We Are The Failures

Yesterday I was talking with my mother, whom Oliver and I are visiting for 6 days, about his new “snarky” habits. Granted, every Dachshund owner you speak with will tell you stories about how their Doxie can have some attitude issues, but I firmly believe that some behaviors can be taught through exposure and not just because of breed characteristics embedded in their genes.I believe the behaviour I see in my dog is a direct result of what I am or am not teaching my dog–his failures are my failures, we’re a team.

Lately, Oliver has been grumpy towards other dogs, especially puppies, after meeting them. Initially he presents happy, excited signs of wanting to meet another dog so I had been allowing him, and now I’m thinking “Why am I such an idiot?” Why?? Signs of excitement can be very bad, in fact one could say that aggression is just another form of excitement. No? Let me know your thoughts either way. Initially I was like, “Well, I just won’t let him meet any other dogs”, but that too is a recipe for disaster. 

So from now until…well awhile, we’re going to be going back to positive reinforcement clicker training, and I’ll post updates and progress as time goes! 

If you’ve never heard of Clicker Training here is a great starter video by canine Trainer Karen Pryor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHKOra47fsQ

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The Good & The Ugly: Dog Fighting Ring Bust

Just a few days ago I saw a very disturbing post going around Facebook. The ASPCA rescued 367 dogs in a multi-state dog fighting bust. This seizure took over 3 years worth of investigation work, and along with dogs they seized guns, drugs and a whole lot of cash (Over half a million dollars). Dogs ranged from ages newborn to 10 years old.

I am so thankful to the ASPCA for their hard word in dedication, but I can’t help but think of the countless lives, hundreds probably, of other dogs that waited and suffered while this investigation was on going. It’s easy for me to think: Why did it take so long!? But I guess the best way to stop something like this is to “fry the big fish”, which you can’t do by making some small, minor bust.

Out of this bust will come a fabulous group of volunteers and dog rescues that will show compassion big enough to part the seas. Hopefully 100% of these dogs will be able to be rehabilitated, but I’m sure in some cases the humane thing will be to euthanize some for their injuries. Many of you will recall the Michael Vick case in which almost all of the dogs were able to go on and live happy lives in their new homes, many receiving their therapy dog certification.

Whether you are religious or not, I ask every one of my readers to pray for these poor animals, and may the ones who didn’t make it, may they rest in peace.

Original Story: http://www.aspca.org/blog/breaking-news-aspca-rescues-367-dogs-multi-state-dog-fighting-bust