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  1. No, about 7 cases of plague per year in the US with 11% mortality rate. Thus less than 1 person death a year. http://www.cdc.gov/plague/faq/index.html#cases So more dangerous to be killed by a falling television (more than one adult fatality per year) or any other freak accident and pretty much any other type of illness https://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/108985/tipover2011.pdf Not petting wild squirrels should also help (and treating for fleas which you would do anyways if Fido got some)
  2. tones and their effects was the subject of Patricia McConnell's PhD. And some following work such as: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347205809546 There is a section in 'the other end of the leash' about that.
  3. Although I will be the first to say I find that labs can be overly bouncy, unfocussed and bursting into people and dog's space.... It is statiscally expected that labs will produce more bad experiences than other dogs since tey are, by far, the most popular dog breed. Combine with our human tendancy to draw generalizations from anectodal evidence and to confirmation bias... are labs really more rude (to a BC) than other dogs? To me they seem to invade the bubble but get out of it quickly as well so.. don't know but wouldn't say they are worse than other dogs.
  4. Another factor to consider is that you don't want the system to alarm when the temperature is not endurable anymore but before in order to allow you to get back to the car in time. If one is 10min away, not only would the dog be above that temperature but the temp would keep rising in the mean time. See these graphs (followed link from www.avma.org/petsincars) http://ggweather.com/heat/index.htm#heating From googling looks like signs of heatstroke can start at 80F, although access to water, and no physical activity might help raise that somehow. The true criteria is internal body heat, just looked it up and (suprisingly) appears to be the same level for both dogs and humans at 104F. Pretty safe to say that if temp is above 104F it would be pretty darn hard for the dog to cool off (maybe still possible through evaporation cooling/panting but obviously harder to do the higher the temp) http://dogs.about.com/od/dogandpuppyhealth/qt/heatstroke.htm Another danger might be dark surfaces becoming burning hot (200F), even the black part of the dog's coat will heat up faster if exposed to the sun. Looking at some products, looks like they alert at 80F. Might be a reasonable setting to put allowing time to get back to the car. ttp://www.gizmag.com/dog-caller-collar/23746/
  5. You should have answered back, that's not a dog but a border collie; they get grammar. http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/350585/description/Dog_sniffs_out_grammar
  6. Some people think a crate is cruel. The weather part is obviously the critical thing here. I can't comment on the particulars of that newspaper article but it has been very hot in the last few weeks and dog/babies left in cars have made the news for tragic reasons. So I tend to think that the staff behaviour was warranted, then again it may have been cool and overcast and over the top responses.
  7. Donald, I did sent you a PM asking you a few questions (most important of which the availability of Mr. and Mrs. Dog) but it appears that your message box is full. Could you send me a message with contact info? Thank you. F.
  8. In the news just this morning in my neck of the woods http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/former+Kemptville+Mart+employee+says+fired+Wednesday+after/8642836/story.html A few interesting things: - looks like a very regular occurence for dogs to be left in cars at big box stores, even when it is very hot - people get upset if the danger is pointed out to them, telling people they shouldn't do something with their dogs (or kids) leads to emotional responses quickly - temp can go up 10degC in 10min (thats about 20F) Won't comment on Walmart's attitude toward their staff. Wouldn't it be much nicer if (well behaved) dogs could taken inside instead?
  9. Although true that heat index makes things worse, the biggest culprit in a car is 'greenhouse effect', sunlight goes through windows but heat gets trapped inside. Thus why temperature can increase extremely quickly in a parked car in the sun, especially with windows up. Something to keep in mind when parking in the shade, the sun does move and a delay of a few minutes can cause a rapid rise in temperature. Light colored car, windows open, fans, blinds and water can mitigate it.
  10. Sorry for your loss, perhaps you can relate to the following blog posts by Patricia McConnell: https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/lassie http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/love-guilt-putting-dogs-down
  11. I agree with Gloria. One month, she is just starting to settle. Take it slow, it is possible that, at this time, training puts a bit too much 'pressure' on her. Looks like she may not now yet 'how to learn with you'. Perhaps practice what she already knows with short sessions and reinforce a lot to improve her confidence and her bond with you? Then transition to learning new things at her own pace? And see how it goes over the next few weeks-months? Hopefully one day the light bulb will go on!
  12. My advice: if you love this puppy, find him a new home. Now! Contact a reputable BC rescue near you. From this post and several others you have made, it looks that you are in over your head and don't have the skillset or attitude to manage this pup. For your good and that of the pup, recognize it and find him a more suitable home. Now! He is clearly terrified of you, he's so afraid he doesn't know what to do. He shows his strongest appeasement behaviour of peeing on himself and he gets punished for it. You have a fearful pup, you can't punish him or scold him. You have to ignore the bad behaviour and reward good behaviour you want him to have. It would require a lot of time, patience and willingness to tolerate bad behaviour to earn his trust and it doesn't seem like you are ready to do it. Snarling is a warning, not something that should be 'not tolerated', punishing him for snarling will turn the pup in a biter without warning. That has already happened, he has nipped you and you are afraid he will nip your wife and you are already considering giving him away. Either drastically change your attitude and training methods, work with a competent trainer/behaviourist and commit to it 110% or... find him a new home. Now! You may find the above harsh and decide to ignore it. Please don't.
  13. http://lilt.ilstu.edu/vfdouga/P331%20FALL%202012%20SPRING%202013/READINGS/Bradshaw_2009%20dominance%20in%20dogs%20good%20or%20bad%20theory.pdf http://drsophiayin.com/philosophy/dominance/ http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/14_12/features/Alpha-Dogs_20416-1.html http://priscillastuckey.com/2010/09/03/wolves-and-dominance-the-myth-of-the-alpha-dog/
  14. Jaz in rescue at GHF is a blue girl: http://www.glenhighlandfarm.com/dogsavail/jazz2.jpg One can see how she is a greyish blue when compared to the black of the tri and bw in the background https://twitter.com/GHFNY/status/327127546858700801/photo/1
  15. Just saw this film project today (through Google news), looks like it could be interesting (out Dec 2013?): http://www.berwick-advertiser.co.uk/news/local-headlines/shadowcat-films-launches-border-collie-documentary-1-2898680 http://shadowcatfilms.com/border-collies http://shadowcatfilms.com/blog "We are particularly interested in speaking to people who work / have worked with Border Collies. They need to be from the Northumberland or Scottish Borders area. We are looking not only for people (and dogs!) to appear in the film, but also for people who might be interested in sharing memories but not appearing on camera."
  16. Reading the "read this first" might be a good idea... http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php?showannouncement=1&f=9
  17. Some chemicals are lighter than water and will float to the surface then evaporate and be in the air just above the surface. That's what the dog is smelling. Kicking the bottom may release more of it. Water search dogs don't smell the water but just above the water.
  18. Yes, automated text based on topic such as 'dog' and 'exercise'... the actual 'advice' is from Mr. Cesar Milan website (but not written by him) - result returned by Google http://www.cesarsway.com/training/exercise/Ways-to-Exercise-Your-Dog-Indoors
  19. IANAL (I am not a lawyer) but they way I read it: "purebred recognized by a professional registering organization", ABCA is a professional registering organization "including AKC, etc", doesn't exclude others merely providing examples of such registry. So, any ABCA dog should be exempt as well. But would be excellent to get the legislation modified (if one can't simply oppose it) and have added "Border Collies shall be registered with working registries and not considered purebred if registered with other registries" Perhaps well intentioned law but: - why discriminate against mutts that are healthier than many a purebred? - purebreds are a large proportion of dogs in shelters, exempting them makes no sense - doesn't protect against purebred puppy mills (they don't usually breed mutts) nor backyard breeders I must say I prefer the way my city does it, registration fee for the animal but rebate if spayed/neutered and/or microchipped. Provides an incentive but without being overbearing. Now lots of people don't bother getting the city permit for the dog nor spaying/neutering but as it goes "you can't fix stupid"
  20. Another resource is this small booklet by Patricia McConnell: The Cautious Canine, how to help dogs conquer their fears It's a quick read, not as in depth or with training exercises than some of the other resources listed above but worth a read. The CM debate has been done before, the OP can make his/her own mind about it, final thing I would say on this is that I would recommend reading/watching the link below that goes over some of the beliefs and techniques CM uses http://drsophiayin.com/philosophy/dominance/?/dominance.php Now for the personal experience, my adopted dog was very play obsessed, ball possessive and was also developing fear-aggression meeting other dogs (initially was fear but as his confidence improved it was becoming proactive fear aggression). As I don't have a backyard and instead was relying on the dog park and large offleash park near my place, it was not ideal for him. I would make small progress in making him relax and focus on me, but then that would get ruined when someone would throw a stick next to him or let their dog invade 'his space' bringing him back to his bad habits. One step forward, almost a step back every day. After discussing with the rescue, we decided this was not the best environment to help him improve due to the constant over exposition to things that would bring him over threshold (cats, kids although this was improving fast, any dogs that wasn't overtly friendly or playful with him, any ball-frisbee-branch being thrown, etc.). All that making any expected progress to be very slow in the environment I could provide him. I ended being a foster instead of a final adopter (he has been adopted again and now lives on a large multi-acres property). I so wanted to keep him even though it would not have been able to train for SAR as I initially wanted to do. And would have if I didn't trust the rescue but I really believed this was not the right environment for him. So yes the real world is full of challenges to a fearful dog, but not all dogs are dog park candidates and some will blossom much more easily in the right environment.
  21. What kind of certification and experience did the behaviorist have? Certainly not saying this is the case but lots of people call themselves 'whisperers' and 'behaviorists' nowadays. Depending on Whiskey's progress and how you feel about it, might be worth researching a different behaviorist.
  22. Ditto on the advice above; I'll be more blunt and would add that you might want to consider unlearning most of what comes from Caesar Milan (think of it this way, it would be like learning to be a surgeon from a daytime hospital soap). I just finished reading through "fired up, frantic and freaked out" (easy read, applies to fearful or over the top dogs), she has this statement on 'socialization' which is exactly what posters above said: "too often, though, people think only of showing the puppy new things. If the puppy does not leave the challenge feeling more confident and happy than when he met it, he did not have a good socialization experience. Thus, sometimes what they intend as socialization in fact creates far more problems than it prevents" or from Sophia Yin's "low stress handling, restraint and behavior modification of dogs & cats" (first 6 chapters great so far!) "while the general population tends to jump right to flooding (in this case aggressive socialization), the most effective behavior modification method is actually a combination of desensitization and counter conditioning" i.e. classical counter-conditioning (give treat) to reward emotional state while stimulus is below threshold, then increase the stimulus. Or using operant conditioning + classical counter-conditioning as in BAT (Grisha Stewart) and/or LAT (McDevitt, Control Unleashed Puppy program) as suggested by posters above. The OP should be able to pick up all that pretty quickly (or already knows it!) given his/her PhD in education. Curious about one thing, you say adopted in the text but purchased in the title. Where is the puppy from? Can't help but think 'puppy mill' from the fearful description. Although really doesn't matter, in any case the road to bringing him back to happy and confident may require quite a bit of effort and time but he's young so there is hope! One last thing, I've found training to be easy since one is working with a dog that is thinking (and usually motivated by food/toy/praise/sheep although I don't have any experience with the latter!). I've found behaviour modification to be much harder when it comes from an emotional state, one has to find ways to get through to the dog despite his excited/fearful/aroused/aggressive state where he is NOT thinking! And as advised by several posters above, 'punishing' signs of fear can be one of the worst things to do.
  23. Send multiple DMCA takedown notices for copyright abuse to that registry web hosting company (GoDaddy). Prepare to have to substantiate but they legally will have to comply and remove all infringing material then suspend the account. Have to do it by the book though if not GoDadddy won't do it... http://www.godaddy.com/agreements/showdoc.aspx?pageid=TRADMARK_COPY Sure it can pop up elsewhere but... makes it harder to do business...
  24. Well thank you, my sister and I did our best as background crowd in the puppy training extra I laughed pretty hard after unexpectedly seeing myself in that bonus feature (filmed at the 2011 Kingston SDT).
  25. The recorded webinar is available now: http://www.aspcapro.org/recorded-webinars.php#enhancing
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