Authority ~ “the power or right to give orders or make decisions”
Ask a Northern Inuit how much authority they assign to their team of sled dogs when navigating some of the most barren, hostile terrain on the planet. Or question the handler of a bomb detection dog on whether they have assigned authority to the Springer Spaniel as they strive to uncover hidden explosives. Millions of us assign authority to our dogs to keep watch over our home as we sleep. It's an implicit trust.
We give over to our dogs the power or right to make decisions – very often decisions in our best interests – without thinking too much about it. Let's be entirely up front about this, not too many people are able to sleep soundly at night on the basis that their cat, one of the most successful predatory animals known to man, will put its own life on the line in the protection of ours.
But in our dogs, Ryan O'Meara says, we trust.
Placing trust in your dog to do as they're asked, even though your life doesn't depend on it. Now that's a high standard to aim for!
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