- 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...
- 16/01/2017The Dude Tip #134: Set bits of rawhide in the backyard beside your doggie's "game trail" before a snowfall. He/She will spend hours later finding them. If you don't live where it snows ... Lucky You :) Oh! and watch the show. It's a good show :D
- 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#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.
Comments25/12/2016 #5 Bernard PoulinInteresting juxtaposition to Dr Harlow's monkey study where the only "sane" grown-ups - after a similar food vs play test - were those monkeys who received copious amounts of touch and holding and hugs and closeness. Food always came a distant second. in a healthy being's requirements.10/10/2016 #4 Phil FriedmanThanks, Kim. Dogs respond not only to love and affection, but with love and affection. Many animal behavior studies support that. Puppies fed by one group of people and played with by another, will always give preferential attention to those who... play with them. Even brain physiology studies indicate enhanced activity in those portions of the brain considered pleasure centers, when a human with a close relationship comes into the room, or even more so returns home after an absence. Cheers!
- Producer09/10/2016The Move - by River (My dog)Where the F*ck are the rabbits? What happened? Why are we here? I don’t understand? The other day I got picked up for doggy daycare and then the craziest, messed up thing happened. The doggy daycare lady took me somewhere I had never been. She had...
Comments09/10/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichClosets are a moving dog's best friends. My girls learn about packing really young. I hope the lobby situation gets sorted out, as being picked up for each exit and entry will eventually get to a be a big pain. I had to carry Zanzi around for two months last summer.... Happy House Warming!
- 06/10/2016Little Kids Getting Knocked Over by Dogs Watch little kids getting knocked over by dogs. See more videos at...
- 03/10/2016Happy Monday! Here's a short video to make you laugh. Dogs faces captured as they catch their treats in mid-air. You can feel their joy.Hilarious Expressions Of Dogs Trying To Catch Treats In Mid-Air © Story of Everythingz ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Visit:...
- Producer30/09/2016Massive hatch of ticks: how to protect your dogsWarm weather on the coast and recent rains have resulted in a massive hatch of ticks.Last weekend we had to admit a small dog that had suddenly become paralyzed. Its breathing was labored, and when we searched its body we found 10 ticks in various...
- 29/09/2016It's National Coffee Day :-) I found this photo on Pinterest that says it all! It's still a mystery how someone got such a candid picture of me..... Enjoy your cup of joe today!