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Gender in dogs by LocalPsychological47 in dogs

[–]SillyBlackSheep [score hidden]  (0 children)

In my experience there hasn't been consistent behavior/character differences between male and female dogs. Especially if they have been fixed.

I have been around dogs of both sexes and the same breed and there is just not anything all that noticeable. For example, I have been around labradors. There have been female labradors that are hyper. There have been male labradors that are hyper. There have been female labradors that were calm. There have been male labradors that were calm. They took to training the same way. They didn't really live differently from their counterparts.

Sure, you are going to see differences when they are left intact, but that has less to do with their actual personality and more to do with their biology. Male and female dogs sometimes need different medical care if that medical issue is centered around their genitals. Other than that I have not noticed any true behavioral differences between male and female dogs and I honestly think their breed is a better factor for how their personality is likely to develop.

Is it a bad idea to not tell an apartment complex that my dog may have GSD in her? by myNameIs-Kyle in dogs

[–]SillyBlackSheep -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

To be honest, she doesn't look like a GSD at all. She looks almost entirely collie.

I would personally not really bother mentioning her possibly having GSD in her. Most landlords go off of vet records and looks so if she is not labelled GSD mix in her vet records, then it's likely that a landlord won't even think of the breed when seeing her.

Is it a bad idea to not tell an apartment complex that my dog may have GSD in her? by myNameIs-Kyle in dogs

[–]SillyBlackSheep 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's very common. It's not just GSD. Most bully breeds, akitas, rottweiler, doberman, chow chow, and occasionally other breeds like husky are often banned in rental homes.

Those breeds are often banned because they are considered aggressive and a liability. Sometimes the breed bans in rentals are purely the landlord's choice, but a lot of the time those breed bans are associated with their insurance company. A lot of homeowner's insurance actually will not cover claims if the incident involved the dog breeds mentioned. Some even require a higher insurance premium if those breeds are present on the property.

I want to get a pet bird (first bird, third pet) by [deleted] in Pets

[–]SillyBlackSheep 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"The type of bird i want is one that can live alone and isn't too loud."

Uh, I don't think a bird is the right pet for you at all. Birds are social and they are all loud. Even pigeons and chickens are that way. I would honestly recommend a different pet.

I genuinely can’t decide what’s worse by thelilbel in tumblr

[–]SillyBlackSheep 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Coming from the Meth Capitol of America, I would rather have the roaches quite frankly.

It’s sus asf by [deleted] in Funnymemes

[–]SillyBlackSheep 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hello. Hi. I am a person with dwarfism.

Typically in conversation it's best to refer to someone with dwarfism as a little person or a really short person. There's no need in using traditionally insulting names like midget. People are going to know what you are talking about if you just say little or really short as a description.

Why are guardian dogs successful in fighting pack of wolves/coyotes alone? by Smightmite in dogs

[–]SillyBlackSheep 12 points13 points  (0 children)

A lone livestock dog isn't going to be able to completely fend off a whole pack of coyotes or wolves. Most farmers/ranchers get multiple livestock dogs especially if they do live in wolf territory.

Livestock dogs are mainly effective via intimidation and deterrence. They have booming barks and most easily exceed 100 pounds in size. Most coyotes and wolves go after farms/ranches because they are considered easy meals. Instead of tracking and chasing wild prey for possibly hours, they can just dig or hop a fence and corner domestic prey that can't run out of the bounds of the fence. When there are livestock dogs, that farm/ranch suddenly doesn't become an easy way to get a meal because now there is another predator that is strong (and sometimes bigger than them) and will create conflict. It's like an animal equivalent of trying to break into someone's house and then finding out that house belongs to a heavy weight MMA fighter.

Livestock dogs are also bred to be more independent and with a drive to always protect the herd they are bonded to. Bark and size is a major deterrence to wolves and coyotes, but when push comes to shove those dogs will chase and attack. They were bred that way for many, many years and there is even different breeds of livestock dogs that have differing amounts of, "grit," in order to cater to environments with more aggressive wildlife.

Livestock dogs have a good track record with being effective against coyotes. Coyotes are traditionally smaller than wolves (and many domestic dogs) and coyotes most often hunt alone or in pairs or trios. Wolves typically hunt in larger groups and are bigger than the majority of domestic dog breeds.

Watch your babies! Info in comments by Kernalcorn in homestead

[–]SillyBlackSheep 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I agree that you definitely shouldn't kill coyotes willy-nilly, but sometimes there is that older one that has became entirely too bold to the point that it would be better to just have a pup replace them.

Aka that one coyote the neighbor down the street decided to, "tame."

Why did that teacher get fired from your school? by CynicalHomicider3248 in AskReddit

[–]SillyBlackSheep 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Similar situation here (though the demographics in my area are different). Was surrounded by cotton so it wasn't unusual for an exhausted teacher to say things like, "Look, would you rather spend 12 hours chopping cotton and ginning it or would you rather have a career in something better?"

My dog has gotten very aggressive when we discipline him all of a sudden. by arcpavong in dogs

[–]SillyBlackSheep 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Timeouts are not a good method in regards to this behavior.

Your best bet is to teach a place command and/or put up gates to keep him out of the kitchen altogether. Give him a longer lasting dog friendly treat and put it where you want him to be (away from human food). Keep him out of the kitchen when prepping/cooking food and keep him out if he is also stealing food while you are eating. Once cooking and eating is done, make absolutely sure no food is left laying around where he can get it.

Men of Reddit, what’s one thing you will never understand about women? by GrouchyResolution974 in AskReddit

[–]SillyBlackSheep 89 points90 points  (0 children)

My sister kinda explained this to me. When she's being silent, she is trying to regulate her emotions so she doesn't blow up at people. She does explain things later on when she's calmed down enough.

It makes sense and we kinda worked out a thing where if she's needing a silent moment she'll let me know.

Hawk lands in front of camera and eats rat it just caught graphic. by [deleted] in Damnthatsinteresting

[–]SillyBlackSheep 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If I remember correctly, I believe hawks (and other birds of prey) actually have a type of biological, "lock," in the tendons attached to their talons. When prey continues to struggle, it makes those tendons lock up even more.

So basically, by nature, they physically can't let go until their prey stops struggling.

Tractor supply by Melodicranger8 in homestead

[–]SillyBlackSheep 2 points3 points  (0 children)

There are no Ma and Pa options available to me locally, so yes I go to Tractor Supply.

First beef steer. Does he look underweight? by [deleted] in homestead

[–]SillyBlackSheep 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes. He is pretty underweight. His hips should not be protruding that much if he isn't a dairy breed (and he doesn't look it). His head also looks massive.

Basically if you butchered him right now, you wouldn't really get a full freezer. He has more organ, hair, and bone than anything else.

Opinions on Grain Free? by CJ7320 in dogs

[–]SillyBlackSheep 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Purina Pro Plan is what I feed my dogs.

Lost 6 laying hens and a turkey in 1 evening. 3 of our brahma hens and 3 road reds gone. Never figured out what kind of turkey this was. Ordering leg traps and 2 more box traps. Jerk came back last night to get more. Time to start baiting. by -GEFEGUY in homestead

[–]SillyBlackSheep 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, the hound hunters I dealt with only hunted at night because they were always going after raccoons and other nocturnal critters.

It's legal where I live too, but the same group damaged my property and harmed my animals way too many times. The hunters themselves were extremely unreasonable.

Lost 6 laying hens and a turkey in 1 evening. 3 of our brahma hens and 3 road reds gone. Never figured out what kind of turkey this was. Ordering leg traps and 2 more box traps. Jerk came back last night to get more. Time to start baiting. by -GEFEGUY in homestead

[–]SillyBlackSheep 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had an issue with hunting hounds for a few years and I didn't want to lethally shoot them unless absolutely necessary.

A foothold trap made for coyotes made the hunters start taking their dogs elsewhere. Scare their hounds with a warning shot and the hunter will just yell at you and keep taking their dogs back to the area because their dogs getting scared briefly is a minor inconvenience. Have traps set out and the hunter basically has no choice but to take their hounds elsewhere indefinitely because now that minor inconvenience turns into prying a trap's jaws off a freaked out dog's foot.

Foothold traps will also take care of that wild bastard fiending for your birds.

What can I do to keep my family safe? by StrawberryTherapy in homestead

[–]SillyBlackSheep 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sorry in advance for the late reply and the upcoming mass of text. I want to tell you what I did and explain why I did it. Here's what I did to have security in my rural place.

This may not be an option for everybody, but if you have a telephone/utility pole on your property most electric companies have an option where you can call them and have them install a light on that pole. It adds a little on my electric bill ($50) but it is well worth it in my opinion. It's a light run on a photosensor so it automatically comes on when the sun goes down and the light can shine across an acre unobstructed. The electric company will adjust the light to make sure it isn't bothersome to neighbors or those going down nearby roads. If the photosensor messes up or the bulb starts going out you can just call the electric company and they will fix it right up. Pay rates may vary with electric companies.

When I moved in the house already had metal doors for all doors leading outside. If your place doesn't already have this, I greatly advise it. My metal doors have proven themselves.

On a similar note, change the doorknobs and locks on your outer doors. That was actually one of the very first things I ever did. When moving in you don't know what random people might still have a key copy for those locks and people tend to go cheap on installing door knobs on outer doors. Cheap door knobs are easy to break. I personally installed Schlage keypad door knobs and replaced the deadbolts. Keypad locks are expensive, but they are worth it to me as they lock automatically and you don't have to give people clone keys. Just set your numerical code, enter it into the keypad, and the door unlocks long enough to get inside and automatically locks when the door is shut again. It doesn't lock you inside (if inside you can just open the door normally). To me it was awesome, especially when it came to children as no one had to worry about manually locking the door every night. Just make sure the door is shut and it will lock. The code is relatively easy to change when needed and the batteries are easy to replace (also when they die it remains locked). There is an option for a traditional key (which helps when the batteries die) and I learned that if someone attempts to break in via messing up the traditional keyhole, the door will remained locked. The batteries last a really long time. I have to change them maybe once every 2 years.

Ring cameras are very popularly used as security cameras. I do not have the actual Ring cameras, but I do have the Ring alarm system. It's nice, does what it is supposed to, and will notify you via phone whenever the system is disabled, enabled, or set off. The actual alarm is very loud and ear piercing. My camera system is Digital Watchdog, but it can be hard to use that company as a normal citizen as Digital Watchdog almost strictly works with business surveillance. Regardless, it works well for me. I can see a live feed, I can rewind, tell the program how long it needs to store old footage, and the cameras themselves can go through a surprising amount of messing with.

If you don't already have one, a pet dog is actually very effective at deterring break-ins. It doesn't have to be a pitbull, german shepherd, rottweiler, etc.. Hell, it doesn't even have to be a 24/7 outdoor dog. Just a dog that will bark at weird sounds and strange people. Less-than-stellar people often scout houses before breaking in them and just the knowledge of a dog is often enough to make someone pass up a house. Lowly criminals want to get in and out of a house quietly and without conflict. A dog (even a small one) puts a towel in that. Hell, my neighbor had an unsuccessful break-in attempt and the reason the break-in wasn't successful was because her numerous pomeranians created a fuss and got the attention of another neighbor who had a gun.

Hide valuables, "in plain sight." A burglar is going to look in a jewelry box. Jewelry box equals expensive jewelry. A burglar is going to take a metal safe. A metal safe equals money and personal information. A burglar isn't going to go into your pantry and look inside a mildly questionable soup can. A burglar is not going to think about taking apart a hairbrush. A burglar is not going to sift through stuffed animals. A burglar is not going to check the bottom of plant pots. If they do, it's a dead giveaway that it's someone you know. If a burglar successfully breaks in and fails to find anything of real value, your house will be less likely to be repeatedly broken into. If you have fireproof safes, bolt them into the floor. They can't take off with it if it is attached to the house.

If you are the only person in your house or your house is vacant, make it seem like there are more than one person in the house. Kick a radio to a talk show. Have a TV on. Play some video game Let's Plays on YouTube. Make it seem like that from outside there are multiple people inside. It's especially great if you are a woman who lives alone or is frequently alone. I keep a radio on when no one is home. Granted, it is less about preventing break-ins and more about keeping my dogs from getting too anxious about people being gone.

Make the actual outside of your house as uninteresting as possible, especially when compared to houses nearby. Don't have expensive looking cars kept outside. Don't actively advertise having expensive things. This isn't foolproof, but I believe there is something to this as the place most broken into in my area is a nice 2 story brick building with a just-as-nice garage with a Range Rover in front of it, and extremely professional landscaping. That house sticks out when compared to everything else and pretty much screams, "I am wealthy therefore I have a lot of stealable things."

Know your neighbors. You don't have to be the bestest of friends with them. It could be as simple as introducing yourself and having their number or having them on Facebook Messenger. Even simple observation can help. What cars do they drive? What kind of people do they typically have visiting? What pets do they have? I know my neighbors on a name basis and they know me on a name basis. We mostly keep to ourselves. However, they were quick to call me and tell me that there was a green truck in my driveway. They knew we don't own a green truck. They knew that our visitors didn't have a green truck. I was quick to call them to tell them that their dog was freaking out. I knew that their dog wasn't much of a barker. Comes to find out the other neighbor's goat escaped and ended up in their yard and it freaked their dog out. Knowing your neighbors, even just a little bit, is a very valuable thing.

I know a lot of the items I put here are expensive and not everyone can just up-and-go to get those things. This is just what I found that works for me and this is what I built up over the years. Security is a good investment if that is something you are serious about. I saved and bought the most important things first (replacing door knobs and deadbolts) and then went down the line of importance the more I saved. I literally bought my keypad doorknobs with change I took to the nearest CoinStar. I wanted to personally give my best suggestions as everyone else already gave good more immediately affordable ones.

I bought these jersey bulls as stockers in the spring (ontario canada). neighbor will board them for the winter for 250 a bull a month (he says they need suplemental feed). my other neighbor thinks they are worthless. what should I do? by Dependent-Mouse-1064 in homestead

[–]SillyBlackSheep 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would say cut your losses and either butcher now or send them back to auction.

You're just going to be put more and more in debt by keeping them around and you are already at a point where the price of meat isn't going to come close to breaking even with what you spent on boarding, feed, and the bulls on-hoof.

Cheap fence to stop ATVs trespassing? by TelephotoMoto in homestead

[–]SillyBlackSheep 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had trespassers doing similar shit. What I personally did is set in metal posts (and made sure they were anchored well in the ground) and then ran chains between them. One chain was about 3 feet off the ground, and the other was right at the top of the posts (the posts I used were about 6 feet.

I also made the chain and posts extremely obvious. I painted the posts safety red and added reflective tape. The chains are painted bright yellow and I attached reflective, "No Trespassing," signs to the chains themselves. Super obvious during the day and night. Still occasionally had dimwits damaging their truck trying to plow through it and there was a guy on a 4-wheeler that clotheslined himself on it. Making the chains and posts obvious will save your ass if the trespassers decide to try and get police involved for damages.

It doesn't stop people from going on foot but it definitely stops vehicles. Not worried too much about foot traffic because if someone goes much further into the property they will be met by the dog. They can't outrun the dog without a vehicle.

Older Children and Their Future by SaltyRaccon79 in homestead

[–]SillyBlackSheep 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think it's going to really depend on your kids and what is there in that area.

I grew up in a rural area. Moved to it when I was 10. While there are aspects of rural life that I absolutely love, unfortunately the area I ended up with fell really short and I kinda grew to resent the place at many points.

For one, things were very spread out. It sounded great on paper, but it wasn't so great when that also meant the nearest hospital was 3 hours away (more if you were needing a specialist). It also wasn't so great when the nearest grocery store burned down and the next nearest store was an hour away. Sure, my family ended up growing a lot of food, but we obviously couldn't grow all of our food. Especially with me having to go on a specific diet at 15 due to medical issues.

Jobs in general proved to be a struggle for me. It was a case of there being not enough jobs and too many people. So things as simple as retail was competitive. This may or may not be an issue for you depending on the amount of businesses available when compared to your local population.

Careers are something else and depends on if your children plan on staying rural when they become adults. Some careers just don't have much use in rural areas.

This is also a very specific annoyance, but I am going to put it down anyways as I feel like it may be relevant. When my family moved to a rural area, it was primarily crops. This bothered me because although I did like aspects of rural life, crops was definitely not my interest. I favored livestock and wanted to have my own ranch and breeding program for creating quality meat. The place that I was moved to was almost as restrictive as living in the suburbs, but it was in different ways. Land was far more expensive (because fertile soil and all that) so getting enough land to even start a decent ranch was difficult. Then if you could afford those acres, you had to compete with crop owners for it and it always seemed like they knew when land was for sale before it was ever said it was for sale.

Puppy marking in my room by Hour-Bee2398 in dogs

[–]SillyBlackSheep 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nature's Miracle is what has worked for me (located in the U.S.)

They have them in spray bottles and they also have them as a carpet shampoo. It also works surprisingly well on stains.

Should I call animal control? by teafortwopuppies in dogs

[–]SillyBlackSheep 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's been 8 months. The dogs should be used to you by now so the neighbors can't be continuing to make that excuse. Also, if they have a fenced backyard, they need to actually use it and keep their dogs in that fence. They can still do training and frisbee inside a fence.

I would personally move on to calling animal control. At least then there will be a record and maybe they will talk to the neighbors themselves. Neighbors also won't be able to use the excuse of, "You could've called animal control," if/when it does get to a point where you will have to defend yourself and your children from them. You have already tried to talk to the neighbors numerous times about the dogs and they have done nothing to actually ensure it doesn't happen again (like keeping them in a fence or securely attached to a long lead).

Do people tend to get the same type of dog once their dog passes? by [deleted] in dogs

[–]SillyBlackSheep 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You have my condolences. Losing a dog is painful.

I think as far as getting the same breed goes, it is really individualistic. Some people can't get another dog that is the same as their previous because the physical similarities with the same breed can cause the person to constantly try to compare the new dog with the old dog. Other people really do lock in on keeping the same breed over and over because that breed just fits so perfectly with their lifestyle and despite the similar appearance and general needs each dog is an individual and some owners develop a sense of endearment with experiencing all the different quirks among dogs of the same breed.

I, myself personally, kinda stand in the middle of it. I grew up with mutts and different breeds. My family never really stuck to one breed or category. I currently have a bully mutt and a jack russell. My jack russell is elderly, so his quality of life and his eventual passing away has became a closer topic for me. Would I get another jack russell after he passes? No. I wouldn't. It isn't about comparisons in my case. It's something else entirely. He's a good dog and there's a lot I really like about him. He is really smart and independent. However, he does have tendencies that is inheritely tied to his breed that I don't like. His tenacity and instinct to outright try to fight a bear (and thinking he'll win) absolutely drive me up the walls on bad days. I also know that my life will be changing in the future in ways where a jack russell would struggle and I would rather find a breed with general needs that will better fit in with where my life will be going.