These dogs look like they’re going to tear each other to shreds when they play, but actually, they’re quite polite together and it’s awesome to see.
Jude always liked Cabal right off the bat, but Cabal took a while to warm up to his adopted brother. They’re prettymuch inseparable now.
We call this thunder doming in my house :) it always startles people who aren’t used to dogs with this type of play style but Vecna is so much happier living with another dogs who’s into body slamming and full contact wrestling.
Anonymous said: What sort of training do you use with your dogs? Positive reinforcement? Positive punishment?
I use reward-based training and marker training with my dogs. For Vecna that means lots of toys because of his low food drive and for Kas that means lots of treats. I also do a lot of BAT-style training to work on Kas’s reactivity and Vecna’s dog aggression incorporating functional rewards rather than treats/toys. I personally don’t really use corrections outside of verbal, time outs, a dog losing it’s chance to work etc. but I don’t think e-collars or prong collars are cruel or abusive if used correctly.
To be honest, I don’t find it terribly useful to talk about training styles in terms of being positive punishment-based or positive reinforcement-based. Trainers who use corrections typically use them in conjunction with a lot of rewards and motivational methods and even the gentlest of clicker trainers punish their dogs sometimes albeit often accidentally. I think classifying people as “positive reinforcement trainers” and “positive punishment trainers” creates an us vs them attitude and shuts down learning and discussion between both groups. The other issue I take with it is that the terms “positive punishment” and “positive reinforcement” are often used incorrectly. Just because you handed a dog a treat doesn’t mean it was positive reinforcement - that depends entirely on the dog and whether or not the treat made the behavior you were attempting to reward more likely to occur in the future. I know there have been times where I gave Vex a treat and though I thought I was rewarding him but it was actually punishing. In all honesty I’ve probably learned more from the balance trainers here on Tumblr than the clicker trainers here (not to disparage any of you! You’re all wonderful) because of our different perspectives.
I know you asked about my personal training style rather than a diatribe about training methods but it’s something I feel quite passionate about and it frustrates and saddens me that there’s such a disconnect between the two camps of trainers. I wish it was more common to have respectful, thoughtful discussions between the two groups and it’s one of the things I love about my dog buds here :)
NEW DOG PARK OPENS AT MISSION VALLEY MALL
The grand opening was held on July 17th for a new dog park at the Mission Valley Mall in San Diego. The new park, located near Macy’s, is 300-square-feet in size and features synthetic grass, automatic water stations, and benches. The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA already has several events scheduled for the new dog park. Looks like a great place to play! (Photos by Kevin Andrew Falk)
This seems like a terrible idea to me to be honest.
Going through old stuff and this photo punched me in the gut. I can’t believe my sweet, happy boy is gone. Love you, Epic, and miss you every second of every day.
Epic and his JollyBall. That smile tho…
I love your dog.
(Source: Flickr / dynamutt)
Epic, February 2010
East European Shepherd
This is Erich v Grafenwerth, 1920 Seiger, he is a GSD. (He’s a bit older in this picture.)
From my understanding “East European Shepherds” are dogs developed from GSD/husky heritage that look like working bred GSDs that originated in the 1930s. But Erich is one of the early purebred foundation German Shepherds born in 1918.
Oh interesting, I didn’t know Eastern European shepherds were a separate breed. I thought they meant “a GSD for Eastern Europe”