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New Zealand Dog News
World Dog News
Quotes of the Week
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 detailshere (March 2010)
Early bird ends October 2009
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.