It’s not just humans who are learning how to hunt again. Dogs are too. The New York Times has a great article on dog-owners teaching their domesticated and pampered hounds how to hunt again.
“We were at the Fun Field Trial here, a hunting training program held in the spring for dogs that have never hunted but whose breeds were created to do so. …
The number of so-called instinct-performance tests to measure a dogâs hunting and herding skills has increased 39 percent over the past two years, totaling 1,549 in 2009, according to the American Kennel Club. Many are geared toward pets and owners who have never hunted.”
However, pampered dogs seem to be having the same problems as overly-domesticated humans.
âThatâs the problem with our domesticated dogs,â said Mr. Stern, a psychologist from Long Island. âThey smell our pizza. They donât smell the rabbits anymore,â he said, adding, âIf we had put a steak in the woods, that might have worked.â
Most of the dogs loved it, even if their instincts had been dulled by modern living. Read the full article here, interesting throughout.
More and more pet owners are realizing that their dogs (and cats) aren’t adapted to processed food. Here’s a dog food company called “B.G.“, which stands for “Before Grain”. Their tagline: “…the way food was supposed to be, Before Grain got involved.”
Do I need to draw all the parallels? Think this general approach might work with humans?