Browsing Archives of Author »Joyce Kesling«

Do you believe in dog?: 51 Shades of Grey: Misuse, Misunderstanding and Misinformation of the Concepts of “Dominance” and “Punishment”

November 8, 2015


“Any student in experimental psychology has done at least one cognitive computer task where the computer gives feedback for accurate (sound A) or inaccurate (sound B) responses. This is typically done so the subject can update its knowledge of the task and change its response pattern to increase performance. Is it not fascinating that the […]


November 4, 2015


Thinking about raising new puppies/adolescents reminds me that some “experts” still use “dominant dog” strategies in multi-dog households when conflict occurs. Even though i accept that some dogs are capable leaders, able to use status benevolently, this doesn’t mean these dogs can be bullies! If a particular dog feels the need to exit doors (ahead […]

Getting the right advice! It’s a welfare issue for companion pets!

July 27, 2015


IMO! The following hurts pets because owners don’t get the right education. Here’s a short list why! 1.) Advice from anyone. They do not understand the complications of behavior assessment and protocols. 2.) Protocols are applied incrementally and structurally. This doesn’t happen when owners buy products and apply indiscriminately without guidance from experts. This also […]

IAABC Position statement on LIMA

January 20, 2015


What Is LIMA? LIMA requires that trainers and behavior consultants use the “least intrusive, minimally aversive technique likely to succeed in achieving a training [or behavior change] objective with minimal risk of producing adverse side effects.” It is also a competence criterion, requiring that trainers and behavior consultants be adequately trained and skilled in order to ensure that the least intrusive and aversive procedure is in fact used. 1 LIMA Is Competence-Based LIMA requires that trainers/behavior consultants work to increase the use of positive reinforcement and lessen the use of punishment in work with companion animals and the humans who care for them. LIMA protocols are designed to be maximally humane to learners of all species. In order to ensure best practices, consultants/trainers should pursue and maintain competence in animal behavior consulting through education, training, or supervised experience, and should not advise on problems outside the recognized boundaries of their competencies and experience.2

Josef’s stuffed animals

November 9, 2014


Josef’s stuffed animals Another *logger asked people to send in photos of their childhood teddies or other stuffed animals. Well, if I had any teddies or stuff animals, I most certainly lost those years ago. But as an adult, I did start collecting stuffed animals and have quite a collection, bears and bunnies. But this […]

Teaching dogs manners in public

November 6, 2014


“It takes a village” Recently, I suggested it takes ones neighbors, and those we encounter in public to help us raise and teach our dogs good manners. However, this is not an expectation, it means, can we solicit help using a cooperative effort, not intended to impose on anyone. Otherwise, if you’re training dogs in the real world, […]


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