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Atlanta animal welfare trivia contest question for November 24

Win a copy of Irreconcilable Differences:  the Battle for the Heart and Soul of America's Animal Shelters
Win a copy of Irreconcilable Differences: the Battle for the Heart and Soul of America's Animal Shelters
Nathan Winograd


  • serenitygracedesigns 5 years ago

    Resident dogs are dogs that live outside of the home (chained to fences, in kennels, etc.) and are not incorporated in to a family setting with socialization, manners, etc. The are used for breeding, fighting and making money and are not family pets.

    Family dogs are just that...part of the family. They live, eat and sleep within the same household.

  • Sabine 5 years ago

    Residence Dog lives on property, not in House, no interaction with family. Family dog is part of the family.

  • LodgeKitty 5 years ago

    Dogs maintained outside the home (on chains, in kennels, or in yards) and/or dogs obtained for negative functions (guarding, fighting, protection, breeding for financial gain) are not family pets; they are "resident dogs".

    "Family Dogs" live inside the home and are afforded the opportunity to learn appropriate behaviors through positive and humane interaction with people on a daily basis.

    Why is this distinction important?

    Acknowledging the environment in which they live and the function for which they are maintained and with an understanding their behavior, when the situation arises, their aggressiveness.

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    Valerie Hayes 5 years ago

    The correct answer was: A ‘resident dog’ is generally acquired for a negative purpose, such as guarding, intimidation or dog fighting. Resident dogs are generally kept under poor conditions and their physical and mental needs are often neglected, such as when they are constantly chained in a backyard in all kinds of weather, unsocialized and not well-fed. By contrast, a ‘family dog’ lives in the house with his or her family, is cared-for and interacts with people in a positive way on a daily basis. They are not kept for any of the negative purposes mentioned, but rather for the positive purpose of companionship. Some ‘family dogs’ may also do positive types of work, such as by being therapy dogs, assistance dogs or search-and-rescue dogs.

    The difference between a ‘resident dog’ and a ‘family dog’ is an important one because it recognizes that you simply cannot expect the same types of behaviors from dogs living under these two contrasting conditions. How a dog is treated influences their behavior. The media often is sloppy and describes as ‘family dogs’ dogs which really are ‘resident dogs’, and this fosters the myth that dogs are “unpredictable” or that they bite for no reason. With varying degrees of rehabilitation, many resident dogs can become family dogs.

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