I like to think that despite joking and silliness I don't really anthropomorphise my animals. The human attributes that I occasionally apply to them are half hearted and I remain very aware of their instinctive traits. That doesn't mean that I love them any less, just maybe that I respect them more. I think that's the most effective way to build mutually rewarding relationships with them. Horses are so much easier and safer to manage if you remember that they are essentially prey animals. Dogs are pack members and predators. They all have their own ways of establishing and maintaining hierarchies and social structures and an understanding of their psychology facilitates wonderful positive interaction with these animals. They lack the pretence and affectation of many humans. But sometimes you get a glimpse of the wolf beneath the domestic veneer.