“Do You Hear What I Hear?” by Cynthia Ruchti {Guest Article}

Do You Hear What I Hear? by Cynthia Ruchti To shepherds? Really, God? You crafted a birth announcement that was delivered first to shepherds? The story’s become so familiar to us, so easy for us to visualize because of all the Christmas pageants we’ve witnessed over the years—all the fourth-grade boys in plaid robes with…



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Adoptable Dog of the Day: Lacey in Alabama

Lacey is an adult female Australian Shepherd & Labrador Retriever mix currently in the care of The Animal Shelter (Calhoun County Humane Society) in Anniston, AL. Lacey is a sweet dog who loves…



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4-Year-Old Local Boy Undergoes Bone Marrow Transplant

4-Year-Old Local Boy Undergoes Bone Marrow Transplant
But unlike many others, he's been diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a disease in which the bone marrow and the blood cells that reside there are damaged and causes a deficiency of the three blood cells. David was diagnosed in August 2013 after his mom, 
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Brother and sister recovering after life-saving bone marrow transplant
Jayden has leukemia, and was depending on his sister for a bone marrow transplant. "It was very tough on us but the doctors told us the recovery time on it was very short for her, but just her having to go through it is real tough," said Joseph Watts
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Ancient bone relic in Goa church might be of Queen Ketevan of Georgia
The first ancient DNA study in South Asia has revealed that a 400-year-old bone relic kept in St. Augustinian Church in Goa is likely to be a remnant of Queen Ketevan of Georgia (eastern Europe), who was born in a royal family in 1565 in the medieval
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May 19, About Best Dog Food Guide – and me

About Best Dog Food Guide tells you more about me, my website and how to contact me. So… see you on the other side ;-) .
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What Can Mayor Bloomberg Teach You About Dog Training?

Bloomberg-Logo-650x400 (This is not a political blog. Please bear with me for a few paragraphs. It will get to dog training, I promise. Also please note I am drawing parallells not commenting on policy. This is a dog training blog, not a blog about politics, (human) education, or race relations. Save it for Facebook!)

The news in New York City has been dominated the past few weeks with the mayoral race. (Now that the primaries are over, we’ve got a brief respite, but it’s sure to heat up again in October.) It’s been an entertaining season, partially because more than one of the candidates are more sideshow than serious politician and partly because of the spectacle of candidates trying to figure out how to walk the line on Bloomberg policies that seem both effective and morally and/or ethically compromised.

Like all New York City Mayors, Michael Bloomberg has been a polarizing figure. I have found some of the controversies particularly interesting because he comes from the same corporate and technological culture I do, and this often seems to drive his policy decisions.

On Wall Street (as well as technology companies like Google and Apple) data is king. Business decisions are made based on measurable results. This is often an effective strategy, especially when you are in the business of selling data (which is how Bloomberg became a millionaire) or selling widgets. What can be more effective than measuring results and then adjusting tactics based on them?

But this very practice is what has gotten Bloomberg in trouble more than once. The two examples that come immediately to mind are his school testing policies and the New York Police Department’s infamous “stop and frisk” practices, which Bloomberg has staunchly defended.

In the case of school testing Bloomberg is following the national trend of administering copious amount of standardized tests in order to measure school results. From a data-driven perspective this makes perfect sense. However educators and parents insist that is leads to “teaching to the test” and unnecessary stress for the children.

In the case of “stop and frisk” data analysis led to Ray Kelly’s ill-advised statement about how “African-Americans are being under-stopped.” Here again numbers and measurable results, examined in a vacuum, led to Kelly’s assertion. The broader picture however, might lead some to disagree. (The more I read Kelly’s and Bloomberg’s defense of stop and frisk, the more I think of the engineer and the balloon.)

So what does all this have to do with dog training?

In the ABCs I spend a lot of digital ink laying out a formula for problem solving. It’s an approach to solving behavior problems that anyone from Bloomberg’s world would embrace. And we can learn a few things from Bloomberg’s successes and failures that apply to using the ABCs too.

Before you can solve a problem you need to define it. This may seem obvious, but it’s not.

What do you think is the problem with education? Basic skills, dropout rates, or college admissions? Which one you pick will have a tremendous impact on your approach.

What do you think is the underlying cause of crime? Poverty? Recidivism? Illegal weapons? Drug use? Again, how you define the problem will have a tremendous impact on your solutions.

In the animal behavior training world the obstacle to defining the problem is often one of using labels and classifications over behaviors. Is “my dog is jealous” a problem? How about “my dog is dominant” or even “my dog is fearful?” Is your definition of “fearful” the same as mine? Roger Abrantes has written about the issues behind defining what dominance really is and for many, including myself, he highlights a conflict that has made the word at least temporarily useless.

Properly defining problems is critical to the solving it because if you can’t measure it you can’t say you solved it. Can you measure dominance? Or jealousy? Or fear? No, you can’t. You can measure barking, lunging, growling, pulling on leash, and fleeing. These things might be part of a “package” we call jealousy, dominance, or fearfulness, but we need to agree on the actual measurable actions first and chances if we do that well the labels are unnecessary.

With Bloomberg & Co. the case could be made that part of their problem is a lack of agreement on the defining the issues and the desired results. “Better schools” is something everyone can agree on…until it’s time to agree on what a better school actually is and then take steps to achieve it.

Similarly “less crime” wins elections, but if your tactics land you in trouble with the public, press, and even the courts, than there is an obvious disconnect between you and the people. The NYPD and the City Administration are measuring a result that does not seem important enough to others given what (they claim) it took to get that result.

I wrote earlier about defining what you want instead of what you don’t want. A critical part of that definition is making sure that what you want is specific and measurable. I’ll be writing more about this in the next few weeks.

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Ice

We met Gus, the Landseer in the last posting. Today, meet his friend, Ice, who is a Pyrenean Mountain Dog.  He’s 5 years old and lives in Gorbio village. 

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#HolidayRealness Encourages Fun Pet Videos, Photos

How do YOU celebrate the holidays with your dogs? This fun video from Nokia is just one of many super cute videos that illustrates that in many houses, just like in ours, the holidays have really…



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Evite Thank Yous

It’s a free service, it’s well-respected so it’s not SPAM, and the cards are very cute.

It took me a little while to copy and paste 100 names from my customer lis but that’s all done. I’m not going to send the Christmas evite cards until I have all of my sister’s customers entered, but I *am* starting to use it to send thank you’s for every order. I sent the first one off this morning :-)

In the card, I included my contact info, my website, and the toll-free order number from Trilogy. I also let this brand new customer know that I set her up as a Wholesale Customer, which means she will get 20% off on all orders except for the Clay Essentials line.

Val and I prefer to have lots of loyal, repeat customers who send us their friends than to get that 20% markup. We earn plenty on the volume, so we set everyone up as Wholesale after their first order. If they Autoship, we would lose that percent, anyway, so this just helps us build customer loyalty.
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Cool Oral Hygiene images

A few nice oral hygiene images I found:

Fort Hood Dental Activity educates children
oral hygiene

Image by Army Medicine
Fort Hood Dental Activity Dentist Capt. (Dr.) Brandon Gage, assisted by the "Sparkle Toothbrush" Spc. Salvador Sanchez, talks to children Meadows Elementary School about the importance of proper nutrition and the effects of certain "bad" foods on teeth. As part of Children’s Dental Health Month, dental professionals from the Fort Hood DENTAC plan to educate almost 4,000 elementary school students on post about the importance of proper oral hygiene. (U.S. Army photo by Patricia Deal, CRDAMC Public Affairs)

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Image by pennstatenews
Rita Jablonski, assistant professor of nursing, Penn State, shows an oral hygiene approach she helped develop for patients with dementia on an actor refusing care.

Gene Maylock, copyright 2008 Penn State School of Nursing/Center for Excellence in Geriatric Nursing

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