This is going to outrage dog lovers, but I think that humans’ tyrannical nature is revealed not just when it enslaves other humans, but also when it enslaves dogs.
We never say 'free as a dog", do we? Just 'free as a bird'.
Dogs and humans, not all what it seems.
We take a wolf at heart and spend lots of time and energy teaching it to obey and react to commands.
(To be more historically accurate, the 'taking' happened a long time ago, and it succeeded, so very different from cats.)
We are prepared to downsize our vocabulary to a few words in order to achieve that.
We literally put up with shit.
All in the name of training, while the true purpose looks more like having a totally obedient living being under our control, one emitting apparent devotion.
In humans it’s called the Stockholm syndrome.
Even the basic freedoms of sniffing and running are restricted anywhere near human habitat. It takes a trip back to the wild to allow the dog to be itself.
At least proper working dogs manage to retain some independence. Sniffing and running are allowed and are respected because they seem to have a purpose we understand.
Urban dogs? Just a dog's life.