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  • Michael D’Abruzzo

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    September 26, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    I found this article from a couple years back:

    “Neutering prevents prostate enlargement and causes regression of BPH. However, unlike in human men, testosterone stimulation in dogs is not related to the development of prostate cancer. Thus, neutering is not protective against canine prostate cancer.”


    https://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/ask-a-uw-veterinarian-problems-of-the-prostate/#:~:text=Neutering%20prevents%20prostate%20enlargement%20and,protective%20against%20canine%20prostate%20cancer.

  • Michael D’Abruzzo

    Administrator
    September 15, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Great video! Such nice instruction and presentation. This makes me miss my giant-flexi (I had two walk away on me and I never replaced them after much pouting), the ones with the really wide tape. So good for so many drills.

  • Michael D’Abruzzo

    Administrator
    September 8, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    I agree with Allie as far as working up the pyramid for the family barker. I have done actual “quiet” commands before that can be trained into phase 3 pretty easily but if it may not be necessary and/or will be barely needed or very easily enforced if all the lower foundation below obedience is addressed first.

    Rachael Flynn
  • Michael D’Abruzzo

    Administrator
    August 18, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    That is terrible about the horses! I did some further research about the drainage issue at the shelter and it seems to be referring to storm drainage for the parking lot!?

    So I may be wrong about there being no drainage in the kennels there and the video shows a hint of what may be a drain hole in one of the kennels. Either way it is food for thought because some terrible kennel setups exist out there for sure that make it harder to maintain at the very least.

  • Michael D’Abruzzo

    Administrator
    August 13, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    OK, I just reread the Wednesday message. Definitely sounds like it is VPN issue if Vimeo believes you may be a spam bot. A lot of spammers (for instance in comments) use VPN servers. So depending on the company many of the VPN servers IPs get flagged. I used NordVPN company in the past, and didnt have any issues like that. You may want to look into that company or check the reviews of the one that you are using to see if it has been a problem. VPN services are not all created equal.

  • Michael D’Abruzzo

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    August 13, 2022 at 11:38 am

    Thank you for reporting. If you can let me know what the message says and what page (is it the classroom, a replay, or a user embedded video, etc..) that will be helpful in allowing me know if there is anything that I can do on my end. You may also need to refresh the screen if it is the classroom and I changed the video embed for the new stream.

  • Michael D’Abruzzo

    Administrator
    August 8, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    I agree with Allie’s troubleshooting. The main thing you need to consider are any “biological constraints on learning”.

    For example, counter-conditioning is not equally effective or even possible in all situations if there may be a limit to what we can consider a particular dog capable of. Most anxiety plans need to really look at the management closely first. Is it possible to counter-condition certain dogs to not bark or be frustrated in very particular circumstances or is only suppression possible?

    Make sure that you are familiar with the 5.0 lecture on housebreaking and 5.0 lecture on anxiety to best troubleshoot.

    Sometimes the issue is easier solved in the management plan which is a foundation to both of these areas. When a dog is kennels we need to look at the overall comfort, accommodations, stimulus, any visual or audio stimulus that may cause a natural response (barking) and what can be changed to make it easier to make successful plans up the line.

    For instance I know if I need to kennel or have Eury behind a gate away from me she shows no anxiety unless she has visual on me. So she will be ok all day in the living room if I cannot give her much attention behind a gate, where she cannot see me in my office, but not ok in the kitchen where she would have a visual on me. That is just one example.

  • Michael D’Abruzzo

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    August 6, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    This is hopefully a browser cache issue since I needed to change the destination of the users after login. I made a bunch of changes in teh past 24 hours.

    I would try flushing the browser cache and if that doesnt work try login in from a private browser. If you are still having the problem let me know.

    Thank you for reporting.

  • Michael D’Abruzzo

    Administrator
    August 6, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    Awesome!!! Now he needs to start doing slightly different objects and textures. Can’t wait to see where he takes this.

  • Michael D’Abruzzo

    Administrator
    July 29, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    I love how this thread is evolving. I am so impressed and grateful to all the contributors!

  • Michael D’Abruzzo

    Administrator
    September 8, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    Barrier frustration is very common with board and trains, especially if the dogs are in crates and in the same general area where they will see/hear you training with other dogs.

    Definitely worse if paired with true separation anxiety, but can also simply be frustration.

    I deal with similar with my 8ish month German Shepherd pup (in her case mainly intense barrier frustration) and her barking and squealing can be crazy in those moments, and I mainly deal with it by managing the order of which I do things and what I do in front of her when she is crated, so the ruckus is limited to seconds vs ongoing.

    From a professional point of view when doing in-kennel, once I switched to a true “kennel” set up vs crated, where I kept dogs in kennel runs separate from where I trained it became a non-issue and made the day so much easier even if dogs had periods of barking. I also would have affordable “busy items” for the dogs to work on every time I returned them into their kennel between sessions. For example, their food would be in the kennel after AM care, then I would put a galileo bone with frozen canned smeared inside after first training session and then a kong with frozen canned food smeared inside after second training session, then dinner was in the kennel after last walk. I would clean and prepare the bone and kong after last walk and put in the freezer to have for the next day.

    Keep in mind I also made sure I incorporated temperament appropriate play during the training sessions so I basically was trying to mimic a routine that would feasible to reduce anxiety in a similar home setting where the dog may be left by itself for periods of time.

    In the extreme case where a dog is in a crate between sessions and mainly just waiting for their chance to get out and have activity/needs met it will be logical to also have more frustration from the dog.

    I would always think to myself if behavior “problems” in my training environment were going to be “problems” when returned home? If i felt it was related mainly to the training environment I limited my effort in fixing issues like that through training and adjusted the management plan which has almost endless variables to experiment with and tweak.

    Ryan Lugo
  • Michael D’Abruzzo

    Administrator
    August 15, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Ohh this video with Stanley Coren…

    https://youtu.be/wqGMCyoG4iA

    Cyndi CrossAllie McCain
  • Michael D’Abruzzo

    Administrator
    August 15, 2022 at 11:55 am

    My first thought is to take note of differences in behavior between the cats. Cats that act more like “prey” tend to be “preyed” upon more often, and of course Mals can be obsessive (which gives them such good working endurance), so if the mal just so happened to become obsessed with a certain cat first, especially if the cat is elusive, it may seek out that cat more.

    Cyndi Cross
  • Michael D’Abruzzo

    Administrator
    August 15, 2022 at 11:50 am

    I believe I talk about it in the 4.0 body language video. Their body language is not the same, and I believe in the purr can be misinterpretted by some dogs, even though I do not have any direct reference.. just going by own experience when I had a dog that didnt mind a cat for years, suddenly “pin” it, when the cat was purring and rubbing its head on the dog with a high tail. The cat was on a couch and the dog was sitting on the floor.

    Here is a chart that shows some obvious conflicts with dogs: https://www.dogtraining.world/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cat-language.png

    Cyndi Cross
  • Michael D’Abruzzo

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    August 6, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    I just added a like (heart) feature especially for you! 🙂

    Cyndi Cross
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