Who Are We to Dogs?

This is an authentic question: ie, I don't have the answer. But it's a great question, posed by a seminar attendee, and also by someone who reads the blog. Do dogs think we are mutant dogs? Pathetic replicates who never grow out of our flat, puppy faces (we never grow muzzles) and can't use our mouths but make up for it endearingly with our cute, floppy paws? And surely they believe we can't smell--at all. My guy Jim speculated that just as people often assume that animals can't [fill-in-the-blanks: think in abstractions or strategize or be conscious) because they can't do it with the depth of skill that we do, perhaps dogs assume we can't smell anything at all, because we are so horrifically bad at it. On the one hand, you could argue that dogs behave toward us as they do other dogs: Read More