I’ve often heard that dogs need jobs. A bored dog is a destructive dog. A tired dog is a well-behaved dog.
Full disclosure: Leo and Mia live lives of leisure. I’ve tried finding a career path for Leo. We’ve done Rally-O, nose work, jogging. We have agility equipment in the backyard. Leo will do the A-frame two, maybe three times in a row. Apparently the dog walk is too narrow, or too high, although both dogs have run the one at Sunny Lane.
I have proof that Mia did it:
My original idea for a J post was Jump. I planned to show Leo jumping the hurdles in our backyard. Leo let me know that he’d rather play with his Jolly Ball, and I honored that.
So… a life of leisure for Leo it is. He’s happy, we’re all happy. If he were getting into trouble at home, we’d start sending out his resume again.
For an example of how having a job saved a dog’s life, I give you Wallace. He was the subject of a book that I blogged about a while back, and is the subject of Fern Camacho’s The Great Dog Adventure interview with Wallace’s owner Roo Yori.
To me, what’s so inspirational about Wallace’s story is how persistent his people were. They tried everything. Kind of like me with Leo, except Wallace really took to the flying disc. And tug. A highlight of this podcast is Roo’s description of the tug machine he built for Wallace in the garage.
The right job will challenge a dog’s mind and body, and bring happiness and peace into your home.