Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Looking Crazy to a Dog

I was just doing the Hsing I Five Elements Linking Form (my balance is thrown off a bit by my still-limited neck movement), and one of my dogs started barking hysterically and doesn't want to come too close to me now. Something I've noticed is that you generally shouldn't let a dog see you practice martial arts. They can see you fighting, they can see you taking it seriously, and they can see there's no one there. The only conclusion they can make is that you are insane. What would you think of a dog who was seriously biting the air, not looking playful?

1 comment:

  1. Dogs take play signaling quite seriously, and have rigid social rules about what you may do in an interaction and how you must signal your intentions.

    Not only would non-playful faux combat seem insane to them, it's probably also majorly antisocial.