A dog was recused by Tampa police Wednesday night after being tied to the railroad tracks and shot at, reported by M. Alex Johnson of NBC News.
Tampa police received three phone calls about shots being fired which lead them to the dog tied to the tracks with a belt. Luckily, police stopped an oncoming train just in time to safely remove the dog.
The 1- to 2-year-old mixed breed female was rushed to Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency Center to be treated for two bullet wounds in her neck.
Fortunately, Cabela (the name given to the dog by the Tampa police) is stable and will survive this traumatic event, but her front right leg will have to be amputated.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Are You Making These 10 Training Mistakes?
After thousands of years of practice, you might think that training a dog would be a natural, almost intuitive, process for us humans. But, too often, we make honest errors in training that result in nagging misbehaviours and strained relations. Owing to the dog’s resilient nature, minor mistakes rarely result in catastrophe. But major errors can cost owners (and dogs) years of frustration. I’ve therefore listed the ten biggest training mistakes I see owners make, and offer alternatives to improve your chances of keeping you and Fido on the straight and narrow. Note that these are related to training technique only, and not to other important areas such as socialization, enrichment, or exercise.
How to Train a Dog to Respond to Voice Commands
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This article was co-authored by Brian Bourquin, DVM. Brian Bourquin, better known as “Dr. B” to his clients, is a Veterinarian and the Owner of Boston Veterinary Clinic, a pet health care and veterinary clinic with two locations, South End/Bay Village and Brookline, Massachusetts. Boston Veterinary Clinic specializes in primary veterinary care, including wellness and preventative care, sick and emergency care, soft-tissue surgery, dentistry. The clinic also provides specialty services in behavior, nutrition, and alternative pain management therapies using acupuncture, and therapeutic laser treatments. Boston Veterinary Clinic is an AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited hospital and Boston’s first and only Fear Free Certified Clinic. Brian has over 19 years of veterinary experience and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University.
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Voice commands allow you to control your dog even when it is out of sight. Your dog's responsiveness to voice commands will help you handle your dog in outdoor situations, increase your neighbors' tolerance of your pet, and even save your animal's life in a dangerous situation. Voice commands can also help a child or a smaller adult control a large dog. Prepare your dog and your household for successful training. Then, follow a few simple steps to help your dog learn to respond to voice commands.
Pippa Elliott, a licensed veterinarian, adds: "It's perfectly fine to lure the dog with a treat to get the desired action. Just be sure to use a voice command at the same time (like "Sit"), and then gradually phase out the lure."
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Veterinarian Expert Interview. 20 December 2019. Use positive reinforcement as a training tool to ensure your dog understands when he's responding well to your commands.
- Most dogs are highly food-motivated, so food can be an especially attractive reward. Experiment to see what works best for your pet, but keep food rewards small so you can use them repeatedly: a soft piece of food, doggie treat, or small square of cheese. Avoid hard foods that she'll need to break apart you want to ensure she associates the reward with her behavior, and the process of eating a more complicated food could distract her.
- Couple food rewards with verbal rewards. Praise your dog each time she responds well to your voice command.
- Consider non-food treats such as a favorite toy, a scratch on the head, or brief playtime (ideally toward the end of a training session).  X Trustworthy Source The Humane Society of the United States National organization devoted to the promotion of animal welfare Go to source
- Over time, reduce the frequency of food rewards. Cut back to three out of four times the dog performs a given behavior, then two out of four, and so on. Be sure to keep selective rewards random, however. Dogs can be quite smart -- you don't want her to figure out she need only comply every other time!
- Continue to respond with verbal praise each time your dog obeys.  X Trustworthy Source The Humane Society of the United States National organization devoted to the promotion of animal welfare Go to source
Woman dies after having sex with dog
The woman had agreed via internet messages with the dog's owner to commit bestiality
COUNTY LIMERICK, Ireland — A man arranged for his dog to have sex with a woman after they met on an internet chat room, a court heard yesterday.
The woman - a 48-year-old separated mother from Co Limerick who was not named in court - died in hospital hours after engaging in an act of bestiality with the animal, gardai said.
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Sean McDonnell, 58, pleaded guilty to one count of buggery with an animal at his home on October 7, 2008 - the first case of its kind in an Irish court.
Detective Garda Padraig O'Dwyer of Roxboro Road garda station accepted that while the woman and dog - a German Shepherd - engaged in an act of beastiality, no exact cause of death could be found.
Senior prosecutor Denis Vaughan Buckley told the court McDonnell rang the emergency services at 6:36 p.m. on the evening in question from his house at Laurel Park, Patrickswell, Co Limerick.
He said: "The deceased had turned blue and was wearing unusual clothing." This, he added, included an opening in her pants.
At 6.50pm ambulance personnel, and a doctor, arrived at the house and found the woman, referred in court as XY, in an "unresponsive state".
The woman was taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 8:20 p.m.
Detective Garda O'Dwyer said he accepted the woman had agreed, via internet communication with the accused, to have sex with the dog.
During a search of McDonnell's home, gardai discovered a computer, "which confirmed the accused's interest in beastiality".
Mr Vaughan Buckley said McDonnell had posted 3,500 comments on bestiality forums and his computer also revealed 1.5 billion search hits for bestiality.
He added that a computer belonging to the dead woman showed "extensive activity in pornography and beastiality websites".
A text message sent to the deceased's phone from McDonnell at 3:11 p.m. read: "Just think nice naughty thoughts and all will be ok" while a message from the deceased's phone read: "I can't believe I'm actually going to do this."
The dog - which was destroyed last week with McDonnell's consent - was seized after her death.
Defence lawyer Isobella Kennedy said McDonnell had no direct involvement in the death of the woman who had "sought out" and "fully consented" to sex with the dog.
She added he had "lost his job, his family and friends" and had to leave the country due to publicity surrounding the case.
Sentencing was adjourned until December 14.
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These top 10 tips from professional dog trainers will help get you and your new pal on the right track.
Tip 1: Choose Your Dog's Name Wisely
Part of the fun of bringing home a new puppy or dog is finding the perfect name for them. But did you know certain names are better for training? It helps to consider a short name ending with a strong consonant that they can always hear clearly. A strong ending, like in the names “Jasper,” “Jack” and “Ginger,” perks up puppy ears — especially when you place emphasis at the end.
If your new pet is an older dog, they’re probably used to their name at this point. However, changing it isn’t out of the question. And if your new pal is coming out of an abusive situation, a new name may even represent a fresh start. Dogs are extremely adaptable. If you decide to give them a new name, use it consistently and soon enough your pup will respond to it.
Whatever their name, be sure to associate it with fun, pleasant experiences as much as possible, rather than negative ones. Ideally, your pup should think of their name in the same way they think of other fun stuff like walks or dinnertime.
Tip 2: Decide on the House Rules
Before your new furry pal comes home, decide what they can and can’t do. Are they allowed on the bed or the furniture? Are parts of the house off limits? Will they have their own chair at your dining table? If the rules are determined early, you can avoid confusion — for both of you.
Tip 3: Set Up a Private Den
Like humans, dogs need their own space. As early as possible, give your pup their own private sleeping place, such as a crate. Your dog will benefit from short periods left alone in the comfort and safety of their den it can also be a valuable tool for housetraining. Be sure to reward your puppy or dog if they remain relaxed and quiet in their den.
Tip 4: Help Your Dog Relax
When your puppy gets home, give them a warm hot-water bottle and put a ticking clock near their sleeping area. This imitates the heat and heartbeat of litter mates and will soothe your puppy in their new environment.
This tip may be even more important for a new dog that previously lived in a busy, loud shelter, particularly if they’ve had a rough time early in life. Whatever you can do to help your new pet get comfortable in their forever home will be good for both of you.
Tip 5: Reward Good Behavior
Reward your puppy or dog’s good behavior with positive reinforcement. Use toys, love and lots of praise — and don’t forget the treats, such as DENTASTIX™ treats. Let them know when they’re getting it right. Along those same lines, never reward bad behavior, as it’ll only confuse them.
Tip 6: Teach Your Pup to Come When Called
The first command you teach your pet should be to come. Get down on their level and tell your pup to come using their name. When they do, get excited and use lots of positive reinforcement. Next time, try the “come” command when they’re distracted with food or a toy. As your puppy gets older, you’ll continue to see the benefits of perfecting this command.
Tip 7: Train on "Dog Time"
Puppies and dogs live in the moment — two minutes after they’ve done something, they’ve already forgotten about it. So when your pup is doing something bad, use your chosen training technique right away so they have a chance to make the association between the behavior and the correction. Consistent repetition will reinforce what they’ve learned.
Tip 8: Discourage Jumping Right Away
Puppies love to jump up in greeting, and some adult dogs have learned bad habits. When your puppy or dog jumps on a person, don’t reprimand them just turn your back on them, ignore the behavior and wait until they settle down before giving positive reinforcement. Never encourage jumping behavior by patting or praising your dog when they’re in a “jumping up” position.
Tip 9: Say No to Biting and Nipping
Instead of scolding your new pet, a great way to discourage your mouthy canine is to pretend you’re in a lot of pain when they bite or nip you — a sharp, loud yell should work. Most dogs are so surprised that they stop immediately.
If verbal cues don’t work, try trading a chew toy for your hand or pant leg. This swap trick can also work when a puppy discovers the joys of chewing on your favorite shoes. They tend to prefer a toy or bone anyway. If all else fails, interrupt the biting behavior and respond by ignoring them.
Tip 10: End Training Sessions on a Positive Note
Your puppy or dog has worked hard to please you throughout their training. Leave them with lots of praise, a treat, some petting or five minutes of play. This almost guarantees they’ll show up at their next class or training session with their tail wagging, ready to work!
Bonus tip: When your puppy is old enough, think about getting them neutered or spayed. The same goes if you adopt a dog. A neutered or spayed dog might be more docile, less aggressive and more open to successful training.