Gaur or “Indian bison” are the largest species of bovine. Dholes are about the size of Eastern coyotes, but they are superb hunters in a large pack.
These are Kipling’s “red dogs” at work.
I always look forward to opening up the mailbox. Sure, email is great – but there’s something magical and mysterious about having physical, tangible items delivered to you from somewhere beyond. The other day was no exception, as I happened to receive the latest issue of Dog Fancy magazine (November 2011). And in the “Natural Dog” section is a feature on Natural Dog Training, including interviews with me and Kevin Behan, along with a couple people who have had some very positive experiences with NDT. (Cliff Abrams and Sang Koh).
The article is entitled “Push Away Stress” – and I think it does a great job of zeroing in on one of the central principles in how we interact with our dogs – that the key to establishing a rock-solid connection with your dog is to recognize that life for your dog, especially in a human world, creates stress. Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to give your dog ways to relax that tap into their innate mechanisms for releasing stress. By doing so, you are teaching your dog that no matter how the world makes them feel, you are uniquely capable of helping them get through it.
This might all sound a little mumbo-jumbo-y, but I’ve seen it now time and time again, how tapping into your dog’s primal circuitry changes things for the better. My DVD set (and this website, and Kevin’s books, and Lee Charles Kelley’s articles, and…) gives plenty of examples of how once you’re plugged in with your dog you can turn that relationship into enthusiastic “obedience.”
Note that the reason that I put the word “obedience” in quotes is because the concept becomes almost moot. Your dog doesn’t “obey” you – because there’s no need. What happens is that you learn how to communicate with your dog in a language that they understand. So your dog listens, and responds.
Not because they are suddenly blindly obeying you, or because you’ve become the “authority” in their lives – but because they care what you have to say. It makes sense to them. Even more, it FEELS good to act in harmony with your desires. Because now you both want the same thing.
If reading the Dog Fancy article is your introduction to Natural Dog Training, welcome! I’m sure you’re intrigued to know what “pushing” is all about – as the technique was essentially the focus of the article, without any detailed instruction on how to actually do it! As you might expect, I do explain thoroughly how to do it on my DVDs – but I also provide written instruction here on my website on How to Push with Your Dog (and the follow-up – Why to Push with Your Dog).
Thank you to Dog Fancy magazine (and writer Susan Chaney) for an open-minded article about what we do. And thanks, once again, to all of you. It’s your attention, questions, and feedback (yes, keep sending emails with your stories of your success!) that help remind me why I’m doing this in the first place.
In a Letter to the Editor to newspapers in local communities affected by the Pebble Mine efforts, Halo® CEO Myron Lyskanycz, lends the company’s voice to the importance of conserving the Alaskan Bristol Bay Watershed, the globally critical wild salmon fishery it supports, and the permanent protection of the Bristol Bay Fishery Reserve from the impacts of large-scale, open pit metal mining.
Below is the full Letter to the Editor:
“We at Halo pet foods wish to lend our voice to the importance of conserving the Alaskan Bristol Bay Watershed, the globally critical wild salmon fishery it supports, and the permanent protection of the Bristol Bay Fishery Reserve from the impacts of large-scale, open pit metal mining. Furthermore, we support the Natural Resources Defense Council’s belief that the proposed Pebble Mine needs to be stopped since it has the very real potential to destroy (in perpetuity) Bristol Bay’s wild salmon fishery and devastate the livelihoods of the people and communities that depend on it.
Our company’s goal is to deliver the healthiest, most bioavailable and holistic whole food nutrition to our companion animals, while fostering farming, animal husbandry and fishing practices that treat our life-giving soil, waterways and animals in a manner that is sustainable, natural, non-degrading to our environment, and respectful of every animal’s normal life cycle. It is important for communities to be conscious of global and local ecosystems and sustain the animals that maintain the balance of these fragile ecosystems. Consumers increasingly understand that they have a choice, with their purchase decisions, to select goods from companies that actively support the environment, family farmers, natural ranchers and local fisherman. This is an issue that ultimately impacts millions of Americans, pet parents, companion animals, and wild animals. We believe that people everywhere need to be aware of it and given an opportunity to have their voices heard.”
By: Myron Lyskanycz, CEO, HALO, Purely for Pets®
Many people are afraid of snakes. It’s lucky for one family in Leesburg, Florida that their cat isn’t. Without their adopted cat’s courageous actions the family likely would have suffered far more than a fright from a poisonous diamondback rattlesnake who slithered into their yard.
As first reported by Inside Edition the Peterson family had been enjoying time with their cat, Oreo, in their backyard on a warm late autumn day when they decided to go inside. They had adopted Oreo a little over a year ago and the black and white feline was already a beloved member of the family. They all enjoyed spending time with Oreo, but never assumed he would be their hero.
The family’s enjoyment came to a halt when they suddenly saw a diamondback rattlesnake in the yard. According to National Geographic these snakes can grow up to eight feet long. Although hospitals in areas where these rattlesnakes live are generally able to treat people who have been bit, their venom can be deadly as well as painful.
Oreo apparently did not want to take any chances that any members of his family would be hurt that day. He leapt into action and fought off the snake. Unfortunately Oreo was not unharmed during the struggle – the snake had managed to bite Oreos leg. Jaden Peterson, age 10, told reporters that the cat’s “leg was swollen…and he was bleeding.” The family rushed their protector to their veterinarian’s office where he was successfully treated.
Cindi Anderson, Jaden’s grandmother, told reporters, “I think he was protecting the people of the home because that’s just the kind of cat he is.” Jaden agreed, calling Oreo “a little protector.” We suspect Oreo is enjoying a lot of grateful attention and treats from the family he so bravely protected.
Taking top honors in the Hound Group tonight: Winner: Borzoi “Lucy” 2nd place: Bloodhound 3rd place: 15″ Beagle 4th place: Whippet Up next: the Toy Group.
Interesting perspective. I don’t know about the science behind it, but it does make sense! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!
There was time when this blog was part of an official network of bloggers. We would amplify each other’s posts.
The most important thing was to be anti-kennel club and anti-dog show. If one could be rude as possible about it, then do so.
Such an environment is not exactly designed for close collaboration, for eventually we all turned on each other.
I became a pariah from that group, and things sort of died down. I still blogged about dogs. I still got pageviews.
But over time, I’ve slowly given it up.
For the sake of my own art and my own sanity, I’ve consciously moved away from dog writing. I do write about dogs on occasion, but so much about dogs has already been said.
The problems of closed studbooks and breeding exaggeration in conformation are still there. They have been highlighted much more in the past decade, but I’m reaching the point in my life that I’ve written enough about them.
I am not writing one of those “Westminster rewards breeding freaks” posts, because the usual suspects likely already have the draft written and just need to cut and paste the problems associated with the winner next Tuesday.
People are moving on in the world of dogs. I’m okay with it. And I’m certainly okay with finding comfort in my own skin as a mostly wildlife and natural history blogger.
I’m not writing about Westminster on Tuesday or Wednesday next week. I don’t know what I’ll write about, but my guess is I’ll try my hand at producing something like Rick Bass or Aldo Leopold or Annie Dillard (and fail because those are masters) and post it here.
And no one will get into a big argument with me, and I will feel better for having tried do something artful with this here English language and what it is I think I know about nature.
I’ll trundle on. I’ll try to write. I’ll hope you read it and don’t hate it. I’ll get better over time.
And so it goes.
It’s the silly work I do online.