Monday, February 13, 2012

"Get Busy!" Puppy Obedience Training. Recall Command. Internet Pups. Pet's Future. Fritz. Medal of Honor. Galileo.

For "Mammal Monday": Question:

Can you name this animal?

Answer below.





Thing Your Dog To Pee And Poop On Command

"Standing outside in the freezing cold or pouring rain waiting for your dog to pee is no fun. Learn how you can train your dog to go on command.

Cold weather trick. Now is the time to teach your dog to “Get busy” on command." This video will help:

"P.S. Most surveys rank housetraining as one of the top ten dog behavior problems."


Puppy Training Tips, 'Management Of Behavior' Rules:


How to remove Pet Stains:


There is another way to get the behavior that you want!

"A junior high school principal was having a difficult time with the girls in her school.   Every day, the girls in school would go into the bathroom, put on lipstick and then kiss the mirror leaving lip prints behind to get cleaned.  The janitor was getting fed up with it and approached the principal. The principal politely asked the girls in the school to stop kissing the mirror after applying fresh lipstick.   The next day - lip prints all over the mirror.  Again, the principal politely asked the girls to stop.
More lipstick prints.

Then the janitor came up with a brilliant idea.  The principal called the girls into the bathroom and explained how difficult it was for the janitor to clean the mirror everyday with the lip prints all over it.  To show them how hard the janitor worked at getting them off the mirror, the principal asked the janitor to clean the mirror for them to see.  The janitor took his squeegee and plunked it into the toilet. He then took the squeegee and washed the mirror.   No more lipstick prints on the mirror!

Listening to that story made me think of dog training.

You see, when it comes to dog training there are some trainers who preach that never, under any circumstances, are we to use any form of negative to train.    Believe me, I am ALL about positive training and am EXTREMELY cautious when it comes to using any type of negative during a training session. BUT.....there is no denying that done correctly, negative consequences for certain behaviors can greatly speed up the process just as the story above illustrates.
I understand why trainers have developed such strong feelings against using any type of negative.   Anyone who started training dogs before the 90's has seen first-hand the brutal methods that were used on a lot of poor dogs.   A lot of dogs suffered greatly all in the name of "training.""  By Eric Letendre:


"Train a child (PUP) in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."  [Proverbs 22:6]


"Puppies should start training as young as eight weeks old. A puppy can start to learn basic commands such as sit, down, stay, come, and walking on leash.
Keeping a puppy in the house and not socializing him can turn into a nightmare situation for the puppy's owners. A puppy has a socialization period that has to be taken advantage of. The more the puppy is exposed to, up to between eight weeks and four months, the more stable he will be as an adult dog. 

Do you know what the number one reason for dogs dying in the United States is?  Euthanasia. And do you know the number one reason for euthanasia?  Behavior problems.  More dogs are put to sleep for behavior problems than for any other reason.

We don't properly socialize our puppies, we wait until the pup is six months old before we start training, then to top it off, we use negative, outdated, harsh and sometimes cruel training methods.   When the dog becomes aggressive, fearful, or unruly to the point where we can't control the dog, the dog ends up in a shelter, abandoned, or put to sleep."  By Eric. 

A 11 week old puppy learned basic obedience commands


Recall Command.

"A man walks up to another man in the park who’s trying to train his dog and asks, “What kind of dog is that, a setter or a pointer?”    “Neither,” responded the dog owner, “he’s an upsetter and a disappointer.”   Okay, lame joke I know but....I don't want your dog to be an upsetter or a disappointer.   One of the fastest ways to get upset or disappointed with your dog is when they DO NOT come back when you call "come".

4 Tips To Help Your Dog Come When Called.

Tip #1:   Always reward your dog when he/she comes to you.
If you give the command "Come," make sure that when your
dog gets to you something good happens. If your dog just
chewed your shoe and you call him over and then scold him,
the chances of him coming again are greatly reduced.

Tip #2:   Let your dog develop a sense of freedom. This is extremely important. Get a long line or find a big fenced in area because your dog's safety is the most important thing.
With a long line you can go to a field and let your dog hang out and get the feeling that he is off-leash. Most dogs DON'T come back because they are always under some type of confinement.
On a leash, in a car, in a house, in a crate - can you blame the dog for taking off when they finally get a little taste of freedom?

Tip #3:   Practice in areas that don't have a lot of distractions. A park with birds, squirrels, other dogs, and running kids may be too hard for your dog in the beginning. Start off in your house and you can make it more difficult as your dog gets better at the command.

Tip #4:   Set your dog up for success. This tip is actually very important for all of your dog training lessons. This is the big one. When you first start teaching your dog the recall command, make sure that your dog is going to do it.
If you let your dog off-leash too soon and start yelling "Come,"
"COME," "COOOOOOME" and your dog is running in the other direction, you have set your dog up to be an upsetter and disappointer."


From Me:  Rule #5.  When your dog comes to you, reward him, pet him, and then let him loose again for a while, so that he doesn't think that you are going to confine him every time he comes to you.  Doesn't that make sense?


Please don't buy Internet Pups


Providing for Your Pet's Future Without You, By The Humane Society of the United States

"Knowing that pets usually have shorter lifespans than humans, you may have planned for your animal friend's passing.

But what if you are the one who becomes ill or incapacitated, or who dies first?

As a responsible pet owner, you provide your pet with food and water, shelter, veterinary care, and love. To ensure that your beloved pet will continue to receive this if something unexpected were to happen to you, it's critical to plan ahead.

Learn what steps you can take to plan and provide for your pet's future without you with this printable PDF: Providing For Your Pet's Future Without You »"


Trivia Answer:     Fritz the Mountain Goat.   Find out who he is.

"The Wilderness Society is proud to announce our new partnership with Frontier Airlines, the fleet known for its crew of loveably quirky spokesanimals who grace the tails of Frontier’s airplanes, including Carl the Coyote, Fritz the Mountain Goat, Grizwald the Grizzly Bear, Sarge the Bald Eagle, Klondike and Snow the Polar Bear Cubs, Colorado the Big Horn Sheep, and Stu the Eastern Cottontail. This exciting new partnership with Frontier will directly support our mission to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places…."   More at:


On This Day:

Galileo in Rome for Inquisition, Feb 13, 1633:

"On this day in 1633, Italian philosopher, astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome to face charges of heresy for advocating Copernican theory, which holds that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Galileo officially faced the Roman Inquisition in April of that same year and agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence. Put under house arrest indefinitely by Pope Urban VIII, Galileo spent the rest of his days at his villa in Arcetri, near Florence, before dying on January 8, 1642.

Galileo, the son of a musician, was born February 15, 1564, in Pisa, Italy. He entered the University of Pisa planning to study medicine, but shifted his focus to philosophy and mathematics. In 1589, he became a professor at Pisa for several years, during which time he demonstrated that the speed of a falling object is not proportional to its weight, as Aristotle had believed. According to some reports, Galileo conducted his research by dropping objects of different weights from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. From 1592 to 1630, Galileo was a math professor at the University of Padua, where he developed a telescope that enabled him to observe lunar mountains and craters, the four largest satellites of Jupiter and the phases of Jupiter. He also discovered that the Milky Way was made up of stars. Following the publication of his research in 1610, Galileo gained acclaim and was appointed court mathematician at Florence.

Galileo's research led him to become an advocate of the work of the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1573). However, the Copernican theory of a sun-centered solar system conflicted with the teachings of the powerful Roman Catholic Church, which essentially ruled Italy at the time. Church teachings contended that Earth, not the sun, was at the center of the universe. In 1633, Galileo was brought before the Roman Inquisition, a judicial system established by the papacy in 1542 to regulate church doctrine. This included the banning of books that conflicted with church teachings. The Roman Inquisition had its roots in the Inquisition of the Middle Ages, the purpose of which was to seek out and prosecute heretics, considered enemies of the state.

Today, Galileo is recognized for making important contributions to the study of motion and astronomy. His work influenced later scientists such as the English mathematician and physicist Sir Isaac Newton, who developed the law of universal gravitation. In 1992, the Vatican formally acknowledged its mistake in condemning Galileo."


First Medal of Honor action, Feb 13, 1861:

"The earliest military action to be revered with a Medal of Honor award is performed by Colonel Bernard J.D. Irwin, an assistant army surgeon serving in the first major U.S.-Apache conflict. Near Apache Pass, in southeastern Arizona, Irwin, an Irish-born doctor, volunteered to go to the rescue of Second Lieutenant George N. Bascom, who was trapped with 60 men of the U.S. Seventh Infantry by the Chiricahua Apaches. Irwin and 14 men, initially without horses, began the 100-mile trek to Bascom's forces riding on mules. After fighting and capturing Apaches along the way and recovering stolen horses and cattle, they reached Bascom's forces on February 14 and proved instrumental in breaking the siege.

The first U.S.-Apache conflict had begun several days before, when Cochise, the Chiricahua Apache chief, kidnapped three white men to exchange for his brother and two nephews held by the U.S. Army on false charges of stealing cattle and kidnapping a child. When the exchange was refused, Cochise killed the white men, and the army responded by killing his relatives, setting off the first of the Apache wars.

Although Irwin's bravery in this conflict was the earliest Medal of Honor action, the award itself was not created until 1862, and it was not until January 21, 1894, that Irwin received the nation's highest military honor."



Jay stayed home to take care of his mother, and I went to the dentist as they were working weekends to try to catch up.  A quick stop at the store on the way home.  I bought some generic tamales, but they had gristle and bits of bone in them, and the masa coating was very thick so there was very little meat in them. Now I know why the good ones are so expensive.

My journal was kind of thrown together on Sunday, as I hadn't slept well the night before, due to the caffeine in the coffee at the church meeting.   I slept in till 7.15 AM.  I nearly missed my program on WGN at 7.30 and I missed the two shows before it.  Usually, I watch all three religious programs starting at 6.30. AM on Sunday.

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