Autumn is an exciting time of year for my dogs, mostly because there is a significant increase in the number of squirrels running around in the park.
When my dogs encounter a squirrel, they experience a level of excitement beyond that which humans can cognitively process.
I could win the lottery, be offered a free luxury round-the-world cruise and discover the secret to eternal youth, all within the space of a single hour, and still not come close to scraping the surface of the excitement that my dogs experience when they see a squirrel.
Upon seeing a squirrel, my dogs become so excited that they are no longer completely in control of their bodies.
All they can do is run around, barking manically, their movements and actions controlled by the all-consuming power of their base instincts.
At this time of year, the squirrels are collecting food in preparation for winter which means that they spend a lot of time running around on the ground.
This puts them in direct visual range of my dogs.
Normally, my dogs can barely cope with the presence of one squirrel.
Seeing multiple squirrels sends their brains into overdrive and their squirrel radars switch to high alert.
This means that pretty much everything in the park has the potential to be a squirrel.