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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    How do you know that dogs you see in backyards are there all the time? They may be indoors at times or at night. Australian climate is so much different then Denmark. I presonally let my dogs dictate where they want to be. Blackie hated being inside, all he wanted to do was be out, others choose what they want, going to the door to be let out or pawing it to come in.

    I have never dressed a dog up, personally I see it the same way as dressing up a cat or a bird if done a lot, humanising them and making them into something they are not to satisfy OUR needs. I have stated before that dressing for a photoshoot etc occasionally, to me would not be seen as bad.
    Well your dogs are a lot more 'spoilt' then the farm dogs I know!
    I don't know any(or have met) any herders that stay inside.
    Cause frankly, they arn't pets, their only purpose is to herd animals, its as blank as that.

    Photoshoot, for a bit of fun. Yeah fine! I've dressed Roly up for a bit of fun. But I have a problem with that paragraph I posted...
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    Ahhh, mine though are predominantly pets. They just go off with the others and are trained to do the cattle. We are crop growers predominantly and have the cattle as a sideline. The dogs move them around as feed permits or into the yards for teatment etc, not exactly overworked. The rest of the time they go with the men if they want to, lie under the ute, splash in a chanel, sleep under a tree while they are on the tractors, fencing, etc. The work dogs are on the other farm, where Pretty was originally and are never inside over there.

    The system with us is, with hubby and FIL work the farms. FIL's dogs are working dogs and treated as such. Any I have are pets. My gsd, blackie when they were alive never did work, never showed the inclination to and I never asked it of them.

    Shadow was the pup of our best working dog. He became my pet but he wanted so much to work so he did whenever they were or he would rip a door down to get out. He was very successfully a duel pet/worker. Maybe pretty will be the same as she has to be restrained when the ute goes off without her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Ahhh, mine though are predominantly pets. They just go off with the others and are trained to do the cattle. The real work dogs are on the other farm, where Pretty was originally and are never inside over there.
    Well there ya go!

    See Roly is 100% Jack Russell pet, thats why he stays inside.
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    Pugs were bred as lap dogs to help keep the fleas off the gentry I am told. At the very least, that is what they were used for anyway.
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    I'll believe that Anne. Nevertheless they're hardly working!
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    The only thing they work at is getting more food!

    I totally agree though with your sentiments that some dogs are just not meant to be inside. After my recent visit to Vietnam, I find that my attitude has changed about dogs in some ways. I now see how we have softened our dogs to the point where they are losing some of their natural canine instincts. We are humanising them in such a way it is becoming a little woeful.

    I don't feel that the debate is about dogs being inside or outside, but more about how much a dog is allowed to be a dog. Some people have elevated their dogs to such a status that the dog becomes terribly confused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    The only thing they work at is getting more food!

    I totally agree though with your sentiments that some dogs are just not meant to be inside. After my recent visit to Vietnam, I find that my attitude has changed about dogs in some ways. I now see how we have softened our dogs to the point where they are losing some of their natural canine instincts. We are humanising them in such a way it is becoming a little woeful.

    I don't feel that the debate is about dogs being inside or outside, but more about how much a dog is allowed to be a dog. Some people have elevated their dogs to such a status that the dog becomes terribly confused.


    Yeah, I agree. They are being softened. I mean, we have taken so much of their instinct out of them right up just by domesticating them!

    No it isn't about whether they're inside or outside, just got a little side-tracked!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    How do you know that dogs you see in backyards are there all the time? They may be indoors at times or at night. Australian climate is so different than Denmark. I personally let my dogs dictate where they want to be. Blackie hated being inside, all he wanted to do was be out, others choose what they want, going to the door to be let out or pawing it to come in.

    I have never dressed a dog up, personally I see it the same way as dressing up a cat or a bird if done a lot, humanising them and making them into something they are not to satisfy OUR needs. I have stated before that dressing for a photoshoot etc occasionally, to me would not be seen as bad.
    I NEVER said I KNOW they are there all the time! I said...I don't believe in keeping dogs in the backyard all the time and YES...people do do that as you very well know.

    I also said...what is the point of having a dog if it is not to part of the family in some sort of way! I don't believe in getting a puppy and then go to work 8 hours a day either...I think it is selfish and yes...cruel!

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    You can love a dog without it being under your feet 24/7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    I don't feel that the debate is about dogs being inside or outside, but more about how much a dog is allowed to be a dog. Some people have elevated their dogs to such a status that the dog becomes terribly confused.
    Where are your dogs Anne?

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