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    Default Who Treats Their Dog Like A...well...dog?

    Just curious.

    Seen so many owners over the years who treat their dogs like they are people, or at the worst like tiny little babies.
    Sometimes it's been so extreme I've honestly felt ill.

    How do others treat/see their dogs?

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    I see my birds as birds, my cats as cats, my dogs as dogs. Each have their place, their own needs and those are what is needed to us to cater to. They are our loved companions but my feeling is that if you put too much into humanising, putting your needs first before theirs that it leads to confusion and problems as they do not know their own identities and it conflicts with what their human wants of them.

    That being said I feel that they fit into our lives and we into theirs when all needs of ours and theirs are taken into account with the selection of a pet. Yes they can be indoors or out, on a bed or off a bed, whatever works for all

    They are not kids, nor should they be made into substitutions for them.

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    They are not kids, nor should they be made into substitutions for them.

    Right you are, Di. I've seen that so much, and it's really sad, not only for the dog but the owner as well.

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    Hard question for me, I dont treat them like people, but i dont treat them as a lower form of lifes existence either.

    Whilst i dont project humanity upon them, i legally cant/dont let them be dogs as natures intent.

    It's a grey area for me, not so much a black and white issue in my mind.

    I think i know what you are meaning though and its extream anthromorphism.

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    You mean my oogie boogie woogie wuddy winks?

    A dog is a dog - I probably treat mine better than some treat their kids but I don't treat them in the same manner. If some kid tried to lick my face...

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    laughing hard at Occy and off to see what anthromorphism means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Just curious.

    Seen so many owners over the years who treat their dogs like they are people, or at the worst like tiny little babies.
    Sometimes it's been so extreme I've honestly felt ill.

    How do others treat/see their dogs?
    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.

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    My example, I will use Shadow (RIP) I have never had the experience of a dog in a flat, for example but I have with back yards and now with the farm.

    Shadow was a blue heeler. He worked the cattle when they did it because he wanted to, because he was useful and loved it by day. He loved being inside with us too. His choice to be inside, if he prefered outside then I would never have insisted he be in. Blacky, another dog HATED being inside so he was always happily out.

    I would never have a blue heeler in a confined setting as this is not what the breed needs. I agree with the sentiment that we can not just let them be dogs to their full nature as they do have to live in co existance with humans as we made it that way when they were first domesticated and then bred.

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    [QUOTE=Occy;27372]You mean my oogie boogie woogie wuddy winks? [QUOTE]


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    Ah Beau, it's anthropomorphism. At least i learnt a new word today. Cool.

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