- me: Looks at pet sleeping
- pet: Breathes
- me: Oh thank god I thought you died
Wondering about people’s opinions on these? Thanks!
They’re extremely dangerous. If the dog wearing the shock collar is aroused by something outside the fence, there’s a good chance they’ll run through the shock to reach the distraction. (Chasing a cat is worth a bit…
Not to mention the behavioral fallout you stand to have by having your dog wear a device that administers a shock. For example, a dog walks to the end of the yard and receives a shock for stepping over the boundary. While they are getting shocked they happen to be looking a a dog who is walking across the street with their owner. The dog doesn’t know the shock came from stepping over the boundary but because they were looking at the dog when the shock happened, they come to the conclusion that it was in fact the dog who caused them the pain from the shock- not the collar. This scenario, especially if it were to happen multiple times could create a dog who is reactive towards other dogs because they now attribute seeing other dogs equals getting shocked. I’ve also worked with dogs who refuse to step over the boundary and will even eliminate out of fear of coming too close to the boundary, even when the collar has been removed.
Also, volunteering at a shelter you wouldn’t believe how many dogs come in dead and alive with invisible fence collars on. Like doggydayjob stated above, they do little to nothing to protect your dog from leaving your property and what’s even worse it leaves your property open for other animals and people to come on to yours.
Lorri is on the look out for a new home. She’s a ~20 months old lurcher pup with a big squishy head. You can see her excellent recall at work here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlH36vQ70qw
"Happy girl Lorri needs is looking for her special family. She is a lively girl, who looks like a lurcher, but has a lot of lab qualities. She is lively and would suit an active family, who will give her a lot of time and attention. If there are kids to play ball with, that would suit her well. She is currently in foster, where is leading how to be out and about around town and getting used to traffic and being on a lead. She could be an only dog if there is someone at home for most of the day. Lorri is very clever and quick to learn, so she may suit someone looking for a dog to do agility or obedience with. She is spayed, micro-chipped and fully vaccinated and ready for her new family. If you can’t adopt please share her photos."
http://eimhinssecrettumblr.tumblr.com is fostering her on behalf of Glenacarraig SIghthound Rescue.
Click here for their facebook page: LINK
tonight at 10pm e/p animal planet will air an episode of pit bulls and parolees (a reality tv series that follows tia torres as she saves pit bulls and other dogs as well!!) and for each viewer they will donate funds towards the shelter!! you dont have to pay a dime but just by watching tonights episode you can give to the shelter and help these dogs find a better home!! i do have to say the show does get graphic at times due to animal abuse and neglect but if you can oush through that then youll be doing them a big favor!! please consider watching it and if you cant please reblog and spread the word!! heres a link just in case you wanna know more about the event:
Researchers have provided the first empirical evidence that the way in which dogs relate words to objects is fundamentally different to humans.
Many pet owners marvel at their dog’s ability to fetch different objects such as toys on instruction, perceiving this as evidence that the dog ‘understands’ these words in a similar way to us.
Psychologists and animal behaviour specialists from the University of Lincoln in the UK have shown through a series of unique behavioural experiments that the mental lexicon of domestic dogs is constructed in a substantially different manner to our own.
The findings, published in the peer-reviewed online journal PLOS ONE, may help to advance understanding of the foundations of language in humans and the critical differences with other species.
From the onset of word learning, young children generalise names to new objects on the basis of shape, and continue to do so as adults – a tendency known as ‘shape bias’. This is crucial to language development because it enables children to assign new objects to pre-established classes - for example, to recognise that a tennis ball and a football both belong to the category ‘ball’.
The Lincoln researchers found that when dogs are introduced to new words to refer to new objects, they first generalise based on object size, then on object texture. Unlike humans, they do not appear to naturally discriminate based on shape.
The study was conducted by Dr Emile van der Zee from the University of Lincoln’s School of Psychology with Helen Zulch and Professor Daniel Mills from the University’s School of Life Sciences.
Dr van der Zee said: “A number of recent studies have suggested that the domestic dog’s word comprehension is human-like. Arguments have been made to refute this claim but until now there has been no clear empirical evidence to resolve the debate. Our findings bring a fundamental new insight into this discussion and add to our understanding of the cognitive equipment necessary for true human word learning.”
Dr van der Zee and his colleagues worked with a five-year-old border collie called Gable who had shown remarkable abilities to learn new object words.
They devised four different challenges for Gable to determine the extent and nature of his word comprehension.
On a number of occasions a selection of ten different objects known to Gable were placed in an enclosure out of sight of Gable and the researchers, and he was then given a verbal instruction to fetch a particular object from the ten.
Initial tests confirmed that Gable could easily distinguish between toys he knew well.
It was when the researchers introduced new words and novel objects of varying shape, size and texture that Gable began to reveal the absence of shape bias in his choices.
He appeared to make distinctions based first on object size, then, when he had longer to become familiar with the new objects, on the basis of texture. Object shape appeared to have no influence.
The researchers concluded that the mental lexicon - the long-term mental store containing sound-to-meaning mappings – appears to be fundamentally different in dogs and humans, both in terms of how it is built (word knowledge development) and in how it operates (word reference quality).
Dr van der Zee added: “This would suggest that an important factor in the natural structuring of the mental lexicon may be the way in which sensory information is organised in a particular species. The human visual system is tuned to detect object shape for the purpose of object recognition. In our experiments we excluded Gable using scent cues. It seems that his visual system and sensory cues linked to his mouth region are focused not on shape, but on size and texture. Only future experiments will reveal what role scent plays for the dog in generalising words. It is only by comparing other species with humans that we can find out more about the neural and genetic foundations of word reference in language.”
Besides the significance for researchers interested in the roots of language development, awareness of the absence of shape bias in dogs may also inform refinements to the training programmes for pets, working dogs or assistance animals.
Hey handsomedogs, I could really use your help! I recently took in a rescue dog and he needs to find a good home ASAP. I can’t keep him because he’s too big for the apartment I’m in. He’s a Pit Bull/Cattle dog mix, about 10 months old and about 40 lbs. He’s one of the sweetest dogs I’ve met who just loves people and is always willing to play. He’s UTD on his shots and he’s been neutered. I’m looking for people in the NYC area that might be interested in adopting him or knows of someone who might want him. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!
While it may be easier to believe sensationalized, false “facts” about bully breeds that they attack unprovoked, most dogs do not. Dogs give very clear indications of their moods when they are encountering strangers or new situations. LEARN THE BODY LANGUAGE.
YES. This essential for everyone who spends any time near dogs at any point of their lives.
“unprovoked” bites rarely ever happen, if at all.
Urgent! This little Tortie is in need of a home! If you’re in the St. Louis, MO area, please read this post!
This kitten’s name is Gwendolyn and she’s ten weeks old. I found her crying outside my mother’s home, dehydrated, hungry, and covered in fleas
Unfortunately, the shelter I work for is over capacity on cats and unable to take her on a more permanent basis. My landlord won’t allow me to bring her in my apartment. I have exactly one day to find her a place to stay!
If you can find it in your heart to give her a chance, I will help pay for spay and shots as much as I’m able. She will also be dewormed and free of fleas when she goes home with you.
If you’re interested, please send me an email at email@example.com. My name is Melissa. I’m happy to drive anywhere in the vicinity of St. Louis, even if it’s an hour away.
if you are walking a dog and you see me checking you out
- i am not checking you out
- i am looking at your dog
- not you