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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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How does everyone view their relationship with their dogs?

Curious as to how everyone feels about the dog/owner relationship and how they view their dogs. Do you see them as partners, furry children, workers etc? My wife views them more like children, I view my dog more as a partner ( not an equal ) . I watch his back he watches mine. I take care of him and try to be worthy of the dogs loyalty and obedience and he provides me with companionship and a measure of protection. My dog is tasked with watching things around the property, sort of a security guard, and letting me know if I need to attend to something, helping watch out for livestock predators etc. How does everyone else feel about it?
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I think of my dogs as a combination of "Partner" and "Employee".

The relationship changes as the dog ages.... I think of my older dog as a partner/companion. My younger dog (who is in training/trialing) is more of a partner/employee. Both are loved very much, and I don't use that word lightly.
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Like a dog not a child, they are dependent on me and I keep them because they provide me with emotional stability, a hobby and companionship. I expect no back watching because they are not trained to do that task, I do my very best to care for them because I find it irresponsible to take a lesser being into your care if you're not willing to provide the optimal care you can. I don't expect much in return for my care except their loyalty and affection.

I very much see my pets as an extension of myself, I would say.
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"Partner and employee" said it better than I did. Perfect description for how I feel. Definately more partner as they age. For me 6-7 years of age seems to be when they really start showing some good wisdom. Its nice to have a dog and it doesnt feel so much like babysitting lol
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" an extension of myself" fantastic!
During the short periods where I have been between dogs it feels like a part of myself is missing... Anyone else feel that way?
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" an extension of myself" fantastic!
During the short periods where I have been between dogs it feels like a part of myself is missing... Anyone else feel that way?
Yep. When I left my family dog with my parents and moved into a college dorm, I felt that way. Going for walks without a leash in my hand felt very strange, like I was constantly forgetting something. My childhood dog used to sleep under my bed, and it took me a while to get used to the absence of quiet dog sleeping/dreaming sounds in the middle of the night.
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Lol!I've posted before about feeling my dogs are extensions of myself.Now to change it up a bit,I think we are a team.We each have different skill sets and positions within our little group.

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Its too bad they dont live alot longer.... Half jokingly told my wife I was gonna have my last dog cloned.... Didnt go over very well lol. I guess the short time we get them is part of the magic though.... I was going through a bad time in my life then and that dog really helped me through. And then when I was through that bad time she passed away very shortly after at 8 years old... Almost like that particular dog was there at that time for a reason....
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With my 9 year old WL girl, MacKenzie, I view her as more of a partner. She runs with me a lot when I train for marathons and she comes with me when I go on hikes and travel, so it's kind of like two close friends enjoying life.

With my brand new 8 week old puppy, Wolf, it's definitely more of a mother relationship. I'm in full on mama bear mode around him. But as he gets older, that may change like it did with Mac.

I definitely see them as the older, annoyed but humoring sister and the young goofy obnoxious brother.

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" an extension of myself" fantastic!
During the short periods where I have been between dogs it feels like a part of myself is missing... Anyone else feel that way?
There will never not be a dog in my house. I don't know how I would survive. They make the house feel like a home and they keep me healthy by running with me. I'm single, so they are my family. They give me a kind of purpose and something to come home to.

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