I think I may have written the world’s first-ever positive reinforcement dog training poem. Published by Pedadoggy for the first time. Enjoy!
Ode to the dog
Isn’t it a little treat
To have a dog rest at your feet.
Deeply gives a contented sigh
And so past the hours fly.
But all is not right with this pure scene
For how do these two make a team?
One so tall and standing on twos
The other takes great joy in smelling poohs.
To really understand this anomaly
Let us review the family tree.
Visit scenes from long ago
Before human beings grains did grow.
So cast your mind to years have gone
When camp fires through thick forests shone.
Safety, warmth, water and food
Were priorities of the human brood.
But in that dark lives wolf – big and scary,
Fiercely proud and extremely hairy.
Who made the first move by that camp fire,
Who overcame fear with their bold desire?
As the humans camped and sang and clapped
Fed and laughed and took their naps.
Wolf was curious and could smell their cooking
Stole some pieces when they weren’t looking.
So was it man who threw a spare bone
Without following it swiftly with a stone?
For with this creature he could connect
As its priority was to defend and protect.
Or was it wolf in a moment of need
Traded fear in return for some feed.
Learnt to hang out with the human pack
No teeth bared in exchange for a snack.
Perhaps one day a hand leant out to touch
Standing still was wolf, it wasn’t too much
For following quickly was the prize of a bone
Isn’t this a place you’d want to call home?
Now generations of wolves and human kind
have passed since that first meeting of minds.
Today with humans dogs do stay
Eat and sleep, run and play.
Around us the dog’s shape takes many forms
And between the two a new bond has been born.
Whether labrador, malamute, pekinese or poodle
Staffy, whippet or even cavoodle.
They’re part of the family, a member of the house
Except for the time when they bring in a mouse.
Man’s best friend became their name in time
And so these two creatures live lives intertwined.
So next time your doggy is pulling on the leash
Be kind to them when manners you teach.
For inside them still lives the wolf who is strong
And to punish them at all is so very wrong.
Remember the campfire and what it did show
That food helped the wolf learn new things and grow.
Let them catch flies and chase smells that allure
As their happiness will be yours too for sure.
Written by Grazia Pecoraro