You have seen the two dogs, Inca (Yellow Labrador Retriever) and Cujo (Black and White Mongrel) at school. I find myself the fulltime caretaker for these two dogs, but they are not exactly my own pet dogs.
Cujo was born right here on the school campus on 22 November 2009. Inca was born on 12 February 2011. He came to live with me in April of the same year. The two dogs are great pals, and like to be together all the time. They are very friendly and playful by nature. They are also excellent guard dogs who bark at strangers and intruders. They go home with me every evening and come to school with me every day (even Sundays, if I happen to visit school). They love being at school much more than remaining at home!
Both dogs are at present under training to behave well at school. They like to run free all over but I am training them to listen to commands like Sit, Lie down, Stay, etc. This will help them to interact with you and also be part of school life without creating a disturbance.
I find that some of you like dogs and even have pets of your own. Many of you are scared of dogs and behave in funny ways when you see them. I wonder what Inca and Cujo think when they see small children hooting and jumping like chimpanzees while the two dogs walk quietly past them! Even those among you who love dogs, do not always behave in the correct way with them. You pounce right on top of the dog, pet it and squeal with affection. Experts say that you should not behave like that – dogs do not like being hugged tightly or kissed. They do not like you touching them in certain ways. Cesar Millan is an internationally renowned expert on canine behaviour, and he is fondly called the Dog Whisperer. I am sharing a video interview of Cesar Millan here, with an interviewer who is scared of dogs. Cesar shows him the Do’s and Don’ts of how to interact with dogs. I hope you enjoy watching this as much as I did: