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I was thinking about this, and it got me thinking. What is a 'well cared for' dog?

Does a dog have to be trained at all to be well cared for? Or could they go potty all over the house and still be well cared for, if the owner cleaned up after it so the dog didn't live in its own waste? Are any basic obedience commands necessary for a dog to be well cared for?

Is all a dog needs to truly be 'well cared for' food, a place to sleep, water, and maybe a bit of attention from their owners? And vet care when the need arises? Isn't this what's written in the law? (Aside from the attention from their owners).

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What's written in the law isn't supposed to equal "well-cared for". The law is the MINIMUM required for humane treatment - basic food, water, shelter. You could feed your dog bread and just enough water to keep the bowl damp, sleeping in a plastic crate with little/no bedding and the law would be ok with it.

Well-cared for entails different things to different dogs.
outdoor exercise - A small lap dog could be well-cared for with little outdoor exercise while a high line working dog might need hours of hard running.

housing - a livestock guardian might live outside, sharing a livestock shed with his flock. A small lap dog breed might need to be let out only for short potty breaks because the weather is too cold. Then there are all the variables in between.

Then there is mental stimulation, vet care (some might think yearly vaccines are good/some bad for example), training, interaction - some might need interaction with their humans others will see mostly livestock.

So, it is definitely much more than just a few easily defined quotas
 

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Good point about the law being a very low standard. I'm thinking about what I would use to measure a child being well cared for and things like teaching them to be well behaved members of society come to mind. Thus, my answer would be yes, it is your responsibility to teach your dog to be a good member of society by teaching him rules about such things as toileting, biting, etc.
 

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Dee, yes, the standard for a child being "well-cared for" is below what any of us here would find acceptable for a pet, let alone a human being.
 

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Basics of well cared for means to me that all needs are meant. Which would very much depend on the specific dog.

Mental stimulation. A GSD for example is going to have much higher needs here than other breeds.

Exercise. Again GSD is going to have higher needs.

Diet. At least the minimum met. Of course I would love for everyone to feed a perfect raw diet, but I also know that will never happen. At least a dog fed ol roy daily is being fed daily and not picking through a trash can.

Medical. A dog with no health problems may need barely anything here, occasional exams and vaccines from a low care clinic to not be neglected. But a dog with health problems is going to require a lot more.

As for cleanliness.... If someone wants to let their dog potty all over the house, if they are cleaning up after them so be it. My stepmom uses potty pads with her min pins. The 2 females (they also have a male) will NOT potty outside. And they frequently go on the carpet... But she cleans it immediately after. So yes, as long as the dog is not sitting around in their waste then whatever floats your boat.

If all of these needs are being met.. Then its a well cared for dog. Now theres a lot of range still between just meeting the minimum, and what I strive for ;)
 

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I think that a dog does need training in order to be well-cared for. However, I would not want the law to determine what training, to what level of training, etc.

No a dog who potties all over the house and has no boundaries whatsoever is not well cared for. It is neglected.

Just like a child who punches his mother and demands to have everything he wants and gets it. That is serious neglect, if not abuse. The child is not happy. A child needs to have limits and boundaries to feel safe. They need to know what is expected of them and are happier in a situation where there is discipline, because one who does not discipline their child, does not love their child. I am not talking about beating a child, but discipline.

Dogs are not children, but they too require limits and boundaries. Allowing them to just exist, and never curbing them, never giving them any training would probably have them seriously on edge. They would feel they must be the leader as no one else is doing it. Such a dog would be likely to have issues with aggression because he has to make decisions that he is not equiped to make. If a stranger comes in to the home, a guest of the owner, the dog would have to decide for himself if that person is a threat, or is ok. And some dogs would decide the former and do all in their power to drive them off.
 

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No a dog who potties all over the house and has no boundaries whatsoever is not well cared for. It is neglected.

Just like a child who punches his mother and demands to have everything he wants and gets it. That is serious neglect, if not abuse. The child is not happy

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Dogs are not children, but they too require limits and boundaries.
I wanted to clarify my post, that in that situation then I would consider the dog not being well cared for in other sections. Like I said so be it if the person lets it potty inside, but a dog thats unhappy, has no limitations, etc would fall under not having its mental needs met.

I don't mean your post was some response to mine, just reading yours made me want to clarify mine :)
 

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My dog is better cared for than I am!
 

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My dog is better cared for than I am!
Mine too!

I am long ago divorced and the only females in my life are Brandy (GSD) and Nicki (Bengal Cat).

Since I don't have to buy fingernails, hair do's, makeup, dresses, SHOES, bags and all the other stuff that wife's need, I have a lot of money to spoil my pets! Mine are exceptionally well cared for and quite frankly really spoiled. They get everything they want and/or need. And that includes training (by me, not some quack trainer).
 

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Since I don't have to buy fingernails, hair do's, makeup, dresses, SHOES, bags and all the other stuff that wife's need, I have a lot of money to spoil my pets!
Ummm not every female "needs" those things. :rolleyes: The only time I've ever had a "hair do" as in professional styling was for prom and a relative's wedding or two (at Bo-ricks!) and I've never had a manicure in my life. I rarely buy shoes unless my regular shoes need replacing due to wear and tear. I only wear dresses to weddings and the most expensive "bag" I have bought was probably about $30-35 for a messenger bag.
 

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A dog that is well cared for, in my opinion, is a dog that is well fed (meaning it doesn't eat something you would not), given clean fresh water daily, exercised properly and enough for it's breed and energy level, kept warm and safe in adequate shelter/fencing, given chews and toys for boredom and play, and taken to the vet for regular care and vaccinations. A well cared for dog is also not spoiled to the point of ridiculousness, is not indulged, is not overfed or given free reign of anything, lives by the NILIF policy, respects other people and animals and spaces, is not dominant in the household over everyone in it. A well cared for dog of specific breed is used for whatever purpose it was bred for, even if for fun occasionally, like a shepherd herding or tracking for sport. Most of all, a well cared for dog is loved - and feels loved.
 

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HAHAHA... I buy tons of dog food but only had a professionally hair-do done once in my life and only because hubbies Battalion had a Christmas Social and it was in combination with his re-enlistment in a castle... :D
 

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A dog that is well cared for, in my opinion, is a dog that is well fed (meaning it doesn't eat something you would not), given clean fresh water daily, exercised properly and enough for it's breed and energy level, kept warm and safe in adequate shelter/fencing, given chews and toys for boredom and play, and taken to the vet for regular care and vaccinations. A well cared for dog is also not spoiled to the point of ridiculousness, is not indulged, is not overfed or given free reign of anything, lives by the NILIF policy, respects other people and animals and spaces, is not dominant in the household over everyone in it. A well cared for dog of specific breed is used for whatever purpose it was bred for, even if for fun occasionally, like a shepherd herding or tracking for sport. Most of all, a well cared for dog is loved - and feels loved.
I guess my dog isn't well cared for then. I don't vaccinate yearly, my dogs eat plenty of things I'd never touch and I don't take part in ANY sport with my dogs. o.o I don't even attend obedience classes. Though that doesn't mean my dogs aren't trained, aren't exercised or don't get vet care.
 

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I said in my opinion. I don't vaccinate yearly, either. I didn't say "yearly" in my post. I simply said vaccinated.

I would never allow my dogs to eat something I wouldn't meaning, something like chicken by-product. I consider it garbage. I wouldn't feed a child chicken by-product. That's what I meant. They eat beef, and I don't because I don't like it. Do you see the difference I am referring to?

My dog is a working breed, I intend do a lot with him, because he enjoys it. I don't want him to be bored, for a dog like him, a walk isn't enough. Period. And training doesn't have to equal obedience classes, which I also did not mention. I only went to obedience classes for socialization, I do advanced training for my dog sport, because I can't do it alone.

No one said your dog isn't well cared for, geeze.
 

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Actually, if my dogs could chose, they'd probably stay outside during night and would spend the night in the "cold".
Sometimes they get too hot and sleep in the bathroom because it's the only room where I constantly keep the window open and that isn't as hot as the other rooms.

GSD's are designed to be outdoor dogs but we humans, humanize them way too much. Even if you keep them outside and have an insulated dog house with red-light I bet you they'd stay outside the dog house.

While they enjoy sleeping on a bed or on the couch, GSD's would do just fine outside.

I'd much rather have a dogs live outside, being healthy and lean instead of a dog being totally overweight and a lazy couch potato.
 

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I agree, and I do the same thing with my horses. The owner of the barn I board them at is quite annoyed with me, I do not blanket my horses and require them to spend nights outdoors as much as possible, and to be outside pretty much all day. They're HORSES, not hothouse plants, I hate when people spoil them like children.

I however, cannot legally leave my GSD outside. In my subdivision, we are not allowed to have fences or sheds/doghouses (other than small plastic ones), kennels, cages, etc. and animals may not be left outside all night without shelter here. Someone did it with their yorkie last month and they were written up and fined.
 

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I said in my opinion. I don't vaccinate yearly, either. I didn't say "yearly" in my post. I simply said vaccinated.

I would never allow my dogs to eat something I wouldn't meaning, something like chicken by-product. I consider it garbage. I wouldn't feed a child chicken by-product. That's what I meant. They eat beef, and I don't because I don't like it. Do you see the difference I am referring to?

My dog is a working breed, I intend do a lot with him, because he enjoys it. I don't want him to be bored, for a dog like him, a walk isn't enough. Period. And training doesn't have to equal obedience classes, which I also did not mention. I only went to obedience classes for socialization, I do advanced training for my dog sport, because I can't do it alone.

No one said your dog isn't well cared for, geeze.
I wasn't upset so don't think you should be. Typically when people refer to vaccinating, it's yearly. I know I've been dissed here before for my choice not to vaccinate. :shrug: I guess I feel the reason for the OP was what you define as "well cared for" as in how you judge other people for how they care for their dogs and how you feel people SHOULD care for their dogs. Not how YOU care for your dogs. I'm just pointing out MY dogs don't get these things nor do most dogs. I don't eat any kind of meat and even if I did, never things like liver. Yet I feed them to my dogs. I also feed my dogs treats like Dentastix, which I would never touch that crap for myself or feed it to my child. (Not that half those ingredients are ok for human consumption) But my dogs also lick their butts and eat dirty tampons so I don't think it's fair to compare what *I* would put in my mouth to what *THEY* would put in their mouth. :rofl:
 

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I think your problem is the wrong kind of wives ;)
I get my wife manicures, facials,shoes,dresses,massages and "hair-jobs" every week just about.

However ;

Where I live in Cambodia ;

Manicures, $1
Pedicures, $1
facials, $2
shoes, $5
dresses,$5
massages $5
hairjobs $5

:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

Read it and weep ladies.....( and husbands ! )
 
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