This is a true story about what happens when a dog chews on a leash. My dog, Kae, was a bit of a chewer and would have been in serious trouble had she been on a leash. Kae is a very large yellow lab and she would be out of control without me. I had to be prepared and train Kae to walk on a leash.
A dog on a leash doesn’t seem to realize that she’s on a leash. When I got Kae a new leash, she used to chew on that. Now she knows that I’m holding her leash and she’s using that to get away, but that doesn’t make her any less dangerous. It’s just a very interesting observation about the way dogs think and how they react to things.
When dogs are on a leash, they are less likely to chew up dog bits. Dogs on a leash are very good at hiding the bits of food they chew and often they can even hide the bits of treats they eat. This is of course not true for cats, where treats are always about the only food they’ll eat.
The reason for this is that the behavior is based on our expectations of how a dog will react to a human approaching it. If we see a dog on a leash and it is moving towards a human, we expect it to come out barking (and therefore causing any humans nearby to react), and we expect the dog to stop when the human stops. When the dog is on a leash, we expect it to walk calmly, look back at the person, and generally not bite the human.
The difference between a dog and a cat is that dogs have the innate ability to recognize human presence. This means the dog can look at us and know we are human and it can move towards us. Cats are not so good at this, so they don’t react to us as we approach them. Dogs are able to recognize us and can move towards us, but they are not as quick to react to us as a cat.
I don’t know why I find this so frustrating. A dog can always recognize me. If I approach and sniff at the dog, it will know I am human and will move towards me. A cat, on the other hand, can only recognize its own presence and react to it. The dog, however, will move towards me, sniff at my face, and start to lick my face as if it was doing it on its own.
This is an interesting observation, but not one I have had to deal with. I tend to like dogs, but I am not sure I would be able to handle a cat on a leash. That said, I do consider myself to be rather cat-like and, from a pet-owner perspective, I would probably feel very at home with a cat.