Why can’t a person be more like a dog?

I am not a PETA type who thinks that animals are equal to or greater than people.  I fully recognize that dogs are not humans.  Having said that, though, I often wonder why my humans can’t be more like my dog (and, by “my humans”, I mean those living under my roof).

Wouldn’t it be great if your kids listened to your every utterance with the same rapt attention as your dog?  And how about following instructions and commands?  “Come!”  “Sit”  “Chase your ball!”  I only have to say it once, and my dog’s on it.  This is so different from the blank looks I receive in response to at least half the instructions I issue to my kids.

My dog’s primary goal in life is to please me, and if she can do it by anticipating my every whim, that’s even better.  So, why can’t my children, at least in regards to me, be more like my dog?

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  • http://judyrose.wordpress.com/ judyrose

    You’re the Henry Higgins for pets. Now you just have to set it to music.

  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    Because evolution gave us the title of “supreme sentient lifeform”,. that’s why. We are cursed and blessed with perpetual neo-teny, an eternal child like state in which everything is new and to be learned for the first time or just over again.

    Dogs learn one thing and they follow it to the exclusion of any distractions. Their instincts drive their behavior, their instincts demand they behave in a certain way in a certain environment of stimuli. For humans, we are unbound by the chains of racial or instinctual behavioral triggers. We are also unbound by the benefits as well. A person has to learn how to fight, he cannot just act instinctually based upon a non-existent fight template he was born with.

    It’s a choice of benefits and detriments, Book. Obedience as a dog, but with its limitations. or the unlimited potential of humans, but with all the behavioral and learning problems.

  • Michael Devereaux

    Madam Bookworm,

    I know you’re being tongue in cheek but I will answer anyway!

    If you were to die or leave, your dog would find another master and seek to please him or her in every way. It’s the nature of the dog. (The one-man-dog that never seeks a new master is a rare dog indeed).

    Now I KNOW you don’t want your kids living their entire lives seeking a master that they can submit to and please in every way!

  • http://www.cheatseekingmissiles.blogspot.com Laer

    Being all caught up in tees and a pre-teen, and being to owner of two adorable King Charles Cavaliers, I couldn’t agree more. Still, I’m very happy that my daughters don’t roll over on their backs and ask me to scratch their bellies!

  • Zhombre

    “Supreme sentient lifeform.” I like that. I may start using that on my resume.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

    Believe me, it would get extremely irritating in fairly short order — God made us with free will for a reason. A robot isn’t an interesting companion, and a child who existed only to please you would be a lot worse!

  • Danny Lemieux

    Dogs are cheaper and a lot easier to please, as well. Mine even eats broccoli.

  • http://ymarsakar.blogspot.com/ Ymarsakar

    I think Bookworm is thinking about a “switch” that can turn free will on and off, Earl ; ) Best of both worlds!