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Are Farm Dogs Happier Than Lap Dogs?
Modern Farmer ^ | June 10, 2014 | Monica Kim

Posted on 06/13/2014 3:40:47 PM PDT by jmcenanly

It's a tale of two dogs. One, a puggle lounges peacefully on his owner’s lap. The other, a border collie, bounds freely across a grassy knoll.

Although the love between man and dog is indeed powerful, you might wonder whether the active, outdoors pup is enjoying a more enriching existence than his indoors counterpart. By keeping dogs as inside companions, are we asking them to lead less satisfying lives?

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dogs
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What applies to man's best friend also applies to man. If you want to be happy, you've got to work for it.
1 posted on 06/13/2014 3:40:47 PM PDT by jmcenanly
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To: jmcenanly
Enriching existence?

Please. It's a dog.

You should not be cruel to it but really people, get some perspective.

2 posted on 06/13/2014 3:42:39 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: jmcenanly; Salamander

I believe this. All dogs need a job to be happy, imho.


3 posted on 06/13/2014 3:44:26 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: jmcenanly

” By keeping dogs as inside companions, are we asking them to lead less satisfying lives? “

Some dogs, like some people are better off indoors.


4 posted on 06/13/2014 3:44:48 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: jmcenanly

My dog is very happy with his job, keeping the couch from floating away.


5 posted on 06/13/2014 3:46:26 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: jmcenanly
Are Farm Dogs Happier Than Lap Dogs?

The question is absurd: How can you tell is any dog is happier than Jay Carney?

6 posted on 06/13/2014 3:48:55 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparisons)
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To: aomagrat

Mine too, along with keeping the squirrels inline.


7 posted on 06/13/2014 3:49:00 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Due to the high price of ammo, no warning shot will be fired.)
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To: trisham

“All dogs need a job to be happy, imho”

Our 10 Lb Chihuahua had a happy day today. When we got home from the store it appears somebody tried to get in the house and I guess she scared them off. She was definitely on the job and telling us the story as we came through the front door. Could not have been clearer. She has finally calmed down and getting a little cut up chicken on the kibble tonight.


8 posted on 06/13/2014 3:49:54 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: aomagrat

Yer dog is a piker...mine keeps the home from floating away;-) A little broad in the beam but the vet says she’s good to go...Rubenesque.


9 posted on 06/13/2014 3:54:50 PM PDT by SgtBob (Freedom is not for the faint of heart. Semper Fi!)
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To: jmcenanly

We have Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, which in olden times were called comfort spaniels. They were bred to be companions, to follow their owners around, lounge on the sofa beside them, and sleep in their beds to provide warmth and flea control. (The theory was that fleas would prefer the dogs to the people and people would get bitten less frequently.) Reputable breeders will ask about the owner to be’s employment and family life. These dogs do not like to be alone and are happiest around people. Good breeders will steer new owners to a breed best suited for them.


10 posted on 06/13/2014 3:56:30 PM PDT by kalee
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Exactly! Being a watchdog is a very good responsibility for a dog.


11 posted on 06/13/2014 3:56:38 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

She is 10Lbs of fighting fury. :-)


12 posted on 06/13/2014 3:58:20 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: jmcenanly

“Grassy knoll” came into common usage after JFK’s assassination. Before then it was “verdant hummock.”


13 posted on 06/13/2014 3:58:35 PM PDT by Misterioso (Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. - Ayn Rand)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

While they aren’t the full range of human emotions, of course, its been shown that dogs experience happiness, fulfillment, sorrow, etc. Some people seem uncomfortable with that fact about dogs and other mammals in general for some reason. . . It’s a legitimate question to ask what kind of environment suits a dog’s emotional needs.


14 posted on 06/13/2014 4:01:26 PM PDT by Catphish
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To: jmcenanly
The happiest I ever seen my friends Black lab was when we would take the kids gold panning.
She was always excited to follow us up the mountain sniping for gold, or standing
on the shore up to her belly wondering why we were playing with mud in the middle
of the river. She had a good temperament for Chickens. They would sometimes stand
right on top of her and she wouldn't move until they were done.

You could give her a stick and she would break it into pieces to prove
she could protect us. She was a family member.

15 posted on 06/13/2014 4:09:51 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: trisham

My Jack Russell is one of the best, she allerts the head of security which would be me.


16 posted on 06/13/2014 4:10:34 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: jmcenanly

Does that include CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times, and the Washington Post, to name a few?


17 posted on 06/13/2014 4:11:28 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Catphish
Emotional needs?

Give it some tummy rubs and play fetch for five minutes. Bingo! Emotional needs satisfied.

Lots of people are uncomfortable about the fact that dogs are animals.

They anthropomorphise their pet. And then they decide they know what is best for all dogs.

Which is what is happening here.

The goal is not to have a happier dog it is to deprive other humans who don't do as they say of their pets.

18 posted on 06/13/2014 4:14:37 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Catphish

It depends on the dog. My little havanese wouldn’t take to the field very well unless they’re were people there to play with her all day.

And I’m sure the biggest breeds need to be out more.


19 posted on 06/13/2014 4:16:34 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Dusty Road

Our dogs love being “watch” dogs. :)


20 posted on 06/13/2014 4:16:49 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: MaxMax

I try to be the person my dog thinks I am.


21 posted on 06/13/2014 4:21:14 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: trisham
Mine protects the yard from the neverending infiltration of the Mujahadsquirrels

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22 posted on 06/13/2014 4:24:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: jmcenanly

And companionship to biped mammals isn’t a job?


23 posted on 06/13/2014 4:26:05 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: cripplecreek

I can tell that he takes his job seriously. :)


24 posted on 06/13/2014 4:31:44 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: jmcenanly

All dogs should be taken for a walk at least once a day weather permitting, and let out into a fenced area or taken out as nature calls. But, some breeds need outdoor time much more than others. Working breeds need to be given a task or a job and taught to do it, they’re essentially compelled by breeding. If you don’t give them one they’ll invent one, and you may not like what they’ve decided to do. Prime example, Border Collies. Extremely bright, energetic animals with a need to herd, they were bred to do it and live for it. They’ll do it to you, to other animals, you name it. A bored Border Collie with no task or job and no entertainment can be very, very destructive.


25 posted on 06/13/2014 4:32:20 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: trisham
Pretty much all the time.

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26 posted on 06/13/2014 4:32:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Heh. :)


27 posted on 06/13/2014 4:33:02 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: cripplecreek

Your dogs are wonderful.


28 posted on 06/13/2014 4:34:14 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Mine have the run of the yard all day. I even put two doggie doors in so they can get in and out. One in the main house and another on the screen porch.


29 posted on 06/13/2014 4:35:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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And then there's the wound up version. I had just saved a turtle from him and he was a bit excited. He jumped up and grabbed my shirt and tore out the who side because he wanted that turtle.

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30 posted on 06/13/2014 4:39:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: aomagrat

LOL!


31 posted on 06/13/2014 4:39:55 PM PDT by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty and Let the the Stupid AmericanTaxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: cripplecreek

He looks so happy and alert.


32 posted on 06/13/2014 4:40:27 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: jmcenanly

My dogs stay in the big kitchen but run out to protect the back yard from squirrels (who are not scared off from the fruit trees at all). I’ll try to walk them more but they’re happy with biscuits, their blankets, petting, belly rubs. the sound of the can opener, and the squirrels.


33 posted on 06/13/2014 4:40:49 PM PDT by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: cripplecreek

That’s ideal. I’ve got about 3/4 acre fenced and a back porch with dog door into a tiled utility room. They can come and go as they please, but still get extremely excited when the leashes come out, that means “go” whether it’s a ride in the car, a walk through the neighborhood beyond the fence, or a week at the beach. They do love to go.


34 posted on 06/13/2014 4:40:51 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: kalee

We breed a similar type of humans, too. They’re called the welfare crowd. They follow the mail carrier around and begging government for a bigger check. They lounge on sofas, have fleas and sleep in beds most of the day where they keep each other warm and breed more welfare recipients. Taxpayers get bit by them often.


35 posted on 06/13/2014 4:42:08 PM PDT by bgill
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To: razorback-bert

When the sun goes down, my dog wants to go out on his lead on the back deck, on coon watch. The boy has got to make sure is perimeter is secured.

Good dog!


36 posted on 06/13/2014 4:43:22 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: AFreeBird

I’ve got a female Treeing Walker, somebody abandoned her and I took her in as a pet. She puts her paws on my shoulders and scans the house for ceiling coons I guess, lol.


37 posted on 06/13/2014 4:44:59 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: cripplecreek

Remember: ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN!!


38 posted on 06/13/2014 4:45:47 PM PDT by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty and Let the the Stupid AmericanTaxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: chicagolady
The Twilight Zone - The Hunt
39 posted on 06/13/2014 4:49:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: jmcenanly

My farm dogs do not have real jobs as I am not a real farmer - major league hobby operation. But they don’t know this and are kept quite busy keeping an eye on the remaining elderly horse, the goats, and the neighbors’ cattle. They take turns keeping watch, check up on the domestic animals, chase off the wild animals and keep a sharp eye for FedEx and UPS. They are not stupid enough to mess with the barn cats. When fences need to be mended or brush burned, they know that their job is to keep a close eye on the entire operation, at least until they catch a whiff of rabbit.


40 posted on 06/13/2014 4:50:46 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: razorback-bert

Oh, and heaven help the poor fool who should happen to walk past his house without permission.

And it doesn’t matter if he inside or out.

He lets them know in very clear and no uncertain terms, that that is NOT Acceptable!

Very good dog! He loves his job.


41 posted on 06/13/2014 4:51:25 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: jmcenanly

Personally, I can’t envision a purse puppy or a chihuahua bounding across a farmyard and enjoying the freedom......


42 posted on 06/13/2014 4:54:45 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

My brother’s dog, that I am pup sitting with right now, is a great watch dog. She laid under the bed and watched my brother’s house get robbed.

He came home, found the door kicked in and thought Freckles had gotten out and run away.

About an hour later she came crawling out from under the bed..... but she saw the whole thing! :)


43 posted on 06/13/2014 4:57:36 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

Could she ID the perps? :-)


44 posted on 06/13/2014 4:59:43 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: jmcenanly

My dog loved chasing cars. After 7 years it killed him but he loved it.


45 posted on 06/13/2014 5:01:24 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

She wouldn’t say. :)


46 posted on 06/13/2014 5:01:48 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: cripplecreek
Grandkids lost their Jack Russell farm dog yesterday. Had his throat ripped out by a raccoon while he was in their barn. Eight year old grandson found him, still barely alive, in the office where he usually slept.

Was a well loved dog by family, all the delivery people & vets. He started out as a house dog which didn't work but thrived when he became the farm dog.

Our russell/beagle looks just like your dog except one more brown spot aft.

47 posted on 06/13/2014 5:08:44 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: jmcenanly

For a great article on pets, see:

http://www.dominicanablog.com/2012/04/16/st-thomas-and-the-keeping-of-pets/


48 posted on 06/13/2014 5:09:24 PM PDT by buridan
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To: Cold Heart
Coons are the one thing I worry about here so I set a couple of live traps around when I see them around. I did rescue mine from a fair sized snapping turtle the other day.

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49 posted on 06/13/2014 5:12:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: aomagrat

It’s a dirty job...but somebody has to do it. :)


50 posted on 06/13/2014 5:17:28 PM PDT by berdie
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