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  1. Well silly, you can't whistle if you suck at blowing. [quote name='rotten_two']*smacks head* why didn't i think of that? eric you have to be the smartest canadian i know! i must need more practice on the pucker and blow :wink:[/quote]
  2. Just pucker your lips and blow. [quote name='rotten_two']i wish i could whistle :oops:[/quote]
  3. Trust me, we tried. Food, praise, everything. Our approach in the past was to get him to come up one step to get a food reward. However, prior to this weekend, his back feet never left the ground. The problem was that he was clearly very stressed when were trying to do this (he'd start trembling, crying and whining) so we decided it just wasn't worth putting him through the stress and stopped. He just decided that he was going to go up for some reason.
  4. Funny what we can learn from our dogs. This past weekend, my wife and I both learned some valuable life lessons from Travis. When we bought the cottage, the stairs to 2nd level were really more of a ladder than stairs, and so the upstairs went unused. Even for us, it was tricky to get down in the middle of the night. The dogs absolutely refused to go up and down. Therefore, one of the first things I did was to tear down the old stairs and build a new set of stairs at a more relaxed angle. Its still steeper than code, but much more tolerable. The dogs also found this acceptable and im
  5. Seriously though, good job on trying to stop this from happening again.
  6. I think Doberfanatic has some handcuff's you can borrow. :)
  7. I was thinking that all of us mixed breed dog owners should make up fancy names for our mutts so we could feel all important too. "Yeah, this is a purebreed Beagalab. Very rare. Can you believe I got him at the local shelter? Gets along great with my Labrashepherd."
  8. Its an interesting question, and I guess it depends on what you mean by sense of humor. My dogs do stuff that make me laugh all the time, but I don't think they are always doing it because they think its funny. Alot of times they are just being goofs; they aren't consciously thinking "Man, this is funny! This should get a good laugh". I do think, however, that dogs find certain things humorous which will elicit a " doggy-smile". Someone who doesn't know dogs would likely confuse a "smile" for panting, but they are different. With my boys, anyways, I can tell the difference betw
  9. An interesting URL on the subject. [url]http://www.resteddoginn.ca/laugh.php[/url]
  10. My 4 dogs are horrible for that!!! They react to two things - the TV and my notebook. We have a projection TV so it makes a very audible click when you turn it off. The notebook is just the lid clicking shut. The *instant* they hear that click, they all jump up, run to the door, and start crying. [quote name='Kelly'] What they do react to is the sound of me pushing the button to turn the laptop off. Its really is hilarious tho, because they will both be sound asleep [or look so anyway] and I'll be sitting on the bed. As soon as they hear the little click of that button they bo
  11. As I posted earlier, Zeke responds to "Who let the dogs out" song when played on the TV - happened again this weekend during the hockey game. Dogs barking on TV can get them all barking. Riley and Zeke often respond to the sound of baby's crying - they come right up to the tv and cock their heads. They even sometimes leave nose smudges on the screen. Riley and Zeke have also responded to visual stuff. We were watching some flyball a few weeks ago and Riley was more or less in a trance.
  12. Yeah, the boys get all excited when the see the cooler and the backpacks because its means cottage-time! Its pretty funny to watch.
  13. Lol "Girls gone wil...uhh, exoti...uhh undomesticated" [quote name='rotten_two']and here i thought 'exotic' referred to dancing men in leopard print thongs and 'wild' was more like guys you find at a frat party! geez i really should expand my vocabulary :oops:[/quote]
  14. I think you are confusing instinct with learned skills/knowledge. An animal will not lose its "wild" instinct, acquired over hundreds of thousands of years of evolution, within a single generation. We still see in domesticated cats and dogs several residual instincts. What will be lacking in a human raised animal is the "education" that biological parent would give said animal. In the case of big cats, there is a significant amount of teaching that is done by the mother to the cub(s). In your example, the cheetas still had the wild instinct to hunt, they just didn't know any bette
  15. My only comment regarding the fact that wild/exotic (i.e.: non-domesticated) animals being perfectly happy in captivity would be to point out the fact that many zoo animals engage in repetitive, obsessive behaviour (also known as stereotypic) such as pacing, rocking, feather-plucking, etc. This is very common in captive bears, elephants, big cats. One study found that zoo lions spend half their waking hours pacing. Even smaller mammals such as racoons exhibit these behaviours. These behaviours do not exist in the wild and most experts think it is a reaction to stress and/or boredom.
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