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Dog Laws & Legislation > HSLF Endorses Obama-Biden
Beast SmH,- KoR1, RFTS

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Barked: Tue Sep 23, '08 8:49am PST 
The Humane Society Legislative Fund's board of directors (comprised of both Democrats and Republicans) has voted unanimously to endorse Obama and Biden based solely on their track record for supporting animal welfare. Please read the article below and make sure to share it with everyone you know who cares about animals.

Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Obama-Biden
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Behavior & Training > I bit another dog so hard he has puncture wounds in his face
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Barked: Mon Nov 19, '07 7:56am PST 
Please, please, PLEASE get the help of a behavior specialist. Not just a trainer. Simply going to a training class will not address the aggression. This will not get better on its own. It may get worse (not because Niles has "tasted blood" but because he's learned the aggressive behavior works to make other dogs go away).

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (www.apdt.com) has members who also specialize in behavior modification. Also, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (www.iaabc.org) has a consultant locator to help you find a behaviorist in your area.

Good luck - I have dealt with this problem as well and know how frustrating and scary it is (and how it's almost always the person's fault, not the dog's!) But with time and effort on your part Niles can improve.
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Behavior & Training > Socializing a dog

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Barked: Wed Oct 10, '07 7:29am PST 
Thank you Asher. I was a bit concerned about hijacking the other thread as well, but felt that the socialization comment needed to be addressed.

Nick, the problem is, many dog owners don't take puppies to the park, or anywhere else, that young precisely because they *are* afraid of disease. Puppy class, while not the only option, is a very good way to socialize puppies in an environment that owners can be sure is reasonably clean, and where all the other puppies have begun courses of vaccination. I would much rather get owners into a class early, where they can be educated about ongoing socialization, then have them fly blind until the dog is 5 or 6 months old and the critical window is closing.

The other bonus that comes with putting a puppy into class early is, of course, training. I work in a shelter where over 3/4 of the dogs we have turned into us are relinquished for behavioral reasons - MOST of which could have been prevented or reversed with simple training or socialization. Early training means a lesser chance of puppies being dumped later.

I agree that not all individual dogs *have* to be socialized beginning at eight weeks. There are dogs with little to no socialization during their critical period that turn out fine. However, early and ongoing socialization is still, for most dogs, an exceptionally important way to prevent aggression later in a dog's life.

And the fact remains that the number of puppies that die of parvo is far lesser than the number who are euthanized for behavior problems. FACT. Not opinion. To me, it's a no-brainer where the greatest risk lies.
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Behavior & Training > Peeing just to make me mad...

Beast SmH,- KoR1, RFTS

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Barked: Tue Oct 9, '07 9:28pm PST 
"Joey, an 8 week old puppy shouldn't be going on a walk... there is no way he has had all of his shots. "

I couldn't disagree more with this statement.

Most of the puppy classes I am familiar with (including my own) accept puppies as young as eight weeks old who have begun a course of vaccinations. Eight week old puppies are in the middle of a crucial socialization period, and are statistically FAR more likely to later die (by euth) of a behavioral problem than they are to die of a disease or illness contracted before vaccs are finished.

http://www.sheltermedicine.com/documents/Socialization_ and_Parvovirus_Risk.doc

http://www.clevercanine.ca/resources/arti cles/puppy_vaccination_and_socialization.doc

There's another letter, I believe from UC Davis, but I can't find the link. I can post it tomorrow if anyone is interested.

Please, PLEASE socialize your puppies as early as possible!
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Dog Health > Ugh! Is this normal? (Stupid Vet Question) (Sorry, kinda long)

Beast SmH,- KoR1, RFTS

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Barked: Wed Aug 29, '07 11:06am PST 
Almost had the cable shut off?

How about... shut off the cable and get Steele his shots?? thinking
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Home Prepared Food & Recipes > Car Camping with Home Cooked Food
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Barked: Mon Jul 2, '07 8:41am PST 
Aina, I haven't been car camping since I started home cooking a few months ago, but in the past for car camp-outs of more than a few days, I've taken dry ice. Some grocery stores will sell it this time of year, but I usually buy mine from a local ice cream shop (they ship ice cream using dry ice, but they also sell it). I think it goes for something like $2 a pound here, so I buy $10 or $15 dollars worth - it lasts all weekend, and keeps everything frozen SOLID!

Good luck, and have fun camping! I'm envious! big grin
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Dog Laws & Legislation > Shock collars on the genetals

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Barked: Sun Jul 1, '07 10:14pm PST 
Tierce and Pippin, I agree. I would much prefer to have my dogs associate training and competition with pleasant things rather than fear and stress. People who can't have fun (and can't let their dogs have fun) while training/competing baffle me. Lighten up, you know? Give a dog a break.

Though, I must admit, a jerk on the neck is probably preferable to a jolt to the crotch. thinking


ETA: Well put, Storm! way to go
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Dog Laws & Legislation > Shock collars on the genetals

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Barked: Sun Jul 1, '07 9:02pm PST 
Apparently not, Storm. She doesn't really seem to understand much at all, except the constant and reckless use of punishment. She is a total control freak. NAILS her dogs hard three times in a row on the slip collar every time they break eye contact, too.

Some people, I swear, just seem to take sadistic pleasure from doing this stuff to dogs. I can't think of any other explanation.

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Dog Laws & Legislation > Shock collars on the genetals

Beast SmH,- KoR1, RFTS

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Barked: Sun Jul 1, '07 7:49pm PST 
Storm - I know of a trainer here that uses a shock collar to train her dog to touch the contact points in agility. She puts the dog in front of the obstacle, shocks it until it touches the contact, stops when it does, shocks it again when it nears the other contact at the end of the obstacle, then stops when the dog touches it.

I was horrified when I found out about this. The 'best' part? Her dogs are a wreck in the ring half the time, and she blames them, of course. More shock will fix it!!

If there were a shaking-head-in-disgust emoticon, I'd use it here.
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Dog Laws & Legislation > Shock collars on the genetals
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Barked: Sat Jun 30, '07 7:43pm PST 
"Dawg" is Ami Moore, I have little doubt.

She uses the same evasive, defensive and nebulous language that she has on a professional trainer's list that I frequent, where identities are confirmed.

My favorite? The claim she makes that she is the only full-time "Afro-American" dog trainer in the country. BS! I happen to know two personally.

I look forward very much to the day where not just any fool who can operate a shock collar can call themselves a "dog trainer".
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