Tag: justaguyandhisdog

Marking our Territory…

When Duder first started to lift his leg to pee, it kind of freaked the blonde out a bit.  She thought it was sign that he was out looking for a mate.  Not true (although if he found one, he certainly knows what to do).  Dogs do this to mark their territory.  To tell the other dogs that, “this is my turf and I am here!!”


Got me thinking…

Do we as humans do this?  Do we mark our territory?  (No, not with pee.)

I have a man cave in my basement.  I like to think that it it my room and I can do with it what I like.  The blonde thinks differently.  She is always trying to sneak decorations in.  She is marking her territory, IN MY MAN CAVE!!!

She put this cute little bowl and cute little balls of some kind in.  Now I ask you, bowldoes this fit in a man cave??!!

Now, I will admit that there are certain things that I do that might be considered marking my territory.  For example,

  • When I am out in the wood shop and walk in the house, I pretty much leave a trail of sawdust everywhere.  It is a manly trail though..
  • Pretty sure I leave a bad scent everywhere inside after doing something outside.
  • Every time I go in the kitchen, I leave my mark.

There are some times when the blonde leaves her mark and I like it.  When she leaves a room, but I can still smell her sweet scent.  I like that.

action figures

The blonde did tell me that I could put a Wonder Woman action figure in my cave.  I would do this for her though, so that she could mark my territory.  Yes, it would be for her, not for me at all.  Wonder Woman would stand proudly next to Captain America and Thor.  (I think the blonde has a crush on Thor)

Let’s learn from Duder.  Mark our territories, but, leave good marks.  Positive interactions.  Smiling people everywhere we go.

Natural Behaviors

We had to put up a new sign for Duder.  He has not been obeying the sign.  Look at him!!  Giving me that sarcastic gaze, telling me; “I don’t care what sign you put up, I’m going to hump this pillow!”


Of course, this is natural behavior for dogs, male and female.  It can be controlled with,,,,well,,,,I actually don’t know how it can be controlled.

Got me thinking,,,,  (no, it did not get me thinking about that…)

Do we all have natural behaviors in our lives?  Are the things we do natural behaviors or are they learned behaviors?  Let’s explore.

Q:  Is it natural for me to leave the toilet seat up?

A:  Yes.  Several reasons why.  Men are proud of their work, they want to leave it on display.  Also, we generally wait until that last second to go, so we have to have that seat up for convenience.  Also, it is just too much work to put the stupid thing down.  Also, how would Duder get anything to drink if the seat was down?

Q:  Is it natural for the blonde to put the toilet seat down?

A:  Yes.  Several reasons why.  Women are not proud of their work, (at least not in this area).  Also, it is a clean and tidy thing, just looks messy not being down.  Also, it is simply something that she likes to harass me about.

Q:  Is it natural for me to go golfing?

A:  Yes.  Swinging a stick and hitting something as hard as you can is a very natural behavior.  Goes back to the days of halving to hit your dinner with a stick in order to even have dinner.

Q:  Is it natural for me to me to ignore the blonde on occasion?

A:  Yes.  Men have simple minds.  One thought at a time.  If a thought comes in, then there is not any room for anything else, so we have to follow that thought to the end.  Even in the thought is “how did my baseball team lose last night?”

Q:  Is it natural for the blonde to shop?  all the time?

A:  Yes.  Shopping for the blonde is not about actually buying anything.  The experience and the process of looking at stuff seems to the motivation.  However, as the blonde gets older, this behavior seems to be going away.  She is now more like me, get in and out asap.

So, let’s learn from Duder, (no, let’s not hump everything all the time), let’s let some of our natural behavior out on occasion.  At least until the blonde tells you to stop.

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