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Sun, 18 Dec 2016 23:48:33 +0000Dogs can be great to have around the house, I think we all know that. But what is the usual and predictable item that we can use to predict a dog’s behavior? You guessed it, food. Your dog has a very strong relationship to food. And thus a very strange relationship with you, the pet parent. When you decide your dog can eat, you give her something. When you want a trick, she gets a snack. When it’s dinnertime, she hangs out by your table waiting for some of you scraps. Is there anything wrong with this? “Of course not” you might say. And you’d be right, there is really nothing wrong with that. Food is a reinforcement of erratic and aggressive behavior But what if there was a different way of doing things. What if instead of your relationship with your dog being tainted by the notion that you’re the one in charge of feeding her, you could have a purer and more rewarding relationship? There are several things I want to get in to with regard to a dog’s behavior, but in this article I want to focus on how that behavior is related to food and what you can do to better create an atmosphere for your pup to be more even keeled instead of experiencing emotional ups and downs. If you’re like most pet parents I’ve helped, there is an immediate correlation between the way your canine acts and when she gets to eat, and even what and how that food is given to her. Treats for good behavior Most pet parents have taught their dogs to do certain tricks that create a certain heir of obedience in their relationship. The obedience is most likely tied to a snack of some kind, but may also be attached to some other form of reward. Dogs, if you remember, are almost like computer programs, built around the “if this than that” paradigm. Simply put, if you remember the Pavlovian response in dogs, that their mouths water whenever the trigger in their minds let them know there was food on the way. This study permeated scientific research on humans and has become mainstream in marketing products, services, foods and just about anything else you can imagine. To think like a dog, it’s helpful to think how a human responds to certain stimuli. What happens when you get ready to go out on a date? What does your blood pressure do? What about the smell of the Cinnabon at the mall? Does that make your mouth water? You’ll eventually “turn a trick” for the owners of the food store and pull out your wallet to give some money in exchange for that food. Trick? you might ask. Yes. This is a response of your inner cortex telling you that there is a tasty reward at the end of you pulling out your wallet to buy something. A Dog’s Currency Not so different from people, dogs that are obedient and those Read More ...
Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:48:17 +0000If your family is like mine, everyone gets a present from the dog. And the dog gets a present too. But the funny thing is that we wonder if the dog has any idea what’s happening. Chances are she’s usually just more excited about eating something off the floor after we’ve had breakfast. But what if that’s not the case? What if dogs have some sense of giving? Do dogs know how to give? Dogs, as we know them to be “man’s best friend” obviously give people a lot in terms of companionship and other positive characteristics that only dogs can bring. I believe that since dogs are, or can be, loyal to the point of giving their lives to help their owner without realizing or having any sense of death, although they do have a sense of danger. So what about those occasions when dogs are called upon to give their lives? Is that “gifting?” Or is it just a dog being a dog. At the very least, we know that dogs make great gifts! We’ve established that dogs can give humans a lot in terms of intangible goods. What we’d like to know from our audience is that if you think dogs really know how to give gifts other than the intangible. Have you ever seen a dog share food or a toy with another dog? Probably not. How about with a human? Hmmm Please comment!
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:48:43 +0000Welcome back to A Dog’s View! Our blog is back on and we’ve got some extra treats for you 🙂 As I share today on the essential oil blends I am using to assist our new dog, King, keep in mind we are also working on training/behavior as well as the emotions. I believe in a whole health approach to dog care of course so when I mention using the oils I am also feeding a raw diet, avoiding vaccines and pesticides, etc. so that my dogs can live a well-balanced, healthy life emotionally, physically and mentally. Each dog is unique even as there are character traits similar in each breed. I don’t know King’s upbringing, and even if I did, I’d still tweak things so that we can and he can live together in harmony since each person’s lifestyle and personality are also unique. What I am using these blends for are to assist him in certain emotional and even physical areas of his life. I am grateful to veterinarian, Dr. Melissa Shelton, for the Animal Desk Reference (ADR – available on Amazon.com) she wrote that is a partner book to the Essential Oils Desk Reference (EODR) book. I discovered a nugget in it this weekend that I wasn’t aware was in the book since I’d not yet read through it in its entirety. It was on using the essential oil blends with animals. Next to each blend Young Living offers, Dr. Shelton put a “P” or “E” or both. Simply that means that you can use that blend for physical (P), emotional (E) issues or both (E, P). Books by Dr. Kim: