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  1. JohnLloydJones

    Altercation with a German Shepherd

    Yes, simultaneously -- grabbing only one will most certainly end badly. Yes, I have read the article, and yes I have done this more than once. It is quite certainly a risky maneuver and not something to be done except as a last resort.
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    Altercation with a German Shepherd

    Terrierman is, of course, experienced with the wee ones and, no doubt, his advice is good for them. Trying to scruff one dog (and now I am thinking BC/German Shepard size) exposes you to a nasty bite from the other dog. Putting your hands near furious teeth is very risky, but when you -- quite literally -- have a dog in the fight, instinct takes over. In such a case, the best tactic is to scruff both dogs simultaneously. This is, admittedly, a risk maneuver, but done with sufficient speed and force, allows you to separate the dogs. Again, I don't advise doing this if you can possibly avoid it, but when desperation hits the limit and adrenaline surges, it is safer than trying to grab one dog.
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    Don't send a dog when a pigeon will do

    Intelligence is a tricky thing. Yes, we all know what it means, but when we try to define it, it turns out to be a slippery thing,indeed. We can measure IQ, but it is merely a a proxy to the thing we mean by intelligence. When it comes to our companions, dogs, I'm not even sure we have a "doggy" IQ defined. Certainly, they are sentient; smart; "intelligent:, even, but how do we measure it? Some recent work (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160289616301076) suggests that there is a "general" intelligence for dogs (working border collies were the subjects, as a matter of fact). We are far from understanding what that means. Frankly we don't even understand exactly what intelligence means in humans; IQ tests measure pattern matching, for the most part. How are the measured values skewed by culture? Motivation? Who knows? Yes, we are dumb about figuring out smartness. Not just about the creatures we share our lives with.
  4. Pain teaches that the act or thing associated with it is something to avoid or react against. The danger is that we don't know what a dog associates with the pain. Aversion therapy is valuable when positively associates the "pain" with the intended stimulus, but what will the dog associate with being struck with a plastic bat? The colour pink? A baseball bat? The person who is striking her? Women in general? Someone wearing the same clothes as the so-called "trainer"? I don't know. This is not a practice I could condone in any form. I base all my interaction with dogs on two fundamental pillars; trust and respect. What I see in the video violates both.
  5. Of course, the dog is learning something from the process, but I'm sure that it is entirely the wrong (i.e. unintended) thing. I have a dog who clearly learned something from his last adopter; an intense distrust of women. I can only speculate what happened. He is safe with me but totally un-adoptable by anyone else.
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    Rejuvenating dogs?

    This may just be a cynical way of emptying people's pockets with vague promises of rejuvenation, but have a look and make up your own mind.
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    Class action against Arcana and Origen

    From the article at http://truthaboutpetfood.com:
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    A deal breaker

    There's an extraneous character at the end of the URL This should work Edit: Oh and I liked the poem and photos too.
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    I do understand. All I was trying to say is that we have no control over how people use words.
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    Donald I sympathize with you, but herding has meant "working with livestock" for as long as I have been alive (and probably a lot longer) See : herding. Language is not ours; it belongs to the community who use it. I also cringe when people talk about "the sport of herding" and the like, but neither you nor I control the English language.
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    Using a cone as a tool

    Actually, we have known this for a long time. Their primary tool is us.
  12. Sunday morning, poor Senneca got a crack (cut?) in her pad and limped the last stretch of our morning walk. It didn't seem so bad, so I didn't do anything about it after lunch when I saw she was bleeding and leaving pools of blood where she walked. By then she had licked/gnawed the slight cut into a nasty sore. Out came the first aid kit and quickly her paw was neatly dressed. Some hour later I discovered she had ripped off the vet wrap (she has a long history of hating anything on her paw). Out with the first aid kit again and on with a cone to prevent her messing with it. Then I come back home to see her without the dressing again. She has used the cone as a tool to rip off her dressing: [ Added: her wound is healing -- without the dressing -- and, of course she is grounded until it is healed up enough. ]
  13. Well, congratulations to Scotch for finding himself a good home. Reactivity to sounds is fairly common in Border Collies. It may be intrinsic or perhaps be something that is related to a previous experience. My own Senneca came with a powerful reaction to someone smoking -- especially when lighting up a cigarette. An ex-foster, Rhys bach, would get panic attacks while out for walks. I never figured out what triggered them, but they slowly diminished as time went on. As a general rule issues related to a previous experience tend to fade as a dog gains more confidence with its new environment.
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    Working? Dog

    Secret is a very photogenic and well trained aussie girl.
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    Working? Dog

    I saw this on the BBC site this morning (as part of a video on winter conditions). It certainly made my morning.