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Solitaire13

From: Solitaire13

Oct-26

"I see much more status-related behavior problems with dogs who live in the house compared to dogs who live in kennels or in tie-out yards. So we need to be careful when we talk about the social behavior of “dogs,” because the same dog can act differently depending on her environment."

Patricia McConnell 

DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

Oct-26

I don’t like the premise that pets live outside.  If a dog is outside it isn’t part of the household.

Solitaire13

From: Solitaire13

Oct-26

It was more about dogs getting along better depending on where they lived.

DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

Oct-26

Outdoor dogs bond with each other. Indoor dogs bond with their owners.

Solitaire13

From: Solitaire13

Oct-26

I don't buy this stuff where dogs bond to each other more than humans except in extreme circumstances. 

DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

Oct-26

If they aren’t around people.  Farm dogs do.

Solitaire13

From: Solitaire13

Oct-26

Well, I am not talking about extenuating circumstances,  just pet dogs.

Solitaire13

From: Solitaire13

Oct-26

"I say this because a large number of the behavioral problems that I see have their origin in boredom. Ironically the problem has gotten worse as we’ve taken more care of our dogs and stopped letting them run free."

Patricia McConnell 

DW (GSDogwalker)

From: DW (GSDogwalker)

Oct-26

Easy for her to say.  I don’t rely on others to tell me how to behave with my dogs.  I do what works.

what changes are you making to follow her advice?

Solitaire13

From: Solitaire13

Oct-26

She is a behaviorist.  I am just posting some things that she has to say regarding common behavioral issues.

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