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Thanks to...


  • Auckland- The 2009 Eukanuba National Dog Show
  • Auckland - Blessing of the Animals
  • Auckland, The 20th New Zealand Companion Animal Conference , October 5 - 6
  • Auckland Champ Wag 'n Walk, Oct. 17
  • Tauranga- Tale of a Dog
  • Auckland Dog Romp for 'Oodle Owners - last Sunday of each month
  • Auckland- Companion Dog Behaviour & Training Seminar
  • Christchurch Dogs' Day Out Sun, November 22
  • Tellington Touch - Canadian Edie Jane Eaton is back in New Zealand. Check for details here (Feb 2010)
  • Dr. Ian Dunbar is coming back to New Zealand. Check for details here (March 2010)
    Early bird ends October 2009

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New Zealand Dog News

World Dog News

Behaviour Quiz

Who was the first to publish studies about pecking orders and "dominance" in animals?

A. Ivan Pavlov
B. Thorleif Schjelderup-Ebbe
C. John Scott and John Fuller
D. Konrad Lorenz
E. B.F. Skinner 

Last Newsletter Quiz's answer:

C. Virtually 'nowhere' for "profiles," since most breeds of dogs suffer from being behaviorally stereotyped in nearly every medium of human communication. Your most reliable source would be to find some families like yours with dogs obtained at 6 to 8 weeks of age and asking or meeting them and their dogs. Then you can meet with the dog's breeders and discuss things before making a fairly enlightened choice.

Doggy links

Why Bo Obama has curly hair

John Fisher's Two Reward System For dealing with on-leash aggression

Geocaching Geocaching can be not only a great means of bonding with and exercising your dog, but every new cache you pursue can lead you to a new and different part of your neighbourhood, perhaps even some places you didn't know were there.How to Geocache?

Linda Koutsky on stays
Interesting point: If her dog breaks a stay -- say, at home, practicing -- Koutsky doesn't say anything to the dog, doesn't  take
the dog back to where he was when he broke. Instead, she goes to wherever dog is and puts him into a stay right there. She argues that teaching the dog to hold the position is what's important; eventually the dog will hold this position in a given location, which is what we mean by "Stay." Taking the dog back to the original location wastes time and causes undue stress. Hmm. I'll have to think about this]

Euthanasia: Guilt and Disenfranchisement Originally in Dogs in Canada, 7/06

Separation anxiety: prevention and solutions

Bad taste: Poop and grass eating Why do dogs eat grass and poop? If you ask five veterinarians, you'll get five different answers. It's a topic everyone has a view on, but no facts to back up that view, at least until recently.

Non-Doggy Sites

Dr. Johnson's House Gough Square, near Fleet St, in London, where he lived for
about 10 yrs and worked on his dictionary. For me, this is one of the
holy shrines of the western world

Samuel Johnson Tercentenary "There is no bad faith in or about Dr. Johnson," says Harold
Bloom, "who was as good as he was great, yet also refreshingly, wildly strange to the highest degree"
John McIntyre's spot-on assessment of a recent biography of Johnson by Jeffrey Meyers
The Meyers book is repetitive, as though cobbled together from dictation -- gawdknows Meyers does churn out  books
industriously. More importantly, Meyers is almost prurient in his insistent focus on Johnson's  apparent psychosexual conflicts. He
seems to reduce Johnson to a collection of symptoms, rather than presenting Johnson's flaws in the context of a struggle between his
genius and his defects. So I've turned now to Peter Martin's biography of Johnson which is a little dryly academic but somewhat less
insistent on being a case study.

How a sewing machine works 26/how-a-sewing-machine-works

Water lilies at Giverny -- proof that  Monet was a photo-realist

Musée des Peevologies (John McIntyre)

Non- Doggy Reading

For word lovers, Foyle's Philavery and Foyle's Further Philavery, two collections of more or less unusual words, compiled by Christopher Foyle, the owner of the famous London bookshop.

I didn't expect to like A Summer Bright and Terrible: Winston Churchill, Lord Dowding, Radar, and the Impossible Triumph of the Battle of Britain by David E. Fisher, figured it would be a dry account of the technology. But Fisher writes in a lively, blunt-spoken
way, clearly listing his heroes (Dowding, Keith Park), villains (Hitler and Göring, of course, but in another sense, Leigh-Mallory and
Sholto Douglas), and fools (Lindemann, Douglas Bader, and, in some ways, Churchill). The Battle itself gets somewhat compressed coverage, but the background wheeling-dealing and the unusual personalities of some of the principal players are quite well presented.

Doggie Videos

Julie London -- who really was a terrific singer -- singing "Cry Me a River" (video)


Quotes of the Week

Victory [in chess] goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.
-- Tartakower

A wicked fellow is the most pious when he takes to it. He'll beat you all at piety.
-- Johnson

What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the unveiled secret of the father.
-- Nietzsche, *Thus Spoke Zarathustra*

There are no whole truths; all truths are half- truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.
-- Whitehead

As long as there's pasta and Chinese food in the world, I'm okay.
-- Michael Chang

A poem by Ron Padgett, "The Giraffe":

        The 2 f's
        in giraffe
        are like 2 giraffes
        running through
        the word giraffe
        The 2 f's
        run through giraffe
        like 2 giraffes

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

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