Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog: The courage of a dog is admirable, and we love courageous dogs. We admire their bravery in taking risks to come to our rescue. But does courage only come with a price? Do we then morally degrade a courageous dog? And if we do, then what must we do to be heroic ourselves? Is there anything we can learn from these brave ones?
One thing we know for sure is that each human being has a choice. It includes the courage to choose to make a life-saving decision and risk everything for one’s welfare. There is nothing weak or pitiful about this decision. It’s also not weak or sad for the dog that chooses to go where it is sent. The fact that the dog decided to take the risk and the fact it was willing to make a personal sacrifice give us hope that a dog possesses courage.
Another observation is this. When a dog has made a personal sacrifice, it does not mean that the dog lacks courage. Instead, it means that the dog has a strength of character that goes beyond fear.
It haves the courage to have a higher self and have the courage to accept a higher power. It’s about the strong character to assume the role of a leader and take responsibility. Leadership is knowing what to do when you are faced with conflict and getting out of that conflict with grace. Having the strength of character also includes your ability to have compassion for your fellow man or creature. It is this compassion that is the answer to your question of how a dog can be courageous.
A courageous dog will act in a way that expresses his nature. He will take a stand even when it is not popular or acceptable. His actions will speak louder than any bark or howl. A courageous dog will have an intuitive knowledge that he will survive or prevail against whatever challenge comes his way.
So we know that a dog is not afraid to make a personal sacrifice. We also know that courage is not a selfish trait. The truth is that we can teach our dogs to be courageous. If we do, we have found the answer to our original question about how a dog can be brave.
We already know how to teach our dogs to be courageous. Our duty as dog lovers is to continue to do this until they have learned all that we know. To continue to provide them with the love, food, and shelter that they need and allow them the chance to make personal sacrifices for us when we can’t be there to guide them in the right direction. Items what it means to be a good friend to a dog.
It may sound like a rather simplistic observation. But to me, it sounds as if the sacrifice my dog makes to protect me is more important than anything else. So I am going to take this concept and run with it. Because I genuinely believe that a dog lover who doesn’t have a courageous dog will do everything in his power to make sure that a dog does have courage.
And I want you to know that when your dog is courageous, he will be the first one to lead and to take the first step. He will not wait for you to follow him. But what if you are brave, but your dog isn’t? Do you have to ask yourself what would happen then? Would you have to sacrifice him too?
Now then, consider this: you have committed to putting your dog’s health, safety, and well-being before your own, and you have made that sacrifice because you believe that your dog deserves the best life has to offer. Is it accurate to say that you will do likewise for your canine? Can you look at the dog in front of you today and say, “I did what I needed to do to make him the most courageous dog that he could be?
When you have courage, your dog is automatically courageous. When you are fearful, your dog becomes afraid. It’s just a simple comparison. I am willing to bet that if you are so scared of your dog, you wouldn’t be able to let off the leash without fear of consequence.