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Thread: Who Treats Their Dog Like A...well...dog?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    All crossed here. Hurry up though as crossed eyes make it hard to type.
    I Know Di. I've got everything crossed and I'm srating to get sore! Find out final answer on Monday whether the other party finally gave confirmation or not...ROLL ON MONDAY.

    Spent the arvo at the beach. We had a ball, but by God I wished we had a dog to go out into the water with the boys - would have been so much more fun.

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    I have 2 female blue heelers up for grabs, lol.

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    I think we do but I guess everyone's standards are different.

    - she sleeps under the house at night on her dog bed
    - she gets dog bikkies, dog sausage, plus bones and the occasional leftover/offcut meat (if she behaves)
    - if we're home she's with us. She is allowed on the couch and the bed if she wants.
    - we talk to her but not baby talk or involved conversation
    - she gets walks and plays fetch
    - she doesn't have any clothes/jumpers/costumes
    - we try not to leave her alone too much, and will plan for her to go somewhere if we are away the whole weekend (or even a full day and night)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    God I try...I really do (trying to convince herself).

    My dogs sleep in their crates at night...they are not allowed in our bedrooms or beds. We let them on the , but also "kick" them off when we have had enough. They eat after us...in their individual crates. I don't dress my dogs up like little people. I tend to over-worry about them when they are sick and have probably been to the vet once...maybe...twice...perhaps fifteen times too many I believe they should eat healthy, but DO NOT feed them human foods (maybe the occasional Twistie...). They eat their own food with human grade meat to minimise preservative intake. I try to see things from a doggy perspective when dealing with them. I try not to be a push-over when they test the boundaries...and boy can they be tested some times. I do not let them intimidate our cats.

    I am by no means perfect and I am learning every day. I think we can have dogs all our lives and still be learning on a daily basis.

    Sumo and Ruby are our companions...our dogs...our pets. They mean a lot to us and we love them...as pets They are not our substitute children.
    But look at those two gorgeous faces, can't help it but melt! lol

    My four skinkids will tell you that we treat our dogs better than they were ever treated (yeh right) Son #2 enjoys making the occassional scene by picking up the dog cook book and telling everyone he would be happy to eat what I (occassionally) cook for our dogs - the older they get the more they love to press my buttons.......just because they are now all taller than me these days just doesn't cut it!!

    And since I no longer work (a paid job at least) I do tend to take the furkids out in the car most times I can, and a walk or a trip to the park is obviously a high priority. Yes, the whole pack sleeps together with the pei on the floor either side of the "big bed" and a certain sooky lala down at our feet under the doona. Sigh, all right. allright, there is often a foster crated in the ensuite as well, but thats different.

    That being said, I go to great lengths to tell adoptive parents they are adopting dogs! Treat them like childern and you will end up with a dog who has no idea where they fit in the pack or worse, think they are pack leader and you are their pack whom they have to fend for. A dog is a dog is a dog. To humanise them is way too stressful not only for them but for the "real" humans too.

    I think perhaps a more relevent question would be......"If you had your time again, would you have skin kids or stick to fur kids" ROFL!!
    SPR fosters:Rowland, Matrix, Mia, Arizona, Romeo, Wrinkles, George, Molly, Su Lin, Ellie, Charlie, Charlotte, Lulu, Montana http://www.sharpeirescue.com.au

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    I think perhaps a more relevent question would be......"If you had your time again, would you have skin kids or stick to fur kids" ROFL!!
    with the past 10 days ive had with my 6 yr old.. id say fur anyday .... Sigh, just keep swimming just keep swimming lol

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    dog is a dog we do not let ours in the house to sit on
    there is only two, one thing that is alode that is the two cat and bird

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    Interesting. I never realised this thread existed when I created this one;
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...omorphism.html

    I created that thread as a result of reading the thread about buying dogs christmas gifts.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    as a dog groomer the amount of dogs that come in that are sooooo the kings and queens of their castle and as such have no manners what so ever, their owners leave them almost in tears because they have to leave their poor babies for a few hours, it makes me so mad. i have two dogs who are a very big part of my family but also know their place in our family which is definatley not top dog. These little prince and princesses are usually the ones that will bite as they are certain that they are boss, i love dogs but they need to know their boundaries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss jayne View Post
    as a dog groomer the amount of dogs that come in that are sooooo the kings and queens of their castle and as such have no manners what so ever, their owners leave them almost in tears because they have to leave their poor babies for a few hours, it makes me so mad. i have two dogs who are a very big part of my family but also know their place in our family which is definatley not top dog. These little prince and princesses are usually the ones that will bite as they are certain that they are boss, i love dogs but they need to know their boundaries.
    Yes Miss Jayne, your comments above are exactly what I am talking about!!!

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    This is a difficult question as we all have different ideas on how dogs should be treated. I treat my dogs as dogs according to my own definition of how a dog should be treated. Other people will have different ideas. As in all things you do what works best for you and your own dogs.

    I've spent most of my life working full time with animals, mostly dogs. I've interacted with thousands of different dogs in the last 40 plus years. It's true a lot of problems are created by people who treat their dogs like a spoilt child and allow it to run the household. At the other extreme you also have dogs that are so disciplined and dominated by the human pack leader they can turn quite nasty when away from the controlling hand of their human. Then of course you have the dog who is just a "thing" in the back yard. It seldom goes for walks, sleeps in a shed, garage or makeshift kennel, eats whatever food is cheapest at the supermarket and only understands a few basic commands like "sit", "get here" or "piss off". The later certainly lives what would be called "a dog's life".

    I spend a lot of time talking to dogs. Not baby talk. I don't use baby talk with human kids either. I chat to them. Dogs like the sound of the human voice. This is one of the reasons having a radio or TV on in the background is reassuring to a nervous dog when you leave it on it's own.

    My dogs sleep on the bed or the furniture if they wish. At the moment there is a Whippet curled up in an armchair, a Sheltie stretched out on the floor and a Pug sitting on my foot. Sometimes they sleep on their own beds, plenty of dog beds here both inside and out.

    My dogs don't have to sit before I feed them. In fact only one of my Deerhounds was even taught to sit. Sitting is an uncomfortable position for a giant hound with looooong legs. I taught stand instead. My dogs have their own feeding spots and when I call they go to their corners and stand quietly waiting for their dinners. Pugs usually dance on one spot in impatience but that is acceptable for the greediest breed in the dog world.

    My dogs are trained gently from day one. I haven't used a choker chain since 1977. I begin training off lead and pups usually know "come", "sit", "drop", "stand" and "stay" by 12/14 weeks. It's play training really. They are not perfect but they have learnt the basics. I keep walking on lead seperate from the other lessons. This is what works best for me.

    My dogs know there are times when they can be rowdy and play like dogs. They also know their limits and what is considered unacceptable. My dogs are certainly not perfect but they always have wonderful temperaments and are very reliable around small children and other animals. This and good house manners are the things I insist on.

    I don't dress my dogs in clothes. I don't have any respect for those who do. I think it is shows no respect for the dog as a dog and some of those cutesy little costumes look very uncomfortable and their use is edging towards cruelty.

    When there are children in the house we do celebrate dog birthdays and the dogs get a Christmas stocking. My boys still believe in Santa and would be most upset if Santa didn't come to the dogs as well. They have great fun unpacking the dog's stocking and distributing gifts. For the same reason Santa fills a small stocking for my husband and I. We've been good too so why should we miss out?

    To sum up this looong post I believe I treat my dogs like MY dogs and thats all any of us can do.

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