Monday, January 25, 2010

One More Reason To Hate Venezuela

They have banned pit bulls. The new law excluded banning animal sacrifice for religious purposes; there has been a huge increase in animal sacrifice because of religions such as Santeria.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dog Bans Don't Work, But Politicians Keep Trying

Vicious dog breeds could be subject to an import ban and neutering policy in order to wipe them out in Denmark. The fourteen breeds considered dangerous by the committee include: Pit Bull Terrier, Fila Brasileiro, Dogo Argentine, Tosa Inu, Boerboel, Kangal, the Central Asian, Caucaisna and South Russian varieties of Ovcharka, Tornjak and Sarplaninac.

There is a reason why there is a Bill of Rights amending the US Constitution... because government always keeps trying to accumulate more power over individuals over time. The Soviet Union had laws against pretty much everything. Same with North Korea today. Would you want to live in a place like that? More laws don't make a better society. Dog breed bans do not make the public safer, just like gun bans don't make the public safer. They have dangerous dog bans and gun bans in England. Has that made England safer? No. London is a mad house these days. It is illegal to defend yourself, and you are more likely to end up dead or in prison if you do defend yourself or someone else there. They've turned into a country of pussies.

Monday, January 11, 2010

You Can't Train A Dog By Watching TV

I have had to tell a number of students to STOP WATCHING THE DOG WHISPERER, Cesar Millan. They are trying to do what he does and are messing up their dogs and worsening their dog's problems.

You can't become a dog trainer or behaviorist just by watching his show.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Weird Dog Behaviors

I've been aware, from the beginning, that many strange dog behaviors have a genetic component. I find it sad that there are quick buck artists out there that claim they can fix any dog's behavioral problems. They can't. Maybe you can manage the problems, but you can't "cure" what can't be cured. I saw a dog trainer's vehicle recently with a sign that said they "guaranteed" they could solve any behavioral problem... what does that say about either their "expertise" or their ethics?

Here's a good example:

Dogs suffering under canine compulsive disorders have issues with common behaviors such as grooming, tail chasing, blanket sucking or pacing and circling... scientists discovered that the canine chromosome 7 location within the neural cadherin-2 gene, or CDH2, confers a high risk of susceptibility to the disorder.

Read an excerpt of the actual study results.

So, what do you do if your dog does some strange stuff? Ask an expert... but be sure to ask the right person, otherwise your dog will suffer and so will your wallet.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Start Training!

You ARE planning on training that new pup of yours, right? Delaying the training of a pup just gives the dog more time to develop bad habits and behaviors, and increases the chances the dog will be given away to a shelter.

Some Benchmarks:

You should start house training and puppy manners lessons from 8 weeks of age.
Socialization should start the day you bring your puppy home... with other animals and with a variety of people and situations.
By 4 months of age, the pup should be already on track with the house training.
No later than 4 months of age, you should enroll your dog in obedience classes.
By 6 months of age, your dog should not be peeing or pooping in the home, and should go potty on command. Your pup should be pretty well mannered, and good with guests. Your pup should be regularly playing with other friendly dogs on a weekly basis. Your dog should know how to walk on a leash without pulling. Your dog should be able to Sit Stay, Down Stay, Come when called, and Heel... on and off leash in moderately distracting environments.
By 2 years of age, your dog should be able to obey you within 100 yards, off leash, with distractions, be good with other dogs and people, completely trustworthy in the home (no accidents and no destructive behaviors).

Is your pup on track?