Dog Owner Creates A Comic About How Wrong The ‘It’s Just A Dog’ Attitude Is

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Nothing beats owning a dog and knowing its unwavering affection every time it looks at you. Having said that, I understand if you aren’t a fan of them. I’m not sure if you have allergies or if you just enjoy cats. What I don’t understand is why these animals are being dismissed. Neither does Lucille aka Notidee, a French musician.

She tweeted a comic titled “It’s just a dog” last week, in response to someone who could say that about her dog, Neos. Notidee’s dog and its personality are aptly described in the touching comic, which also perfectly captures their beautiful relationship.

The comic went viral almost immediately, with over 170K likes and 48K retweets as of this writing. Let’s hope it also hits the intended audience.

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Notidee is an independent illustrator from Strasbourg, France. She has worked alongside animals all my life, but her job as a wildlife mediator/illustrator for the French equivalent of Birdlife was the spark that got her into becoming a full-time artist. “I work on many fronts artistically speaking, and am currently putting most of my energy into an upcoming visual novel called [Kernel],”

“Neos is a five-year-old Japanese Spitz who came here and single-handedly destroyed my world,” Notidee explained. “He came to me [with health and reactivity issues] when he was three months old, causing me to relearn everything I thought I learned about dogs from the ground up.”

“Neos is a five-year-old Japanese Spitz who came here and single-handedly destroyed my world,” Notidee explained. “He came to me [with health and reactivity issues] when he was three months old, causing me to relearn everything I thought I learned about dogs from the ground up.”

Reactivity is an overreaction to certain stimuli or circumstances, according to the American Kennel Club, and is often confused with violence. Overreaction to external stimuli is referred to as reactivity. Barking and lunging are two typical examples. People, animals, other pets, sounds, movement, or any combination of the above can cause dogs to become reactive.Essentially, it is a reaction to something external that is upsetting to the dog. Genetics, lack of socialization, insufficient training to learn self-control, a frightening experience, or a combination of these can cause reactivity, and fear is typically the driving force.

Is there a way to get rid of reactivity? This is the wrong issue, according to Janet Finlay, owner, trainer, and coach at Canine Confidence. According to her, reacting to the environment is not an illness that needs to be treated, but rather a natural and necessary survival mechanism. When we feel threatened, we all respond. We – fight, run, freeze, or attempt to bluff our way out of it, but we still respond. Our dogs are in the same boat.

“Working on reactivity and resource guarding without the assistance of a trained behaviourist will put both the owner and the pet in danger,” Notidee said. „When it comes to reactivity, we typically concentrate on applied behaviour analysis, which, to put it simply, means giving our dogs a choice while eventually desensitising them without ever causing a reaction.(thus never needing any command, we prioritize fun games for the dog that we use to avoid triggers when we meet them outside).”

“I began researching animal behaviour (in particular, medical training and behaviour analysis and modification) to enhance his quality of life and give him the opportunity to make decisions whenever possible,” Notidee explained. “He is now a happy and stable puppy. As for me, in addition to literature, I’ve discovered another area in which I’m extremely passionate.”

Image credits: @Notideeart

“Devoted pet owners, especially those caring for reactive or more vulnerable animals, would typically perplex their companions with the amount of effort, resources, and time they will devote to making life a little easier for their pets,” Notidee said. “I hoped that by creating this comic, I would be able to help bridge the gap between Neos and myself, as well as the people who fail to understand us.

Here’s how people reacted to the heartwarming comic

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