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Why Do Dogs Love Car Rides
Natural Dog Training ^ | June 1, 2009 | kbehan

Posted on 10/07/2012 6:11:02 PM PDT by SamAdams76

Dogs love car rides because they feel as if they are on a hunt. For example, cats never love car rides, or at best merely learn to endure them because when riding in a car cats don’t feel as if they are on a hunt. Why when in a moving car, can a dog feel as if it’s on a hunt whereas a cat doesn’t? Because dogs evolved to hunt by feel whereas cats hunt by instinct.

This will make more sense once one understands what hunting for an animal feels like. In our mind hunting means stalking, chasing and killing prey in order to obtain food, but in the animal mind a hunt is a state of “emotional suspension” whereby the predator when highly aroused, projects its “self” (i.e. its “emotional center-of-gravity) into its prey—and if—the prey acts like prey, then whatever the prey does the predator mirrors by feel the equal and opposite movement in order to counterbalance it. This in fact is how a predator “knows” how to catch its prey. (Best visual example of this is watching a cheetah take down a gazelle on a nature show wherein the cat by virtue of “being in drive” has projected an emotional calculus onto its movements so that at some point in time its own trajectory intersects with the gazelle at a common point in time and space.) And in such a state an animal feels weightless. Feeling weightless is what hunting feels like.

Cars are perfect vehicles for arousing an emotional state of suspension because the feeling of weightlessness can be induced by the phenomenon of physical synchronization. (This allows wolves to pool their collective energies onto a midpoint so that as a group they can take on prey animals in a coordinated manner that they cannot physically overpower even when in numbers.) Because a dog projects its “self” into the forms of things toward which it is strongly attracted or bonded with (for example people in a car), and because everyone in the car is 1) facing the same direction, 2) swaying in unison to the dips and bends in the road, 3) accelerating and de-accelerating perfectly in sync with the momentum and change of direction of the car, the dog is induced by all this synchronized physical movement into a state of emotional suspension and therefore the dog feels as if it is part of a group that is on the hunt. The more the car moves and the faster stimuli whiz by the more the physical energy is channeled into the feeling of suspension. The question now becomes how much sensory input, i.e. energy, can this feeling of weightlessness sustain and here we can see different temperaments of dogs begin to precipitate out so that they respond in various things.

For some dogs the feeling can grow so strong that when their emotional or carrying capacity is exceeded, they strike at things going past. This is when the prey instinct, an automatic, hardwired reflex, takes over in order to make the kill. (We need to remember that it’s only in our mind that a dog on a sidewalk is motionless relative to the dog in the moving car. For the dog in the car, the dog on the sidewalk is moving 30, 40 or 50 mph and that’s a pretty fast prey animal.) Some dogs have a higher carrying capacity and can retain a feeling of arousal for the potential moment in the future when they will be let out of the car so as to express the internalized energy in a concrete way, such as running around, rolling on the ground, playing Frisbee or going for a hike with their owner.

Cats on the other hand (as well as all other animals) have a far more limited emotional capacity than dogs and so the phenomenon of induction by virtue of physical synchronization is not as likely to get going. For example, a lower emotional capacity is why when cats have their bellies rubbed and they start to get excited, they quickly hit an overload circuit breaker and then the reflex to claw and pounce comes up and, since the owner’s hand as prey-isn’t-acting-like-prey, they have to run away. Whereas dogs of course can have their bellies rubbed all day and simply wallow in higher and higher states of ecstasy, i.e. weightlessness.


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To: bunkerhill7

Our grandparents must have been neighbors! Grandpa always told us this story about seeing a dog driving a buckboard! Then, he’d start singing these old Norwegian sailor songs and Grandma would hide his whiskey bottle and then Grandpa would tell us the story about the cow pushing a wheelbarrow and then he’d fall off his chair. Kids nowadays just don’t get that kind of memory-maker.


51 posted on 10/07/2012 7:11:28 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SamAdams76

52 posted on 10/07/2012 7:12:04 PM PDT by moehoward
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To: SamAdams76

A couple of years ago I was blessed (or cursed, lol) with six “dumped off” dogs at the same time. And, I loved them everyone.

I live in a rural area and would put them in the back of the pickup and give them a very slow cautious ride to the lake for a daily swim.

There was one house with new residents that I didn’t know. But, I was in the grocery store one day a a little girl shouted..”Look, Mom, it’s the dog catcher!” It turned out to be the new resident’s daughter, lol.


53 posted on 10/07/2012 7:12:34 PM PDT by berdie
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To: moehoward

Toonces...lol :)


54 posted on 10/07/2012 7:13:49 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: SamAdams76

The FIRST time our dog (a lab/aussie mix) got a car ride was, I think, when I took her home from the Humane Society. She was 2, and she HATED it. She hated car rides....until, she figured out, good things happen in the car....especially food wise! People at the bank, at the coffee shop - any drive thru. Plus, we share food. Now she LOVES rides, in fact, she’s 12, and spends a LOT of time in our garage IN the Pick UP....waiting for a ride. (It’s like her dog house.) She is a very QUIET rider, however. Unlike a cocker spaniel we had who would run and chase cars IN OUR litte HONDA as we drove.


55 posted on 10/07/2012 7:16:23 PM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: SamAdams76

We got our Blue Heeler at an animal shelter. We put her in a small station wagon and got on the highway. Every so often we could hear her thud after jumping into the side window, followed by a yelp from the surprise of hitting the glass. It turned out that she is a dedicated car chaser, and she was trying to lunge into passing cars.I have to keep her on a short leash (or a crate) when we go for a drive.


56 posted on 10/07/2012 7:21:32 PM PDT by paint_your_wagon
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To: SamAdams76

Before my lab died, if I yelled “wanna go for a ride, Angus”. It sounded like a herd of Bison running across hardwood floor. He would dutiful sit in the passenger, except after the vet, when he would ignore me for a day or two.


57 posted on 10/07/2012 7:23:00 PM PDT by Pedro45
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To: RingerSIX

You know how dogs love to chase cars.

Today I had my car chased by a Chihuahua.

I really think he thought that he was a whole lot bigger than he was.


58 posted on 10/07/2012 7:28:14 PM PDT by Not gonna take it anymore (If Obama were twice as smart as he is, he would be a wit)
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To: ConservativeChris

“Need to take him through the drive-thru (fast food) IMMEDIATLY after, and buy him a burger or something, ( I gave my dog a sausage and egg burrito off the dollar menu, and let him eat it in the car )”

Great idea!! My dog LOVES Egg McMuffins and Cheeseburgers and eats them all the time (sorry Mayor Bloomberg). He would just love that.


59 posted on 10/07/2012 7:28:56 PM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: waynesa98

“They are not stupid, not as smart as pigs, but able to figure out how to get a job from the master predator that affords some security and food.”

Of course. That reminds me of an article that asked if cats really like rolling on their backs and getting their tummies rubbed. The answer: Sure they do, if that means a steady supply of food.


60 posted on 10/07/2012 7:33:20 PM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: SamAdams76
( Why Do Dogs Love Car Rides )


Because they know when they see a good thing and enjoy life more than cats ?


61 posted on 10/07/2012 7:33:54 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: SamAdams76
Every dog I've ever had loved or loves to ride, but some of them didn't always.

I had a beautiful Chocolate Lab with a dark coat and green eyes who loved to “console surf” with his front paws on the console between the seats, rear paws on the rear seat and his head out the sunroof. He had a speed limit though, keep it below forty. His lips started flapping and making a sound, with slobber streaming in the wind. That he didn't like. He'd look down at me with those incredible eyes like I was nuts, nudge me with his cold nose to slow down, and if I didn't he'd heave a big harrumph and flop down in the back seat, still looking at me like I was nuts, lol. God, I miss him. He died five years ago October 13. He always knew when I was going up to my folks’ place at the foot of a mountain out in the country, where he had the run of the place. He'd start to whine a couple of miles out, then when we turned onto the long gravel drive he'd break into a howl.

My current dog is a rescue, a Walker Hound. She was dumped from a car and hated them for months after I took her in. I’ve had her over two years now and she's learned to love it, she knows I'm not leaving her I guess. She's been to the Outer Banks, up to the Blue Ridge, all over and thrills to it. She actually leaps up toward her harness trying to stick her head into it whenever it comes out. She's a quiet rider, much more active and curious when we stop.

They're all just happy to be with you wherever you are. That's what it boils down to.

62 posted on 10/07/2012 7:35:18 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: wrench

Don’t try it with a cat because they see your head as the most stable platform in the airplane, and under those conditions they find human flesh the best surface to get a good grip on.

Most cat owners have survived the experience of having a loose cat in a car, and don’t ever want to duplicate it, but a pilot might not get a second chance.


63 posted on 10/07/2012 7:36:44 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: RingerSIX

That was hard to see, but Thank You, RingerSIX. I am afraid to ask if the dog survived.


64 posted on 10/07/2012 7:37:12 PM PDT by KGeorge
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65 posted on 10/07/2012 7:40:55 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: SamAdams76

LOL
Under ***NO*** circumstances, no matter WHAT the emergency, would I EVER let an Eskie drive. Especially any of mine, but no one else’s either. Talk about “the ride of your life”, “wild ride”...
Going for a walk with these dogs is enough to make you think twice.


66 posted on 10/07/2012 7:41:36 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: Joe 6-pack

Dogs are really special! They are mans best friend!


67 posted on 10/07/2012 7:48:13 PM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: blam

More trusting and loving than some humans are.


68 posted on 10/07/2012 7:52:03 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: SamAdams76

69 posted on 10/07/2012 7:52:28 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: SamAdams76

What great posts, pics, memories and advice...how I miss having a dog. Last one was my sheltie, Skye. Mr. C4E is allergic to dogs and cats. So unfortunately we are a dog free home, and the lesser for it.


70 posted on 10/07/2012 7:55:12 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (The Obamas = rude, crude and socially unacceptable)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Ever since I was born I can never remember any time that our family did not have a dog.
I think I got the love for dogs both from my dad and mom.

In a dog's mind ?

Cars are those things ( COOL THINGS HUMANS MAKE ) ....
Like how toilets are cool things to drink out of...
71 posted on 10/07/2012 8:04:43 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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72 posted on 10/07/2012 8:07:58 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: All

My Tuxedo Cat named Max (1991-2006) was a fantastic hunter.

He weighed about 9 lbs. but he used to bring Jack Rabbits home and would make a meal out of them.

He would chase them down, trip them up with a swipe at the hind legs, then clamp down on the back of their neck, paralyzing the poor little rabbits.

He would then bring them home, loudly announcing his accomplishment.

How he got them over the 4’ back fence is still a mystery, as the Jack Rabbits weighed more than he did.

99.999% of the remainder of the time, he was the sweetest, most affectionate cat ever. He would sit on my lap/chest and lick my nose and vocally demand that I pet him, rub his ears, his chin and yes, even his tummy.

After Max passed away, I rescued a female Tuxedo Cat (Tabitha) that looks and acts almost exactly like Max did, but I keep her indoors as cleaning up the bloody messes Max would leave behind factored into the “indoor/outdoor” decision, and no more freaked out “lady friends” screaming early in the AM when Max would drop off a “present” in my bed - usually a bloody, wounded mouse that Max would bat around in the air and chase all over the bed and even under the covers. or the occasional, partly decapitated Jack Rabbit.

Pets are great entertainment and very affectionate.
They are also very, very smart. They can also be very brutal to those below them on the food chain.


73 posted on 10/07/2012 8:15:55 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (Michelle Fields, will you marry me?)
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To: Cyclone59

As a side note, my dog loves 140 mph trips down the highway. Really not as happy on exit ramps. lol


74 posted on 10/07/2012 8:16:19 PM PDT by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: ConservativeChris

“Need to take him through the drive-thru (fast food) IMMEDIATLY after, and buy him a burger or something, ( I gave my dog a sausage and egg burrito off the dollar menu, and let him eat it in the car ) after he got shots and blood drawn, and we have no problems with the vet, because I associated good things, (human food) and the vet.”

I lived a block from my vet. I’d walk my puppy to the office weekly and feed him bits of rare steak while he was fawned over by the staff and also give him biscuits. That worked up until he was neutered. My vet told me not to come back, then apologized after he realized the dog was scared to death, not naturally vicious. German Shepherds are pretty smart.

As for Jack Russells...there’s a reason they have the nickname of Jack Russell Terrors. I might babysit one for a week-end, but I’d never own one. My sister has had two. One really has to be a JRT person, and I’m not. They’re way too high maintenance for me. I’ll stick with German Shepherds. If my dog gets bored, I just say, “Go patrol.” I don’t have to worry about saving his life because he’s gotten stuck in a rat hole if he’s gone more than 5 minutes.


75 posted on 10/07/2012 8:19:33 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: Not gonna take it anymore
Today I had my car chased by a Chihuahua.
I really think he thought that he was a whole lot bigger than he was.

Back in 2008, that's how I pictured Obama's win.
"OK, now you've caught the car . . . now what?"
0 thinks he's a whole lot bigger than he is, too, but we're sadly paying the price for that narcissism.

76 posted on 10/07/2012 8:24:19 PM PDT by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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To: Ransomed

I think of it as more like the through the monolith scene in 2001...


77 posted on 10/07/2012 8:25:11 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1356 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: SamAdams76

We have a fat, sickly chihuahua we adopted. He must have went on a lot of car rides before coming to stay with us, because he insists on taking them. My other dogs want to go running around the neighborhood, but he will sit by the car/pickup and wait to go for a ride. Take him for a ride every once in awhile, and he is tickled for a few weeks, then back to sitting by the car/pickup.


78 posted on 10/07/2012 8:28:12 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: ansel12
Most cat owners have survived the experience of having a loose cat in a car, and don’t ever want to duplicate it,

Back when I lived in Hollywood I used to bring my roommate's cat along when I would go to pick her up.

It would usually straddle my shoulders behind my neck and watch other drivers.

Even in jaded Hollywood people will stare at a cat in a car...

79 posted on 10/07/2012 8:37:25 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1356 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: SamAdams76
The author needs to skip all the "Dog psychology" mumbo-jumbo.

There is a simple explanation. To quote the Japanese Sage from the old TV commercial:

"Dogs rike TRUCKS!"

:o)

80 posted on 10/07/2012 8:45:11 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: SamAdams76
'Mama' dog (Sylvia) resting her head on 'baby' dog (Lily).Photobucket

We rescued mama dog from the neighbours at 8 months old, where there was some physical abuse including being picked up by the tail, being fed beer, very often having dope smoke blown into her face and being left outside overnight in -4C (25F) temperatures with no doghouse or shelter. They also did not bring her inside during her first heat. On the day we were getting her, a male Pit Bull/Rottweiler got in their yard... The result, sixty three days later was Lily, and two brothers. The two boys were given to friends and we kept Lily as a companion for Sylvia. In the photo below, Sylvia has the bigger, Shepherd-like ears and Lily, the Lab-like ears.

Lily had a tough start to life. When she was born, mama dog knew enough to chew off the membrane, but did not know what else to do and had the most shocked look on her face. My wife and I dried Lily off and laid her near Sylvia as she lay in a area that we had set aside for her and the brood. Within ten minutes, both Sylvia and Lily figured out what each needed to do. Two more puppies then arrived and all were healthy.

At approximately six weeks, one of her brothers picked up parvovirus. After much prayer and laying on of hands by my wife and me, Casey get through it. Unfortunately, he passed it to Lily. Fearing the worst, we took her to an animal hospital where after two days in the hospital at $1,100 per day, she survived.

As my better half has moved back to her mother's house and served me with divorce papers, and I was also recently laid off, I thank The Lord that He saw fit to bring these two girls into my life!

81 posted on 10/07/2012 9:04:58 PM PDT by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was lost but now I'm found; blind but now I see.)
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To: SamAdams76

It’s as simple as dogs love to sniff, and the air going by is chock-full of mysterious scents.

BTW, animals have no concept of spaying/neutering. If they’ve had a bad experience from an animal clinic, something happened while they were awake, or they felt abandoned by the owner and are afraid of a repeat when they smell the clinic smells.


82 posted on 10/07/2012 9:09:52 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: SamAdams76
That is a great animated GIF! Hopefully the dog survived - looked like the car was going at least 40mph.

It was. It appeared the dog outside was keeping pace with the car. I think Greyhounds can run over 40 mph but can the average dog?

83 posted on 10/07/2012 9:13:46 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: skr; SamAdams76; Joe 6-pack

When our dogs get to stick their noses out the car window, I think that they’re imagining that they’re flying ........................................... FRegards


84 posted on 10/07/2012 9:20:07 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: BobL

I don’t think dogs can understand language...if you take your dog to the park, he or she will jump in the car every time you open the door...if you take your dog to the vet (and never to the park) the dog will not like going in the car.


85 posted on 10/07/2012 9:41:36 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: BobL

I don’t think dogs can understand language...if you take your dog to the park, he or she will jump in the car every time you open the door...if you take your dog to the vet (and never to the park) the dog will not like going in the car.


86 posted on 10/07/2012 9:41:41 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack

Well, kinda. I think my Dobes were super sensitive because they seemed to pick up on “business trip” v. “pleasure trip”.

Ah, it was quite the circus having two Dobes in the back seat - on leather surfaces no less. When we would get within 1/4 mile of a place where we walk they would go super nova. Dobes bounce - everywhere.

They remembered each location after only two visits, so you couldn’t sneak it on them.

I’m down to just one now, but he still acts that way when we go for a ride instead of walking the neighborhood.

And I could say to you that my Dobe does understand many words - we have to spell “walk”, “stroll”, and “go”. Otherwise he goes bonkers and gives us the “look”. He understands a lot of short phrases and many words. I like it - it’s kind of weird, but really cool just how smart this breed is.


87 posted on 10/07/2012 10:35:58 PM PDT by Ladysforest
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To: blam

Now that is a handsome family


88 posted on 10/07/2012 10:57:27 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: ansel12

One of my cats used to go for long rides with my wife and me. She would always want to sit in the lap of whoever was driving. I always considered it a position of dominance, but stability also makes sense.


89 posted on 10/07/2012 11:24:52 PM PDT by rusty millet
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To: RingerSIX

All I can say is HOLY CRAP !!


90 posted on 10/07/2012 11:54:58 PM PDT by onona (Taglines R Us)
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To: blam

OMG they are beautiful


91 posted on 10/08/2012 12:03:54 AM PDT by onona (Taglines R Us)
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To: Ladysforest

“And I could say to you that my Dobe does understand many words - we have to spell “walk”, “stroll”, and “go”. Otherwise he goes bonkers and gives us the “look”. He understands a lot of short phrases and many words. I like it - it’s kind of weird, but really cool just how smart this breed is.”

It’s the same with German Shepherds. I refer to my dog jokingly as my “toddler” he’s so smart. I just discovered he knows the word “popcorn.” He doesn’t get many treats, but messy mom tends to drop popcorn on the floor when she eats it. His vocabulary is mind boggling compared to other breeds I’ve owned/known. I, too, have to spell a lot.


92 posted on 10/08/2012 1:29:01 AM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: Ladysforest

Oh, I want to add- a few years ago they were running ads here in Las Vegas about making your dogs pool safe. We’d just moved into a home with a pool. My dog kept trying to rescue me. I didn’t have to teach him pool safety, but quit dragging mom to the stairs. German Shepherds are not soft mouthed water dogs!


93 posted on 10/08/2012 1:34:49 AM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: SamAdams76

Dogs generally love being with their people. I had a Red Coon Hound mix that would run 40 miles to stick with me when I went out on my bike - he would range the fiedls and periodically appear as he double checked where I was. Once I could drive, he loved th car and his nose never stopped sampling all the neat stuff we were going past. Probably some of both our happiest moments happened together all those years ago.


94 posted on 10/08/2012 4:11:05 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: scrabblehack

“I don’t think dogs can understand language...if you take your dog to the park, he or she will jump in the car every time you open the door...if you take your dog to the vet (and never to the park) the dog will not like going in the car.”

It may depend on the breed, and the dog. But believe me, if I say, with the same same inflection “Let’s go bye-bye!!!”, he BOLTS, to his leach and the front door and is more than ready to go. If I say instead (or then instead) “Let’s go bye-bye and to the vet!!!” He freaks, and takes a dive under the dining room table, trying in vain to hide. He’s knows exactly what’s going on.


95 posted on 10/08/2012 4:36:40 AM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Linda-The_Dog LOVES to ride in the Car, but has no use for the Harley.


96 posted on 10/08/2012 5:35:52 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: Salamander

....and if they *did* catch you, then it’d be time for him to do his job. ;)


97 posted on 10/08/2012 8:24:15 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: SamAdams76

I had a dog who would stick her nose in the vent.
My cats used to ride in my motor home, one on each of the driver’s seat armrests, watching out the window. They’re housecats now.


98 posted on 10/08/2012 8:33:34 AM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: wrench

Okay...I’m laughing myself silly just imagining a cat in freefall...

Now you have to do this and record it on video...all you have to do is place a cargo net between the the front and back seat so the critter can’t reach you...it would have to be the world’$ funnie$t video.

Of course you would have to wear one of those shark mesh suits to get the cat out of the plane after the ride.


99 posted on 10/08/2012 11:38:59 AM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared.....for what's coming AFTER America.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
dogs like the various smells

Had a pit that would ride with his nose to the air vent. Anytime I passed a dog, he'd look out the window.

100 posted on 10/08/2012 4:50:14 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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