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Puppy Learns Foraging

December 8, 2012


Watch puppy learn to forage for her food, accept kenneling, learn calm behavior here 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, […]

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

December 30, 2011


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


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


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.

Lots of energy expended on Dog Whisperer, what about the pervasiveness of Shock Collar use?

February 28, 2011


This is going to be a tad bit technical but a brief overview concerning this issue. I will do my best to make it easy for everyone to understand. In the JVB (2007) Overall evaluated the molecular and cellular use of shock on the learning process. She suggested, using her neurobiological background, we “may be changing other behaviors or processes” with these devices which are technically called E-Stimulus Devices. Overall (2007) uses what she describes as “a landmark study” by Schilder and van der Borg published in Applied Animal Behavior (2004). Schilder and van der Borg noticed dogs exhibiting more stress related behavior when using these types of devices. The stress related behaviors continued with the control group, even during free time in the presence of the handlers while at parks, a time when dogs should be more relaxed. Stress behaviors and/or conflict resolution behaviors have been defined extensively in recent dog literature.

Dogs December 31, 2010

December 31, 2010


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