A thoughtful and thought-provoking book review by UK dog trainer Tanya Hawkes. Tanya examines the juxtaposition of a section on Pariah (outcast) dogs and one on dogs who are victims of dog fighters. Tanya’s writing is raw and honest and pulls you in, whether or not you’re interested in reading the book. This book review is an intriguing read for anyone interested in the lives of “disposable” dogs, outcast dogs and canine victims of cruelty, including dog fighting victims.
In Teil 1 dieser populären Serie hat die australische Hundetrainerin Sylvie Martin dafür plädiert, unseren Hunden mehr Freiheit zu geben – für ein glücklicheres, gesünderes und harmonischeres Leben. In dieser zweiten Ausgabe gibt Sylvie praktische Vorschläge, wie wir unseren Hunden mehr Freiheit geben können – Freiheit von Zwang und Angst. Wie viel Kontrolle brauchen wir wirklich über unsere Hunde? Und wie können wir ihnen Freiheit von Angst bieten? Warum ist das so wichtig? Lies Teil 2 und finde es heraus!
In Part 1 of of this popular series, Australian dog trainer Sylvie Martin made the case for giving our dogs more freedom—for a happier, healthier and more harmonious life. In this second installment, Sylvie provides practical suggestions on how to give our dogs more freedom—freedom from coercion and fear. How much control do we really need over our dogs? And how can we provide them freedom from fear? Why is that so important? Read Part 2 and find out!
What do dogs need most from us? What does a roaming dog have to do with a baby picking a dirty lollipop from the floor and licking it? Dog trainer Kristi Benson tells the story of a client who has a roaming dog with characteristic humor and clarity (and clever analogies!). And in telling the tale, Kristi has an important message for all dog owners about what our dogs need most from us—something that is both free and also intensive. TIME.
Veterinarians need to do more to discourage people from breeding dogs with extremely flat faces. Jessica Perry Hekman, DVM, PhD, compares the recent British Veterinary Association (BVA) position statement on flat-faced dogs, which is quite forward thinking, to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) position, which is weak, at best. “U.S. veterinarians are lacking strong leadership bringing us forward. How can we help to fix these breeds? One step is a new policy from the AVMA, providing real guidance to the veterinarians on the front lines about how to talk to the owners and breeders of brachycephalic dogs.”
Our newest blogger, Tanya Hawkes, from Machynlleth, Wales, UK, examines the human tendency to project ourselves onto dogs when interpreting their behaviors, and how this anthropomorphizing is a reflection of the human observer’s worldview at any given time in history. For instance, whereas dogs urinating in the same spot was once viewed as their colonial flag—a mark to claim their territory—more recent research finds that urination is a much more social affair, perhaps like a dog version of Facebook or Tinder! Tanya’s insights into our limitations of comprehending dog behavior are thought-provoking; she helps us to understand that we can improve our dogs’ lives by trying to better understand ‘dog being.’