Do you think service dogs are really happy? I had to go downtown on my lunch break the other day, and saw a yellow lab seeing eye dog, leading a blind man, who was walking akwardly, kind of jerking on the lead. Do you think dogs like this can be happy? Do they ever have a day off? They can't work 8 hours and then go home. Would you want a life like that for your dog? Just wondering...
I would think it is like humans with jobs...some of us love what we do and others are miserable. I mean it is not like the dog can say...hey, I hate this job and quit! lol I have seem many though that act like they live for it. Interesting thought though.
Hey, catlover, just catching up on old posts I missed as I cannot play on the computer at work. lol. I think service dogs are very happy. They're minds are being used to the best of their capacity, its better than lolling around all day. Sometimes, I think, my poor dog is bored out of her wits at times. The more you use your mind, the better developed it gets. I'm sure thats true for dogs, too.
That's a sore point with me-I live out in the boonies, can't get cable tv, so can't watch Animal Planet! You should have seen me and my husband the other week when we were on vacation-we spent Sat and Sun morning in our hotel room watching all the dog shows!!!
I would think that a seeing eye/guide dog for the deaf or blind would have a great life. When at home or with its owner at work or play, It to a dog must be the best thing in the world. Dogs want nothing more then to be with or please their leader.
I agree, I think for most part they are happy. I guess there are always exceptions. From what I understand they do get breaks and get to play. I'm sure they get a lot of affections. I've seen a few and I've never seen one that didn't look happy. Just doing their jobs. It's true about using your mind. That really bites that you can't get cable. I would go nuts. Have a good day! Rusty the Golden Retriever http://www.dogster.com/?68489 Bailey the Pug http://www.dogster.com/?68491 Ariel the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?68494 Lady the Greyhound http://www.dogster.com/?78537