a thermodynamic quantity representing the unavailability of a system's thermal energy for conversion into mechanical work, often interpreted as the degree of disorder or randomness in the system.
"the second law of thermodynamics says that entropy always increases with time" ·
2. lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.
In June 2019 I had the honor and privilege of being allowed to attend, as a guest, a K9 handler conference through the American Society of Canine Trainers International (ASCT). This wasn’t a public event, as it was for doing the annual certifications for both law enforcement and civilian K9 teams. Having been a decoy for the local K9 teams for over two years I was already keenly interested in the event, but when the instructor, Chris Aycock, the president of the ASCT, opened up the classroom portion of the first day with the laws of thermodynamics he had my full attention. Those laws are familiar to me given I majored in Mechanical Engineering, so to hear it brought up in a K9 school was unexpected, but I knew exactly where he was going with it. Though the laws were simplified for the course, it went as follows. Everything in the universe is made up of energy. If energy isn’t put into something it falls into disarray, or in thermodynamic terms, entropy increases. Everything includes relationships; relationships with other people and relationships with animals. It is in line with what I’ve always believed and have taught since starting Big Sky Rottweiler Rescue back in 1997. When it comes to dogs, you get out of them what you put into them. i.e. If you don’t put energy into the dog, then it and the human canine relationship will fall into disarray.
Now before you break out the crystals and go all new age on me, let me clarify what energy is in this context. Energy is time, effort, thought, and emotion. That’s it. Anyone who has worked with difficult dogs or trained dogs to high levels of capabilities know this to be true for the simple fact that you can’t achieve such things without that investment of energy.
A great example of this is a Rottweiler named Jack that I talked about in my blog, The Terrible Twos. Jack’s owner called me thinking they would have to put him down due to aggression issues. After a little advice she invested energy into Jack every day, never slacking. Jack is now one of the most amazing dogs I know of, an obedient guardian and faithful friend of all of the family.
So, I pose this to you. Are you investing energy into your relationships? If you want to see them grow, to not fall into disorder or disarray, then invest that energy. It’s worth it.
Troy Kechely is the author of two novels that portray the transformative power of animal-human connections. To learn more about the author, and to order Stranger’s Dance and Lost Horse Park, visit www.troykechely.com.