Posted by: Linda Trunell | July 6, 2013

“Hey, have you heard the one about climate change and dog training?”

This was posted almost exactly one year ago and yet the average person might never hear the scientific proof because of all the other noise drowning it out. I wanted to share it again because too many people are still victims of TV shows and uneducated “dog trainers”.
Here’s to being our dog’s best friend,
Linda

The Unexamined Dog

So a man walks into a bar and sees a dog sitting at the counter.  He turns to the dog and asks, “So what do you think about all the controversy surrounding the best methods and tools for training dogs?”

The dog takes a sip of his beer, briefly licks his butt, and replies, “What controversy?”

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This past spring, Adam Frank–an astrophysicist–wrote for NPR about a conversation he’d had on a plane with a fellow passenger about the fact that while the public and political spheres continue to argue endlessly about whether or not climate change is real, the scientific community involved in the daily practice of climate study has been working on its consensus piece on the subject for well over a decade.

In other words, while the nonscientific community has been busily shouting away, creating controversy, inciting anti-scientific skepticism, and creating an unmatchable din that…

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  1. Hi, I have a female pitbul mix(Chelsi)and I want her to get along with other dogs better. My cousin brought over her pitbul at one of our parties and they didn’t get along. There dog was calm and okay with Chelsi but Chelsi was aggressive and snapped. We have chickens and we let them in our back yard. Chelsi is friendly with them. Also when we brought her to the vet there was another dog. She didn’t snap but she seemed scared or really excited. I want her to be nice to other dogs so I don’t have to keep her inside when my cousins dog comes over or so I can walk her without her pulling me toward the other dog. What should I do?
    By the way- I’m Jessica Thorntons Niece.

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    • Hi, Desiree – Without knowing more about Chelsi (her history, age, general behavior) I can’t give specific advice. As a rule, dogs who do not know each other should be introduced on neutral territory – like a dog park or just a neighborhood area. Sometimes the “home” dog feels she must defend her property and resents a strange dog coming in. Before allowing your cousin’s dog to visit again I would recommend several walks together. Start by walking on opposite sides of the street – do not have dogs walking head on towards each other. The dogs should be able to see each other but not interact. As long as both are calm you can gradually decrease the distance between them while continuing to walk. If either dog starts to react by lunging and barking you should INCREASE the distance. Do not allow them to even sniff each other unless both are calm. Then after a brief sniff, continue to walk them parallel to each other (with people between them) It may take several walks together before they are ready to interact. The ideal situation would be an off-leash park but only if both dogs are social and okay with other dogs in an off-leash park already.

      You mentioned that she pulls you towards other dogs when she is on leash. Without seeing how she acts I can’t say if it is leash aggression or just excitement of wanting to meet the other dog.
      By the way, your Aunt Jessica is one of my favorite people 🙂

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      • Thanks! I’ll see if my cousin will try this with her dog.(:

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      • Let me know how it goes 🙂

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