When a dog has been raised in an isolated environment, it’s hard for them to adjust to social situations. Fortunately, it’s not that hard for them to be trained for social interactions.
Here’s a story that features two dogs raised in a temple by monks.
Bori and Banya are Jindos that have lived with a Korean monk for eight years. Before living with the monk, they were strays and have roamed in the forest. The monk has cared for them in an isolated place for their safety.
One day, the monk decided to take Bori and Banya to a dog playground. It was the dogs’ first time going to such a place. The two dogs had no idea how to play with a frisbee or other toys for dogs.
One of the trainers at the facility decided to bring another dog near Bori and Banya. He wanted them to learn how to play by watching another dog. However, when the trainer did this, Banya became aggressive and started lunging towards the new dog.
Another trainer named Chan Jong came to the facility to address Banya’s aggressiveness. Chan Jong is experienced with handling dogs, so he knew what to do at that time. He brought in another dog to help Banya become more social.
The first step of the training was making Banya get used to another dog’s presence from a safe distance. After that, Banya and the other dog were placed in the same large enclosure. Both dogs had their own handler.
Whenever the other dog would come close to Banya, Chan Jong would adjust her position so her back would face the other dog. This position made her more vulnerable but also had a specific intention. If Banya realized that she would not be harmed in a vulnerable position, she’d be more accepting of the other dog.
Chan Jong’s methods never fail. Banya became indifferent towards the other dog. Eventually, the monk was able to handle Banya while walking with the other dog.
Video courtesy of SBS TV Animals via YouTube.