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Welcome to the Doglinks Newsletter- December 1, 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



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  • Timaru family sad at loss of dog




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Your 6 month-old puppy used to come instantly every time you called "Tippy Come." However, Tippy now hesitates, especially when something distracting is going on. What probably happened?

A. As pups mature, they vie for dominance and Tippy is competing for it.
B. You've probably worn out the command by using it in casual circumstances.
C. You probably didn't use food properly as a reward.
D. You used your clicker incorrectly.

Last Newsletter Quiz's answer: Your dog may be hitting the end of his rapid growth period. A. and C.  A. is your first step. Cut the amount of each feeding by 10 percent for 2 days and see if the stools don't firm up. If not, cut down another 10 percent. If they don't get any firmer, tell your veterinarian what you've done and she/he may want to examine him. If no problems are found,  C. should started, and another 10 percent drop in quantity may be required.



Pets 4 Pets For Sale in New Zealand

New Zealand's Kennel & Cattery Directory

How to Create a Motivating Toy

The Web Magazine for Pet Owners It does have a veterinary slant as the author is a veterinary surgeon and he writes about what he knows best.

Disney's Animal Programs Training Program

Theory of Learning- dog and human!

A Pet In Your Life Keeps The Doctor Away

Why One Way Of Learning Is Better Than Another

Kids Misunderstand Dog's Emotions And this is why the Doggonesafe Programme is important!

Owners Should Exercise With Their Dogs Based On Specific Needs To Prevent Obesity, Vet Recommends



Dale's Cone of Experience rebutted People do NOT remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they see, 30% of what they hear, etc. That information, and similar pronouncements are fraudulent.

Recipe: Turkish Chicken & Vermicelli Soup with Egg & Lemon

Shrink Pictures -- image resizing -- anyone can Resize Images and Digital Pictures .



Off and on watching the Janice Gunn videos. For some reason, Gunn excludes any footage of people presenting their own dogs out of respect for privacy. This seems a little odd to me, since in so many videos -- such as the recent one by Michael Ellis -- the whole point is to demonstrate how to work through a problem, how to apply the method correctly.

Gunn's approach is, like Sandra Ladwig's, "Here's me, this is what I do" -- or what I say I do. In some cases, I'm not sure if what Gunn recommends is really what's important or effective, such as the stick in the armband to hold a food lure. I think this, like other parts of Gunn's approach, comes from Annemarie Silverton. And still other things are clearly derived from Sylvia Bishop, such as the collar bounces as motivational corrections instead of collar pops.

I like some of Gunn's commonsensical notions, but I wonder if she may be overthinking some things, such as eschewing feeding on the move. Yeah, munching even a small morsel of food -- a cubette of roast beef, a nickel of string cheese -- will cause the dog to drop his head or at least turn away from his focal point, but I'm not convinced that unwavering eye contact is necessary or desirable for good heeling.

It's hard to argue with her, since Gunn has such an impressive record of titles and 200s, but I'm congenitally resistant to such gadgetry. For all the time Gunn spends explaining how to position the stick, what seems to be working is -- not surprisingly -- the clarity and consistency of her body language and movements, her excellent timing, her skill in deconstructing and reassembling exercises, and all the other skills and talents we associate with all of the Big Hats, irrespective of methodology.

Still, there are some very good suggestions -- and, as with all seminars and workshops, you come away motivated to try stuff with your own dog. /Written by Geoff Stern



Couple of "graphic novels" -- comic books, really: Michael Keller's illustrated version of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation and a philosophy survey called Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by -- I love these names -- Aposotolos Doxiadis & Christos Papadimitrou, which may be esp. notable because Bertrand Russell is the hero. Lots of graphic adaptations are just shortcuts to writing a real novel, I suppose --  Greg Rucka's *Whiteout* books, for example Final Crisis: Revelations HC -- but sometimes the collision of the children's format with a grown-up theme or contents produces something startling, enjoyable, and clever, as with Art Spiegelman's Maus or the graphic adaptation of the 9/11 Commission's report. /Written by Geoff Stern



The talking dog-- ya gotta love it.

Free Hunting Dog Training Tips from Willow Creek Kennels Using pigeons as positive reinforcement we start training Rooster to be steady to wing. We have found this method of training is easy on young dogs, and makes introducing the "Whoa" command fun for...

Clicker Training Dog Agility Teeter Totter Learn how to shape your dog to safely and confidently do the teeter totter (and other contact obstacles) for the dog sport of agility.

Giving birth to an elephant (non-doggy)

How to use positive reinforcement with people- quite funny



[I]t would be futile for a man to labor at establishing a reputation for oddity if he were ready at the slightest provocation to revert to normal action.
-- Nero Wolfe (Rex Stout, *Fer-de-Lance*)

A sympathetic Scot summed it all up very neatly in the remark, "You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk dancing."
-- Sir Arnold Bax

Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.
-- Galsworthy

That's the point of quotations, you know: one can use another's words to be insulting.
-- Amanda Cross (= Carolyn G. Heilbrun)


11. THANKS TO ...

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

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