The video features a very tempting dog toy, and Jumpy performs a two minute routine of tricks and commands. Sits, downs, back up, move forward, stay, "don't look at it", turn away and finally at the end he is allowed to touch the toy but has to wait 'til the "Count of 3!" before he can have the toy. The training is incredible, the dog is incredible, I loved it!
And of course, the comments left on the video are a mixture of delighted and outrage. Outrage that this dog is being Tortured. Not Being Natural. Evil. Cruel. Teased. Controlled. Slavery.
No, no, no!
You know what is cruel?
A chained dog. A dog living in an outdoor kennel, day after day, for 15 years. A dog confined to one room and walked for ten minutes twice a day. A dog who lays on a couch all day while his owner is gone for 12 hours and tosses some kibble in a bowl upon arrival home. A dog who is not housebroken, yet is blamed and resented for it. An invisible dog. A Christmas puppy taken to the shelter after 8 months. An obese dog. A starving dog. Dogs cared for to the minimum physical standards, with their minds neglected.
Dogs are victims of humans, always. We domesticated them, and they are dependent upon us. To love them, to protect them, to keep them safe, to understand them and to train them. Training a dog to do tricks is not cruel. Training obedience is not cruel. Jumpy's owner probably spent more quality time teaching Jumpy just half of the tricks and behaviors seen in this two minute routine than some people spend with their dogs during their entire lives. How is that cruel?
A dog craves more than to simply be alive. A full belly. A dog, no matter what breed, craves purpose and bond. And Bravo! to Jumpy's owner for fulfilling Jumpy. For being Jumpy's friend. For using the incredible mind of that cattle dog in as many ways possible. As it should be.
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