Duck and Dog Whispering

July 3, 2010 § 7 Comments

Today, I watched as my pup swam with a family of ducks. It was our second meeting – the six of us met last week at the quarry lake, but I didn’t realize that we had made a connection. Today, the connection was clear – Junior swam slowly and parallel to the family, and then veered off to bark and splash the water away from the flock.

People laugh when I tell them that Cesar Millan is my hero, but he is. His techniques have helped me with my dogs tremendously and recently I realized that I am now psychologically calm as I have never been before. Meditation hasn’t worked for me, nor medication, but being trained by Cesar has.

Since I’m a Millan addict, I’m always training the dogs, and last week when Junior and I were at the lake, I saw an opportunity – the duck crew was there. They scattered when they saw us, but when they realized that I wouldn’t let Junior chase them, they waddled back on shore. I made him sit calmly as they passed by (a bit nervous but duck bold) and Junior watched as the parade passed us within six feet.

And they remembered. This morning, Junior was swimming circles in the water as I watched from the shore. Soon, the papa duck noticed us from his hidden shady spot and made his way towards me; the mom and two adolescents followed several yards behind. Closer and closer papa duck came until he was a foot away from me and then his family joined him. They surrounded me, necks bobbing in and out, and papa pecked softly at my running shoes. After standing around me for about five minutes, they made their way to the edge of the water. Junior swam to the shore and stood quietly, ears low, tail level, watching as they entered the lake.  

Then he slowly swam after them. One sharp “hey” turned his attention to me when I thought he was getting a little too close, but the ducks weren’t worried. After some dog and duck swimming, the duck family paddled out and circled me again before making their way to the shade spot under the trees.

We built a circle of trust. A truly magical morning.


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§ 7 Responses to Duck and Dog Whispering

  • […] I identified were losing  much of my constant anxiety and head spinning after becoming addicted to Cesar Millan’s dog psychology, which led to the loss of my angst.  Angst fueled my writing, so I was struggling to find […]

  • nciceedwards says:

    Awesome story!

  • Congrats! You sound like you have things happily under control. Can I send my dog to you? He’s a stunningly gorgeous black pug, but whenever we take walks, he goes for about half the walk, then he lays down in the grass (usually a shady spot), and he refuses to go further. Do you think he just likes to rest?

    • Thanks for visiting – and what a great blog name!

      I’m not a dog professional, but I do know that pugs can’t regulate their body temperatures due to their facial structure and are highly susceptible to heat-related problems. So he may be struggling with the heat and letting you know by sitting in the shade. I’d do some research about that first and then experiment with reducing your walk by half or more to make sure he’s OK.

      And I bet he doesn’t want to leave you. :-)

  • Abby says:

    That does sound magical. I love it when dogs and ducks swim together peacefully without trying to bit each other’s noses off.

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