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Archive for August, 2010

Boarding Dogs

I have boarding dogs, and this year has made me hate it even more. Nothing against kennel owners, or businesses, but they are loud, stressful and its just hard on the dogs in general. I took my dogs to a clean family run kennel where they got play time, pool time and even some extra walks. In total we spent around $500 for 7 days.

I normally prefer to use pet sitters, but with our puppy being so young still, I didn’t feel right having him crated the entire time. I know a pet sitter would have let him out 3-4 times a day, but that’s about 2 hours out of his crate, which means 22 hours in. I think that can be worse. Well I have changed my mind about it all. If they can’t go to a doggie day care, then you are better off to find someone who can come spend time with them at home.

For the same cost I could have had a petsitter come 4 times a day for 45 minutes each. We got our dogs and our older one apparently had his collar left on wet. He now has a huge raw bloody mess of a neck. It smelled awful from far away. Luckily we had an antibiotic spray already and after consulting with our vet we decided to use that and see if it can get better. If we hadn’t talked to him it would have been an emergency vet visit which would have been another $150-200 bucks.

My advice, hire a pet sitter.

Rally Obedience IPhone App

Apparently there is a missing market in the iphone app development world. There are two iphone apps one of which is $9 – I dont pay $9 for a shirt so I’m not going to do it for an app. One is for APDT the other is for AKC. They are fine, they show the behaviors you need to learn rally. I’m working on an update to this app that will include sign descriptions.

Buy your rally iphone app today.

I decided to build one that encompassed all styles of rally, APDT, ASCA, UKC, and AKC. You can choose which style and level you want to see and it will show you all the signs. Pretty simple in theory. The development wasn’t that hard but getting all those graphics, that took forever! I may have gotten a few messed up too but we’ll see how many people report problems.

I also put in a practice area, this is for me. You can choose your style and level and it will give you some signs to practice. You can rearrange them, refresh them or change the size and number of images. It’ll definitely help me practice rally more since I wont have to get out my signs.

Its going to cost $1. I’ll try to keep it up to date as new signs and updates occur. Currently its in review at the app store. I’ll post a link when I have one!

Something Funny

(Dog Trainer Version)

Pavlov: we fed the chicken on the opposite side of the road each day at
4p.m. until the chicken’s autonomic system actually began causing the
chicken to cross the road at 4 p.m. without even questioning the why

B.F. Skinner: on prior occasions when the chicken voluntarily crossed
the road, this behavior was followed immediately by a reinforcing

Cesar Milan: I bullied, chased, poked, and intimidated the chicken until
it raced across the road, because I am a strong leader.

Barbara Woodhouse: You just say “Walkies” with the right accent and
place a crumpet on the other side of the road.

Karen Pryor: by associating R+ with road crossing and P+ with standing
still, with a VR schedule, and offering a reward in keeping with the
Premack principle, we increased the intensity and frequency of the road
crossing behavior.

Bill Koehler: a few well-timed pops on the choke chain and the chicken
was cheerfully to crossing the road.

Nicholas Dodman: I gave the chicken fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine,
carbamazepine, and azapirone and then it was happy to cross the road.

Patti Ruzzo: I crossed the road, pausing every step to spit a treat out
of my mouth like a human pez dispenser and the chicken followed along
catching the treats.

Electric Collar Advocate: whenever the chicken does not cross the road I
give it an electric shock. But do not worry, the shock is no more than
you would feel if you walked on a carpet wearing socks and it does not
bother the chicken at all. The feathers standing up and the smell of
burning flesh mean nothing. In fact, they are happier having nice clear
communication than they would be otherwise.

Yuppie: chickens are just like little people in feather jackets, and if
you love them and give them diamonds and feel sorry for them all the
time, they will be happy to cross the road for you.

Paris Hilton: Because I put it in a Gucci bag and carried it.

Shelter director: Any chickens that do not cross the road will be
euthanized for their own good, and the others we will
âEUR~adoptâEUR^(TM) out tomorrow for only $200 each. Please send us
money so we can keep doing more of this important work!

HSUS member: I do not know anything about animals, I have never been
around animals and am not really fond of animals, but we passed a law
mandating that chickens be kept without cages because animals belong
only in the wild and cannot be happy coexisting with man, so now they
are walking wherever they want.

PETA member: chickens have the right to live in world without roads. Any
chicken that lives within a hundred miles of a road is suffering an
inhumane existence and might eventually be hit by a car so we should
kill it today to ensure that it does not die tomorrow.