Chapter 11 Continued. Finding Faith

Faith is a funny thing. That I lacked it wasn’t Emily’s fault, it was mine. 
 
Having sat through so many sermons and listened to countless testimonies in church, I had already made the deduction that faith was the easy way out.   
 
Fuck up, ask for forgiveness, it’s all good.
 
That may work for the laity but people of science don’t get off that easily nor would they care to.  From Newton to Kierkegaard to Einstein to Tesla, they gave up lifetimes to understand the mysteries of the world. 
 
When I left high school and set my love for Emily aside, I decided that the answers I sought would be found in science.  I was certain of that.
 
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And when I first had the vision of the walk, I struggled with it.  In fact, I walked away from it because it was too risky to the boys.  I didn’t want it, didn’t need it and yet it didn’t leave me. 
 
The turning point was a sermon I listened to about the difference between a dream and a mission. Discerning between the two turned out rather easily – you can only walk away from one. 
 
I would soon learn that having faith is infinitely harder than learning and erudition.   And I couldn’t take the first step without it. 
 
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YBD’s Notes 1: I killed my laptop so I’m writing on a Sony Vaio which isn’t so easy with my large hands.
 
YBD’s Notes 2: I can’t believe I spelled Kierkegaard correctly the first go about it. 
 
YBD’s Notes 3: Only 2 Chapters left in the first book.
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 

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Solving A Problem With The ABCs

Cutie jumping up.

Let’s look at the ABCs series thus far, especially this post, and see how we can apply the ABCs to solving a real problem.

I started a new basic class this Saturday and a few of the dogs jump up when they meet people, as one might expect for adolescent dogs. In the following class hour, a Canine Good Citizen class, another adolescent had the same issue with the polite greeting test.

I like this problem as an example for the ABCs because the components in the formula are clear and easy to identify.

Antecedent -> Behavior -> Consequence

Person Approaches -> Dog jumps up onto person -> Attention is given to dog

The antecedent is "person approaches". It’s not "dog sees person." This is because the dog cannot be part of the antecedent. In more complex situations the tendency might be to describe an antecedent with the dog included such as "the dog sees another dog" but that won’t work since one of our most powerful measures in solving a problem is controlling the antecedents, either as part of a behavior modification plan or even permanently. It we put the dog in the antecedent we’ve lumped the problem together and solving it becomeS more complicated.

In this case we are going to control the antecedent in two ways: we are going to avoid greetings as much as possible until we can better control them, and while we are training we will carefully control how quickly people approach and how close they will come.

The behavior is the easiest component to identify. The dogs I worked with Saturday were all exuberant "teenagers" that love people and really want to let them know that when they meet them.

After our rather long talk about counter-conditioning and desensitization (go to the category page scroll down a bit) it is worth noting that when we see the relaxed/goofy body postures, wagging tails, and what most observers would call "happy dogs" we know that these dogs are not reacting to the approaching people with fear or aggression and that CC&DS is not what is called for. We don’t want to change how they feel about people, we want to change how they react to them.

The consequence is what often confuses people. For these dogs just getting to the people is reinforcing enough to maintain the behavior. Hugging someone who is holding up their hands and saying "Stop! Get off! Down! Enough!" isn’t reinforcing for us, but that’s not the point. It is for the dog and it is maintaining the behavior.

So how do we apply the formula to this problem?

I already mentioned controlling the antecedent. Obviously this is not a viable long-term strategy. Short term we need to curb greetings because the reinforcement is strengthening the behavior, but this is a temporary step.

In this case changing the consequence is tricky. The only way we could keep the "A" and the "B" and alter the outcome would be to make greeting people unpleasant, and this could have obvious side effects. If we teach the dog that greeting some people results in something bad, he will become wary and maybe even defensive around strangers.

But there is a way to manipulate the situation: if the dog (like most) makes it obvious that he will jump up before the person arrives, we can have them stop or move away when he does this. This is the common "red light/green light" or "yo-yo" drill that many trainers use in classes. Done effectively, it actually becomes a way to use DRI to fix this problem.

  1. Our dog is on leash, held by his owner. Sitting at his side.
  2. Person approaches, dog gets out of sit. Person turns (dramatically if possible) and walks away.
  3. Repeat several times.
  4. Eventually, person approaches, dogs holds sit! Person continues to approach. When very close dog gets up. Person moves away.
  5. Eventually, person approaches, dog holds sit all the way until person reaches team and can greet human.

This is obviously an ideal scenario, mainly because I didn’t want to write another 500 words just describing the scenario. (I need to film this with a green dog and then edit the heck out of it.)

By starting with a sit and using getting up it as the criteria for having the person move away we focused on what we wanted instead of what we didn’t want.

Sometimes having the handler reward the dog with food is appropriate. Sometimes it adds to the dog’s excitement and makes things worse. Sometimes it even takes the dog’s focus completely off the exercise. It depends. In this rosy scenario attention was the main reinforcer and I went with it.

How long did it take? With the dog in the CGC class I was able to actually do this procedure in a few minutes. But this was a dog that had already passed a basic class and had a strong history of reinforcement for sitting. Pick a behavior that your dog is already proficient at when using this kind of problem solving.

What problems have you had success with solving? What problems have you stumped? What do you think of this approach to problem solving? Let me know in the comments!

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Dog Puppy Training


Dog Puppy Training

 

puppyA new puppy in the home excites everyone especially children but make sure you got the puppy for a good reason and not just on a spur of the moment feeling. Like they say dogs are for life not just for Christmas. A puppy can bring lots of happy memories and times but they have a lot of training and work involved to, they are not all fun and no work!

 

A puppy’s temperament depends on where the puppy has been brought up and what type of breed he is. German shepherds, Rottweilers, bull dogs and boxers are all guard type dogs so tend to be very loving and protective. Border and bearded collies tend to be herding dogs and reared on farms and tend to be quite enthusiastic and never sit still (be aware because they are reared on a farm they may be a little bit nervous around modern day technologies, such as bridges, loud noises etc). Labradors, gun dogs and pointer are all hunting dogs so expect them to be full of energy and laughable moments. Of course these are just general expectations every dog has its day…and its personality!

 


Puppy dog training is something that can be achieved in a matter of weeks depending how much time and attention you spend on it. You don’t need to train for hours and hours a day, a few minutes several times a day is all it takes. The first thing you need to train your new puppy in is obedience, commands like sit, come, heel, stay and fetch are basic enough for them to learn. As they get older you can incorporate commands like paw, roll over and play dead! Training a young puppy is not as hard as you may think as they are like a blank sheet of paper waiting to be written on. The way and things that that they are taught will stick to them and will influence them later on in life, although training isn’t forever so you need spend a few minutes every day just to keep reminding them what to do.

 

There are not so nice consequences involved when puppies aren’t trained, for a start your house will constantly be a toiler ground for them and your furniture will have massive holes in it. Puppies are like babies and need to be taught the difference between right and wrong, to do this you need some puppy dog training!

 

Many handlers experienced or in-experienced are turning towards training products and aids but training can be done without these methods. Just a bit of good old hard work! A puppy may take several months to training but when it is complete the rewards will be well worth it, but don’t forget to top up on your training for several minutes each day or your dog will slowly forget and you’ll have to start all over again, with an even bigger task, training an older dog!


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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge

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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

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Flea Market & RV Park at Menge, Pass Christian, Mississippi

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The Daily Treat Takes A Road Trip

The Daily Treat has hit the road for a little vacay, but will be back in action with the latest and greatest in creature culture in short order!

Happy Tails & Happy Trails

-Janet McCulley, Kiki, Zazou & The Schmoo

Dogs in Vintage 1956 T-bird

The Daily Treat Summer Road Trip

 


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{Book Review} Graced With Orange: How Caring For Cambodia Changed Lives, Including My Own by Jamie Amelio

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Is Any One Allergic To There Pets And Still Keep Them?

Question by Brandi: Is Any One Allergic To There Pets And Still Keep Them?
Hi,i am allergic to my pets scratches ,,when they scratch me i get sort of a rash and itches :P
i have 3 rats 2 cats and a dog and some fish :)
anyone els like me and still keep there pets even tho your allergic?

Best answer:

Answer by Elsa Layne
I’m allergic to various things, but you can never completely assess what the source of reaction is. But I will say this, nothing or nobody would keep me from my beloved fur faces!

There’s this girl who works at my vet clinic who sounds like she’s crying every time she answers the phone. She’s severely allergic but obviously deals with it.

If you are a person who gets allergy shots, what is contained in those shots are exactly the pathogens that cause the allergic reaction. The idea is to expose you with that pathogen until your body becomes desensitized to it. So in essence, keeping your pets might help you to overcome the allergy in time.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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Some wins feel extra awesome

When I decided to go to Otovalo, Ecuador for the latest World Vets trip, I knew it had a reputation for being one of the most busy trips. How that idea of being busy actually translates into bone numbing exhaustion is another story entirely.

Whether or not it was worth it depends on how you feel about what you have accomplished at the end of the day.

Located at approximately 8,000 feet up in the Andes, Otovalo has a long history as one of the most important crossroads in the range. Unlike the more tropical locations closer to sea level, the climate is unlike what you might expect when you hear “14 miles north of the equator.” It’s pretty cold, especially at night.

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Otovalo, Ecuador July 2013. Photo by Stephen Tanahashi.

The people who live there are kind and welcoming, and despite their limited access to such things as veterinary care do care deeply about both their pets and the large street dog population. It was this concern and love of animals that drove Dr. Olga, a local MD in Otovalo, to approach the city administrators and ask them to stop poisoning street dogs as a form of animal control. “If I can get a spay/neuter organization in several times a year,” she asked, “Will you stop poisoning dogs?” They said yes.

In conjunction with local rescue organization PAE-Ibarra, World Vets has been doing campaigns in Otovalo four times a year.

The campaign lasts three days. During the latter half, the residents are invited to bring in their pets for sterilization, lining up hours in advance for a slot. The first day and a half, however, is reserved for street dogs.

Most of the dogs are friendly, allowing themselves to be rounded up by PAE volunteers and brought to the clinic. Without a city shelter, the dogs are sterilized, treated for parasites, and then returned to the streets after recovery. Most of the dogs, surprisingly enough, seem to be in fair condition as well.

Most.

From my station in post-op recovery, I heard murmurs and gasps, followed by the extended hum of a pair of clippers. I looked over, to see what all of us agreed was the most matted dog any of us had seen in our entire lives. She was, quite simply, one entire, solid dredlock over her entire little body.

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She was shaved down to her skin until the clippers ran out of batteries, and then she underwent a spay. Over in recovery, one of the doctors who had a free moment patiently sat with her and cut away at the remaining mats on her feet and tail with scissors, doing his best to get her comfortable. We were all concerned that, although she was now clipped, she was now also going to be cold.

Then she hit a hard patch in recovery. I spent the next two hours helping her through that period, as she had a fairly hard time working her way through the anesthesia. Eventually I handed her to one of the local volunteers and asked her to just hold her and keep her warm and comfortable until the rest of the anesthesia wore off. We all felt just terrible for this little girl who had fought so hard at life.

I checked on her every few minutes, the volunteer patiently holding her for about three hours. And then I went over and she was awake, resting her head quietly on the woman who had nursed her so kindly.

“When should she get her dewormer?” asked the volunteer through a translator.

“Ideally tomorrow,” I said, “but since she’s a stray, we should probably do it now.”

She said something else, and the translator paused. Then she smiled.

“We can do it tomorrow,” she said. “This woman is adopting her.”

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And that is how Serena’s worst day ever became her best day ever.

And that is how I answer the question of whether the 12 hour workdays were worth it.

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Diet Can Help With Chronic Health Problems of Pets

 I have found that simple changes to the commercial diet may make all the difference is the world! A lab with chronic ear problems, a German Shepherd with chronic diarrhea, or a bulldog with skin issues may get better when fed a hypoallergenic diet( the best is salmon/potato)

However the best diet can be ruined by biscuits, treats, and chews that cause SO many problems!

Adding healthy oils to the diet can help the skin and coat! (olive, fish, coconut, canola)

Feeding sardines, herring, and eggs several times a week makes the body and coat happy!

Feeding baby carrots instead of biscuits and canned food instead of dry can help pets lose weight!

Feed raw meaty bones or raw chicken wings or thighs for healthier teeth and joints!

That’s what I talk about in “Dog Dish Diet” Ingredients, allergies, and easy home cooking. This info has saved clients and readers  hundreds and  thousands of dollars in vet bills!

Many clients like the idea of cooking wholesome healthy ingredients, so I also wrote about easy, economical slow cooking dog and cat food in “Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet”

 Many vets believe that changing to a prescription diet will cure  health problems. Some believe food allergies and intolerance of ingredients are not the cause of many medical problems. I used to believe that way until learning about how simple changes to the commercial diet, adding healthy oils, avoiding allergenic treats and chews  may such a big difference! Some day vets will be taught in school how to harness the power of nutrition!( people doctors too!)

Many clients come in to thank me every week for saving them money and giving them a healthier pet!

click for healthier pet!

 

Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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