Bosco seems to fly in the face of some of these: he's a physical contact junkie and throughly enjoys having his head stroked, scratched, rubbed etc., and uses it to make his presence felt. If my lovely wife and I are having a hug, wrestling (yes, I know!) or even close to one another, he usually notices and will try to insert his bulk excitedly into the moment somehow...
The point in this article which most catches my eye is - as you may guess - the one about walks. The other day, while waiting for my teenage daughter to pack the car with an amazing amount of bags, I watched a woman of a certain age walking her toy something-or-other. I couldn't tell what it was because it wasn't much larger than a big squirrel and I didn't have my glasses on, but the poor little thing had the head of a cocker spaniel - albeit on a microscopic scale. The lady wasn't walking particularly quickly, but because of the terrible mismatch of scale, even her leisurely stroll meant that the tiny little dot was scampering along just to keep up with her.
As I watched, the dog/puppy would stop occasionally as it came across an interesting smell on the pavement/sidewalk. Mrs I-want-a-dog-that-I-can-treat-like-a-baby/cat/dolly was having none of that, and each and every time (they were in view for a full five minutes) the dog tried to sniff something, she almost took its head off simply by continuing to walk at the same speed and allowing the leash to tighten.
There is no way that dog was having a satisfying walk; neither physically (restrained on a leash and walking along on concrete) nor mentally (not being allowed to use its instinctive skills and senses). I'm sure that the lady feels that she walks her dog like a good and responsible owner should, but really; haven't we evolved enough intelligence to understand that a dog's needs are different from our own? If we don't have the means to give our dogs proper fulfilling exercise, firstly seriously consider whether it's fair to even keep a dog in such circumstances, and secondly; let's dop our best to make the walks we do provide for them as