Wow! This kind person did a drawing of bandit-the-tricolor-corgi!!! How cool is that!? Thank you so much!
also I drew this happy corgi based on bandit-the-tricolor-corgi (she is a v good dog who deserves a billion treats)
Our second clutch of 2014 is out! She is all finished up and we now have the eggs in the incubator!
She laid a total of 8 eggs.
Clutch weight was 846 grams. Averaging around 105 grams per egg.
All eggs candled well and are showing strong veins.
We have her soaking so she can rehydrate and will be offering her food in the next few days. We have a total of 18 eggs in the incubator so far and we are so happy that we haven’t had any slugs yet!
In case you didn’t know, I breed ball pythons.
I had another clutch laid today! What a great start to my day. These beautiful animals bring so much joy to my life.
Exclusive: Listen To Linkin Park’s New Single “Guilty All The Same" Featuring Rakim.
Will listen after work!
I bought me and Kasey tickets to the Carnivores Tour! We will be seeing Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, and AFI in West Palm Beach this August!
Beautiful snake, I love Gaboons, but I do NOT advocate free handling venomous animals….
This looks so yummy.
Here’s the thing about being pro choice that people don’t get…
You don’t have to morally agree with abortion to be pro choice. That’s why it’s not called pro abortion. It’s an understanding that you can’t make that choice for someone else and they have full control over that not you. It’s pro I’m not the boss of everyone else.
This is important.
That was a really not so great performance…. Am I the only one dying for Stephanie J. Block to sing this? I want to hear how effortlessly she is able to belt out those high notes
Idina’s Oscar performance, Travolta’s “Adele Dazeem” and Ellen’s attempt at making sure that the audience knows exactly who it is they’ve just listened to.
Thought I’d upload it directly to tumblr in decent quality because YouTube is being annoying and deleting all good uploads - and the others on tumblr are low quality.
Anonymous asked: ...i'm not condoning abusing dogs but you do realize that dogs need to be corrected when they make mistakes, right? i've never once hit my dog or even raised my voice too loud at him and he'll still have his tail between his legs and look away from me when he knows he's done something wrong. sorry but i cant just let my dog rule the damn house.
First, YES, this is a long post, but you owe it to your dog to learn about how they learn. (The TL;DR version of this post is “Sorry, but you’re wrong.”) Secondly, all the “you”s in this post are general, not specifically addressed to anon. I have only a foggy idea of what anon thinks and acts like. I am addressing the
doganimal owning population. (Also dogs aren’t trying to rule your house. I promise. They do not have plans of world domination; they do not have plans of household domination; they do not have plans of individual domination.)
If you want to learn more about this, explained in more depth and more clearly than I do here, check out “Don’t Shoot the Dog!” by Karen Pryor. Your library may have it, and bookstores normally do as well. It’s a great read!
A caveat that this only applies to neurotypical animals. A dog with canine OCD cannot be punished or rewarded out of having canine OCD. It’s possible that some of the behaviors may be mollified, but the dog will always have that condition. Aggression caused by a brain lesion cannot be changed by training. So on and so forth.
It’s a common misconception that dogs need to be positively punished (correction is a nice word for punishment, there’s literally a scientific definition of punishment and if that definition doesn’t fit your correction you’re only confusing the dog). It is my firm belief, and fits in with my experiences with a wide spectrum of dog breeds and backgrounds and even other species, that they do not need positive punishment, not with voice nor fist nor leash.
Let’s take a look at Learning Theory, the scientifically accepted way that animals of all sorts learn. And I mean all sorts - everything from a fish to a horse to a dog to a cat to a whale to a lion to an eagle to a sparrow to a goddamn mollusc learns in this fashion. (And I give ZERO FUCKS what kind of “tough untrainable breed” you have, every animal learns in this way and there is not a single breed of dog or horse that does not.) It is formed by the following blocks:
A punishment (P) is a consequence that reduces the likelihood of a behavior happening in the future.
A reinforcement (R) is a consequence that increases the likelihood of a behavior happening in the future.
"Positive" (+) means adding something to the dog or environment.
"Negative" (-) means removing something from the dog or environment.
All training will fit under a combination of these elements. Therefore, Positive Punishment, Negative Punishment, Positive Reinforcement, and Negative Reinforcement are the ways you change a dog’s behavior (Pavlovian Conditioning is also very important but is aimed at changing a dog’s emotional response rather than behavior).
Positive Punishment (+P) adds an aversive (unpleasant thing) to reduce a behavior. Example, kicking a dog when it licks you may reduce the chance of the dog licking you (but increase the chance that the dog will bite you).
Negative Punishment (-P) removes something pleasant to reduce a behavior. Example, walking out of the room when a dog nips you during play will reduce the likelihood of the dog nipping you in the future.
Positive Reinforcement (+R) adds something to increase a behavior. Giving your dog a treat when he lays down on his bed will increase the likelihood of him laying on his bed in the future.
Negative Reinforcement (-R) removes something aversive to increase a behavior. This one’s tricky to understand, because it requires first introducing something aversive, therefore making it work very very closely with Positive Punishment. Some truly disgusting people train “force retrieves” with Negative Reinforcement - they start up a shock collar or put a clamp on a dog’s ear until the dog retrieves an object. The shock is then cut off or the clamp removed. It sounds awful and it is awful.
There are two ways to look at changing an undesirable behavior. One is “make the dog stop doing this.” The other is “have the dog do this instead.”
With any behavior, if I want to change it, I first look at the reasons for the behavior, the behavior itself, and the consequences of that behavior. (Some people use “ABC” to remember this - Antecedent, what comes before, Behavior, the behavior in question, and Consequence, what happens because of that behavior.) I try to find a way to modify that behavior that is in accordance with the L.I.M.A. principle - Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive.
Let’s take jumping up when you walk in the house. This is something that causes a lot of people to say “no” to their dogs for.
First, we should look at the reasons for this behavior. The dog is excited that someone is home. The dog wants to greet you face-to-face. The dog wants your attention.
The consequence of jumping up on a person is usually attention, even if it’s in the form of “Get off!” followed by a shove.
Antecedent: Person walks in door.
Behavior: Dog jumps up.
Now, with each of the quadrants, how could we address this?
+P: Kick the dog in the chest (add pain) when she jumps up.
-Consequence: dog is scared of owner; dog could be injured; dog does not know what to do other than jump up.
-P: Turn and walk out of the door (remove attention) when she jumps up.
-Consequence: dog does not know what to do other than jump up.
-R: Hmm. Dunno about this one. Pull the dog’s choke collar until she tries to get away from you (add pain, remove pain)? Yell at dog until she gets off (add intimidation/fear, remove intimidation/fear)? Like I said, -R works very closely with +P.
-Consequence: dog is scared of owner; dog could be injured; dog does not know what to do other than jump up.
+R: The best quadrant! Train the dog to sit. Open the door, ask for a sit, reward the sit with treats and/or squatting down to say hello to the dog.
-Consequence: dog is even happier to see you when you get home, dog knows how to politely greet people. (May take a bit of effort to teach the dog to sit. Not a very difficult behavior for most dogs; a solid stand cue could work for dogs that find sitting difficult; another option would be to teach them to go get a toy or stand in a certain place.)
I work with +R first and foremost; I do use a bit of -P as well.
I have never run into a situation that I could not resolve with only +R and -P, plus some Pavlovian Conditioning for fear-based behavior.
I do not make anything a competition or a fight between me and my dog; therefore my dog can never “win” over me. We triumph together.
If you have any specific situation where you think a dog needs to be told “no,” feel free to put it in my askbox and I’ll help explain how to resolve the situation without aversives!
This post is already super long, but if your dog does avoidance behaviors without you raising your voice, your aversiveness probably comes in through your posture and tone of voice, rather than volume. And you have a sensitive dog who would greatly benefit from your learning to do things the nice way! Ozzie, a very fearful lab mix that I take care of, would give off tons of avoidance behaviors when I first started dogsitting him. After some Pavlovian Conditioning (when this person comes over, I get treats and food and walks and love!), he is now even more relaxed with me than he is with his owner, who does not believe that a dog can be trained without the word “no.” And yet…who does he listen to better? (Hint: it’s me.)
2013 Male Banana
He has such a cute little face!
This is my banana! I thought I wouldn’t have one of these in my collection for another few years! Such an amazing animal :)
Kim Kelley-Wagner has two daughters who were adopted from China. In everyday life, they have been subjected to horrid statements from people - to their faces, to their mother as they stood by her, etc. In this photo collection, shared on her blog, Kim and her daughters (Lily and Meika) put these ignorant cruelties front and center. [x]
"I have tried to explain to my daughters that people do not say these things to be mean, they say them out of ignorance, which is why I am sharing some of them. Words are powerful, they can become tools or weapons, choose to use them wisely."
i’m honestly deeply ashamed because of the harshness of our world
how can people say those things to little girls? I am also ashamed at the callousness people display. ignorance is only an excuse for children; adults should be expected to know how to play nicely.
Even though I was adopted in the US, I was adopted into a Chinese-Jamaican family. I have heard things like this said, and even had people try to make a “joke” by saying the Asians adopted a cracker instead of the other way around. People don’t realize it but things like this are terribly offensive.
Your Monday Morning Brain Teaser: Unscramble the Corgi.
Post with 4 notes
I will be bringing with me the following supplies to help me make it through those 6 hours!
I hope I manage! I already had someone work for me on Friday because I was feeling awful. I need the money, I can’t afford to be sent home early….
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