Miscellaneous useful links......
(Note: if any links are dead, or get caught in a retrieval loop, simply go to the Wayback Machine:http://www.archive.org/web/web.php and paste the URL for an updated link.)
On dog bite prevention:
Concerns about high maintenance dogs, with kids:
Handling intelligent & "hard to train" dogs (and the husky asks "Why?"):
Modifying canine behaviour: wolf or dog, breed irrelevent, these are the basics of Canis Lupus.
How dogs (and wolves!) learn: a great link from Dog Scouts! LOTS of good info on their site. PDF file download.
The Myth of "Normal" dogs:
Mental stimulation for dogs:
Creative training--the potential of the e-collar for advanced users:
Lessons on "Punishment" from the true experts:
Some level-headed (and functional) resources regarding dominance and aversives:
Drives and modes
Travelling with pets? Find pet-friendly hotels:
(Motel 6 is pet friendly; many small mom-n-pop motels can also be persuaded to allow your dog, with a pet deposit. Stop and ask! :-)
Fence-challenging dog? Keep him in the yard.
A few links on the darker side of the Animal Rights agenda: (I am all for improving animals' lives! However, the ultimate goals of Peta and HSUS are NOT in your--nor your dogs'--best interest.)
Gordon K Smith's interesting book Wolves, Man, and Truth. Not as good as "Slave to a Pack of Wolves", perhaps, but still an interesting read:
Introducing dogs to dogs:
Some more balanced information on Spay/Neuter:
Medical tips for a tight budget:
Borax treatment for skin issues http://dogmange.wordpress.com/borax-with-hydrogen-peroxide-for-mange/
Helpful hint: "Slow-kill" cheap heartworm treatment=monthly dose of Ivermectin (1cc/100# or 0.1mL per 10 pounds) given either monthly or weekly (opinion varies) + Doxycycline (prescription) to weaken HWs/kill Wolbachia. Dog should test negative in under a year! Google it for details, testimonials, variations. ;-)
Got fleas? Can't afford (or don't like) "poison" meds like Frontline, Advantage, or Revolution...or need to supplement them?
Farm stores usually carry cedar oil (pure or near-pure...AVOID most additives if using on cats!), or you can order online.
Food grade Diatomaceous Earth is safe for use directly on pets, carpets, bedding. It damages flea exoskeletons, and they dry up and die.
5% Sevin dust, available at Lowe's or other hardware & farm stores, can be sprinkled onto dogs (NOT cats). Sevin kills fleas and several other pests.
Borax (the laundy booster, sold in grocery stores) can be sprinkled on carpets or even on small areas of the yard.
Vacuum often. Put DE or Borax in the bag, if you use a bag vacuum.
Treat the yards, too. 'Insect granules' are available at farm stores or even Walmart, and can treat acres of land at low cost.
Thoughts on the theory of "neotony" (w.r.t. domestication):
Roger Abrantes on Muzzle Grab behaviour in canids:
Claiming your space:
Cesar, psychology, and operant conditioning. Interesting article for thought & discussion:
"Why the Bonker works."
Good reading on why leadership is so important. (Actually, most of that site is very dog-savvy!)
Dog bites - why they happen & how to prevent the phenomenon. One more (long!) article from the above site.
Respect in dog training. A well worded article that explains why leadership is so important to dogs.
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