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on Monday June 17th, 2013 at 04:05 PM
I recently had an awkward moment with a client about his new rescue dog. The dog doesnt come when hes called, and the owner insists that the only way he can get the dogs attention is if he ignores him. Thenhe suddenly becomes clingy. The conversation that followed went something like this.
Me: Its possible that he likes when youre not paying attention to him. Maybe, to him, the absence of your vigilanceis a reward.
Him: No, thats not it.
Me: Well, if a behavior keeps happening, it means that it...
on Friday June 14th, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Dusty, a newbie drug-sniffing dog in Bremerton, WA, is the first in the state to be trained NOT to find weed.
Now that weed is legal in Washington, some drug-sniffing dogs are finding themselves with a skill set that is no longer necessary. All that hard work that went into training these savvy canines to smell out weed, and now the police dont need them to find it. Indeed, much hubbub is being made of Dusty, pictured, the states newest police scent dog. He is being trained to sniff out all...
on Thursday June 13th, 2013 at 07:18 PM
In my work is a dog trainer, Ive mostly dealt with two kinds of animals: Dogs and humans. At School For The Dogs, Kate and I have had the occasional cat student, and we both do training with our own felines. But the basics of behaviorism-based animal training apply to all species.
Like, for instance, pigs and ducks. Especially really cute pigs and ducks. I should know
Last year I worked as an associate producer and animal wrangler on the Animal Planet show Too Cute. Among other duties, I wrote...
on Tuesday June 11th, 2013 at 08:07 PM
A couple of years ago, I wrote an article for The New York Times about Amy Finkel, a Brooklyn woman with a dream: To make a film about the weird ways in which people memorialize their pets. That film, Furever, is now a reality, and its a triumph and is making the film festival rounds last weekend, it won the Audience Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival. I asked Amy to tell me a little bit about how this project came to be.
At what point did you decide that you wanted to make a movie about...
on Wednesday June 5th, 2013 at 04:32 AM
Last year, Silvie Bordeaux, a Los Angeles publicist, made a pact with God. Shortly after she learned that her 12-year-old toy poodle, Muffin, had gone blind, the dog ended up in the emergency room after he was accidentally lacerated during a vet appointment to inspect a suspicious mass. The prognosis was bleak. On her site she describes how, while he was in critical care, she was home on my knees sobbing all night, surrounded by his bed, toys and clothes, I pleaded to God to please save my...
on Tuesday June 4th, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Sure, you might have a lobster costume for your corgi in the closet. And pet-safe nail polish in the bathroom. But heres agratuitouslycute item that might be something that could actually benefit your dog: Glasses.
Doggles are goggles for dogs. They are used to help provide some UV protection (especially important for dogs suffering from pannus, a canine corneal disease), or to protect the eyes of Search and Rescue dogs from debris and danger and sand. Or, you might get them if you want your...
on Monday June 3rd, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Im a dog trainer. I work to help people solve issues theyre having with their dogs. But sometimes, I find that I can use the same solutions I dole out to my students to train another animal with whom Im particularly well acquainted: Me.
Take my workout habits.
I should work out because of the long-term health effects on my body. I should have enough willpower to just do it. But I dont. For dogs, theoretical long-term results dont matter in training behavior. We might have a different temporal...
on Wednesday April 3rd, 2013 at 01:19 PM
A North Carolina tattoo artist, ErnestoRodriguez, is being criticized for tattooing his dogs on their bellies.
Rodriguez says that the tattoos are for identification purposes. Indeed, many vets, breeders and rescuers do tattoo animals, either to be able to ID them, or to indicate that theyve been spayed or neutered. But usually its just a number or a line or something. Rodriguezs dogs tattoos are far more elaborate, although no more attractive than other dog tattoos Ive seen. I was hoping they...
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