The Problem-Solving Dog

Here at JensonR+, we’ve been taking part in Walk Your Dog Month which highlights the importance of regular exercise and outdoor activity for dogs (and their owners).  This month-long event encourages dog owners to commit to walking their furry friends more often, providing numerous physical and mental benefits for both dogs and their owners. It’s an opportunity to promote canine health, strengthen the bond between dogs and their caregivers, and enjoy the great outdoors together.

All this extra walking has prompted many dog-related discussions and led us to consider the art of problem-solving. So, we’d like you to think about this question: “What kind of problem-solving dog are you?”

Yes, it does sound stupid but let’s delve a little deeper into the characteristics of a few breeds to consider their techniques on how they’d solve a problem.

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The Springer Spaniel

This breed runs around madly chasing every direction with a somewhat wide-eyed manic look. Excited and keen with loads of energy and obsessed as to the one and only outcome, a ball or stick. Loves a reward and will run through a hedge rather than use a gate and so, injury prone.

Problem-solving dog

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The Terrier

Rips a problem apart to create many smaller problems. Can have aggressive tendencies mixed with lots of noise and posturing. Classic small dog syndrome. All noise and no outcome. Has a tendency to shout at the bigger dogs for no apparent reason. Noise and teeth are its wisdom.

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The Beagle

Initially very keen to help solve a puzzle, likely to forget shortly after what the goal or outcome was supposed to be and then sleep on it. The next day will have forgotten completely and hopes all the issues have gone away. A pack of Beagles may be needed to keep things on track. Stubborn and hard to train. The man in the park with just a lead and no dog probably has a Beagle. No recall skills.

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The Husky approach

Strong and powerful, know their place but need to work as a team and be “mushed” along by a leader. Works hard and put the effort in but when left to their own needs, will sleep and eat and can cause problems with each trying to be top dog.

Problem Solving Dog

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The Wolf

The wolf is cunning, clever and careful. It makes considered moves and works in a team. The benefit of the action is for the whole team. The important part is they calculate the outcome, balance the odds, look at the energy and risk to be input and from this decide on the strategy. They are independent, have strength of character and so have stayed apart from their domesticated cousins.

In our working lives we have all probably come across individuals, or even whole teams, who show traits in character to some of those mentioned above. Rushing around, lots of noise, energy and time expended but no real outcome or solution. The only outcome being the problem shredded and sub problems now formed.

Here at JensonR+ we see ourselves wolf in nature. We form a close cohesive pack with our clients and problem solve in a clear effective and client driven manner to get the optimal outcome. Like the wolf we stay on track, monitor the landscape and protect.
If you have the need for a wolf and want our support and protection in Regulatory, Quality, GDP, Foods, Cosmetics, Medical Devices then we are here to give you that.
Contact us at consultancy@jensonR+.com and we’ll be more than happy to discuss your needs.
James Hall