Browsing Archives of Author »Joyce Gamsby-Kesling«

Is Kong Products Promoting Keeping Wild Animals for the Express Purposes of Entertainment?

April 15, 2014


    Is Kong promoting the keeping of other animals by suggesting these unnatural forms of mental and physical stimulation are sufficient to maintain captive animals for the express purpose to entertain us?  I do love Kong products. I’m wondering what this piece might be promoting, other than just their products and possible use. At […]

Shelter Dogs Blog: Relinquishing a Pet: A More Complex Perspective

April 8, 2014


Why do people relinquish their animals? Of the many different studies conducted to answer this question, one in particular has had a profound effect on me, enough that I could call it my favorite article. The article is called: “Surrendering pets to shelters: the relinquisher’s perspective”, published in Anthrozoos in 1998 by Natalie DiGaicomo, Arnold Arluke, and […]

The Cruel Cost of Extreme Dog Breeding

April 8, 2014


The Cruel Cost of Extreme Dog Breeding Posted By Michele C. Hollow On April 7, 2014 [1] Take a look at an old photo of the iconic German Shepherd, Rin Tin Tin, who died in 1932. Now look at a photo of another of the breed, a German shepherd show dog of today. Notice the difference? The […]

Does SeaWorld tranquilize its animals?

April 4, 2014


Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:
I’ve always been critical of places where large, captive animals are displayed to the public as entertainment, and aquaria that house large cetaceans (or mammals like sea otters) are a prime offender. For me, SeaWorld is the most egregious of these, and I’ve posted about it, and about the recent movie…

Bad Science: Quadrants of Operant Conditioning

March 27, 2014


Originally posted on Dissecting Behavior:
People become dog trainers for various reasons. Often, these individuals will talk about a dog’s “performance,” yet this undoubtedly has a variety of interpretations. After all, what is performance? Is it speed? Strength? Accuracy? Reliability? Chat up a few trainers involved in any professional sport (canine or human) and you…

Dog Play and Socialization

February 21, 2014


  February 21, 2014 This is Zoey, meeting Cooper (Vizsla) for first time. She’s already met Darwin and Boudicca, my dogs.


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