OK guys, I think this post is long overdue. Firstly, dogs are NOT babies or children. It is generally excepted that they have evolved from the wolf and both have the exact amount of chromosomes 78. It is therefore imperative that people STOP seeing their four legged friends as a child substitute. There has been many physical, physiological and behavioural changes in the process of domestication. Through man's manipulation we have seen Wolfhounds, Deerhounds and since we were keen to welcome dogs into our homes, so the toy breeds were formed. Behaviourally however, the dog continues to display many of their ancestors traits, despite us altering them drastically to suit our demands. The majority of behavioural problems stem from man treating these beautiful animals as children. You only have to thumb through doggie related websites to see jump suits, ribbons, raa raa skirts and other paraphernalia to see how ridiculous we have become! The other day I was out walking when I spied a little Yorkshire Terrier being pushed in a pram. Far from looking delighted, it seemed embarrassed and its eyes looked longingly at the ground beneath him. On a personal level my resent dogs are kept inside. However, with every opportunity my GSD's would be out in the garden, feeling the sun on their backs and the wind through their coats. When hearing wolf song, their ears will prick as though listening to a far away memory. Perhaps next time, you bend down to tell little Rover what a scrummy chummy their little pooch is, and ask them when they would like to go for walkies, or if they would like a little bicky with their tea, you will remember the wolf sharing your living room.