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Question by ♥♥♥i will always love you♥♥♥: I don’t live in the best of place and i need a good guard dog?
A good guard dog that is also a good family dog and good with other dogs. The only time i want it to be a “guard” dog is when it is in the yard especially when i am out there. I not adopting a dog for only guarding purposes so i would like a good answer. I am buying a small house with a small yard and i would be able to walk my dog everyday.

Best answer:

Answer by Sam
a pitt bull is actually a nice dog, some people just train them to mean. a german sheperd is also a good big loud dog

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Dog Intelligence is Higher than You Think!

Dog Intelligence is Higher than You Think!

Have you ever found yourself talking to your dog and got the feeling that he knew what you were saying? Well, it is very likely that your dog DID know what you were saying. The research in the field of Comparative Psychology (the study of the behavior and mental life of animals) has discovered that dogs are much more complex and intelligent than people realize.

In this article, I will present some important research and give an amazing example that shows complex thinking and learning processes in dogs. Hopefully, by the time you finish this article, you will realize that you need to be careful what you say to your dog because they know what you are saying!

A Brilliant Research Idea – Dog Psychology Tests

Traditional psychological research uses tests and experiments that depend on the subject providing feedback of some sort. Whether it is verbal or written responses, the human subject provides the information that in turn, allows the psychologist to define complex psychological processes.

In comparative psychology, this feedback is obviously not available. However, USA Today reported that Stanley Coren, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, came up with a brilliant solution to this problem – use psychological tests designed for young humans that are pre-linguistic or limited-linguistic. This allowed him to make some fascinating discoveries about dog mental functioning.

Dogs Can Learn Human Speech and Count

Coren’s research showed that dogs are more like humans than previously thought! So far he’s discovered that dogs can learn about 165 words (author’s note: there is no indication this is the top limit). Not only specific words but signals also. In addition, dogs can count up to four or five and have a basic understanding of arithmetic.

Think about this research for a moment. A 165 word vocabulary is large enough for complex communication. For a human, knowing that many words in a language would allow us to get by in a foreign country because 165 words would cover all the basics of food, water, directions etc. We might not be able to carry on an in-depth conversation with the inhabitants of the foreign country but we certainly could communicate our basic needs and understand the responses.

The ability to count and understand arithmetic means abstract thinking. Just think back to elementary school when you were trying to learn the concept of counting and how it made no sense. I still remember if Johnny had two apples and Mary gave him one apple, how many apples would Johnny have? Ouch, my head still hurts thinking back to the second grade trying to understand this abstract concept. Yet, a DOG can understand these things without the world view we humans possess. How amazing is that?

So, what is a real world example of the complex thinking processes of dogs?  How about a dog using the telephone to call for help!

Dog Calls 911 to Save a Human’s Life

It was reported in the news recently where a dog owned by Joe Stainaker called 911 to save his life. Mr. Stainaker has intermittent seizures from a brain injury. To help him live alone, he received a service dog named Buddy, a German shepherd, who was taught to dial 911 when Joe had a seizure. The telephone was set on a speed dial system and the dog was taught how to operate the phone.

Now think about this for a moment. The dog has to make an assessment that Joe is having a seizure, then go to the phone and press the correct buttons.

In September of 2008, Mr. Stainaker had a seizure. His dog ran to the phone and dialed 911. After the dispatcher answered, the dog started whimpering and barking, e.g. communicating that something was wrong. When the police arrived, the dog was barking excitedly as if to alert them that there was a problem.

Stainaker spent two days in the hospital and recovered from the seizure; saved by his dog’s call to 911. His dog has called 911 two other times when Mr. Stainaker was having a seizure and ONLY when there was a seizure emergency.

If you think this is rare, Kevin Weaver’s life was also saved by his dog calling 911. A diabetic, Weaver’s blood sugar dropped to a dangerous low level which incapacitates a person and can be fatal. His beagle named Belle had been trained to use his cell phone speed dial to call 911 if Weaver had a health emergency. When Weaver was stricken by the low blood sugar, his dog called 911 on his cell phone and help arrived. Belle’s cell phone call to 911 saved Weaver’s life and the dog was the first canine to receive the VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, given to someone who used a cell phone to save a life, prevent a crime or help in an emergency.

But that is not the only way Belle helps Mr. Weaver. Belle also alerts him when his blood sugar is abnormal. How dogs are able to do this is not clearly understood but Weaver says whenever his dog alerts him to a blood sugar problem, he immediately gets his test meter to check and he said Belle has never been wrong. The key point here is that Belle makes a decision based on facts she ascertains and communicates this to Mr. Weaver.

Service dogs perform complex tasks every day. It just doesn’t dawn on most people that these dogs are thinking and reasoning independently, making complex decisions that cannot be a function of training. Yes, they are taught to fulfill the role, but just like a person, education is just part of the process. They still have to collect the data and make complex decisions based on the facts. This means they have to analyze a situation and make a decision. There is more to this than simple training; it is complex intelligence processes.

Conclusion

Dogs understand human speech, they understand numbers and can perform complex tasks; tasks that require collecting data, analyzing the data and making the correct decision. They may have four legs and a fur coat but they are very much like people. Do we as people treat them with the respect and consideration they deserve?

The next time you say something to your dog, remember that he probably knows exactly what you are saying!

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Question by azawalli: Reponse to “My dog has a growing flea problem”: My house has been taken over by fools. What should I do?
For the last seven years, I’ve had some very irresponsible family members living in my house. I never wanted them there, but they invited themselves in, claiming that they had support from the courts. They’ve picked fights with everybody in the neighbourhood, but they conveniently disappear when there’s a fight. They’ve also taken over my credit cards and have been blowing money that I don’t have. As a result, I’m in major debt right now. Oddly enough, a lot of the charges on my statement seem to have been made out to China. When I complain about their behaviour, they harass me and say that I’m acting irresponsibly and hurting the family. When I complain about the fights that they pick, they call me names, but they never actually show up themselves at any battle. I’ve also found them reading my mail and listening to my phone conversations. We were getting along fine in our neighbourhood until these boobs moved in; now everybody hates us. What should I do?
This is my not-very-elegant response to the idiot who compared illegal aliens to fleas–comparing a human being to a parasitic insect is not funny, as this boob thought.

Best answer:

Answer by eldude
move out and let them deal with the problem they created

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Question by Behaviorist: What does the term “Positive dog trainer” mean to you?
Give a general definition.

List some tools a positive trainer would use.

List some tools a positive trainer would not use if there are any.

Give some examples of famous or well-known positive dog trainers if you know any.

Any additional thoughts?

Best answer:

Answer by Bossoli ©
A positive trainer uses positive reinforcement, in the form of praise or reward as a means to encourage desired behavior from a dog.

Positive trainers are big on food and toy motivators, as well as markers and clickers. They’re not big on restraints, remote collars or pinch collars. I’m a little rusty on my knowledge of famous positive trainers, since I’m more into a balance between positive reinforcement, operant conditioning, classical conditioning and aversion training.

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Why Get An Ed Hardy Bag ?

Why Get An Ed Hardy Bag ?

Ever since Don Ed Hardy, who is justly known as “the father of modern tattoos” started to diversify his creativity into fashion accessories, Ed Hardy bags are becoming extremely popular with modern and fashionable with- it fashionistas.

Christian Audigier tied up with Ed Hardy in 2004, to provide these fashion items. So, if you’re looking for an Ed Hardy bag to round off your handbag collection, you’re going to get a good quality, fashionable and modern piece, with authentic Ed Hardy imagery upon it. If you happen to be like I and carry everything less the kitchen sink in your bag, this may serve as a good carry bag also! 

Lots of the Ed Hardy models are intensely functional, because they are able to open up really wide. Most of them have either one or two zips, so except for using them as a purse, they don’t mind serving as overnighters. Best of all, they don’t weigh a lot when they are empty! Good hefty classy bags, what more does one need! Maybe another Ed Hardy Model in a different color,hmmmm? 

Now, I am one who doesn’t like tote-bags much, because I’d rather have my hands-free to grab the railings of the train or the bus I must catch right now. That is the reason why I keep on attempting to find Ed Hardy bags, which I’m able to fling around my shoulder, as I fly like Superman from one class to another, one shop to another one meeting to another! 

Compared to other quality brands, these bags are definitely inexpensive at the cost. Why, you can even carry your pooch around, la Paris Hilton in a dog bag. I do not see my Alpha Labrador getting into one of these bags, he’s rather Marley like, but probably I could manage my small Lhasa Apso? Let us see, I’m truly waiting eagerly for this actual variety of dog bags to come out in the market, so that Laika starts enjoying being taken for a walk by her keeper! 

BTW, there’s another amusing option coming into the market shortly, Ed Hardy perfume with a bag. It suggests the dad of tattoos is widening into Ed Hardy perfumes too? How nice. That suggests the shattered perfume bottle is going to keep my leather Ed Hardy bag smelling quite iffy, especially if poochie has been sitting in it! 

Today, you can see Ed Hardy stores here and there especially all over the world. If you’re planning to purchase a Ed Hardy bag as a Christmas gift for your families and friends, you can also purchase online, just please visit the Ed Hardy Bags online store(http://www.donedhardybags.com) for more discounts and save your money immediately! Good luck!

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