Question by Random Person: When should i tell him he was adopted?
His name is Sam and he just turned 5 years old and i think he is noticing some differences. Just the other day we were swimming and i noticed him starring at me and looking back at himself. He is mostly black and im white. Ive always tried to make the word “adoption” a good word since he was younger but i havnt had it in me to tell him the truth. Im afraid he thinks he is human and if he does, i dont know what i would do. He is a border collie after all and they say its the smartest breed of dog, but still, will he understand? Any advice?
Answer by Betrayed Well, it is a tough subject. And it can be even more frustrating when he doesn’t even speak English….. You could try getting to his level, staying positive and just telling him straight up. He will have questions. Be ready to answer them. And also have a rubber duck or tennis ball on hand incase he starts crying, that can be pretty sad. But he does have to know sooner or later…. You don’t want other puppies at the park to tell him do you? Nope. That’ll be even worse. If he hears from someone else, and thinks you lied to him about it then he’ll NEVER sit for you again. Even if you have snausages.
Question by mariajones1978: Does anyone know if “The Invisible Fence” for dogs actually works? What can you tell me about it?
My husband and I just moved into a house with a chain link fence. There are a few places in the perimeter where our dogs can squeeze through, crawl under or otherwise get out of the yard. We are looking for a cheap alternative to having a wooden privacy fence constructed and want to know if invidible fences work.
Can our dogs be injured by the electric shock? Since our dogs are all under 25 pounds, will the system work for them?
We have a lot of questions and any advice from actual users, former or current, of the product will be much appreciated.
Answer by Posey The shock is varied according to the size/weight of the dog and does not ever “hurt” it. They’re even ineffective on larger breeds.
The company we used actually only used electricity for the first two weeks. Every time we let the dog out, he wore a collar that would cause the shock when he stepped over the boundaries. Operant conditioning teaches him not to cross the line again after the two weeks, not actual electric shocks. I don’t know if all companies do that though.
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Question by LdySha: Can someone tell me where to find information on the “natural behavior” of dogs?
I am wanting to read about dogs and their natural instincts. I’ve tried every search engine I can think of and rearranged the wording many times.. The results are always “how train your dog” or Ceaser’s website, etc.. I am just wanting to read about dogs and their natural behaviors, How they would behave if they were in “packs” or “undomesticated”.
Thanks all for any help you can provide..
O my goodness… Thank You All So Much! Your answers are exactly what I was looking for!
Answer by Deecat There’s this fantastic book I read a few years ago. It’s called “How To Speak Dog” and it compares the behavior and psychology of companion dogs with that of their wild counterparts.
It explains a lot of their pack hierarchy and body-language, etc.
As far as internet goes… take anything you read with a grain of salt!!
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