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Old 08-17-2009, 08:25 AM
 
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One can imagine that at some point in the very distant past a canine ancestor made a decision (possibly at a genetic level) that these two legged creatures probably had a future and that there was opportunity for a mutually beneficial relationship. Seems to be working out OK, but sometimes I wonder who is training who?
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:35 AM
 
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I'll think how who's training who, the next time my dog takes me for a walk.
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:11 AM
 
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It does seem an odd choice for the ancients to have domesticated dogs. Considering there have long been domesticated reindeer, oxen, etc. in other cultures around the world, it's a wonder the American tribes didn't domesticate deer, elk, wild goats and sheep and even the bison. Dogs seem a really poor choice, considering their propensity to go at each others throats.

There is an excellent program that ran on PBS, now available on DVD, that puts forth the theory that were it not for dogs, humans would not have been able to survive and advance as well as we have. As for how or why they became domesticated, let's face it - those puppy faces are (still) totally irresistible

""The Rise of the Dog" explores those roles - the dog as guard, hunter, herder, hauler and spiritual protector - as well as current theories about the wolf's evolutionary leap. In spectacular location footage, NATURE shows how indispensable certain breeds have been to their people."


PBS Previews | NATURE "Dogs that Changed the World"
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:19 PM
 
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There is an excellent program that ran on PBS, now available on DVD, that puts forth the theory that were it not for dogs, humans would not have been able to survive and advance as well as we have. As for how or why they became domesticated, let's face it - those puppy faces are (still) totally irresistible

""The Rise of the Dog" explores those roles - the dog as guard, hunter, herder, hauler and spiritual protector - as well as current theories about the wolf's evolutionary leap. In spectacular location footage, NATURE shows how indispensable certain breeds have been to their people."


PBS Previews | NATURE "Dogs that Changed the World"
When you think about it, in the natural world a dog would be an incredible tool...senses vastly more keen than a human, the (probably bred in) eagerness to please, the trainability, protectiveness, all of this could keep humans alive in an extremely hostile environment.
Dog breeders/trainers still use these traits today to sell security dogs. One such trainer advertises his dogs as: able to distinguish between friend and foe, in the dark...cannot fall into the "wrong" hands like a weapon, on guard 24/7, can outrun and outlast any human being, and a perfect loving companion to children. Hard to argue with that.....
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