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Dog Behaviour

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Dog Behaviour Introduction In this essay I am going to write about dog behaviour, and how that has an impact on other animals within its species. I will write about using dogs for entertainment and using them to help with the police; I will also include about using dogs for hunting and the ethics of this. I will also put in about how training dogs, is exploiting them or not and instinctive and learned behaviour, I will also talk about how people say that dogs as pets show human characteristics and behaviours. I have also done a survey about dog behaviour, to show what people think and see if by having a dog is a different opinion to people who don't have dogs. Theory In this part I will write about anthropomorphism, instinctive and leaned behaviour, imprinting, habituation, Ivan Pavlov, how dogs communicate within their species, the benefits of training dogs. I will write about using them for things like hunting, using them for police and the ethical issues to do with this. Anthropomorphism is when non humans show human characteristics. Dogs and other pets share so many aspects of owners lives, and their behaviour does often seem almost human they see what you do, they know what you eat. So it's most likely that they pick up what you do and it will be as if they behave like humans. Although out of all the pets you can have dogs are always the ones who act the most like humans, as dogs seem to become part of the family to the point that people describe themselves as their mummies or daddies. But the problem is that they tend to believe that dogs have the same logical thinking as we do and this is not correct. People often say that their dog can hear every word they say which is not true, as the dog can only understand the tones in your voice, the mood you're in and your body language. ...read more.

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They often have their prey sighted from a distance, stalked, pursued and neatly killed. Sight hounds work quickly and quietly, and are by nature independent. Scent hounds are hounds that primarily hunt by scent. Scent hounds are used to trail and sometimes kill game. They hunt in packs leading the hunters on a chase which may end in the quarry being chased into a tree or killed. Some of these breeds have deep, booming barks and use them when following a scent trail. Setters have a long history as upland gun dogs. They appear to have a native ability to locate and point at upland game birds. They flush the birds at the hunter's command. Pointers are dogs trained to locate and point at small game allowing the hunter to approach and flush the game. Pointing breeds cover more range than Spaniels. Feists are small dogs that hunt small game, especially squirrels, in a similar manner to large hounds hunting raccoons and large game. Feists may hunt in packs, and "bark up" on trees to alert the hunter. Using dogs for hunting can be dangerous for the dog and people say it's wrong to use them for hunting things; it is exploiting the dog and saying that it has no animal welfare. When the hunters set the hounds lose to scare a deer it is putting the dog in danger as no one knows what might happen to it. The hunters use the dogs because it is less trouble for them to go and hunt the deer or something else themselves this is saying that the dog has no animal rights and that the hunter can do whatever he likes to the dog. The hunters also think that a helpless deer running away from a dog is exiting? Not very much as not only was the dog in danger but the animal that is getting hunted is also on the verge of dying. ...read more.

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This would help to make my survey more reliable because I would get the real view on what that person thought so my results would be more accurate on their opinion. This would make my survey more valid as the only thing I would have changed would be the person and all the people would be the same age so that would make it fairer too. I think I could have also focussed on 2 main ages maybe on some children at around the age of 10 and asked them the same questions and ask some adults who are maybe in their late 30's and see and compare the answers to see what the different opinions there are between the two. I could have also maybe asked a few more people as this would get me more reliable results as I would get more than one person who thought the same things and I could average the results and see what they thought over all. I could have also asked more questions based on animals being exploited so I had more views on this too as not many people answered in full. I think by getting people to answer in full I should have put 'why?' on the end of my questions to get their point would be made clear. The thing that went well was that i got different views from different sorts of people and that people were happy to answer my questions. The thing that didn't go well was that when I was asking my sister's friend she didn't know what exploit meant so I had to spend my time explaining it to her but I think what I did go quite well and if I do this again in the future then I will take on what I wrote about improving it then hopefully this would have made my experiment better. ...read more.

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