|01-15-2014 07:05 PM|
|Galathiel||It averages out to 7 years over time, but the first couple of years the dogs go through a wider range of maturing than they do in later years.|
|01-15-2014 06:16 PM|
|01-15-2014 05:57 PM|
|01-15-2014 05:50 PM|
|MichaelE||It does help to try and think like a dog while training them. Or at the very least, try and understand their thought process.|
|01-15-2014 05:31 PM|
i've always heard it's a 7 yr. thing. i know dogs are dogs. i know
dogs don't think like humans. i also know human don't think like dogs.
i'm convinced of that.
|01-15-2014 05:23 PM|
|01-15-2014 05:21 PM|
lol. lucky 18 year old.
|01-15-2014 01:46 PM|
One reason is as Selzer mentioned, but another is the ability to determine what each throws into the pups and, if something doesn't work out, who is to blame. Young females who are just starting their breeding career and are unproven are generally taken to males who are older, proven able to produce offspring, and where there are some offspring to evaluate to know what the male produces. Likewise, if a male is bred young (and many are not), it will often be to an older female who herself is proven, so that once again more information can be discerned about his ability to reproduce and what traits he throws.
Dogs do not think of age differences. They certaily don't care about age differences, and especially now when hormones are raging. Dogs aren't even capable of understanding exactly how old they, or any other dog is. They understand puppy-adult-senior, and that's about it. And any adult is fair game for breeding, whether it's a young adult, middle aged adult or older adult. This 18yo/42yo thinking is nothing but irrationally anthropomorphizing dogs again.
|01-15-2014 01:34 PM|
|Liesje||Besides, scientifically speaking there's no reason a healthy 18 year old and 42 year old could not have kids.|
|01-15-2014 12:55 PM|
|Galathiel||Actually a 1 year old large breed dog translates into more like a 15 year old human. A 2 year old is around 24 yrs old comparatively. A 3 year old 28 .. and so on. Dogs are dogs. They don't think like humans. Don't try to convince yourself otherwise.|
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