Are You A Dog Or Cat Person?

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  1. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    My parents and I adopted our first dog Shadow from a friend who's dog had some babies. We adopted our second dog Bailey from an animal shelter. They both had unique and lovable personalities.
     
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  3. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    Thankfully I have only gotten minor scratches from cats. I have also gotten accidental scratches from dogs too.
     
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  5. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    Bad grammar on my part. Sorry...
     
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  7. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    One of our neighbors chickens somehow flew into our yard yesterday! I have no idea how it got over the fence. Can chickens sort of fly a bit?
     
  8. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah, a bit, good fences are needed. If they're raising the chickens for eggs they'll be lighter than the Mae West variety and can get some air with a good run.
     
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  9. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    Thanks! I believe my neighbor raised the chickens she has for eggs. The chicken looked like a white feathered hen. My dad brought it a small bowl of water after he found it outside sitting under a pine tree of ours, but she was a bit afraid of him and kept her distance as he approached her and put down the water at a comfortable distance from her for her to drink if she was thirsty. Our neighbor came in the evening after my father texted her and she took it back home.
     
  10. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    I may have to shoot another dog in my neighborhood, as much as it pains me. I really love dogs, but they have to be socialized.

    The damned thing is more than half feral, and he regularly kills people's chickens. He's also attacked my dog. I told his owner in unmistakable terms that would kill him if I ever catch him on my property again. Hell, I had to show the moron owner my pistol to bring the point home. Not brandishing, just letting him know that it's business, not mouth.

    Funny, I haven't seen that dog running loose for a hot minute now. Maybe someone got the message?
     
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  11. Janus58 Valued Senior Member

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    We used to have free range Bantams which would spend the night in the branches of a tree. ( We could let them roam free because the nearest neighbor was 3/4 of a mile away.)
    Then we had to keep my brother's Irish Setter at our place because he couldn't keep her in an apartment. She had a bad habit of "retrieving" the chickens. She'd come trotting into the yard with a chicken in her mouth. She never injured them. but it didn't do too much good for the chickens nerves. She would have made a great birder if it hadn't been for the fact that she was gun shy. At even the sight of one she was heading for the high hills.
    We eventually ended up building a coop and fenced yard for them.
     
  12. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    My friend had chickens on her farm. They bought a new dog to replace the old one (who'd fallen victim to coyotes). Alas, the original dog was a little Terrier, while the new one was a big Husky.

    It could not have been more than three seconds between the opening of the car door and the Husky having brought down a chicken.
     
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  14. Truck Captain Stumpy Registered Senior Member

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    they can sort of fly
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken

    you should also consider a fenced yard with netting above as well if you live in an area with raptors: Our neighbors lost a few

    they were sometimes capable of about putting them up at night to protect from the fox, feral dogs, snakes, etc, but they forgot all about Eagles and Hawks.
     
  15. parmalee peripatetic artisan Valued Senior Member

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    Biological essentials aside, there are only two things in this world that I cannot live without: dogs and music. I've always toured and traveled with my dogs, and typically spend 24/7 with them, the exceptions being the times I've toured overseas. I'll play a few shows and, frankly, be kinda miserable until I wind up staying somewhere with dogs, and then I don't want to move on to the next locale. In Asia, I've been "adopted" by packs of pariah dogs, and in the U.S.--when hiking or biking cross-country--by coyotes--and that's been with my own dog, as well.

    It's not so much that I don't like people (well, it's partly that), it's simply that people have this extraordinary tendency to annoy me almost at all times. Dogs somehow meliorate this somewhat.

    That said, I like cats, as well, though I find it much more challenging to communicate with them.
     
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  16. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    A fenced in yard, a leash, or some training are all a unruly dog needs.
     
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  17. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    And training is the only thing the canine will have with him at all times.

    On the gripping hand walking the dog through the neighborhood may help them find their way home if they get out by mistake.
     
  18. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    That training has to start early, be consistent, and good behavior is always rewarded.

    Still, they can break training when confronted by another dog. Mine has chased down two or three dogs other than the one I had to warn my neighbors about. When I throw my drill sergeant voice (or parade ground, whichever you prefer), I can bring back dogs that I don't even have the primary care of. Hell, everyone in the creek can hear me.

    I just wish the little heathen children could listen as well as the dogs. At least when you holler at the dogs it works for more than five minutes.

    I've been grumpy all day, but a little venting does wonders...

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  19. kx000 Valued Senior Member

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    I'm a cat living as a person.
     
  20. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    Are you being punished for something?
     
  21. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    Walking your dog daily is a great way to keep them in shape and happy.
     
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  22. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    I have heard training a puppy is easier than training an adult dog. I agree that if a dog associates good behavior with a reward they are more likely to adopt the good behavior over time, with the help of frequent and consistent reinforcement of the good behavior with the reward until they learn the good behavior.
     
  23. Gawdzilla Sama Valued Senior Member

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    I've seen "clicker training". Lady friend tried it.

    "Okay, show me how this works."

    "I can't, I can't find the clicker." Didn't see that coming.

    "Try it again but just snap your fingers. You won't lose your fingers, right?"
     

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