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Observing wildlife…it’s exciting!

April 12, 2013

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  Oh my, i’ve seen lots of gators over the years, but never encountered one that clearly appeared determined to protect something! And this was no scrawny gator either, the animal was at least 8ft, very large! Usually when spotting gators they are often laying quietly soaking up the sun. Not this one, it was […]

Puppy Learns Foraging

December 8, 2012

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Watch puppy learn to forage for her food, accept kenneling, learn calm behavior here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtuZ5ZoiyWY&noredirect=1 When training new puppies this is an effective way to teach impulse control, kennel acceptance and interacting with various types of safe dog toys. Teaching this early creates happy adult dogs willing to explore new things, what are acceptable chew objects, […]

Loews Loves Pets…Really Update from Steve Dale, CABC, Cat Fancy writer…

April 4, 2012

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April 4, 2012 UPDATE from: The CATalyst: Update to Loews’ Feral Cat Treatment at Hotels Steve Dale, CAT FANCY writer and syndicated newspaper pet columnist, provides a weekly cat news roundup. By Steve Dale, CABC, says, “To my knowledge, guests at three Loews-operated hotels at Universal Orlando in Florida aren’t getting sick from feral cats on the […]

Dominance – is it appropriate to explain social relationships between dogs and humans?

December 30, 2011

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Recently Science Daily reported, “Using dominance to explain dog behavior is old hat.” One of their references included an article from JVB (2009) “Dominance in domestic dogs – useful construct or bad habit?” The paper is much broader than implied by Science Daily; the following will make clear some of their conclusions. Associative Learning Theory The paper suggests stable relationships between dogs can be explained using the “principles of associative learning theory” stating relationships develop over time through repeated encounters with individuals. During these encounters communicative cues from each individual is recognized and becomes predictive of negative and positive responses over a range of differing contexts. These encounters are not as simplified as one might think. The behavior and cues during each encounter is decided based on each individual’s physiological and emotional states at the time the encounter takes place and context. For example, when introducing a new dog into a household with an already stressed animal will greatly influence how the resident animal responds to the “outsider” and those responses set the stage for how the relationship between these two individuals will play out over the course of time.

Pet Sitting Personal Attention or Madame Running Prostitution Business!

August 17, 2011

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Pet Sitting Personal Attention or Madame Running Prostitution Business! This connection actually entered my always-questioning mind some time ago, but recently a client brought something to my attention causing me to investigate this type of service. Being naïve, thinking pet sitters gave “personal attention” to their charges you can understand how shocked I was when I put paw and paw together and realized these businesses do not offer personal attention for your pet at all. Not really. If you consider hiring what may be unskilled, minimum hourly wage individuals, just because they love dogs, supposedly are qualified and passed background checks, then you’re just as naïve as me, if you think this constitutes personal attention then you and I surely don’t think about our pets in the same way.

The welfare of dogs and seeing it as a “glass half-full!”

July 26, 2011

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Recently, what got started as a discussion on good breeders and what might define them from puppy millers turned into a debate over how dogs become “homeless.” This actually doesn’t stray (dog) from defining good breeders in an overall discussion concerning the welfare of dogs. But the discussion turned into a debate as to WHY dogs end up in shelters. One person suggested it was due in large part to the current economic crisis and owners’ losing their homes, but this does not explain why dogs and cats [included] have been routinely relinquished to shelters with millions being euthanized over the years! Our housing crisis is current; we were in an economic boom for years. Nevertheless, dogs and cats routinely were sent to shelters.

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