If dogs were people: They would make outstanding economists. While they lounge around your home, seemingly doing nothing, they quietly gather data about the culture of your behavior. They memorize what you do, when you do it, and how well you do certain things. They measure subconsciously the statistical frequency of events that surround you and your actions, and the effectiveness of your actions.
All of this information is stored away within their memory for each individual they meet. This data is compiled and used later in the form of manipulations and actions designed to manage you and your environment in any areas where you are deficient. This is an allocation of intellectual capital for the purpose of survival and development -- and we believe all they think about is a bone.
Never let a dog convince you they are dumb. Only dogs who are geniuses can implant within you such a belief. Show them that you are an outstanding leader by exemplifying the traits and qualities of leadership. You must have sound values of consistency, persistence, and patience, among others, as these qualities are being observed in you and measured around the clock. They are watching....
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Aaron McDonald is a canine cognitive behaviorist, cognitive theorist, and author. He can be reached at www.ThreeDimensionalDog.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org.