So this morning I was doing research on male vs. female communication styles and I got thinking about the Westminster Dog show. (stick with me here – I am going somewhere with this) I wonder what happened back stage after they awarded Best in Show.
Did “Rufus” the Colored Bull Terrier put on a male athlete kind of status strut saying “yeah, you guys thought I couldn’t hang - with this egg shaped face and squatty body. In your face Mr. Popular Golden Retriever. And Dalmatian – I may not be starring in any hit movies, but my mug’s going to be plastered on more magazines websites and publications than you can shake a tail at. ‘Best in Show’ – that’s right – sniff my butt losers. Word.”
Or – did the Bull Terrier display more of a female communication style after winning – something a little closer to a Miss America Pageant. “Hey – Dalmatian – nice showing. Pug – us ‘so ugly we’re cute’ types need to hang together. Let’s all go grab a bowl of water and some Milk Bones and Celebrate. Butt sniffs all around.”
At the end of the day – both men and women (and perhaps even dogs) crave status. Men and women can be equally competitive. But the more I study communication styles the more I see the two sexes have a definite different approach.