Natural Dog Law 3: Dogs are animal, species, breed and name
We humans think of ourselves in a way that dogs would see as exactly backwards. To us, the most important thing is our name. It’s how we sign documents, how we introduce ourselves, and how we know other people.
Next, we focus on ‘breed,’ which for humans is a group identifier like race, religion, or nationality. Way down our list is our species, Homo sapiens, and we often forget that we are ultimately animals.
This works for us because it’s part of our psychology, but it’s not the way dogs approach the world. To a dog, its name is the least important thing about it.