3-year-old boy nearly killed by tick bite
(CNN) – It can happen to any of us – a day outside could end in with a tick bite. An illness could follow. That's what happened to a 3-year-old boy. For mother Lindsay Murphy, playing with her 3 year old son Rylee has never felt so good. Recently … Read more on wwlp.com
Market Wrap: Tech Dip Takes a Tick Out of Stocks
Samsung Electronics Co. Unveils The Galaxy Note 4 Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThe new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge smartphone was unveiled Wednesday, which took a toll on rival Apple's stock price. By MATTHEW CRAFT NEW YORK … Read more on DailyFinance
Deer Tick electrifies Live on King Street stage
Deer Tick's singer and front man, John McCauley, did not receive the only shock of the Aug. 22's Live On King Street show from his faulty, electrocuting microphone. Patrons of their performance, who were expecting a classic folk rock set, were also … Read more on UW Badger Herald
Thank you for hosting this event – and sharing the information with those who could not attend. Workshops like these are critical to moving forward and making progress for the dogs. I hope to attend next year! BAD RAP Blog
Happy Labor Day to all the working dogs out there. Whether you spend your days keeping us safe, fighting our wars, providing therapy, bringing in the herd, retrieving prey, or just making us feel better as a companion, we appreciate your hard work! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
Pre-treating schoolchildren could cause head lice to mutate, parents warned
PARENTS ARE BEING advised against exposing their children to head lice treatments as a precautionary measure, ahead of the new school term. The Irish Pharmacy Union says such measures can be counter-productive, causing the lice to modify or mutate … Read more on thejournal.ie
Turkish sergeant who took part in Lice statue removal dies
The private Cihan news agency, however, reported that Ünal returned to the Lice District Gendarmerie Command after the clashes and accidentally shot himself there. It added that he was taken to Dicle University Research Hospital via a helicopter, but … Read more on Today’s Zaman
Relaxed lice policies in schools get support
School health employees associated with the Palos Heights School District, located in Illinois, remain unfazed by flocks of head lice that cling to the hair of a young student. They just send students with head lice back to their class. According to a … Read more on News Channel Daily
Deciding that an association is causing your dog to behave a certain way means making assumptions about what is going on "inside" the dog. These kinds of assumptions are not always right. As a matter of fact, these kinds of assumptions are what can lead to describing a dog as stubborn, dumb, or even the dreaded (and horribly misused) "dominant." Which is not a personality attribute dammit. But I digress…
With the understanding that we are making judgements based on our dog’s body language and behavior there is a general rule we can follow. We use CC&DS to change an undesirable response to a stimulus that seems to be driven by a negative reaction to the stimulus. Let’s consider three possible responses to a human stranger approaching a dog:
The dog attempts to escape.
The dog lunges, growls, barks, in what we would characterize as an aggressive manner.
The dog attempts to jump up and greet the person.
In numbers one and two the dog’s reaction is negative. Both reactions are likely driven by fear. In number three his reaction is positive – he is happy to see the person and wants to greet them, albeit in an inappropriate manner.
We need to change the emotional response in scenarios one and two. A dog that is attempting to flee or attack cannot be taught to greet someone politely, and even if it were possible, he would probably still be distressed. We want to make him more comfortable. This is job for CC&DS.
In scenario three the dog is happy to see people! We certainly don’t want to change that. We have a training problem: we need to teach him how to greet people politely.
In situations where we need to make something "bad" become something "good" (or at least a lot less bad) we use CC&DS. In a situation where something is already good but the response is what is "bad" we use training.
That’s it for CC&DS in this series. Next week we move on to a new chapter in the ABC’s.
But before we move on, here’s a cute video illustrating how classical conditioning works. I wish I had found it when I started this series.
What is Mange in Cats? Is Your Cat at Risk?
A mite infestation leads to the typical symptoms of mange in cats: repetitive and insatiable scratching, red lesions, scaly skin, and hair loss. Mange in cats is observed most frequently among cats who are neglected, like strays and street cats, and … Read more on Catster
Christine McFadden: Effective treatments available for dogs suffering from mange
There are different sorts of mites, all possessing eight legs and often visible only under a microscope. There are two kinds that commonly affect the dog. Sarcoptic mange is caused by an ugly little mite, sarcotes scabiei, that burrows into the skin of … Read more on Merced Sun-Star