Boudicca doing water retrieves 4th of July 2014

July 4, 2014

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Lack of play behavior in dogs may be indicator for lack of well-being!

June 12, 2014

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It’s not unusual for dog trainers to use a dog’s willingness to take treats, during training, as an indicator for lack of anxiety and/or fear. Given in the context of behavior modification, it’s often necessary to move reactive, fear and/or anxiety related dogs away from stimuli (targets) to reduce the reactivity cycle and facilitate the eating of treats. The premise is, when dogs actively take treats, during behavior modification, they are building new brain connections, using classical conditioning, that are more adaptive in those contexts, because dogs are learning (operant conditioning) to perform alternative behavior/s that are more desirable.

Dear Breeders: Stop. Just stop.

May 27, 2014

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WOW, just wow. I rarely “press this” to my business blog, but this deserves that kind of attention!   Maybe you’re a great breeder, or even a great dog trainer. Maybe your dogs are the image of perfection mentally and physically. None of that matters, however, if you’re breeding puppies and sending them to people […]

Dogs need more freedom? Responsible or Irresponsible thinking?

May 22, 2014

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  Chess helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules and take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment. Garry Kasparov This morning i found myself pondering the idea that dogs need more freedom! This was after, in part, micromanaging Boudicca (Jack Russell), while […]

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Let Slip the Dolphins of War – NYTimes.com

May 6, 2014

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We humans, it seems, can’t leave the natural world alone. Assuming our biblical rights of dominion, we must reshape the world in our image. So, on one hand, whales and dolphins can be sleek and cute, the stuff of Flipper and Free Willy. On the other, their intelligence can be used to do our dirty […]

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

April 15, 2014

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    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 […]

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