aren’t the smartest animals in the world, but they know dogs from not-dogs, and they know you are not a dog. Dogs just don’t submit to people the same way they would submit to an alpha dog in a wild pack. This dog just wants the human to pet him or play with him, to give him attention.
To what goal? Dogs like it when we pay attention to them. Evolutionary biology shows that humans and dogs have evolved together so that both the canine and human brain release “feel good” chemicals (serotonin, oxytocin, and the like) when humans pet and play with dogs. It’s good for both dog and human.
So the notion that it’s just dog logic that the human is now is just that – a notion… And I mean, dog logic can be kind of weird sometimes:
I don’t think we’d ever see this work the other way around, though, with the dog trying to act like a human. Why? Because someone might sue them! Hell, it seems tough enough for a dog just to act like a dog these days:
Jeez, that lawyer sure does look an awful lot like a dog trainer I’ve seen before…
What’s your favourite way of messing with your dog (in a SAFE way)? Take a video and share it in the comments!