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A movement that has been making the rounds for a while now is encouraging people to place yellow ribbons on dogs that need space. "Needing space" is a euphemism for dogs that display aggressive behavior toward other dogs and/or toward people. (Labeling dogs as aggressive is bad. So we give them a different label.)
While this idea comes from a sentiment that I can certainly empathize with, I think it is not only doomed to failure but that it actually has the potential to cause more problems than it solves
First there’s the issue of whether or not enough people will use this to make it a reliable tool. We can’t get people to stop buying dogs from pet stores and puppy mills. We can’t get trainers to stick to science to choose and discuss their methods. (This goes for trainers on both sides of the fence by the way. "Do as I Do Dog Training?" Really? Let’s start a new training method based on a couple of studies.) Hell, we can’t even get people to agree on administering vaccinations to prevent disease in our children, let alone our dogs.
But we’re going to get people to reliably put yellow ribbons on dogs that need distance from each other?
Right. The check is in the mail too.
Do you believe that these ribbons would be, if they somehow gained widespread adoption, a trustworthy indicator of an aggressive dog? Do you think that the absence of a ribbon would be a good indicator of a friendly dog?
Go to any conference, or even a working seminar, that allows "friendly" dogs and objectively watch the dogs that (alleged) professionals decide to bring. Chances are you’ll see at least a few that honestly do not belong there. Strike up a conversation and the rationale for bringing the dog there will be appalling…if there even is any recognition that there is a problem.
The sad fact is that denial is a very powerful force, powerful enough to make the desire to have one’s dog with oneself more important than the comfort of the dog. People, especially dog enthusiasts are terrible at self-selection when it comes to their dog’s behavior. The sad fact is a creative explanation for a dog’s behavior is often an acceptable substitute for actually addressing the problem.
And what happens when it’s possible to place a warning signal on an aggressive dog? Who’s problem is the behavior then?
Whether your dog "needs space" or not, your dog is your responsibility. Period. Placing a warning on your dog so that others can look out for her, or relying on other people to tell you that it is safe for your dog is not a good idea. Either way, you are relying on the judgement of others.
Of course many of the ribbons’ advocates are thinking “but the ribbons are only meant to serve as a warning, not as a crutch!” But that’s how they are likely to be used, and at best they are a distraction from what we need to be teaching our clients to do, as well as doing ourselves.
In situations in which you will meet dogs that you are not familiar with:
If your dog does not want to interact with other dogs, keep her away from other dogs.
If your dog does want to interact with other dogs, keep her away from other dogs.
It’s really simple, and all you need to do is look out for yourself and your dog, which is what you should be doing anyway.
Emaciated dog found in park near Lansing
(Lansing State Journal) — A reward is being offered for information about an abandoned and severely neglected dog found this morning at Hawk Island Park. Ingham County Animal Control officials said the female Mastiff weighs less than 42 pounds, barely …
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Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans
It's dog days on Capitol Hill — or, more precisely, dogs have had their day there. Five in particular — all war dog veterans. The canines joined their human advocates at a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday, "Military Dogs Take the Hill," to spotlight …
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Homeless Couple: Man Shot Their Dog in Park
Investigators say the man told them he shot the dog in self-defense after it growled and charged him at Memorial Park on Thursday morning. Brady and Nina Lambert say they didn't know the shooter. His name was not released. The couple says their two …
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Adorable Golden Retriever and wee little kitten cuddle
Made it thru oregon dunes 40 mile stretch to the bay bridge outside N bend. Dunes as high as 500ft
Apples mite have a problem
Of the 450 cases of apples that were landed from Hobart by the steamer that reached Dunedin on Tuesday, 350 were found to be infected with red mite and with scale. The inspector ordered these apples to be opened up and fumigated before being carted to …
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Danielle Kovac, who lured convicted drug dealer Mite Naumovski to his death …
In March, a jury acquitted Paulo Nunzio Stagno, 30, and Danielle Kovac, 28, of murder but found them guilty of manslaughter over the fatal shooting of Mite Naumovski in September 2011. The pair lured the 38-year-old to a Nollamara house following a …
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This Week in Science: Double-Scoop Comet, Laser-Crushed Diamonds and J …
Newly discovered water mite Litarachna lopezae, which dwells in a coral reef off the coast of Puerto Rico, was named in honor of pop star Jennifer Lopez. "This Week in Science" is presented by the World Science Festival, an annual celebration of …
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Here!!Here!! BadRap! Very well thought out, researched, and written!
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Just a quick heads-up for any Vegas-based Dogsters, or those of you who might be attending the SuperZoo conference on the strip this year: Dogster HQ is in town, and we’d love to see you.
As you can see from the photo above, we've brought some Dogster (and Catster!) swag with us, and we'll be handing them out to you until we run out. The conference is at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from today, July 22, through Thursday, July 24. In attendance are Community Manager Lori Malm, Managing Editor Vicky Walker, and Editor-in-Chief Janine Kahn -- that's us pictured up top!
To find us, follow along on instagram (we're @Dogster), where we'll be posting photos of the cool and/or wacky pet products we see at the conference. Use #HQatSuperZoo to get our attention! We'll also be in and out of the I-5 Publishing booth, #10079, from 11 a.m. today onwards, so you can drop by there, too. (Lori is @pawpawrazzi on instagram, and Janine is @janinekahn if you want to follow our personal feeds as well!)
See you at the 'Zoo!
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