This is fantastic and takes inside toilet training to a another level - could not help feel sorry for the dog though!
Came across this yesterday and I hear so many comments from clients like this, that wanted to share from another behaviourist’s point of view. If only people realized that reactive behaviour is mostly based on fear!
He’s very protective”
“He’s very protective of me,” bragged the owner of the German Shepherd I had been called out to evaluate. “He won’t let anyone near me.”
Indeed, her 18-month-old Shepherd was telling me in every line of his body that he did not want me anywhere near him. Head down, eyes wide and staring, muscles tense, and softly growling, he was not a dog I had any desire to approach. He was not, however, “guarding” his owner.
Many fearful or insecure dogs act just like this Shepherd, growling and posturing when people come near their special person. However, their body language tells the true story: these dogs are worried. Their weight is often shifted over their hindquarters, and they rarely position themselves in between the new person and their owner. They lack confidence, and make up for it with their “the best defense is a good offense” approach.
So why do they only show this behavior when they’re by their person? Simple: they’re only brave enough to show how they feel when they have “backup.” Social animals, whether dogs or people, tend to be more likely to act aggressively if they are part of a group whom they believe will back them up. We’re all a little braver with our buddies nearby.
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After the post yesterday of Do Dogs Feel our Pain, I was forwarded this which I just had to share. Thanks Tami!
WHY DOGS REALLY DO FEEL YOUR PAIN.
Comforting distressed humans may be hardwired in dogs' brains.
Dogs may empathize with humans more than any other animal, including humans themselves, several new studies suggest.
The latest research, published in the journal Animal Cognition, found that pet dogs may truly be man (or woman's) best friend if a person is in distress. That distressed individual does not even have to be someone the dog knows.
"I think there is good reason to suspect dogs would be more sensitive to human emotion than other species," co-author Deborah Custance told Discovery News. "We have domesticated dogs over a long period of time. We have selectively bred them to act as our companions."
"Thus," she added," those dogs that responded sensitively to our emotional cues may have been the individuals that we would be more likely to keep as pets and breed from."
Custance and colleague Jennifer Mayer, both from the Department of Psychology at the University of London Goldsmiths College, exposed 18 pet dogs -- representing different ages and breeds -- to four separate 20-second human encounters. The human participants included the dogs' owners as well as strangers.
During one experimental condition, the people hummed in a weird way. For that one, the scientists were trying to see if unusual behavior itself could trigger canine concern. The people also talked and pretended to cry.
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I was sent this by a friend and it really is a good example of stress signals showing that a dog is coping more than previously. Unfortunately the link I was sent does not link back to the author of the piece, so my sincere apologies and if anybody knows where this originated from, please let me know. It was just too good not to feature!
One of the tenents of my training has always been to make things low-stress. If I’m seeing lots of shake-offs, yawns, or panting, there’s a good chance that I’m asking too much for the dog (at their level of training) or putting to much pressure on them. Learning IS, by its very nature, a process that has some stress but I don’t want to be pushing the dog so much that he/she starts throwing stress signals frequently. There are moments, however, where seeing stress signals is good (and not just good that the dog is letting you know he/she is stressed).
When I brought Linus home on Sunday he was a shut down mess. In the car he rode BEAUTIFULLY–except it was because he was so shut down. He was just frozen stiff. He sat nearly the whole way until I had a sharp turn and he finally got off-balance and he finally tipped over into a down. Although offered food, he would not eat at all (though he licked at a treat once).
Today in the car he was panting, changing positions frequently, and scanning out the windows intensely. I was actually really excited to see these stress signals because it was telling me that he was not shut down and that is a huge improvement. He was also eating high value treats easily on our trip to the vet (after the vet he was a bit TOO stressed out).
He may have had to be carried to and from the clinic but he did take really high value treats for a while in the clinic and that is another big improvement. Our trip outside the house definitely confirmed that while he has made huge strides in the house, his world is still very small and we’ll have to slowly desensitize him to the rest of it.
We went to the vet yesterday and although absolutely terrified, Linus was a good boy! He does have a yucky infection at the neuter site but it’s only skin deep which is good news. He’s on a pain management and antibiotic regiment to hopefully make him more comfortable and kick the infection to the curb! The vet was also adamant about him wearing a Elizabethan collar “at all times.” I’m pretty sure that the e-collar would stress him out way more than me redirecting him from messing with his booboo. I’m home a lot so I can keep an eye on him but I’m hoping to not have to use an e-collar often (I mean , look at the poor guy, he’s so confused with the cone of shame.. he thinks he’s a lamp!).http://networkedblogs.com/GFq0E
“Please do write a letter and or call the numbers below (or send an email on the link provided) and let your voice be heard. Even tho’ the vote occurred yesterday, it is not too late to let them know how you feel.
This apparently is not just about Homeopathics, it is about natural therapies for animals that is being attacked.”
Dr. Quila Rider
Pain Relief Specialist
Anti-Homeopathy Resolution Slipped in Through the Back Door
Dr. Jean has written a blog post on her website everyone needs to read concerning the proposed AVMA anti-homeopathy resolution.
The AVMA is basing its position solely on a 32-page white paper titled "The Case Against Homeopathy" that states homeopathy is ineffective and its use should be discouraged. According to Dr. Jean's sources, the white paper was written by a vocal opponent of holistic medicine in all its forms, and was submitted to the AVMA under the sponsorship of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (VMA).
The anti-homeopathy resolution is shocking not only to veterinary homeopaths around the world, but also, hopefully, to every veterinarian in Connecticut, holistic or otherwise. Apparently, the veterinary community in that state was not asked for their input on the resolution!
According to Dr. Jean, the resolution came to the AVMA's attention through a "weird little procedural back door." It's Dr. Jean's understanding that it will be voted on by the AVMA Executive Board on Saturday, and then go to the House of Delegates (HOD). The normal procedure for these resolutions is that they come up through the HOD or standing committees first, and are then referred to the Executive Board. At the annual conference in July, everyone gets an opportunity to talk about them, and they are voted on by the entire House of Delegates. There are over 100 delegates from 50 states and allied associations. They usually go along with the recommendation of the Executive Board.
This is concerning for the precedent it could set in getting AVMA resolutions passed without expert testimony (in this case, the testimony of veterinary homeopaths and other subject experts), and indeed, without the majority of AVMA's voting membership made aware of proposed resolutions. (Proposed resolutions are published in JAVMA just prior to the conference. I suspect not many vets read them.)
Who, Exactly, is Behind the Resolution?
I asked Dr. Jean to elaborate if possible on just who is behind the anti-homeopathy white paper upon which the AVMA based its resolution. What are this person's credentials regarding the practice of veterinary homeopathy?
Dr. Jean responded there is one primary driver behind this information, among a small group of "skeptics" who are dedicated to abolishing complementary and alternative veterinary medicine. This individual apparently pushed to bring it to the AVMA for a vote, but while Dr. Jean knows who the person is, she must respect his privacy because he published the white paper anonymously.
Dr. Jean then pointed out, and I certainly agree, that if a person isn't proud enough of his work to put his name on it, that fact alone should raise red flags for anyone who is using that work as the sole basis for passing such an important resolution.
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I was sent this article by a friend that is aware that I am currently using alternative methods to get my own dog's sugar levels both under control and balanced. The holistic vet I am working with ( Dr. Anuska Viljoen) says 'You are What You Eat' and also 'Do No Harm' and this is so true for both ourselves and our animals.
My own thoughts on this are that I would never stop Brady's Insulin, but I have changed him to raw food and he is now getting Homeopathic and Herbal medicine as well. Have we had an overnight turn around? No, it does not happen overnight - but I can see a change in my dog for the better - he absolutely adores the Raw Food and is a much happier dog (seems to have become younger) and I am sure that with this combined manner of treatment, that the levels will balance and reduce.
Personally I believe that there is a balance to be found and that we need to take responsibility for our own and our animals well being and at the same time work with our doctors and vets to achieve this. It is well and good to pop cholesterol pills to lower cholesterol levels, but if we keep on eating the foods that affect cholesterol levels and do not change our diet, and even look for natural foods that lower cholesterol levels, we are just not being fair to ourselves. Included in this would be to ensure that we humans and our dogs are getting the exercise, rest and mental stimulation that we require to be completely healthy.
Read Article...............What veterinarians and physicians dog not like to talk about..........
What veterinarians and physicians do not like to talk about…
By Dr. Peter Dobias
Is our medical system nearing the health care cliff?
Today, I would like to share with you a few thoughts on a topic that is serious, and not many of my colleagues dare to talk about. It is also very close to my heart because, whether I like it or not, I am a doctor too.
For many years, one of my main goals in practice has been to reduce the use of pharmaceutical drugs and replace them with healing techniques that are natural and less toxic. I embarked on this path more than 15 years ago and now I can see more clearly what exactly is happening in veterinary and human medicine. What I write here as just an opinion. My intention is to provoke a discussion about how we handle the gift of health and what we can do better.
There is nothing in nature that doesn’t have a purpose or that is not a closed cycle. We come from the land and we go back in the land and so do animals, plants, trees and all that is living. We have a general sense of understanding that “natural” is good and artificial or synthetic is not optimal. However, the human civilization has never been further away from nature as it is today. The majority of our population lives in cities surrounded with artificial structures and materials that are toxic to us and to the environment.
In veterinary or human medicine, we have reached a point where we are starting to question how anyone can become healthier by taking prescription drugs – complex artificial substances that interact with each other on a level that nobody, even doctors, do not understand.
Yes, some drugs are necessary for an immediate survival in an immediate emergency or when, the body loses the ability to produce some hormones and life essential substances such as insulin. However, I would like to pay attention to the other side of the spectrum where many patients are gradually poisoned due to side effects of drugs that often could be replaced by less harmful, yet effective natural alternatives.
It is not unusual to see a senior person or a dog, taking anywhere between 5 to 10 different prescription drugs. Dogs are commonly put on drugs for arthritis and mobility that cause liver disease or kidney failure and I am convinced that most dogs could live a better and longer life without these drugs, using holistic and natural approaches instead.
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If you have not watched this yet, you should! Brilliant
YouTube: Ultimate Dog Tease was the most-watched video of 2011 A "talking" dog has topped the list of the most-watched YouTube videos of the year in a top 10 that also includes a spoof of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, a Britain's Got Talent audition and two babies talking gibberish to each other.
The dog clip, in which the animal appears to tell his owner "You're kidding me!" after he is told his dinner has been fed to the cat, was the most watched YouTube clip in the UK in 2011.
It beat a viral ad by mobile phone operator T-Mobile, in which guests at a spoof royal wedding dance their way down the aisle, into second place, followed by a mash-up of interviews by Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen talking about his troubled departure from hit sitcom Two and a Half Men.
Gloucestershire dog owner fights charity castration policy
Greyhound Rescue West of England says castration is the correct procedure for Humbug
A dog lover from Gloucestershire is arguing that a lurcher puppy he wants to adopt should not be castrated.
Peter Martin and his wife Tina want to give a home to nine-month-old Humbug, but a rescue charity says its policy is to castrate all dogs before adoption.
Mr Martin, from Tetbury, disagrees and believes the dog should have a vasectomy instead.
Greyhound Rescue West of England says a vasectomy is not a recognised procedure for dogs.
'The only way'
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This is definitely something to keep an eye open for! There is a link at the end, based on the photo here, where you can see the dog walking. Interestingly enough, the use of a Wrap that is used in TTouch also assists dogs with hip problems and arthritis.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University students in a senior design course designed, built and tested an "exoskeleton" to help a dog afflicted with hip dysplasia walk without pain
The course was taught by John Nolfi, a continuing lecturer in the School of Mechanical Engineering. The mechanical engineering students demonstrated the exoskeleton on a dog outfitted with the device, working with a researcher in School of Veterinary Medicine.
The exoskeleton is made of a carbon composite material and conforms to the shape of the dog. It has been tested on a dog and has been shown to improve mobility about 55 percent.
CLICK HERE to see the video of how this works.