my dog Buddy has zero
interest in sticks, none at all.
one day, a visitor dog who loved loved loved sticks
came over to play with Buddy.
and Buddy watched that dog all day long. This dog was always finding sticks, and he would chew the bark off of the stick, and just gnaw around on the stick, too, and walk around with sticks in his mouth all the time.
Buddy just watched and watched all that, just couldn't stop watching all that stick chewing.
, Buddy was out there by himself, looking around for sticks,
and when he found one, he'd walk around with a stick in his mouth for a while, then he'd lie down and chew on it for a while, as if testing out what is this chew-stick stuff all about.
Buddy also tried out peeling the bark off like that other dog had done.
but, Buddy must have decided sticks are not that fun, cuz Buddy never ever did that again.
Buddy was obviously just imitating the dog behavior
he'd seen the day before!!!!!