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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Behavior, Training, Rescued Dogs, Neglect and the Abuse Excuse

A Nov 2006 pic of Helmut enjoying a stuffed sock with a hole in it.
Doesn't he look cuddly? :)

Cute training joke! :D See Savage Chickens: Dog Grooming Cartoon
(I'm so behind on Savage Chickens. Must catch up eventually!) :p

In a previous posting, I wrote about my service dog experiences, which probably offers a little bit of background in some of the broader scope of my interest in canine behavior and training. I'm always interested in how people train their dogs and why some people have the behavior problems in dogs that they do and why others are perhaps more successful.

Perception and communication are sometimes among the central issues.

Keep perception and communication in mind when you check out the articles I link to here.

This first one which has been in my blog bookmarks for about a year, regards training and raising dogs (and children!) by Julia V. McDonough who has worked with Doberman rescue and is a must read!
THE ABUSE EXCUSE J McL.pdf (application/pdf Object)

To learn a little more about Julia's credentials, go here. Below is a teaser from that page...
Hired in 1998 by Doberman Rescue Unlimited, Inc, a 501(c)3 organization, Julia singlehandedly set to work developing an in-house training and behavioral rehab program for the dogs in DRU's care. Today, her "DRU University" program is held up as the gold standard of shelter dog training programs by knowledgable balanced trainers and concerned shelter workers around the country. Thanks to Julia's balanced, results-oriented approach, hundreds of dogs deemed "unadoptable" by other trainers and shelters have gone on to live peaceful and productive lives with adopters who have been educated to a much higher, more dog-savvy standard.
She has her own website where she talks about her training philosophy. There is a page with several of her articles -- including the one referenced above (Abuse Excuse). I have some favorites! See the one called "False Positives" (on training philosophies), another "The Prong Collar: Fact vs Fiction" and especially this one "Dead Dogs Walking" (on evaluation tests that are used in shelters). I have previously written in other dog related forums, similar opinions on the these same three subjects, but not nearly as eloquently as Julia has. To see all the articles, go here.

Edit 06-Feb-2008: Julia comments with a link to updated info on Julia's activities and accomplishments here. Thanks Julia! :)

::: Related - I have a long running page on Prong Collars.

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Semavi Lady woofed at @ 1/31/2008 07:59:00 AM | Permanent link | (2) Comments

Anonymous Julia V. McDonough, IACP CDT sent us a woof // February 06, 2008

Just wanted to thank you for your kind words about my articles. I've since left DRU after 7 years of service, but will carry what the shelter and rescue world taught me (both good and bad) for the rest of my life. I have a more up-to-date bio page here:
It's important in this age of "furkids", guardianship language, and the dumbing down of dog ownership that we take a stand for common sense. Thanks for standing with me.   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // February 06, 2008

Julia, thanks for visiting. Keep up the good work! :D