It's a Dog's Life


| 9/19/2019 11:26:00 AM


GrosVente 

Virtually every homestead needs to have a dog or three running around, maybe one or two more indoors. It is important to have both indoor and outdoor dogs, as each will serve different purposes and the twain are not necessarily compatible in nature. However, some people will inevitably consider the ultimate purpose of the dogs, but make their decisions based on incomplete or even incorrect data and information. What may seem to be ideal traits may not necessarily be so, and a mistake could result in a dead dog or much worse.

Remember, Dogs are Social or Pack Animals

Some people who live off the grid or on an isolated homestead, prefer the larger, more aggressive breeds of dogs. Regardless, no matter what kind of dogs may be desired, it is imperative to remember that dogs are social animals and are generally hierarchical in nature. What this means is that there is always going to be one dog that is the alpha male or the proverbial (and literal) leader of the pack. It is imperative that the human establish themselves as the alpha male … most especially if the larger, more aggressive breeds are utilized on the homestead.

Again, regardless of the breed(s) selected, it is imperative that the human integrate with the pack and learn to socialize with the dogs. This may be something so simple as sitting on the porch scratching or petting the dogs, or out walking or running through the property with the dogs. Dogs left on chains or on their own will tend to exhibit symptoms of mental illness … to the extent that this is possible at least, though certainly exhibiting symptoms of depression and/or anxiety. If there are numerous dogs without any human presence, one of the dogs will likely take the position of the alpha male and may prove hazardous to be people. This is especially relevant for smaller children that may not fully understand the nature of animals that have effectively returned to their wild or feral state and for any livestock that may be unfortunate enough to encounter the dogs.

Outdoor Dogs and Indoor Dogs

There should be separate dogs for indoor dogs and outdoor dogs. While the importance may not be so severe in warmer climates, bringing dogs in and out from a heated (or over-heated) home in the winter months is not going to work well for the dogs. Dogs, like people, are sensitive to radical changes in environment. If dogs are constantly introduced to radical changes in their environment, this can lead to illness and even death for the dogs. This does not mean though, that the outdoor dogs should not have access to indoor shelters.



Some dogs may have access to some of the outbuildings on the property while others may have their own doghouses built specifically for them individually. All of the dogs should have a warm, safe and secure location to lay their heads, especially when they are going to spend the majority of their lives outdoors. Indoor dogs should remain indoor dogs and not left to run around on their own out of doors to an excessive extent … though neither should they be de-clawed or de-fanged and otherwise left defenseless.





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