Maybe your cat has some sort of health issue? It can be related both with vision or the hearing as we know balance is closely related to the hearing function. Either cases you could have him checked by a vet?
I see it as a matter of discipline. Dogs (and other pets) tend to see themselves as our equals, so similarly to children we need to draw a line because if we offer them our food once they will want it all the time.
That's precisely how I think too. Sure, we love dogs and we want to have one, but if we are living in a flat we should seriously consider if we are being selfish in having one in such a confined space.
I think that happens for the same reason as it happens with people, out of insecurity. Dogs are trying to show they are the boss, but in fact if the moment of truth comes they see the hard reality of being overpowered.
Well, playfighting with big dogs is surely challenging and entertaining, at the same time we can do the same with a medium sized dog with the same level of entertainment no? Yeah, they occupy a lot of space! ;)
I am in between really. A big dog is something that requires a lot of maintenance and more expenses, so I prefer a medium sized dog. Smaller dogs are ok, but sometimes they are so tiny that we can't even play with them properly.
Well, interesting name story if you ask me. :) In fact, I think many people do that, they simply give the same names to the dogs. My dad had a dog who had the same name as the dog he had as he was a kid, so that says a lot about dog naming. :)
Begging is a side effect of giving them our own food that is a fact. They need to realize they have their own space and time to eat and that is not the same as ours. That rule has to be clear to avoid making a mess, especially when we have kids who love to feed them... :)
Time have changed a lot. I recall being a kid and all the dogs were fed leftovers or food prepared for them, but not so different from ours. These days they do eat specialized food. What is better is surely the last, but our own food is not so bad to them either.
I think it's pretty great that we play with our dog, our companion, our friend. If we are into parkour great, if the dog is having fun, awesome, but if the dog is not comfortable with it we should not go through with it.
Just yesterday I was watching a TV show and saw that Gordon Ramsay named his dog King George. LOL, I think this is a great name and to be honest sky is the limit when naming a dog, we can be as imaginative as we want.
You may find this strange, but many times we can try to explain to the dog what is about to happen. Sure, he doesn't understand our words, but eventually it might work. Maybe it's just wishful thinking, but many time life demands these situations.
Exactly, it's a vicious cycle. One of the dogs I had when I was a kid we had to give him away because we were living in a flat. It was really painful for me, but at the end of the day it was the best for him.