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The age old question is “can you teach an old dog new tricks?” The obvious answer is “yes” because if a dog, or any animal for that matter, can’t learn new tricks, they don’t survive. Evolution isn’t about the survival of the strongest, but the most adaptable. Dogs have been learning new tricks for thousands of years. Scientist tell us dogs began hanging around humans because the dogs found out the humans would feed them. Since then, the dogs have learned if you’re nice to humans, they’ll not only feed you, but take you inside their house, feed you, give you your own bed and free medical care.
Dogs also learned how to survive and if something isn’t necessary for the dog’s survival, the dog probably won’t do it. That’s why your dog won’t chase the ball anymore. They’ve learned that if they just sit there, you’ll go get the ball on your own and the dog won’t have to do anything.
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Because they dog won’t chase the ball, most of us assume the dog is either dumb or lazy. Most dogs are neither. They’ve just learned some things matter and some things don’t.
What we call laziness, the dog might see as wisdom. After all, sometimes the smartest thing to do is nothing at all.
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You can learn a lot from old dogs.
Sadly, we live in disposable world. We think once something has reached a certain age, it’s obsolete and no longer useful. Even more sad is we think the same thing about people. Once someone gets to a certain age, we think they can’t understand the stresses and challenges of our digital world.
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What’s even more sad is because we think this way, we don’t bother to sit down with people older than us...
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