Monday, July 25, 2011

Math Dog. Stop Google. Counter Surfing. "Beetle". Body language. Dogsicles. "Cold Tail". Prairie Dogs. Misty Groomed.

For Mammal Monday:

Mathematical super smart dog:





No More Playing Around with Google Dog Fighting!
Tell Google to remove the KG Dogfighting application from its marketplace.  6/17/11
Please sign for this important cause if you haven't already!
No More Playing Around with Dog Fighting!
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site
"Google has refused to take down the controversial dog fighting video game, KG Dogfighting, from its application marketplace.
KG Dogfighting is a game users can download onto their phones that allows them to be a virtual player in a dog fighting ring. Players train their dogs and pit them against those of other players.
Dog fighting is illegal in all 50 states because it carries serious consequences for the dogs involved. The dogs must fight each other until one is either too injured to continue or, worse, dies. If the dogs are injured and unable to continue fighting, they are often used as bait to capture and rile up other potential dogs for fighting.

Dog fighting is also extremely detrimental to society
as statistics have shown that people who abuse animals are
exponentially more likely to harm a human being."

Please sign the petition imploring Google to remove this reprehensible game from their application marketplace.


How to Stop Counter Surfing

"Counter surfing is a big problem for a lot of dog owners. Stealing food off the counter can be annoying and sometimes dangerous. Learn how to stop this behavior following the tips outlined in this article.   Difficulty:   Moderately Easy

Instructions:  Things You'll Need: Bagel (or similar goodie), String, Container, Duct tape, Empty soda cans

"I was just about the close up for the rest of the weekend. It was 4:00PM and I was just about to walk out the door when the phone rang. I hesitated picking up the phone because I had stuff to do. I picked it up and immediately knew that I was going to be there a while.
"Is this the dog trainer?"     "Yes, how can I help you?"
"I can't take this dog much longer!" "Do you hear me?" "I CAN'T TAKE THIS DOG MUCH LONGER!"
I finally got her to calm down enough to explain to me what happened. The lady told me that she was having a dinner party that night and she was getting ready to put the ham in the oven when she got a phone call. She put the ham on the counter and a few minutes later she heard a huge crash.
Her dog had jumped up and grabbed the ham off the counter. I advised her to run down to the store buy a new ham and to come see me on Monday. I added that I have a sure-fire method that will stop this behavior forever.

On Monday she came in with Chester, her big 90lbs. lab. Typical lab, happy, energetic, ready for anything. I explained how we were going to fix this problem. I told her all we need was a bagel, string, duct tape, a big container and about a dozen empty soda cans.
She looked at me in a strange way as I put everything on the counter in front of her. As I proceeded I could see the light bulb go on in her head. You see, I took the string and tied it to the bagel. I then took the string and duct taped it to the side of the container. I then filled the container with the empty soda cans.
"I get it" she said. "You're going to put the bagel, or similar goodie, at the edge of the counter and encourage him to take it."
"Right," I said. I went on to explain that dogs steal because it is safe and they get rewarded - food. If we make it a little scary or dangerous the dog won't do it. I added that dogs don't understand right from wrong, what they do understand is safe and dangerous.  By tying the bagel to the container with the cans it changes everything. Counter surfing is no longer any safe, fun or rewarding.

We put the bagel at the edge of the counter and left the room. Within a few seconds we heard a huge crash. We came into the room and her lab was on the other end far away from the bagel. She was delighted and said, "Maybe this will work."
I told her to set it up a few times over the next couple of days. A few weeks went by when I got another phone call just as I was about to leave my office. When I heard her voice I was getting ready to sit down when she said, "Thank you so much. Chester hasn't touched anything since you showed me what to do." "Excellent" I said. I was just about to hang up and leave when she said "Do you know what we can do about chewing?" "

Tips & Warnings

  • Do this exercise a few days in a row.
  • Don't use to much string. If the string is to long some dogs will eat the bagel without pulling on it.
  • Use a lightweight container.
Read more: How to Stop Counter Surfing |       

 Beetle had allegedly been thrown from a car window and suffered severe injuries.
"Recently, North Shore Animal League America rescued Beetle, a 10-week-old, male kitten and placed him in the life-saving Help Me Heal Program.  At only one and a half pounds, Beetle has already had one surgery, and he is likely to need another in the future.

Beetle has suffered a protrusion of her abdominal-cavity referred to as inguinal hernia. Parts of his intestines have come through his lower abdomen. This type of hernia requires surgery. In addition, Beetle has a severe fracture of his front left leg. The fracture is very close to the joint and shattered, which will make repairing it particularly challenging. The leg may also require surgery.
Video:  Meet Beetle - North Shore Animal League America
Because Beetle is so tiny, his injuries are very delicate and quite serious. His recovery process will be at least several months, and he will require constant care and monitoring."

You can help Beetle get well. When you support the Help Me Heal Program, you’re helping to ensure that Beetle, and all of the Animal League’s dogs, cats, puppies and kittens get the extensive care they need to be healthy and happy. Please donate today.  Video at:

Dog Tips:
If you allow your dog to set the rules, don't be surprised when he tries to enforce them.

Expect your dog to act like a dog. Don't take it personally when he exhibits typical canine behavior. He's not being "bad," he's just being a dog.

Your dog's diet does have a direct result on your dog's behavior, skin and coat, and general well being. If you spend just a little while learning about proper nutrition for dogs you'll be amazed at how much healthier your dog will be (and how much lower your vet bills will be,too).

Learn how your body language can help or hurt your dog training efforts.
Discover simple steps you can take to improve your dog training.
So now you know which drive to put your dog in, for it to do what you want.   (Just like a car!)

DIY Dog Treat: Peanut Butter Popsicles.  by Loren Drummond

  When a heat wave hits your hometown, easy-to-make frozen treats are one way to help your dog chill out.

  • Mix up some frozen treats to help keep your dog cool. L.

    Drummond/The HSUS

  • Our mutt, Madigan, keeps cool on the back deck. L. Drummond/The HSUS

"The thermometer reads 98 degrees Fahrenheit, and the dog sprawls belly down on the kitchen floor, panting. The weatherman predicts things will be like this all week. 
Temperature spikes can be dangerous for people and animals—more so in regions unused to hot weather. Families without air conditioning take refuge in offices, coffee shops, public libraries and movie theaters—places where dogs aren't always welcome.
To help our 60-pound mutt, Madigan, cope with the heat, I often mix up a batch of dog-friendly popsicles."

Peanut butter popsicles

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter with a little water or half a mashed banana. (The water and banana aren't essential but help with freezing consistency.)
  • Line an ice cube tray or cookie sheet with wax paper. (You don't have to use the paper, but it can make prying the cubes out easier.)
  • Spoon the mixture into the cubes, or drop onto the tray just like you would cookie dough.
  • Freeze. If you need to reuse the tray right away, pop out the cubes and store them in a bag or container in the freezer.
  • Serve. Turn any hot dog into a happy camper.

Mix, match, freeze

Pet popsicles can be made out of all kinds of things that your dog (or cats) eat normally, so experiment to see what your dog likes best.
Try: Treats suspended in water, watered down wet food, and favorite frozen veggies.
Avoid: onions and onion powder, salt, macadamia nuts, tomatoes, potatoes, rhubarb leaves and stems, avocados, and anything else on this list.
Tip: You can fill up a rubber Kong-style toy and freeze—a great cool-down treat for when you will be away for a few hours.

I had never heard of "Cold Tail" in the 70+ years that I have been around dogs, but you learn something new every day.
Cold Tail, Dead Tail, Limber Tail       What Is Limber Tail Syndrome?
"Limber tail syndrome and "cold water tail" while known to those who work with hunting dogs, may not be familiar to veterinarians. It is most often seen in working breeds like English Pointers, English Setters, Foxhounds, Beagles, and Labrador Retrievers. Ages of affected dogs range from 0.5-9 years old. In English Pointers the most frequent age of onset is reported to be 2 years old.

Typically the presentation is a young adult dog with an acutely flaccid tail that hangs down from the tail base or is held horizontally for 3-4 inches and then drops down.(dog on right) The tail remains in this position even when the dog moves about.

The puppy on the left does not have cold tail.  Some dogs which have nice otter tails hold their tail like this while they are standing at rest.  The minute they start to move, the tail comes back up to a normal position.  Totally different than the dog which has "cold tail".




This is an actual picture of a dog with cold tail.  You can see how the tail is clamped to the body.
Pain may be seen on palpation of the tail base and some owners report that the dog seems uncomfortable and painful.  The best thing to do is leave the tail alone.
Rest is recommended.

Complete recovery is usually seen by 2 weeks and often occurs within a few days although it recurs later during training in 1/3 of the cases. Some owners and trainers feel that anti-inflammatory drugs shorten the recovery time if given when the condition is first seen.  You might also use warm packs at the base of the tail which will help the relief of pain.
The cause of limber tail is not known although it is thought to be associated with hard workouts (especially in under conditioned dogs), heavy hunting, and swimming or bathing in water that is too cold or too warm. Some owners reported that they grab the tail as a means of correction. Tail conformation (high set or very active), gender (males more frequently affected), and nutritional factors have also been suggested as possible causes. Ongoing studies suggest that limber tail is associated with muscle damage in the tail with dogs examined early in showing elevated muscle enzymes eg., creatine phosphokinase."
Links to other information on cold tail:

Prairie Dog Coalition
Moving to Safer Grounds
"Prairie dogs are more than adorable, they are necessary for a healthy prairie ecosystem. Still, every day prairie dogs are poisoned, shot, bulldozed, or victims of exotic diseases.

The Humane Society of the United States' Prairie Dog Coalition and our partners are working to turn things around for this keystone species. Through non-lethal management trainings and wild-to-wild relocations, we are saving the lives of individual animals and restoring the prairie dog ecosystem on protected public lands.
This month, the Thunder Basin National Grassland relocation team provided refuge to 349 prairie dogs.
We captured incredible images of these relocation efforts -- please see our slideshow."



Catching up on emails, shredding my name and address off junk mail, and grooming Misty was about all I did yesterday.

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