Skip to comments.Are Farm Dogs Happier Than Lap Dogs?
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 owners 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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Please. It's a dog.
You should not be cruel to it but really people, get some perspective.
I believe this. All dogs need a job to be happy, imho.
” By keeping dogs as inside companions, are we asking them to lead less satisfying lives? “
Some dogs, like some people are better off indoors.
My dog is very happy with his job, keeping the couch from floating away.
The question is absurd: How can you tell is any dog is happier than Jay Carney?
Mine too, along with keeping the squirrels inline.
“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.
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.
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.
Exactly! Being a watchdog is a very good responsibility for a dog.
She is 10Lbs of fighting fury. :-)
“Grassy knoll” came into common usage after JFK’s assassination. Before then it was “verdant hummock.”
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.
You could give her a stick and she would break it into pieces to prove
she could protect us. She was a family member.
My Jack Russell is one of the best, she allerts the head of security which would be me.
Does that include CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times, and the Washington Post, to name a few?
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.
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.
Our dogs love being “watch” dogs. :)
I try to be the person my dog thinks I am.
And companionship to biped mammals isn’t a job?
I can tell that he takes his job seriously. :)
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.
Your dogs are wonderful.
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.
He looks so happy and alert.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remember: ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN!!
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.
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.
Personally, I can’t envision a purse puppy or a chihuahua bounding across a farmyard and enjoying the freedom......
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! :)
Could she ID the perps? :-)
My dog loved chasing cars. After 7 years it killed him but he loved it.
She wouldn’t say. :)
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.
For a great article on pets, see:
It’s a dirty job...but somebody has to do it. :)
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