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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Homeless people and their dogs

Anybody ever notice homeless people with really really well behaved dogs?
There are a couple in my area. One guy has 3 dogs who follow him around off leash better than most trained dogs I see. Spoke to him once, no formal training for the dogs. These dogs will lay down outside a gas station waiting for him are absolutely perfectly well behaved. Im guessing its that they spend every moment of their lives with him. It is amazing. You cant make one of those dogs get up and misbehave. We've seen people try to get attention from them, they just lay there and act like they dont see you. The guy walks down the side of a busy highway with 3 dogs in tow, no leashes, and theyre just perfect.
Does anyone else see this and what are your thoughts?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 06:10 PM
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I've noticed this too. My theory is that they've bonded much more intensely than most people do with their animals. I've never been able to decide for sure if it's due to spending soo much time together, or the special love that develops from their situation. But it is truly amazing how frequently I've seen the same behavior you're describing.

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I see that in our town all the time. Maybe because the dogs are not so doted on or spoiled. There is an expectation for them. Yet, you don't know the situations where it didn't work out.
I have a friend, well-to-do, who is no dog trainer at all and the dogs learn through 'life' itself, yet she always has harmony in her bunch of dogs. She introduces a new one in a way that makes me cringe, has a mother-daughter combo that works out and none run away from the property. Gets them from CL, neighbors, failed fosters etc. Breeds: Rottie, Pit, Dobie(mixes)
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They eat with their people, sleep with their people and spend 24/hrs with them... they live in the environment therefore making it much less stimulating to them. They're unrestrained... so there's not much novelty in being free. They walk miles and miles and miles some days - well exercised.

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That was the norm in my area before they passed leash laws.

It wasn't exclusive to the homeless but just applied to the average pet dog that was never leashed, ran the streets with the kids, and went places with their owners because the dogs were so well behaved that taking them places was a non issue.

It still is quite common in third world countries where there are no leash laws.
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I agree with Fodder. I think it's immersion in the lifestyle plus no restraint. More like the way dogs lived with people 100 years ago maybe
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-07-2017, 12:39 AM
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I would think if the dogs were strays first and then became close with that homeless man, that may also be the reason why the dogs are so willing to stay close and focused on him. The dog is already street smart but hungry for food and steady company and has found a person who is willing to share what he has but also shares the same life style. Basically what fodder said.

The one homeless that I knew of did not have a dog.

The most confident, clear headed, well behaved dog that we had thus far was our first dog as a married couple. There was no leash law then and we experienced exactly as MineAreWorkingline describes.

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