The dogs are far more aware than you think, about what they're doing.
@Sluggernot, well, I don’t know if they know of the risk of death, but they know to avoid specific smells.
@AceWolf456, I dunno man, I think dogs are aware of death. Or at best aware of the fact that WE are aware of their death.
They always say it's best to keep your composure when getting your dog put down, bc they can tell, but I swear to God if I ever have to put my dog down, I'm gonna lose my shjt and then buy 15 bottles of vodka and not leave my house for a month
@Not him again, buy it by the litre if you want that month to go by fast. You’ll bury the pain so far that some weird thing might just tear open the wound again.
@Not him again, hands down the hardest thing I have had to do
@troubled panda, I've been there when it happened several times with family dogs over the years, but when the time comes that I have to put MY dog down, I'm going to absolutely lose my shjt, just because until I got her when she was about 7, her whole life was pretty awful, and she loves me so much. Currently shes racing around my house with a tennis ball that I threw one time
@AceWolf456, pretty sure animals have a really good sense of death, better than ours
@Not him again, dude it is so hard watching a dog die (mine was of old age but watching his last hours was sad) was one of the hardest things Ive been through
@Not him again, I'm no canine expert, just a student who's halfway through his first semester of the canine major, but dogs most certainly pick up on human emotions, as I'm sure you've noticed. I read a few books about military working dogs and they all seem to agree that emotions dump down the leash. If you aren't confident in what you're doing, the dog can pick up on that and react in the way he sees fit. They're extremely good at reading our bodies, since that's how they read both other dogs and humans, but I'm not quite sure how well they understand concepts like death. I would imagine they understand to a degree, but the extent I cant say for sure. I also feel you with the whole "dont want to bury my dog" but. I have 3 dogs, and I consider the eldest mine, who's now 10 years old. Her eyesight is getting worse and she didnt move around a whole lot to begin with, but now her limbs seem stiff and she seems to be moving around less. Its gonna be tough losing her.
@Arealchocolatechip, I've never been to veterinary school, but the amount of dogs that got put down in front of me over the years (because my parents would adopt older ones when I was a kid), it still isn't going to be the anything like it when I have to make that decision with my dog
@Not him again, I cant say I've been to veterinary school either, and I actually haven't had to put any dogs down yet thank god. But I do worry that that will change quick. I cant imagine it's easy losing a pet, especially one that you love dearly.
@Not him again, A few years back I came home from work to find my cat had died while we were all at work. He was 21 years old, and I got him when I was 1. It sucked. I drank quite a bit after that.
@Arealchocolatechip, I mean I'm 32 years old, and my parents are animal lovers, so I've seen quite a few get put down, but when it comes time for Peaches, I'm going to lose it. I accidentally tossed her across the room 2 nights ago because I have terrible nightmares, and spent a good 20 minutes apologizing to a deaf dog
@Not him again, christ that sounds horrible. I have one of those families where everyone but the father insists on getting a dog, but we love all three of the ones we have now. We had one other dog named Buddy that we gave to someone else for what reason I cant remember. Other then that I've never had to deal with the death of a pet, but when it comes time to put Bella down (my eldest dog) I might just lose it a little myself
@Arealchocolatechip, it's tough man. Its honestly one of the hardest things you will ever do, and I've had my best friend die from a car crash, but it just isn't the same
@Not him again,That sounds pretty rough. I'm sorry to hear that. I dont have friends so I dont have that problem. That said in my senior year we had three kids die and honestly I barely felt anything and I half fear and half hope that that's what happens when I lose my dog
When I was in the army I had a problem with combat engineers having a dog kennel next i their barracks, like that are those really used for sniffing out bombs? And yes they were
He was rucky to survive
It’s funny because of the F word.
Don’t buy working line dogs as pets
They had me at boob
He deserves many many belly rugs