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Michael Vick seen taking Belgian Malinois to dog training classes

6 Mar

The Philadelphia sports site Crossing Broad has posted several photos of Michael Vick and his family’s dog apparently enrolled in training classes at a Petsmart.

According to Crossing Broad:

A CB tipster, whose claims can be corroborated by several tweeters, sent along a few photos of Vick that were taken at a New Jersey PetSmart*, where Vick, his family and a bodyguard have been attending dog training classes for Angel, the Vick family’s young Belgian Malinois (a type of Shepherd).

The tipster says that Vick frequents the store and signed up for a total of six training classes on Monday evenings, with this being the second week.

Vick admitted last October that his family owned a dog. He is legally allowed to own pets after his probation expired last summer. At the time he issued a statement providing the reasons why his family decided to get a dog. Vick was arrested and convicted on (Federal) Felony conspiracy in interstate commerce/aid of unlawful animal fighting venture and (State) Felony dogfighting.

I have mixed emotions about this.
How do you feel about it?

Dog/Puppy Socialization Checklist

28 Dec

Are you and your dog feeling housebound with the arrival of the cold weather?

Here’s a fun list of things you can do with your dog. I find having a purpose with Logan really helps keep our walks interesting. Walking around the same few blocks can get so boring, so I’m always trying to change things up and incorporate new things to keep Logan’s brain active & challenged.

Just remember, it’s important that these experiences be positive. If your dog or puppy becomes overwhelmed or anxious during any situation, remove him and let him relax and then slowly reintroduce him to the situation, keeping it positive.

Click here for a great Puppy Socialization Checklist.  

Memories of Summer. Logan and I enjoying the sun & water at Cherry Beach.

 

Call that a ball? Dogs learn to associate words with objects differently than humans do

22 Nov

Dogs learning to associate words with objects form these associations in different ways than humans do, according to research published November 21 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Emile van der Zee and colleagues from the University of Lincoln, UK. Previous studies have shown that humans between the ages of two to three typically learn to associate words with the shapes of objects, rather than their size or texture. For example, toddlers who learn what a ‘ball’ is and are then presented other objects with similar shapes, sizes or textures will identify a similarly-shaped object as ‘ball’, rather than one of the same size or texture.

Earlier research with dogs has shown that they can learn to associate words with categories of objects (such as ‘toy’), but whether their learning process was the same as that of humans was unknown.

In this new study, the scientists presented Gable, a five year old Border Collie, with similar choices to see if this ‘shape bias’ exists in dogs. They found that after a brief training period, Gable learned to associate the name of an object with its size, identifying other objects of similar size by the same name. After a longer period of exposure to both a name and an object, the dog learned to associate a word to other objects of similar textures, but not to objects of similar shape.

According to the authors, these results suggest that dogs (or at least Gable) process and associate words with objects in qualitatively different ways than humans do. They add that this may be due to differences in how evolutionary history has shaped human and dog senses of perceiving shape, texture or size.

The bottom line: Though your dog understands the command “Fetch the ball,” but he may think of the object in a very different way than you do when he hears it. As the authors explain, “Where shape matters for us, size or texture matters more for your dog. This study shows for the first time that there is a qualitative difference in word comprehension in the dog compared to word comprehension in humans.”

Source: Public Library of Science

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