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Are You Living With A “Dominant” Dog? By Almudena Ortiz Cué M.A. CTC, CPDT-Ka, Tellington TTouch cert.
few weeks back I had a client leave me an urgent message on my answering machine. She had recently adopted a dog from the shelter and was now concerned that the dog she thought of as “perfect” was indeed a “dominant” dog. On the phone, she frantically told me that she needed help right away as her dog was very dominant and she, a petite woman, could not control her dog when he acted in such a way.
Now, if we look at the scientific literature (and there is plenty), the definition of dominance changes. First off, the term dominant does not appear as a “stand-alone” term but it is linked with the word “social” as in social dominance. This is an important distinction and here is why: according to the scientific literature, dogs are not dominant by nature or by temperament. A dog may challenge another dog when it comes to the acquisition of a valuable resource— and it is the dog who decides what is valuable not the human. Dogs may also challenge I asked her to define for me what she meant by dominant. The a given dog in a specific context but not in another. In essence: receiver went silent. social dominance is When I asked again defined in the animal What these scientific findings mean to the human-dog she said: Well, he behavioral literature relationship is that we, too, should relate to our dogs as jumps on the bed as fluid. It is based uninvited, he darts “partners” in a life of mutual collaboration and friendship versus on the relationship out the front door between individual my client’s viewing her dog as “dominant” or adversarial. whenever the door competition for is left ajar or when valuable resources we are walking out the door together and he will not budge from his as well as being context specific! For example: Laika who is our only favorite resting place when I ask him to move. Ahh, I thought, now we dog, has to share the spotlight, her toys and her home etc, whenever are getting somewhere. I have a client’s dog stay with us for training. I have witnessed many times how Laika and the guest dog negotiate over resources — be it So what exactly is a “dominant” dog? The answer depends on the larger bed, the privileged spot next to me when watching a video, whom you ask. The popular notion of a dominant dog is pretty much and on and on. In other words, Laika, who normally lies on her bed, exactly what my client described on the phone. In addition, a dog readily allowed the visiting dog to take her (larger) bed when she is that growls when groomed, jumps or leans on people or does not more interested in lying outside in the sun. It is not that she cannot come when called, is also often referred to as acting “dominant” or is lie on her bed, but, in this context, she is willing to share a coveted “dominant” by temperament. resource because she would rather lie somewhere else. Continued on page 12
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The good news is that dogs, for the most part (as well as other animals with complex social structures), resolve a conflict by not having one to begin with. Instead, they learn how to negotiate based on the specifics of the relationship with another dog(s) at a given moment in time. What these scientific findings mean to the human-dog relationship is that we, too, should relate to our dogs as “partners” in a life of mutual collaboration and friendship versus my client’s viewing her dog as “dominant” or adversarial.
(Summer) AVMA Meetings, New Orleans, LA - Mech, L. David 2008, Whatever Happened to the Term Alpha Wolf? International Wolf, Winter. Also found in: www.wolf.org - O’ Heare, James, 2008 Dominance Theory and Dogs. Ottawa, Canada: Dog Psyche, 2nd edition. Almudena Ortiz Cué is a graduate of the renowned San Francisco Academy for Dog Trainers, a nationally certified professional dog trainer (CPDT) and a certified Tellington TTouch® Practitioner for Companion Animals. She is the owner of C.H.A.C.O. Dog Training & Behavior Consulting in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area. For more information please visit: www.chacodogtraining.com
The scientific theory of social dominance asks that dog guardians/owners recognize that the behaviors they are labeling as displays of dominance are, for the most part, ways by which a dog is either communicating, i.e. ‘I have not been taught to like being brushed/ handled so I am letting you know by snarling or growling,’ or the dog is just being a dog and simply wants to lay down on something soft, like our beds. If you want to learn more…
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Winter Pet Safety Tips by Laura Hedemann, dvm
intertime is such a fun time of year. There’s lots of fun
to a dog except that cats often like small, dark places to curl up.
activities for the family, people are generally cheerier
An interesting thing about a cat outside in the cold versus a dog is
(shopping malls excluded), and Starbuck’s has extra
that a cat will curl up anywhere warm that they find, and sometimes
delicious latte flavors available. But the winter also
this means on the engine of a car. Newer cars are more difficult for
brings with it bitter cold temperatures and the occasional desert
cats to get into, but it should always be a consideration that there
snow storm. These can both be problematic to our furry friends.
may be a sleeping cat under the hood of a car. The most danger-
First is the cold itself. Just because our four-legged friends have fur coats doesn’t mean they are insulated from the cold.
ous situation is someone who is only going to be parked for a quick errand and the engine doesn’t fully cool. The moving parts of an engine and the limbs/tail of a cat are not a pretty
Think about how bundled up you get to go outside
for a day of skiing or sledding? People dress in several layers, the outermost waterproofed
One final outdoor winter hazard that we some-
usually, and still get cold after running around
times forget about out here in the desert is
in the cold. Dogs and cats are the same
the salt used to prevent icing on sidewalks/
way. Larger dogs built for cold weather
roads. From this perspective we are lucky
(think huskies, saint bernards, etc.) prob-
that we don’t get much moisture. The salt
ably have similar tolerances to the cold as
gets on the paws when the dog or cat is
a person bundled up for a short trip outside
walking on the sidewalks, just like it gets on
- they can play out in the cold/snow for a
our shoes or tires. The salt can be irritating
few hours, but if they’re just sitting around
to the skin itself, but most pets will lick it off
they get cold rather quickly. Smaller dogs or
their paws. Fortunately, most of these salts just
dogs with shorter coats are less tolerant of the
cause a little GI upset - meaning the pet may not
cold. So when we get our bitter cold snaps during the winter - bring your pets inside. If there is absolutely no way
want to eat, may vomit, or may have diarrhea. Some of the more irritating salts can cause ulcers. In the quanti-
to bring the dog inside - without a human in the house the dog eats
ties they get on their paws on a walk, this is the usual extent of the
the dry wall, chews the kennel bars, etc. - make sure there is a dog
problem. This is easily fixed by wiping the paws clean as soon as
house or other similar structure that protects from wind/rain/snow.
the pet returns home so that there is no time to lick it off. If your
This means that it should be enclosed, and preferably has a floor or
pet gets into your stash of salt you should call our office for further
bedding material (ie hay) to protect the dog from the ground.
Outdoor cats are similarly cold-tolerant as small dogs are - mean-
These are some of the big outside dangers related to this season
ing that they lose body heat quickly. Indoor/outdoor cats should be
and things to keep in mind and remember. If you have any ques-
restricted to indoors to protect from the cold. A truly outdoor barn-
tions about how to prepare your pet for the winter, please contact
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avid Schultz is someone who might be called an ordinary man, quietly living out his retirement years in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His appearance, however, is not ‘ordinary,’ and many are often struck by his uncanny resemblance to Santa Claus: he has a long white beard, rosy cheeks, and a hefty frame. After serving 20 years in the Air Force, he put in another 30 years working in the construction industry. He has certainly contributed to society, and now deserves to be able to enjoy his free time and, perhaps, rest a bit. Yet, this is not the case
for Schultz, as he has been, and is still, on a mission to capture and attempt to socialize homeless (feral) cats. His goal is that these cats might be adopted into ‘forever’ homes. So, rather than choosing to spend his days making furniture from reclaimed wood, he spends many hours, both day and night, lurking in the shadows, trying to identify and trap these feral felines. He believes this is, ultimately, for their own good. And this effort is no small task, as he must search dumpsters, abandoned cars, and alley ways in order to locate these elusive creatures. After discovering their urban lairs, he sets up traps complete with enticing treats, in an attempt to be successful. One of his ‘secret weapons’ for successfully luring a cat is KFC’s original-recipe drumsticks, which he hangs from a string inside the trap. He then covers the trap with a tarp or blanket, to provide a sense of security for the cat, as well as fend
Schultz also prides himself on being a foster parent to at least half a dozen felines at a time. Furthermore, over the years, he has permanently adopted several. He tells countless stories about his experiences, and cherishes every cat, regardless of its disposition or its resistance to being domesticated. He bestows names upon each of them, cuddles with each one regularly, and most importantly, has an intuitive connection with all cats; a connection that requires no spoken words. His loving presence and demeanor allows these animals to feel safety and some degree of trust, possibly for the first time in their short lives. He emphasizes the importance of regular interaction and handling with each one, in order that they may become loveable (by human standards), desired, and hopefully adopted. Schultz stresses, however, that there aren’t enough volunteers to do this job. As a longtime volunteer with Felines
and Friends in Santa Fe, he hopes that more cat lovers and animal advocates will step up to help with this effort. He wants everyone to know that he considers this a very worthy cause, and hopes that others will either give of their time, make donations, or consider adopting at least one of these magnificent, four-legged beings into their family. Please take a moment to look at the Felines and Friends website which shows all cats and kittens that are ready for adoption; each one has a biography and a photo. Anyone who wishes to meet some of these wonderful creatures in person, may visit the Felines and Friends Adoption Center located inside of Petco (Cerrillos Road at St. Michael’s Drive), during their regular hours of operation. Thank you David Schultz, and all of the volunteers at Felines and Friends. Thank you for all that you do to make our world a better place, and for reminding us that we all deserve to be loved and granted a second chance in life. We are eternally grateful to you, and we’re certain that all the cats whom you have saved over the years are grateful to you as well.
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My dogs Kali and Winston are Burquenos. Their paws are calloused from the heat. Their nails are well worn by concrete and rock. Kali pulls goat heads out of her paws with her teeth and swallows them. When Winston starts limping, I use a 12 inch stick to scrape the sticky goat head away; otherwise he won’t let me touch his paws. He’s real sensitive about anything going around his flappy dew claws. Only Kali seems to get the cactus sticks in her coat. Their leashes keep us all together. One of the best parts about being a Burqueno dog is walking to Old Town to check out the early morning smells left from the tourists. The gallery and shop owners pet them and say, “Come on in! Bring the dogs and look around.” Walking well on the leash didn’t come overnight. We practice as near daily as we can. When that lingering-for-a-smell moment comes around, I count the seconds like my friends do with their dogs, “One - two - threeeee!” Then I give the leashes a tug to move along. We walk like a wolf pack. The alpha is in the middle. That’s me. Winston’s the macho male on my left. Kali’s the right side girl. An expert told me to keep a connection going by talking to them. So, from time-to-time I speak to them in meaningful ways. We’re a pack. Introducing Winston who thrills at his Albuquerque walks. Copyright retained by the author. Permission granted for the November 2018 issue of PetMag.
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Bridging the Gap “The Link” is well established through social scientific research, but not yet reflected in our legal system. Even conventional wisdom tells us that domestic violence, animal abuse, child and elder abuse often occur together, but they are still treated as wholly separate problems by agencies that do not routinely communicate with each other on these cases. Because family violence is an underreported, hidden crime, “Link” awareness greatly expands opportunities for professionals to intervene. The biannual New Mexico Conference on The Link, along with customized trainings that are offered throughout the year, have trained thousands of professionals around the state —police, judges and prosecutors, social workers, animal control officers, therapists, healthcare workers, and educators—to understanding the connection between different forms of family violence and how to intervene. Local, national and international experts offer information and advice on how agencies can work together to create new safety nets for our most vulnerable populations. By offering scholarships to individuals whose agency’s budget lacks the funding to cover travel and conference fees, we have never turned anyone away from this critical training. Throughout the year, we also bring specialized trainings (at low or no cost) to communities around the state, including remote rural areas and Native American communities where this type of training can make an immediate difference in saving lives. So far in 2017, for example, we have offered half-day conferences tailored to law enforcement, and to therapists, in Las Vegas and Las Cruces.
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Yes, you CAN teach an old cat new tricks! The old adage goes “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” But your kitty will love you more if you teach it new “tricks” – no matter its age! Cats are highly intelligent, motivated, and very trainable. I believe training is essential to your cat’s well-being and advise every cat guardian to try it. It’s fun for the whole family! I don’t like to call them tricks; I prefer to call them “behaviors” because we’re not exploiting your cat’s performance for financial gain! In your cat’s mind, he’s acting out a behavior that he thinks will trigger you to give him a treat. The psychological difference between training dogs and cats is: A dog will perform and repeat a behavior to please you since they see you as a pack mate; he craves the attention of the pack — particularly the pack leader. Instinctively, your cat has
no pack or hierarchical structure, so it will respond to something it wants - a positive reinforcement, then he’ll quickly think he has control over you! My cat, Tabasco, knows many entertaining behaviors such as: “sit”, “come”, “stop”, “sit up”, “high five”, “high ten”, “jump through hoop”, “up”, “down”, “turn around”, and we dream up new stuff all the time to teach him.
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There are many different training methods; I use classical conditioning and the positive reinforcement quadrant of operant conditioning. You’re not forcing anything; you’re promoting cooperation. This means when kitty is doing something you like, you reward him. When he’s doing something you don’t want, you ignore it. It’s that simple. First, you need to figure out what your cat’s favorite reward is. It can be as simple as cat treats, or canned food, but some cats don’t value those things. The reward you are looking for should be of high value to your cat. Here is how you find out what your cat responds best to: Gather these items:
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it is an unusual sound; something your cat doesn’t normally hear. Then you’re going to “load the clicker”, which is teaching the cat when it hears the sound, it gets something good. Simply toss your cat the favored treat and when it goes to eat it, click. Repeat this about 8-10 times. Now you’re ready to begin teaching a specific behavior. You’re going to use “Capturing” as the first technique. “Capturing” simply means you’re going to watch for your cat to do something you want to teach it, such as “sit”. Behaviors that are natural to your cat have the most potential for building success for you and your cat. As soon as your cat sits, click, then toss a treat. Be sure to break commercial treats in half and distribute very small tastes of other treats so your cat doesn’t fill up too quick. Toss commercial cat treats and lunch meat and deliver the canned or baby food on a spoon or tongue depressor. Every time your cat sits, click then treat. After he’s done this about 10 times, begin to add a verbal cue – say “sit” just as his butt touches the floor (at the same time you click.) Then move the verbal cue forward a tiny bit; just as you see him in the process of sitting, before his butt touches the floor, say “sit”, then click. Repeat this several times and begin to move the “sit” forward to where you see him shifting his weight to sit. Soon you will be able to say “sit” and he will know what to do. If you have a nervous cat who doesn’t like to sit around you, then you can use the luring technique. Hold the treat about a foot over his head and push your hand back over his head. His head will follow the treat and result in a sitting position. Targeting is also useful for many things, such as teaching your cat to get up or down from something. You can use the Click Stik target or make your own by gluing a cat toy/puff ball to the end of a stick. Hold the target about five inches from your cat’s nose and he will naturally want to sniff it. As his nose touches the target, click, then reward. Begin holding the target farther and farther from his nose, and then moving it away from him so he begins to learn to follow the target. I like to use the verbal cue “touch” when training targeting. Cats are very observant and smart and will pick up on training and cues very quickly. Remember, if your cat performs a behavior you do not like, simply ignore it.
Keep sessions short
You will want to have no more than three 10-minute sessions a day with your cat. Cats preserve their energy as much as possible, which is why they sleep most of the day, then play in short bursts. In the wild, a cat’s small (rodent) food source does not provide much energy in the form of calories so your cat is wired to be very wise about not expending more energy than the food received will provide. This means if you demand more than the cat thinks the return will be, he will quickly lose interest. Most of all, have fun! Email me pictures of your cat doing the new behaviors he learns so I can share on Cat Behavior Solutions social media. Send to email@example.com.
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hen I arrived, somewhat unannounced, at Pin Up Pups Pet Salon, I felt immediately at ease. The front waiting area of the shop has been carved out, away from the front entrance; its homey and relaxing ambience is chock full of retro-collectibles, comfy furniture, and low-lit lamps with interesting shades. A very subtle mix of natural fragrances provided pleasant relaxation. I felt completely removed from the bustling metropolis; a film noir from the 40’s was playing ... think Rita Hayworth, Barbara Stanwyck, and Glenn Ford. The salon’s eclectic decor conjures ‘ooh lala’ and boho chic. Bright blue walls feature framed pictures of 40’s pin-up models (many of whom are posing with pets); a straight line of pristine pill-box hats are displayed along one wall near the ceiling. The collection of hats belonged to owner, Veronica’s great grandmother. In the back room, where all pets (cats, dogs, and some exotics) are groomed, I caught a glimpse of bright pink walls. Veronica invited me back; we gossiped while she lovingly worked on a very white Maltese named Neige, who seemed to enjoy having his newly-clean fur trimmed. Perhaps Neige believed in the shop ‘s motto: “Walk in with a Mess—Walk out with a Model.” Pin Up Pups Pet Salon is family-owned; Veronica and her wife, Marina are the sole groomer and bather (respectively). It’s a lot of work, of course, but the upside is that the customers and their pets always get to see a familiar face. Veronica has been in the pet-grooming business for well over ten years. At age 22, she chose to sell her beloved ’67 Mustang in order to rent shop space and step out on her own. She was fortunate to have been guided, early on, by Master Groomers. The shop itself will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary in January.
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point to realize about this dreaded disease, however, is that just as in people, many forms of the disease can be easily treated, managed, and even cured. Early detection and specialized care are leading to increased survival and cure rates in almost all the types of cancers that afflict pets. From surgery to chemotherapy to radiation therapy, veterinary cancer specialists can offer your pet the very latest diagnostic and treatment options and the best chance of survival. With optimal treatment, cancer in many cases simply becomes another manageable chronic disease. If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, it is important not to become What Is A Veterinary Oncologist? overwhelmed. Ask your veterinarian to write down the most imA board certified veterinary oncologist is a veterinary internal portant points for you to review later. Although the disease is serimedicine specialist who has also obtained additional training ous, treatment decisions generally do not need to be made quickly. in veterinary oncology. A veterinary oncologist has specialized If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, however, you will either want knowledge in the diagnosis of cancer, the staging of tumors, the development of treatment plans, and the administration of chemo- to have your general practice veterinarian work in consultation with a veterinary oncologist, or be referred to one of these specialtherapy. ists for your pet’s treatment. When your pet is faced with cancer, a veterinary oncologist will typically work in concert with your pet’s general practitioner Veterinary oncologists typically treat: veterinarian in order to obtain the best possible medical outcome • Common Cancers • Endocrine tumors for your pet. A veterinary oncologist can help your pet by devel• Skin tumors • Osteosarcoma oping treatment plans that incorporate one or all of the following options: • Mammary tumors • Hemangiosarcoma • Surgery • Lymphosarcoma • Chemotherapy • Immunotherapy While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases like cancer require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in veterinary oncology.
Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Oncologist?
Just as in humans, a pet with cancer typically needs the help of an oncologist to help diagnose and treat the disease. Veterinary oncologists determine the most appropriate course of treatment and coordinate the treatment program for pets with cancer. They also frequently serve as consultants to veterinarians in private practice to ensure that their patients receive the best treatment possible for their cancer. You can be assured that a veterinarian who refers you and your pet to a veterinary oncologist is one who is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her illness. While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with the veterinary oncologist about your pet’s care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the veterinary oncologist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment. Board-certified veterinary internists/oncologists may also have access to specialized diagnostic or treatment tools that a general practitioner veterinarian may not have.
Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?
In most cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet’s veterinary care and will work in tandem with the veterinary oncologist and any other members of your pet’s veterinary health care team.
Did You Know?
Dogs and cats have higher age adjusted incidence rates for many kinds of cancers than do humans. For example, dogs are 35 times more likely to get skin cancer than are humans. They suffer from 8 times the amount of bone cancer and 4 times the amount of breast cancer.
My Pet Has Cancer. Now What?
Cancer does appear to be becoming more common in pets, most likely because they are simply living longer. The most important
Diane Schrempp, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology) VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital & Referral Center
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