You know the old joke; “why does a dog lick……………..?”
It’s more than just that he can. I’m sure there are humans out there who have achieved the necessary flexibility, but you just don’t see them casually reaching down to satisfy themselves while the rest of the household is trying to have a family meal.
Dogs might be on to something.
As far as I can tell, Conventional Dog Wisdom goes something like this:
- Uninhibited equals Happy Dog (see: scrotum licking, garbage eating, squirrel chasing, sniffing)
- Inhibited equals Sad Dog (see: tail between the legs, it wasn’t me really, the cat made me do it)
I’m not advocating that we all become so uninhibited that we are free enough to put our hands down our pants before passing the rolls across the dinner table. I have a close relative who does this and I can assure you that it is not a pretty sight. We have to consider our impact upon others and measure our behavior in terms of that impact. Never the less, I think letting your inner DAWG out might not be such a bad idea.
I say this with a nagging thought in mind. I spend a lot of time apologizing for the way I am built, tail between my legs. The world tends to beat down the dog, when all he is doing is being what nature has made him. AND there is so much potential to be a “bad” dog if you spend your entire day in a room with flowery wallpaper, paisley upholstered couches, and an Oriental Rug just begging to be marked. How would I, and my figurative dog, feel if we where to reside in a more natural habitat? Would we even recognize it?
No wonder the dog finds solace in his ability to lick.