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As via my e-mail to you… THANK YOU
No, not at all. Mom was watching like me. The son was in his mid-20’s and fairly independent. He moved slowly and his actions were very deliberate and intense but soft. Since my poodle is high wired maybe his actions calmed her down a bit. (???)
Thanks for your input.
Very interesting. I hope you are able to get her to give us a summary of what she’s been working on. (In Texas it is 79 degrees — I personally wish it were a bit colder and more like winter.)
Breeders that care about the breed and not their pocketbook or “their line” can make a difference. By sheer luck I had a healthy toy poodle live 18-1/2 years. Now I have a poodle that has been diabetic since the age 4 (she is now 10) and if you look at her pedigree they “line breed” on her father’s side 5-6 times (not much was left of the diversity). The last poodle I got came from a decent breeder – she doesn’t have slipping knee (most do because of lack of room), she has perfect teeth for a tiny mouth, and a strong heart. I believe there will always be people like me who want a specific breed (be it guard or herding, etc) what needs to happen is educated buyers and moral breeders who care about the breed.
I hope you can clear up some confusion I have with studying behavior resulting from DNA code. I understand “Herding dog” puppies will display herding behaviors & “non-sporting/lap dog” puppies will tend to sleep and be mellow. Because one of my dogs is diabetic and now has low thyroid the DNA behavior code she was born has changed. From what I could find online DNA does not change but there can be “epigenetic modifications, or “tags,” such as DNA methylation and histone modifications” which alter how DNA is displayed. It seems that changes such as this will complicate or throw a wrench into what you are researching. Can you clarify how epigenetic modifications factor into the study especially since you eventually want to apply it to human behaviors such as OCD and depression?
Dogs do love routine. Lucy, my tiny diabetic poodle, recently started taking Amantadine for pain but it has also increased her dopamine. She has started telling me when it is time for to get out of bed in morning to go to work and when it is time for me to lay down to go to sleep. It’s a bit funny but she is quite insistent about it.
I tend to stay away from “dog barking” TV shows because my dogs respond by barking. I thought this was common until I brought it up at work. I have a pack of six dogs (all small – 6 to 13lbs) and the only other person who’s dog’s barked owned 2 dogs (mother and daughter). Most of the time dogs barking on TV will be intruder based and so I’m starting to believe the mentality of a pack raised dog is different. They may be responding to pack instinct not realizing it is on the television. I’ve watched their responses to howling and whining and they are interested but it’s a bit like they are listening to a foreign language. When it is barking they respond has if their name was called out.
Like to know if anyone else has insight into this behavior.