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A few nice Lice images I found:
Rose mit Läusen / Rose with louse
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Gut getarnt durch ihre grüne Farbe saugen sich die Läuse voll. Dabei zeigt das Hinterteil immer nach oben. Sie nehmen dabei beträchtlich zu. Der Körper der großen Tiere ist etwa 3- 4mm lang. Furchtlose Menschen dürfen auch die Vergrößerung anschauen ;=)
Makroobjektiv 95mm, Juni 2010.
Fleas and Lice
Image by tuppus
left to right: audience, Jim, Esther
From our local school for kids with developmental disabilities: By Carolyn Keller, RS Southgate School Intervention Specialist Southgate School welcomes the return of Therapy Dogs International “Tail Wagging Tutors!” Each dog, accompanied by a volunteer, visits classrooms in the morning. Teachers need to sign up in advance to participate. The dogs will visit on the […]
Last week I described the counter-condition and desensitization process (CC&DS). When is it the right approach, as opposed to addressing a problem with reward-based training?
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:
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.
Counter-Conditioning and Desensitization for Dogs (Part 3) is a post written by Eric Goebelbecker . You can see the actual post at Dog Training in Bergen County New Jersey
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The Internet is full off heartwarming reunions between dogs and veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. They make us feel good about an unfortunate situation and also demonstrate how much our dogs add to our lives.
Welcome Home Mama and Boris: How a Sister’s Love Saved a Fallen Soldier’s Beloved Dogs provides us with a view of a different, but no less uplifting, meeting. A meeting between a fall soldier’s sister (co-author Carey Neesley) and the dogs he rescued before he lost his life in Iraq.
I received a preview copy of this book a few weeks ago and enjoyed it immensely. This isn’t a book I would normally buy on my own — I tend to gravitate toward either fiction (mostly Sci-Fi and Fantasy) or science (math, physics, and surprise! behavior and training,) but I had heard of this story back when Carey was trying to rescue the dogs from Iraq and my curiosity was piqued. The book did not disappoint. As a matter of fact it was difficult to put it down after I started reading it.
Carey writes in both the first person and in the present tense which took me a few pages to get used to, but eventually her direct style and internal dialog grabbed me and brought me right into the story. She starts out showing you how close she was with Peter (her brother) as well as how close he was to her young son Patrick. How and why Peter served not just one tour in Iraq but two provides insight into his character and helps make it obvious why Carey worked so hard to save his dogs.
While most of us are familiar with Carey’s success bringing Mama and Boris home, there is a lot more to the story, both before and after she worked the miracle of getting them back to the U.S. How did Peter find the dogs? Why did his unit in Iraq work so hard to help her save them? Who helped her stateside? What bureaucratic hoops must one jump through to get 2 dogs from Baghdad to the midwest? It’s a great read.
THis is a really a book for anyone, but dog people will find it especially interesting and rewarding. Preorder it now!
Here is a book trailer: