- Producer18/02/2017Look For Hearts In Nature,They're Everywhere, Just Like Love Is!First off.... Happy Valentines Day! What a great holiday to have...one that celebrates human beings love for one another. We positively don't have enough love in this big old world anymore, and having Valentines Day once a year helps. We need to...
- Producer14/02/2017A Tale of Grief and Puppy Love by Deb Helfrich - A Must read for all Canine lovers.My Valentine's day just got better on completing this awesome book by @Deb Helfrich . A recommended read to all ! Dogs die. But dogs live, too. Right up until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And...
Comments14/02/2017 #10 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.Happy Valentines day to Fatima Williams, Deb Helrich and all bees, what a beautiful way, Fatima to honor Deb!14/02/2017 #3 Deb 🐝 Helfrich@🐝 Fatima Williams - what a precious gift. You have made my heart do loop-de-loops of joy.
I cannot imagine any better accolade as a writer. To find out that I created a world full of the joy and reality of life with a dog so vividly that even someone who has yet to arrive at a place in her life amenable to a canine companion was able to imagine the overwhelming sense of being alive that comes by sharing a part of our journey with a four-legged friend.
I will treasure this buzz for the rest of my life. My sincerest gratitude!
- 14/02/2017My Valentine's day just got better on completing this awesome book by @Deb 🐝 Helfrich .
Dogs die. But dogs live, too. Right up until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And love us. And make our lives a little brighter. And they don't waste time being afraid of tomorrow - Dan Gemeinhart
You can purchase her e-book at https://www.insightsoccur.com/ A must read for all Dog lovers ❤
- Producer09/02/2017Spring is Almost Here - Get Your Pet Ready for Warmer WeatherCold boring winter is coming closer to an end and it is finally time to go out and play. You and your pets are probably happy about it, but there are some things to be done before the hotter weather comes. Make a list, get the equipment and get...
- Producer05/02/2017All Sorts Of K9 Cops At SuperBowl, Protecting From Terrorism~ Over 200 K9 Cops Will Be There: sniffer dogs, bomb detection dogs, air-sniffing dogs...K9 Sarik, a bomb-sniffer dogs, and his partner K9 officer Chris Salopek have been tasked to help with the Super Bowl. It's by far the biggest venue that they've ever worked. K9 Sarik and partner Chris are the only K9 team in Monterrey...
- Producer30/01/2017Even Tho Having A Dog Of Their Own Is Delayed By President Trump ~ The First Family Well-Protected By Jordan the Belgian Malinoit, And Soon Another Helper With Him As Well.* This is Canine Cop Jordan, whose beat is the White House. He is awaiting a new dog partner, since Hurricaine his dog partner was retired in November.* It may be a while before the Trumps get a dog. President Trumps little boy Baron, is very...
- 30/01/2017These are the ‘smartest’ dog breeds, according to a canine psychologistgrendz.com There’s no easy way to rate dog intelligence. As canine psychologist Stanley Coren wrote back in the 90s, there’s adaptive intelligence (i.e., figuring stuff out), working intelligence (i.e., following orders), and instinctive intelligence (i.e.,...
- Producer19/01/2017It's 11 pm. Do you know where your power button is?Dear reader... I've resurrected this old post from my blog, because occasionally I need to remind myself of my own advice...Enjoy._______________________________________________________________________________I blame this post on our dog. In her...
Comments26/01/2017 #13 Kevin Pashuk#8 Thanks for commenting Lisa. My wife says I have 2 speeds... On. and Off. I normally fall asleep and stay asleep till the alarm goes off, but do occasionally knock the rhythm off track and have trouble sleeping. It's usually due to the factors I mentioned in this post.20/01/2017 #8 Lisa 🐝 GallagherTurn off the pc too! I've been telling my husband this for a long time. He knows it's true but is a type A (chronic thinker) until his brain/body finally give out. He never sleeps well, talks in his sleep and wakes easily. Do you wake easily @Kevin Pashuk View moreTurn off the pc too! I've been telling my husband this for a long time. He knows it's true but is a type A (chronic thinker) until his brain/body finally give out. He never sleeps well, talks in his sleep and wakes easily. Do you wake easily @Kevin Pashuk? Lack of sleep on a continual basis can lead to physical ailments. My husband gets complex migraines and is now on a crap load of meds to keep them from appearing. I am no one to offer advice since I'm an insomniac but I can say one thing, my dog goes out late because of my schedule and my husband doesn't have to worry about the dog in the early am. Geez, we all need to get some sleep around here! Thanks for the links and reposting this. Close19/01/2017 #5 Kevin Pashuk#4 Sounds like you hire smart people Paul... that was a great response. For the record, now I don't send emails out late at night, but am guilty of reading on my iPad in bed. I really should use my Kobo reader (like a Kindle) that doesn't have the bad little LEDs that affect sleep.19/01/2017 #4 Paul Walters@Kevin Pashuk Did you or do you still send employees e mails at 11pm at night. ? One of my employees once asked why did exactly that at 12, pm 1 am or sometimes 3 am . My reply.? "Well I do it because I don't sleep very well." His reply , " did you ever think you are keeping me awake by doing that.!" Great piece kevin, no off you go and get some sleep!!!19/01/2017 #3 Kevin Pashuk#2 Thanks for the hints Devesh. I'm sure all the readers who suffer from insomnia will appreciate this.
My issue is not that I don't get enough sleep, but enough of the right kind of sleep... that deep REM sleep where your body restores itself. I do like the advice about chewing.. it justifies my bedtime snack. :)19/01/2017 #2 Devesh BhattSomethings in a combination worked for me. I don't know if they would work for you.
A boss of mine suffered from.insomnia and liked me to help him at work , 5 months down I was having sleep problems , couldn't sleep more than 2 hrs in one go and 4 hrs in a day and I'm from a cold area, Delhi heat was exhausting.
I was adviced to do these, chew anything for a long time while doing work in the evening, if I have anything chilled it should be 3 hrs before sleep.
Do squats or push-ups when I want to sleep wait to calm down and do Yog Nidra ( Nidra means sleep) It's nothing simply imagining your body parts to bore yourself to sleep and once you get the hang of it, start imagining them as vital and in good shape.
After 2 days, start having a lot of water during the day.
It worked for me and then helped my old boss get some sleep.
- Producer17/01/2017Obama's Dog Sunny Bites Whitehouse VisitorThe Obama's dog, the female: Sunny, decided to protect her personal space when a family friend of one of the Obama's girls decided to greet the family dog in an entirely inappropriate way ~ the eighteen-year old pushed her face right up to...
- 17/01/2017For more than fifteen years, he warmed our hearts.Boppy Boy in Potato Chips and Dreidels Our little man is gone now, but will never be...
- 15/01/2017Sir Kay! As a Scottish Deerhound. Sir Kay is remarked to have been very tall. I had considered a Leonburger, but I wanted something a bit more lithe. I think Leonburger may come up for one of the other knights though, rest assured.
- 14/01/2017Rough layout sketch with Lancelot and Arthur palling around after a real chivalrous, totally heroic and definitely not pointless slaughter of a dragon. Good ol' days right? lol (( it's totally Apple Juice in those tankards kids. ))
- Producer24/12/2016Deck The Halls With Fake Greenery So Others Don't Eat The Real Stuff And Get ILL!May I suggest two phone numbers to plug into your smart phone? Let family and friends know that these numbers exist on your phone. Share them. They can literally save your life or the life of your furry child. The first is the national poison...
Comments24/12/2016 #4 Lisa (Panaccione) VaughtThanks! It's good to be here. This is like LinkedIn was, only better it seems in many ways. I'll still post to LI, but I doubt that this time next yr they will be around.
I'm amazed at the poor quality of the changes they made! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
I'm in a bit of a twirl right now. We've had an unexpected death in our family, and I'm waiting to hear from my brother and sister as to what we are going to do~ my sister's husband was found dead a little while ago on the couch in the living room. So. Things are very bad right now. Keep my sister in your thoughts for me. OK? Talk soon. Lisa24/12/2016 #2 Deb 🐝 HelfrichNice to see you on beBee, @Lisa (Panaccione) Vaught. This is a great time of year to be mindful of creating healthy traditions, especially as all the extra activity can be stressful to pets who aren't getting as much attention, and that often leads to them exploring the world with their mouths.... I will share to the Dogs hive. And just want to let you know I have a "Canine Companions" hive, should you want to post photos of your furry friends....
- Producer26/11/2016Do You Underestimate Your Dog?I have a lot to say about dogs. Which is highly curious since the reason I share my life with a dog is precisely because of the wordless communication that fills my introverted soul. I love Zanzi. So much so, I had to write a book about our...
Comments08/01/2017 #30 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#27 @Lyon Brave my Zanzi is a lover not a fighter. She likes to clear away squirrels and birds from our path, she seems to find it fun to make them skedaddle, but she is not keen to initiate an actual altercation.
I feed her lots of duck. We lived for 4 years next to a park with a lot of ducks because it had a very large 'pond-like' water feature. She learned that I let her chase off crows, but not ducks. The thing I could not get her to give up, though, was rolling in fresh duck poop on the occasions when they went on the grass, not in the water....
We are still in the process of learning to agree to disagree on that aspect of our partnership!08/01/2017 #29 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#26 @Ali Anani - Your buzzes do precisely that - uncover faulty assumptions that we have derived when we neglect to consult nature. You are such a sage writer who so easily opens our eyes to the natural intelligence all around us.
And that is what I like to do with our dogs. We spend time with them everyday, but often don't plainly see how smart they truly are, simply because they are missing a set of vocal chords.08/01/2017 #28 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#25 I have been pondering about these sense of smell posts for awhile, @Deb🐝 Lange. My sense of smell is my current Achilles heel...
In that article they meant dogs smelling UTIs. Well, in my book I wrote about the fact that I observed that my dog had a UTI and the response that I got from the Vet was the last trip I ever made to a conventional Vet. He treated me with derision, said I couldn't possibly know that, and didn't even have the decency to phone me directly when the test results came back that she did have a UTI....
As you so clearly know, we discount so much of the information we get from our senses at our own peril. We would be wise to start noticing how much actual information we get from our dogs.
I always learn about the first spring daffodils a few days before they break the ground, as Zanzi starts sniffing a patch of dirt....08/01/2017 #26 Ali AnaniGreat buzz @Deb 🐝 Helfrich and I enjoyed reading it tremendously and so shared it.
The comments revealed my opinion n the high quality of your post. What I may add here is your writing
"If we start to realize how inaccurate a great deal of current training advice is, we might also wonder if our current beliefs about most of our dogs capabilities is accurate". OI believe the same applies to many other training. This is a common faulty training based on faulty assumptions08/01/2017 #25 Deb🐝 LangeDear @Deb 🐝 Helfrich I just posted about smell in response to @Ali Anani - https://www.bebee.com/producer/@deb-lange/smell-a-neglected-sense
When I did the research I found a great article on dogs and their ability to smell blood sugar to help people with diabetes and to smell forms of cancer early, http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160319-dogs-diabetes-health-cancer-animals-science/ Love that you love dogs!22/12/2016 #23 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#22 That is a great question, @Wayne Yoshida. And a Xmas gift for me to get started on my Jan dog post....
We know people have different learning styles and canines as a separate species have a different sensory order and differences within each breed and individual dogs. So the method itself is still at the core, but some dogs are sight 'hounds' and hand signals would be the easiest way to get them trained, rather than vocal commands, because of course, we humans are all about varying how we say things, some dogs are great at separating all the noise of our yammering on from the signal of the command, others will end up tuning us out, because our voice commands always come in fully grammatical sentences. I ran on to prove my point.
I exert all the influence in my house by putting my hand in my left pocket or executing a thumb's up. This would not work as well in a large household because the dog wouldn't have only one person to focus on.
The wolf wiring fallacy as I see it has to do with the 'must be an alpha' mindset. Even when that dominance is positive, the way actual wolves and actual dogs learn best is observe and cooperate. Fighting for status is really dangerous in the wild outside of official matters like mating.
Bad dogs are just ones who aren't sure how to cooperate, as they are being judged on human concepts, like being the first through a door - that is not a license to 'take charge' on a walk in a dog's mind. That is a ludicrous assumption, but even professional dog trainers swear by that. Exactly how many door situations did wolves encounter as they formed this inbred urge to observe order through a threshold as a sign of pack hierarchy?
My 2000 characters must be close....21/12/2016 #22 Wayne YoshidaThanks Deb! As I read this, I thought about all the dogs in my life and family and their behaviors. We always had ones that would listen/obey (the "good dogs"), and some would ignore our commands ("the bad dogs"). I attributed that to the "spoilers" in our family that would destroy the good behaviors. I have always based my training to use stimulus/response/positive reinforcement. Is this outdated and based on wolf wiring?29/11/2016 #21 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#20 I am sure your kat has a great deal of intelligence, but I am rather certain no one will ever be able to get one to voluntarily hang out in an MRI machine in order to really see what is going on in their heads... :) I got to spend some time with a couple kittens earlier this year and they were rather amazing. I shared some of Zanzi's toys and each one ended up actually preferring a different dog toy than the bog standard little mice they were supposed to prefer. They also were great at accurately telling me when I should take ownership of my role of being their 4th back-up feeder. I also found it fascinating how the much smaller sister was 10 times as brave when it came to interacting with me and Zanzi.29/11/2016 #19 Paul 🐝 Kearley@Deb 🐝 Helfrich check out these posts...https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-win-friends-impact-humans-dogs-perspective-paul-kearley and also https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/conflict-resolution-what-dogs-can-teach-you-teamwork-paul-kearley if you really want to see something interesting, go here: https://youtu.be/OQNqAzx09_E and here:https://youtu.be/6rE0NRV8UrU
My dog is so far advanced from being my best friend, it's ridiculous. She is the best listener, motivator, encourager, and friend I've ever had... except of course for my beautiful wife.26/11/2016 #16 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS#13 I don't know specifically about this guy, Cesar Millan, but I now see how they worked together. I have heard bad things about a/all "dog whispers" too.
I am thinking of The Power of Now, and discussions like this :
Thanks for the great insight, Deb!26/11/2016 #14 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#9 Thanks for sharing that your 3 dogs in your household @Franciane Nunes Paciência Torres have episodic memory.
I am certain 'proof' it is happening in homes all over the world, but we repeat the incorrect assumption that dog's brains don't have 'higher' functions and we neglect to notice just how complex their behavior can be, simply because they don't strike up a conversation to challenge our faulty beliefs!26/11/2016 #13 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#8 I have some familiarity with Tolle, but I did not know he had a very prominent series of talks with Cesar Millan. It prepopulated when I googled. Ummm.....
I have a complex relationship with Mr. Dog Whisperer. Let me unequivocally state that he is a very present man, in tune with his own energy, and I respect his ability with aggressive dogs. BUT I believe that his theories are harmful to the average house dog. Except for the part that you will ultimately have a better adjusted dog if you let other dogs play a role in your dog's development.
My life with dogs has been a little n=2 experiment, as detailed in my book, that really highlights that each dog is as individual as each person and that there are similar nurture versus nature tensions that contribute to the overall behavior of the canine being.
Dog training theories derived from Wolf Pack behavior just don't add up. The reason they came to prominence was the dearth of actual research on either wild wolves or domestic dogs. The maladjusted behavior of captive wolves provides inaccurate models for both species. In is gratifying to see that we are now getting data to support what I saw in my own household.
We are companions, not leader and submissive follower. I do often have a cognitive upper hand that I try to wield with lovingkindness, minus the occasional lapse into verbal shenanigans.26/11/2016 #12 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#3 Interesting names, @Gert Scholtz. You will appreciate that my girls - Tangenyika and Zanzibar - were named because of my affinity with Tanzania.
I think we have to give them names that we want to say millions of times and that register the joy we have in our hearts.
The thing that I found curious is that almost all my vets knew the source of Tangenyika when most everyone else had no idea where I came up with that name. Whereas Zanzi is easily attributed to Zanzibar.
One of my upcoming buzzes with be about the dogs of Pemba, who have been extensively studied. I did not know that so much of what I would come to understand about dogs would be based on a population so close to the names I initially chose because I loved to say the sounds!
- 25/11/2016By Constantine AlexanderYour dog remembers what you didwww.constantinealexander.net People have a remarkable ability to remember and recall events from the past, even when those events didn't hold any particular importance at the time they occurred. Now, researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology on November 23 have...
Comments25/11/2016 #3 Loribeth PiersonLove the shares about our 4 legged furbabies. My 80lb. Aussie does not know he's a dog. Lol. He is so clever and remembers my actions. @Deb 🐝 Helfrich mine will do the same when I don't put his bandana on. He knows and will go over and jump on his chair. Then he gives me the stink eye look. Like I can not believe you are leaving this house without me. They are truly smart and really are a girls-best-friend! Thanks for the share @Laurent Boscherini25/11/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichGreat share, @Laurent Boscherini. I can prove Zanzi has episodic memory in many ways. She knows when I do specific actions - and there are a few of them - that I intend to go out by myself. She often goes to her crate just when I put my phone into my purse, for example. I never trained her in any way, it is just a part of the process of me leaving and she noticed this action occurs and made the association herself. It also helps that I never take her for a walk with my phone or purse - her walks are for her.
I can also prove the length of her memory when I 'cook' her food before we walk - she pulls me back home after she completes the point of the walk. She knows dinner is waiting. If dinner is not waiting, she will want to linger on the walk.
- 23/10/2016Public Pool Throws a Dog Party Before Closing for the SeasonPooch Pool Party The Pooch Pool Party at Lakeview park in Nampa, Idaho. This is an annual Pool Party and dog day event held in Nampa Idaho for support of their amazing Dog...
- 15/10/2016The 'Canine Companions' hive is buzzing these days - all are welcome to join and share photos of your best friends . Zanzi is really handy with her front paws - she was about 5 months old in this photo.