Kaiser The Shepherd

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Sep 1
Day 1: The Pets

Easy! Here’s Kaiser! He’s an only furchild. c:

Day 1: The Pets

Easy! Here’s Kaiser! He’s an only furchild. c:

Sep 1
guidedogintraining:

Let’s do a thing! We are 5 followers away from 10,000 so here’s a challenge to celebrate! I wanted to challenge myself to post at least one photo a day and I’m hoping the topics will help me work on my photography and get creative.
If anyone wants to join in there’s a tag I’ll be tracking! Not particularly expecting anyone to join in but you know, just in case. 
Happy September!

We want to play! :D

guidedogintraining:

Let’s do a thing! We are 5 followers away from 10,000 so here’s a challenge to celebrate! I wanted to challenge myself to post at least one photo a day and I’m hoping the topics will help me work on my photography and get creative.

If anyone wants to join in there’s a tag I’ll be tracking! Not particularly expecting anyone to join in but you know, just in case. 

Happy September!

We want to play! :D

At what age did you begin to allow Kaiser free run of the house?

Anonymous

Hi! When he was about six months old we stopped watching him as closely during the day. He was gated in our bedroom at night for a lot longer, until he was almost two. We still don’t give him free run of the house when we’re not home. He stays downstairs or in the back yard then. c:

Kaiser got a monkey today. I did not know it had a squeaker in its head until we got it home. XD

Kaiser got a monkey today. I did not know it had a squeaker in its head until we got it home. XD

He is so much more cuddly now that I’m not preggo anymore. c:

He is so much more cuddly now that I’m not preggo anymore. c:

tailovecna:

dogitmayconcern:

dogofmylife:

koryos:

Canid Scent-Marking (or, Why Dogs Pee on Things)
I took a lot of pictures of dogs peeing on things for this article.
If you own a dog, have walked a dog, or just have seen a dog on TV, you have probably seen a dog peeing. Particularly that stereotyped male raised-leg posture that Luke is demonstrating above. (In this case, stereotyped refers to a fixed and repetitive set of movements, not a form of doggie-profiling.)
Dogs have a better sense of smell than we do. Heck, most mammals do; we just happen to be in a group- the simians- that ended up using vision a lot more than scent. At some point we more or less lost a means of communication that is absolutely fundamental to the lives of our hairy, warm-blooded cousins.
I’ve talked a bit before about how basic biological behaviors- such as sex or grooming or eating- can be co-opted by evolution to have a social meaning. For canids, urination has become a huge part of how they exchange information with one another.
We have a hard time studying this behavior because of our own limited sense of smell, and I think we are only beginning to grasp just how complex this scent-based communication can be.
I am about to tell you more than you ever wanted to know about dog pee.
Read more…

Thought this was very interesting. I have no knowledge on pee-mails other than that Mila does it. A lot. She will also leave pee-mail on random junk on the ground like fast food bags and random leaves.

I always get annoyed when people suggest that marking behaviors are related to dominance. That a dog is claiming ownership of something just because he pees on it. Most of the time I think the actual translation is much closer to “….And Fido was here. And over here. And he was over here , too. Oh and Fido was on this bush, and that shrubbery…” etc. They are just getting the word out.
Though Leia is notorious for counter marking (over the top) of Sully and Zulu’s pee spots. They are the two big intact males at ZSC, and she wants everyone coming and going to know they are her boys, no one else’s. Leia is spayed, but apparently did not get the memo. 

Interestingly enough, marking frequency and behavior actually is related to a dog’s social standing, at least according to one study.  The study found that dogs who had higher tail carriage (an indication of higher social status) mark more frequently than dogs of low social standing and engaging in overmarking much more frequently. The study also found that sex and intact status had no effect on the frequency of marking and counter marking however intact males were more likely to overmark intact females and that dogs only adjacent-mark on the urine of unfamiliar dogs.


Kaiser must be the Regina George of our neighborhood then, judging by how many times we have to stop and pee on a walk. Geez. (This is a really interesting discussion!)

tailovecna:

dogitmayconcern:

dogofmylife:

koryos:

Canid Scent-Marking (or, Why Dogs Pee on Things)

I took a lot of pictures of dogs peeing on things for this article.

If you own a dog, have walked a dog, or just have seen a dog on TV, you have probably seen a dog peeing. Particularly that stereotyped male raised-leg posture that Luke is demonstrating above. (In this case, stereotyped refers to a fixed and repetitive set of movements, not a form of doggie-profiling.)

Dogs have a better sense of smell than we do. Heck, most mammals do; we just happen to be in a group- the simians- that ended up using vision a lot more than scent. At some point we more or less lost a means of communication that is absolutely fundamental to the lives of our hairy, warm-blooded cousins.

I’ve talked a bit before about how basic biological behaviors- such as sex or grooming or eating- can be co-opted by evolution to have a social meaning. For canids, urination has become a huge part of how they exchange information with one another.

We have a hard time studying this behavior because of our own limited sense of smell, and I think we are only beginning to grasp just how complex this scent-based communication can be.

I am about to tell you more than you ever wanted to know about dog pee.

Read more…

Thought this was very interesting. I have no knowledge on pee-mails other than that Mila does it. A lot. She will also leave pee-mail on random junk on the ground like fast food bags and random leaves.

I always get annoyed when people suggest that marking behaviors are related to dominance. That a dog is claiming ownership of something just because he pees on it. Most of the time I think the actual translation is much closer to “….And Fido was here. And over here. And he was over here , too. Oh and Fido was on this bush, and that shrubbery…” etc. They are just getting the word out.

Though Leia is notorious for counter marking (over the top) of Sully and Zulu’s pee spots. They are the two big intact males at ZSC, and she wants everyone coming and going to know they are her boys, no one else’s. Leia is spayed, but apparently did not get the memo. 

Interestingly enough, marking frequency and behavior actually is related to a dog’s social standing, at least according to one study.  The study found that dogs who had higher tail carriage (an indication of higher social status) mark more frequently than dogs of low social standing and engaging in overmarking much more frequently. The study also found that sex and intact status had no effect on the frequency of marking and counter marking however intact males were more likely to overmark intact females and that dogs only adjacent-mark on the urine of unfamiliar dogs.

Kaiser must be the Regina George of our neighborhood then, judging by how many times we have to stop and pee on a walk. Geez.

(This is a really interesting discussion!)

In lieu of working on new commands and tricks, I’ve just been working on Kaiser doing things from a distance. He does sits and downs during fetch from about 15 or 20 feet away, and this morning I stuck my head out the back door, interrupted his zoomies in the yard and asked him to spin. And he did, then immediately took off after birds again. XD

I guess that counts as training? :p

"Sun’s up! Let’s go outside!"

When he moves the curtain the sun falls right in my face and makes it impossible to sleep and he knows it. c:

"Sun’s up! Let’s go outside!"

When he moves the curtain the sun falls right in my face and makes it impossible to sleep and he knows it. c:

It’s 68 degrees this morning, and Kaiser just had 15 minutes of zoomies all over the yard, chasing birds. So happy it’s starting to cool off a little!

I was going to put Ella in her crib, but there’s a dog on my feet so I guess we’ll just sit here. c:

I was going to put Ella in her crib, but there’s a dog on my feet so I guess we’ll just sit here. c: