By Lynn –
Since it has been a very busy time for me, I haven’t been able to blog on a regular basis–although, it should be well-known that it’s not unheard of to see certain lengths of time go by whilst I try to convince my brain to spew forth some quality material worth sharing. I’m not sure of the readership of this blog, but since my creative capabilities have been lacking, I’d like to share some extremely well-written blogs from some of my colleagues and other trainers with whom I network on a regular basis. I have no doubt that I’ll have some more entries up within good time, but since I just completed a 6-quarter education for an Associates of Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology, I’m just fine giving my brain a little bit of a rest before it goes on to the next grueling task.
Some of these links have to do with training, while others focus more on the human-dog relationship. Feel free to leave comments on the writer’s respective blog entry if you enjoyed reading them; most, if not all, of them, do accept anonymous comments, although the courtesy of a signature is appreciated. Please note that I do not receive anything other than their thanks for sharing these. These people are not lacking for readership, so this is not for advertising revenue. It is merely to share knowledge, experience and good writing about some meaty dog-relation topics.
That Dogma Won’t Hunt : a critical examination of one of the key studies many behaviorists point to when they insist that punishment is counterproductive in dog training
Conflicting Conclusions : a follow-up to the above entry that compares some conflicting findings within the scientific field regarding dog aggression.
Glock or Flexi? Which Would You Rather Carry? : Janeen compares the safety record of the popular retractable lead to that of a Glock handgun. You might be surprised as to her findings!
Remote Control : Ruth Crisler takes a look at some of the reasoning behind the e-collar ban in Wales, and why it might be barking up the wrong tree, for both scientific and humane reasons.
What’s love got to do with it? : In light of the recent death of a killer whale trainer, Ruth examines why love for our animals doesn’t go very far when it comes to creating a good relationship with them.
At least, Don’t buy this : A candid examination, backed by years of experience, of people who buy pet store puppies. Prepare to either be a little bit offended or nod your head in agreement.
Seized and Saved : With hundreds of fosters under her belt, as well as direct involvement with puppy mill seizures, Heather examines what must happen after the initial seizure of an animal in order for it to be considered truly saved.
Now we see the violence inherent in the system : A critical look at the timeline leading up to the acceptance of mixed-breed dogs for registration with the American Kennel Club, and why it actually isn’t quite as warm-hearted as you might think.
I’m not sharing all the good links with you now, just so I can have more to share at a later date when my brain again needs a hiatus. Enjoy these, and keep checking back for some original material!