A scientific study of dog farts—I could not make this stuff up

If a team of scientists can spend two years studying dogs pooping, this seems like a logical project. Being scientists, they referred to the study as flatulence, but that word is pretentious and hard to spell correctly. So I’ll just use one of the oldest words in the English language that was used by Chaucer. As far as I can tell, this is not a study paid for by the taxpayers. It was done by…
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Shelter Sunday: Faithful Friends Animal Society / Wilmington, DE

Meet Sox! This five-year old American Staffordshire Terrier is currently living in Wilmington, Delaware courtesy of Faithful Friends Animal Society. Here’s what their website has to say about this pretty boy. Sox is a high-energy dog. He has been at the shelter for over two years. Sox is looking for an owner who can dedicate […]


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Chad smith – Flea – Josh SOLO

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Rose mit Läusen / Rose with louse

A few nice Lice images I found:

Rose mit Läusen / Rose with louse
Lice

Image by to.wi
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
Lice

Image by tuppus
left to right: audience, Jim, Esther

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Tail Wagging Tutors

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 […]


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Counter-Conditioning and Desensitization for Dogs (Part 3)

Basic Graduation 2-14-12

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:

  1. The dog attempts to escape.
  2. The dog lunges, growls, barks, in what we would characterize as an aggressive manner.
  3. 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.

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Sundance Resort’s Avalance Rescue Dog Program: An Interview with Writer Joan DeMartin

As our regular readers know, before we moved into pet writing in 2008, John and I were full-time travel writers. Although our assignments usually took us to warm weather destinations (not by…



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Won on a last second field goal–I really love those!!

San Francisco 49ers – 23 Arizona Cardinals – 20
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Pest Control Houston (832) 464-4119 – The Pest Gurus

http://www.thepestgurutx.com (832) 464-4119 Pest Control Houston The Pest Guru Timber Creek Place, Houston, TX 77084 (832) 464-4119 Pest Control Houston Exte…
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