What a Handy Idea!

So, I had a thought the other day. Though, when I had it, I felt like it was more of an epiphany than a random thought. It could have been that I didn’t sleep well the night before, or had too much caffeine during the day. Or I could just be crazy, so let’s see what you think.

From petting, to grabbing leashes, door knobs and a food dish, hands do some pretty amazing things to our canine friend's perspective.
From petting, to grabbing leashes, door knobs and a food dish, hands do some pretty amazing things from the perspective of our canine friends.

Almost every dog owner out there has said one, if not all, of these lines before. The list can go on and on especially if you just fill in the blanks with your dog’s favorite item or thing to do.

“My dog loves going for a walk! He knows as soon as I grab his collar that we’re going out for an adventure together.”

“My dog knows when I get his bowl, his favorite meal is coming.”

“My dog loves to be groomed. I bet he feels like it’s a massage at a 5 star spa.”

“My dog loves to play fetch! He’ll chase that ball for over a half hour with out getting tired.”

“My dog loves to go for a car ride! As soon as I grab my keys he’s sitting at the front door to make sure I don’t forget him.”

“My dog knows the difference between my running shoes and my work shoes and can’t contain himself when I chose the ones that means he’ll go out the door with me.”

Well, as I was reaching for the door knob on the door that leads to the kennel outside, I watched my dog’s expression. He very acutely watched my hand reach for the knob, he looked back to me, then back at my hand which is the exact moment the epiphany came.

Maybe it isn’t the action of opening the door that excites our dogs. Maybe it isn’t the hand just reaching for the knob and jiggling it. Maybe, just quite possibly, it’s simply our hands that excite our dogs so much. I seriously think that if our dogs could talk for a moment, I bet we would hear them say, “I love your hands! They are the best things in the whole world!”

Caleb must think hands are pretty amazing since they can open treat jars, play ball, grab the car keys and give him treats!
Caleb must think hands are pretty amazing since they can open treat jars, play ball, grab the car keys and give him treats!

I bet you think I’m crazy right about now but hear me out. Think about it a moment. What do all the above comments have in common? What do we use in every single one of those scenarios? What is our main tool we use to do everything with our dog? OUR HANDS!

Our hands are the ones that reach for the leash and collar. Our hands are the ones that grab the car keys off the shelf, the shoes out of the closet, the treat out of the cookie jar. Our hands are the ones that touch and pet our dogs whether during massages, grooming sessions or just to pet them. Our hands are the ones that pick up the toy, throw it, take it from our dog and repeat the process all over again. Our hands do everything that a dog thoroughly enjoys!

Now, I know we can also look at several other aspects of our body language that the dogs may thoroughly love and some may argue that hands can represent bad things to some dogs. But, for just a moment, let’s have a little fun and next time you do something with your dog take a moment to pause and see what part of your body is performing the action. I bet it’ll be your hands.

Treat time!

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