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Welcome to the Doglinks Newsletter- December 15, 2009

Here's what you'll find:

1. Events
2. New Zealand Dog News
3. World Dog News
4. Behaviour Quiz
5. Doggy links
6. Non-Doggy Sites
7. Doggy Reading
8. Non-Doggy Reading
9. Doggy Videos
10. Quotes of the Week
11. Dog Blog
12. Thanks
13. How to stop your subscription


For a complete view of what's happening around the country, view our Dog Calendar








What did Ivan Pavlov demonstrate concerning a dog's ears?

A. Dogs hear better than people.
B. A puff of air stimulates an unconditioned bite response.
C. Pulling a dog's ear causes a bite response.


Last Newsletter Quiz's answer:
B. The word "Come" is so commonly used in casual situations that most dogs need a "special" word to learn to come in really important circumstances, such as when they're chasing a cat, a car, or about to pick up something they shouldn't, etc. For this reason, it's most effective to teach them a "code" word for come. One of the best is the sharp, rarely-heard word, "Tippy, KOY!" It should never be heard in non-emergency situations. The BehavioRx Instruction Brochure "Obedience Training - A Primer" explains it fully. See webtrail.coml to order it.



Doggone Safe Programme- Christchurch's Naked Dog Training Offers a Dog Bite Prevention programme to the community.

NAEAC has produced two further Occasional Papers titled "Regulation of Animal Use in Research, Testing and Teaching : Comparison of NZ and European Legislation" and "Compliance Monitoring: The University of Auckland Approach".

New Brain Connections Form Rapidly During Motor Learning New connections begin to form between brain cells almost immediately as animals learn a new task, according to a study published this week in Nature . Led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the study involved detailed observations of the rewiring processes that take place in the brain during motor learning.

Can Fear be Rewarded? Of all the myths and misconceptions that have surrounded dog behavior and training for a very long time, perhaps the most persistent is the one that claims it is possible to reinforce an animal's fear by paying attention to him or trying to reassure him. This was certainly a belief some of Suzanne's first mentors indoctrinated her with close to thirty years ago.

Puppy Prodigies A therapy dog program. We believe that young puppies should have the opportunity to develop emotionally, socially and physically from the moment they're born.  This is done through exposure to a variety of activities that are necessary to enable an optimal learning experience.

The dog's view of obedience A kind of "Dear Abby" exchange in which the 60--30 rule is explained

Preventing Separation Anxiety in Newly Adopted Dogs



VoiceThread - You can upload pictures and create an audio narrative to go along with them. In addition, audio comments can be left by visitors. VoiceThread also provides a great deal to teachers by allowing them to get their premium services for free, including allowing them to create a zillion VoiceThreads for free. Happily, they've finally incorporated the feature of allowing you to include images off the web just by inserting its url. It's that new feature that made me choose VoiceThread as number one.

Behaviour Training Improves Connectivity and function in the brain

Non-Invasive Technique Blocks a Conditioned Fear Recalling Emotional Memory Opens Window of Opportunity to Re-Write It

NCBI The Life Sciences Search Engine

Sporcle trivia, quizzes, language games, etc.

376 of the best one-liners on the Internet

Locate user manuals, how-to guides, installation instructions, and tutorials from thousands of manufacturers and products]

Increase in federal prisons in the States since 1950 Superb example -- if it's accurate -- of data visualization


Here's part 1 of the annual round-up of books, in time, I hope, for your howliday shopping:

Patricia McConnell's Tales of Two Species: Essays on Loving and Living With Dogs collects her columns or essays from *The Bark* magazine, and there's a new edition of Jean Donaldson's *Dogs Are from Neptune*

Alexandra Horowitz's Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know is enjoyable and sometimes insightful, esp. on the primacy of scent in dogs' apprehension of the world

Ted Kerasote's Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog is a lovely recollection of a dog with a remarkable personality

The Sport of Schutzhund by B. J. & Peter Spanos is a very pretty collection of photos even if you don't know much about the sport or your breeds are other than, say, GSDs

The Encyclopedia of Dog Sports and Activities: A Field Guide of More Than 35 Fun Activities for You and Your Dog by Diane Morgan gives very good summaries of almost every sport and pastime involving dogs

Michael Schaffer's One Nation Under Dog: Adventures in the New World of Prozac-Popping Puppies, Dog-Park Politics, and Organic Pet Food describes the current sociology of dog ownership in the U.S.

Mike Darton's Spott's Canine Miscellany is a parody of Schott's Original Miscellany -- very funny





A series of videos are highlights of the Puppy Prodigies Neo-natal & Early Learning program.  Their program consists of a full learning regime that all their puppies go through.

Dog Day of Summer-- excellent way of showcasing dogs ability of having a grand old time during the summer months. And great way of seeing what clicker training can do for you!

16 Goldens teaching about the structure of atoms (video) A crack team of PhD-trained golden retrievers illustrate the structure of atoms - the particles that make up everything around you. They also show how atoms are weirder than you might think.

Self-serving great dane Griswold the Great Dane only likes his water fresh and cold.

Whistling puppy He's sure trying.

Crazy Canadians! I'm one of them, but not like this! (non- doggie)

This track inspector should look for another job (non- doggie)




I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.
  - Terry Pratchett

What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day.
  - George Bernard Shaw

My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.
  - Jean Rostand

You may have a dog that won't sit up, roll over or even cook breakfast, not because she's too stupid to learn how but because she's too smart to bother.
-- Rick Horowitz, Chicago Tribune

I feel that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable.
--  Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) in *Annie Hall*

I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.
--  Matisse

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.


11. THANKS TO ...

Geoff Stern for insert in Non-Doggy Reading
Behaviour Quiz- taken from

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