My fiancé might kill me for exposing him in my blog, but one of the things that I love about him is that he has an inner child. He’s amused by the little things in life. He collects toys, laughs at stupid jokes, and wears funny hats outside when the weather is cold. Eighty percent of his life is taken up by working for a big corporate institution that requires that he wear suits to work and act like a grown-up, but when not bounded by the rules of the office, he actually enjoys the funner things in life.
He talks to our dog on the street, sometimes with a running commentary on how Lucy chooses to pee or walk or chase pigeons. He makes smooching sounds to get her attention when she’s off in la-la land. He’s even almost gotten in trouble with some ladies on the street who walking in front of him, thought that he was cat calling them until they realized that he was making weird noises to attract the attention of our dog. When I asked him recently why he didn’t care what other people thought (and people do have thoughts because they often hear him speaking to Lucy and chuckle), he told me he simply didn’t. He was spending time with Lucy.
So, what’s the point of all of this? Every dog owner should find their uninhibited inner child if they want to improve their relationship with their canine companion. At some point, growing up meant having to be proper in public. Not a lot of people are comfortable with drawing attention to themselves. Making weird noises on the street or talking to your dog can be considered an oddball thing to do, especially to those who don’t know what it means to share a life with a pet. But, in order for your dog to learn to pay attention to you on the street or in the park, you must be more interesting than all the other interesting things out there. Otherwise, like Victoria Stilwell told one of her clients on an episode of “It’s Me Or The Dog”, “Sorry, but you’re boring!” Why should your dog pay attention to you when there’s no encouragement coming from your end of the leash and the world is more engaging than you are?
Talk to your dog. Be engaging. If you’re acting like a fool, you’re probably doing it right. You’re dog should look at you like you’re the life of the party.