For some reason, this took me a massive amount of time this week. I hope you enjoy this list of links – it’ll keep you busy for a while.
In September, news came out that the Geelong Animal Welfare Society had some pretty shonking practices – covered extensively by Deathrowpets. SavingPets did a report (or two) on the situation as well. However, recently, good news came out. Shelter killings have been slashed. Read SavingPets’ report: Geelong Animal Welfare Society 5 months on.
Dear Dog Pounds, It’s not ‘Euthanasia’ and you aren’t being ‘forced’ to do it. From YesBiscuit!.
The Honest Dog spoke about ‘Mending the Rescue Wall‘ – how rescue can sometimes be a little too harsh with adoption candidates. (They also made a post with a handy list of things to have a doggy-human first aid kit.)
Does it really take longer for black dogs to be adopted? It is a myth that is self perpetuating? ThatMutt.com examines the issue. (Also created a lovely post talking about buying a dog vs rescuing a dog.)
A firm article from Jez Rose on dogs becoming a commodity - a must read for those considering getting a dog as it looks at whether you should get a dog and what kind of dog to get.
The shame of shelters are the empty cages.
Training & Behaviour
A very honest post on Tricks for Treats, revealing the stress, trials, tribulations, and fatigue from living with a problematic dog. Anyone who owns a dog with issue should very much read this – you’re not alone.
Patricia McConnell posed the question: Is silence golden?
TrueDog talks about dealing with reactivity, particularly bike reactivity, in dogs. This post examines management and desensitisation, and ultimately deciding on the best process for your dog.
The Optimal Dog looked at some academic studies on working dogs - some great links and analysis, which will make you think about training dogs.
Long Tails Versus Short Tails and Canine Communication with Stanley Coren.
A thought provoking post from Crystal at Reactive Champion, talking about allowing dogs to predict our behaviours by ‘warning’ them what we’re going to do. (She also wrote about how, while we can’t fix it all, we do need to manage it.)
A challenge from Success Just Clicks to find the ‘good’ in your dog.
Stunning, amazing, awe-inspiring, delightful, charming, have-to-be-seen-to-be-believed ‘GourmetFelt’ store on Etsy – create animal sculptures out of felt, based on real-life pets.
In the News
Healing soliders, one dog at a time – service and companion dogs for war veterans.
Terrierman requests that dogs be fed like wolves.
Pitties and BSL
Other Dog Stuff
A old, but hilarious, dog story by Hyperbole and Half: Dogs don’t understand basic concepts like moving. It had me in tears of laughter.
Dogs don’t like kisses! And may be giving you (or your kids) the “Kiss Off”.
Dr Peter Dobias talked about the benefits of off-leash for dogs and people!
Time4Dogs criticises the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) positions as problematic for ethical dog breeders.
Veterinarians Behaving Badly on Human Nature. (Read it. Touching.)
Apparently, Australian correction facility inmates are helping to train RSPCA dogs to get them suitable to new homes. Cool stuff!
Talking about puppy mill puppies with Andrea Arden.
A video on teaching women in impoverished areas in animal management, in order to get the best out of the animal, but also improve the welfare of those animals. (Thanks to This One Wild Life for originally posting the video.)
Sophia Yin trains a stallion! See the video.
60 Minutes Big Game Hunt from the KC Dog Blog – is it okay to hunt endangered species if the funds for hunting is used in conservation? Thought provoking video.