A Rebuttal

April 14, 2015

Excellent article that debunks some myths about positive-reinforcement training. Clearly written and backed by science (with citations).

Mutt About Town

Earl1Disclaimer: I am a force-free trainer and do not use pain, intimidation, or fear to modify dogs’ behavior. The following is a rebuttal to Gary Wilkes’ article titled “Modern, Scientific, Positive Dog Training and Dirty Little Secrets.” For brevity’s sake, this post will only focus on the first six points of his article.

While full of myths that pervade current dog training culture, Wilkes’ statements simply do not hold up in the court of science.

“Let’s pretend for a second that you are a positive trainer who uses methods based on science. That is a pretty big club. It’s also a pretty handy business strategy. For one thing, it differentiates your style from “those other trainers,” who are assumed to be un-positive and unscientific. It also implies that you are more educated than your competition and have diligently studied learning theory – the science of behavior as accepted by behavior…

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Updates on the puppers!

March 12, 2011

Hello world!

We’ve just finished updating our Available Dogs page – check out the update on Fiona, Karma’s new profile, and our newest P&P member, RUFUS!!

If you’re interested in any of our cuties, please email us at mdgrrrl@msn.com for an application and to ask us any questions you may have!

We’re setting our clocks ahead an hour tonight, so Spring must officially be here, right??  That’s what we choose to believe anyway – enough of this winter’s rain!

Have a great weekend, and we hope to hear from some of you soon!

Puggles & Pitties

Little Girl Lost

Little Girl Lost

A friend of ours found this little angel face on her way to 24 Hour Fitness this Sunday, about 1 pm. She called us to come help, and of course we did!

She was found where Black Mountain Rd becomes Kearney Villa, and intersects Candida, headed the back way to the 24 Hr Fitness that’s on Miramar.  She is very shy and scared but very sweet. She’s mostly brown and has a pink and black collar. No tags, no microchip (we checked). Probably 3 months old, most likely a shep mix of some sort, but there’s no telling what her parents were told. 

Little Girl Lost

Little Girl Lost

We need to hold her for 10 days and actively look for her parents before placing her up for adoption. We drove around the neighborhood yesterday looking for people who were looking for their dog but it was mostly light industrial in the area she was found. We’ve also put notices on Craig’s List, several lost pet websites, notified San Diego animal control, and put posts up on our Facebook pages.

Today we’ll go back to the neighborhood and see if anyone posted “Lost” pet signs around.  If you know of anyone missing this dog, please contact us directly at mdgrrrl@msn.com.

Here’s a map of approximately where she was found (click on map for full-sized view):

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