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by DogNut
Tue Jan 19, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: R.I.P., Karma!
Replies: 9
Views: 3446

Re: R.I.P., Karma!

Sorry to hear of your loss. My friend Paul lost his dog Muttley also, on November 9. http://muttleydog.com/pictures/MuttleyAndPaul_2499.jpg He had been in considerable pain, and his quality of life was about gone. He enjoyed one of his beloved marrow bones as he was being euthanized: http://muttleyd...
by DogNut
Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:21 pm
Forum: The TV Show
Topic: FINALLY!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 4511

Re: FINALLY!!!

Did the 2012 season ever go on air? I haven't seen or heard much of anything recently. When I checked the Animal Planet schedule http://animal.discovery.com/tv-schedules/series.html?paid=15.14743.125170.33808.3 the page was down. The only thing fairly recent was a casting call http://animal.discover...
by DogNut
Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: The TV Show
Topic: season 8
Replies: 11
Views: 9214

Re: season 8

That would be much better than coming onto her official forum - which we all know she reads, even if she doesn't post - and calling Victoria (as the creative consultant of the show) stupid. I'm not saying she is stupid, but IMHO and that of many others, the "New York" episodes were stupid. But I am...
by DogNut
Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Would you consider this unfair?
Replies: 17
Views: 3317

Re: Would you consider this unfair?

Victoria has used the technique of "claiming space", at least at the door, in one of her recent shows (although I haven't seen any new ones since the "New York" series of 2010). She also once set up a remote camera and watched a dog enter the kitchen, and when it started to "counter surf", she let o...
by DogNut
Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: The TV Show
Topic: season 8
Replies: 11
Views: 9214

Re: season 8

If Animal Planet is serious about continuing IMOTD and airing in June, they sure aren't doing a good job of promoting it or giving any up to date information. I checked the website and it still advertises the stupid "New York" edition as the latest and greatest, while I think that was from the end o...
by DogNut
Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Comment for General Chat.
Replies: 11
Views: 2293

Re: General Comment for General Chat.

There are some very good issues raised here. Most dog owners I know are not "pure positive" and are not convinced by the arguments given here and on similar forums. I use predominately positive reinforcement but not exclusively, and I am trying to understand the passion that is expressed by most peo...
by DogNut
Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Positive gundog training - lovely video
Replies: 6
Views: 4433

Re: Positive gundog training - lovely video

Very nice, and beautiful dogs. But I'd be more impressed if she was demonstrating the same level of training with Rottweilers, GSDs, Anatolian Shepherds, or Huskies, who are not instictually and genetically programmed for retrieving, as are Labs, Goldens, and Cocker Spaniels. IMHO the treats were ov...
by DogNut
Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Shock Collar For Howling
Replies: 16
Views: 14283

Re: Shock Collar For Howling

I think howling is an instinctual behavior which is stronger in some dogs than others. Sometimes you can teach a dog to howl by doing so yourself, and it may be a form of bonding as well as communication which is also used by wolves. Howling and barking are really normal "dog behaviors" and are only...
by DogNut
Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I Need Your Help...
Replies: 61
Views: 14864

Re: I Need Your Help...

It is frankly silly to keep debating is pain painful. That is not the most important point to my objections. There is no argument that positive reinforcement is preferable to punishment as a first response to a behavior problem or as a means of training a desired behavior. But I will actively oppos...
by DogNut
Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I Need Your Help...
Replies: 61
Views: 14864

Re: I Need Your Help...

Pain is pain, no matter of the degree or intensity in which is received, it still leaves reminders either physically and/or psychologically. What intensity of pain delivered by a certain joule or volt may not hurt some humans, may hurt others, and dogs skins are more sensitive than ours, so that pa...
by DogNut
Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I Need Your Help...
Replies: 61
Views: 14864

Re: I Need Your Help...

Comparison of a shock collar to a Tazer is about like comparing a firecracker to a stick of TNT. The shock collar is energy limited by the capacitor so that each jolt is limited to that which affects the nerves for pain sensation, while the Tazer is designed to incapacitate an individual by causing ...
by DogNut
Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I Need Your Help...
Replies: 61
Views: 14864

Re: I Need Your Help...

Mostly I just want to do electrical testing to determine the voltage, current, power, and energy levels involved. I'll compare that to the two TENS units I have, and then I might use the shock collar on my arm or leg. And I want to see if the shock collar can produce a visible spark when the electro...
by DogNut
Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I Need Your Help...
Replies: 61
Views: 14864

Re: I Need Your Help...

OK, you have "sparked" my interest. I watched the video of young people using a shock collar on their neck or leg, and their reactions varied widely, which correlates to the fact that people have different thresholds of sensation to electrical current, and also different reactions to it. Most of the...
by DogNut
Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I Need Your Help...
Replies: 61
Views: 14864

Re: I Need Your Help...

Those are both excellent articles and they help to see why there is confusion and emotional baggage in terms such as "positive", "negative", "punishment", "correction", "reward", "bribe", "reinforcement", "pleasure", "discomfort", and "pain". If a dog or human is doing something wrong, whether it is...
by DogNut
Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: I Need Your Help...
Replies: 61
Views: 14864

Re: I Need Your Help...

What is needed, IMHO, is an unbiased study that includes a large sample of dogs whose owners use prong or shock collars, and have them evaluated by behaviorists and trainers, to determine if they have any of the issues that have been reported with these devices. It should also include some history o...