Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Bailee Makes Friends!

       Here is another puppy gaining some "dog improvement"! This one is "boarding school" student, Bailee (golden retriever), who came to me with some serious socialization issues and confusion about being a dog. She is making great progress, as evidenced by tonight's video of pre-bedtime playtime with the other dogs!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Jocko at Play-Class

Here is a short video I shot today, of my clients' puppy, Jocko, with his friends at play class. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Heeling reward placement, with dog trainer Forrest Micke

Hello, Students!

Here is the video of Forrest using some toys to help motivate proper heel position and lots(!!) of focus on the handler. This will show you the use of the magnet ball as a training device. If you decide you want one, please let me know and I'll get you one when I place my order. E-mail me and I'll let you know what I find in the way of the best price--figure around $40.00, but I'm not positive.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Please help with my research!

Please help with my research by participating:

Click this link ---> Dog Survey!

Thanks! :)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Could this be the (next) horse for me?

Meet "Steel Lass," a retired 12 year old thoroughbred racehorse. 

Jake (also very enthused about horses) made this video, which shows Steel probably enjoyed running on a muddy track ;) It starts AFTER she rolled in the big puddle, and shows how much fun she has playing in it:

Friday, March 15, 2013

Just making some movies...

You can make your own Pony Movie here: The Pony Mixer.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Social Cognition and Animals

My next few posts will share some videos that pertain to non-human animal sentience, cognition, and learning. Though these videos are not specifically about dogs, I think you can appreciate them for the insights they offer into various species of "Others." 

The forces of anthropocentrism generally push people's conversations about non-human lives into a lumped category, where "animals" are collectively cast into a framework of understanding that is solely based upon comparisons with human beings. Identifying each species without down-casting comparisons, and acknowledging each individual within a given species as a distinct "someone," affords a deeper understanding of each creature--human and non-human--as important whole parts of the collective "we"--all living beings.

This video was filmed by Amos Bouskila, equine ethologist from Israel, during a visit at Learning Horse Farm in the Netherlands. I will present it to you in this order; first watch the video, and see what you think. Then read on, below the film clip, where I'll post author and equine zooanthropologist Francesco De Giorgio's explanation of what you'll have just seen:

"What do we mean typically for cognition? The process or set of processes by which an organism acquires knowledge or awareness of events, of the relationship between them, of the context, of new situations and uses the data collected to understand, learning to learn and solve problems. In this video we can see the bachelors horse band of Learning Horse Farm, Education & Research Center in the Netherlands, during the first approach in preparation for saddling of the younger named Sparta, in a social learning context. The human animal, Francesco De Giorgio, moves in the bachelor's dynamics without influence it. Sparta learns new sensations on the back, without linear, mechanicistic and conditioning pattern. He isn't isolated from the others, as it usually happens in the equestrian world, but rather social cognitively learned from his father and his uncles. Also notice the calmness of the horses despite the dynamics of the bachelor's game and how the horses break the dynamic to prevent that the interaction becomes too reactive. They stay in a conscious, cognitive inner state, making them well aware of the human presence that they take in account in their movements. Horses have a well-defined cognitive-social instinct, with a very well developed capacity of how to interact with other horses, and human. There behaviour becomes reactive in contact with the anthropocentric activities/training conditioning methods the human world is used to. We humans can and we must preserve the cognitive and social heritage of horses. More info on and on"

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Good News :) ... And the Terribly Sad News :(

     Okay, so, first the good news: Tiger Lily has made a full recovery, and is doing GREAT! All of her sores have healed, she has gained lots of weight, and she seems no worse for wear and tear. I'd never seen a sicker dog, ever, so it is really amazing that she pulled through. Thanks to everyone who was rooting for her--especially Dr. Lynn!--supplier of IV fluids, medicines, and TONS of bandages; and what a great suggestion, to use honey wraps to debride her injuries! I don't have a photo handy, but I'll find one and edit this post so you can see the difference.

      And now, the sad, sad, really bad news: My horse, Fancy, had to be put down early Saturday AM, after an eight-hour fight to save her life in response to a bout of colic. She had a total bowel obstruction, was in a ton of pain, and began to bloat and develop toxemia. My vet gently informed me there was nothing else to be done, so while I petted her and told her goodbye, the vet administered a lethal injection of barbiturates. This is similar to putting a dog to sleep, but--and I wasn't expecting this--a lot more (horrifyingly) dramatic. I take comfort in the knowledge she is not in pain now, and that, though her life was cut short (she was 12, and the average horse life expectancy is more like 25-30,) she had a great life enjoying her pasture and hanging with her best friend, my daughter's horse, Phoenix. I've had Fancy since she was a yearling; Monica and Stephanie (with Dave's help) bought her for me as the BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER!

     I had really looked forward to bringing her home to our new property one of these days, but such is life. Here is a video of Fancy in happier days, with her sister, Phoenix. They were both really muddy (evidence of a good horse life full of fresh air and freedom :) from playing outside at the farm in Marseilles, where I've been boarding them. Also, you won't be able to help noticing me speaking my version of horse baby-talk to them. Yeah, I do that ;)