Harnesses do NOT encourage pulling anymore than a regular flat collar does. It’s just a different thing to attach a leash to. Like a regular collar, it requires hard work and training. Harnesses don’t make dogs want to pull, they make pulling safer so that your dog doesn’t suffer injuries while training.
HARNESSES DO NOT ENCOURAGE PULLING, POOR TRAINING DOES.
This has been a PSA.
Golly Jayne sure pulls hard on that harness!
I encountered this when I went to get a harness for my dog, because she would often choke herself at the end of the lead when she found something interesting and I didn’t want her getting damaged in the mean time.
No, no, you don’t want a harness - it just gives the dog license to pull!
Yo, my dog is already pulling, this is about keeping her safe until she learns not to.
Isn’t that just bad salesmanship, anyways?
Purebreds sicker? Science: kind of!
A recent study determined the association between a purebred parentage and disease by looking at tens of thousands of dogs with genetic disorders. Finally!
The results weren’t clear-cut. About half of the diseases studied (13/24) were equally likely to develop in purebreds and mongrels. This alone means that the American Kennel Club won’t need to retract its statement “It is a myth that purebreds are more prone to hereditary disorders than mixed breeds” anytime soon.
Those 13—including hip dysplasia, several cancers, and some cardiac problems—are ancient disorders that have afflicted dog-kind long before modern selective breeding was a thing, the researcher believe.
Ten of the other 11 disorders occurred more often in purebreds: aortic stenosis, dilated cardiomyopathy, elbow dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, hypothyroidism, atopy or allergic dermatitis, bloat, cataracts, confirmed/probable/suspected epilepsy, and portosystemic shunt (a liver disease).
Only one disease—ruptured cranial cruciate ligament—happened more often to mutts. Also, mutts are more likely to suffer from “hit by car.”
I have a feeling that people are going to be able to spin this study any way they want depending on whether they’re breeders or animal welfare advocates. But my takeaway is that breeding within a limited gene pool just isn’t good for dogs.
This Just In: Hybrid vigor still a myth.
Note that responsible breeders work to breed out the genetic diseases common in the breed they’re working with. Unfortunately, backyard breeders and puppymills who breed them do not (and there lies the source of the problem).
Looking at the animal welfare tag and there’s a lot of animal rights propaganda spammed on it so I though I’d take the time to explain the difference between the two for anyone who might think they’re the same because of the spam or just wanted to know the difference.
Animal rights it a belief that animals should not be used as food, clothing, etc. and that they are entitled to the same rights as people. Some of the more fanatical groups have resorted to violence.
Animal welfare is the belief that animals can be used as food, clothing, etc. so long as the animals are treated well and certain needs are met. Some of the larger groups in recent years have been bogged down by bureaucracy.
To save time I’ve just copied and posted a list from Wikipedia since it’s a good summary what animal welfare supports believe animal need, the list is know as the five freedoms:
- Freedom from thirst and hunger – by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour
- Freedom from discomfort – by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
- Freedom from pain, injury, and disease – by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
- Freedom to express most normal behavior – by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal’s own kind
- Freedom from fear and distress – by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
This post is just a basic summary and does not include a list of different beliefs groups within these movements have. If you want to know more, set aside a day and just spend it on the internet reading, gain knowledge by looking at news stories, articles about organizations that support these beliefs, and even their own FAQs because a lot of the organizations have websites.
I wish the ARAs would just stay on their own freakin’ tag, but yes, this.
stupid-american-trash asked: Hi, I was wondering if you knew anything about this. I read in psychology about oral fixations from being weened too early/late in humans, but does the same apply to dogs? I have a lab and the woman I bought him from weened the litter of 15 at 4 weeks because the mother abandoned them at 2 weeks. He seems to have an obsession of having something in his mouth at all times. He puts his mouth on everything he can. Does this have to do with being weened young? Or is this normal lab behavior? He is 3
Not sure on this, to be honest. Is he chewing? Because chewing is, more often than not, just normal ol’ dog behavior.
I know cats that were weaned young often suckle on clothing. My aunt had one she found at 2 weeks old who sucks on earlobes. So I’d assume some dogs would too.
Could also be the breed - labs are retrievers, they were bred to enjoy carrying things in their mouths. I’m dog sitting a lab mix who, at this moment, is licking my hand and occasionally grasping my wrist with her mouth. It’s gentle, no pressure, definitely not a bite or warning of any sort - but she is mouthy in an affectionate way. A friend of mine has spaniels (another retrieving breed) who do the same thing, gently hold her wrist or arm when they’re happy. But i wouldn’t discount the weaning factoring into it!
Ooh, good point.
trateingok asked: love this blog and the resources provided. do you have any resources on fish? bettas, in particular, as well as other species commonly kept in jars, basically. little horror story for you: once on a visit to Petco (shameful), not only were the fish tanks terribly over populated, and the tanks provided absolutely NO enrichment, but many of the fish were severely infected with ick. Not to mention the fucking shelf of betta fish contained in plastic soup bowls.
Thanks! Have you been to this forum? It only covers betta fish, though.
Yeah, Petco and Petsmart… the betta fish are kept in completely deplorable conditions.
todogornottodog asked: Well. That post I set in has created quite a stir. Oops.
Haha, yeah, I wasn’t expecting that. I mean, I expected a few ‘BUT BREEDERZ’ but…
What’re ya gonna do, ARAs gonna be ARAs.