The most silent victims of Hurricane Katrina may be tens of thousands of pets that either died during the storm and ensuing flood or were left behind by owners who in some cases were not allowed to evacuate with their beloved animals. Many organizations are rescuing abandoned animals and helping to reunite them with their families. Many rescue organizations need money, crates, and animal beds. Foster families are also needed. Click here for information on how you can help.
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Until now, removing mines has been the job of technicians with bomb-proof lorries and metal detectors. But metal detectors cannot trace mines made of wood or plastic or distinguish unexploded mines from shrapnel. Now scientists have shown that rats can be trained to be a safe, fast, reliable and cheap method of locating mines of all kinds, according to this month's issue of BBC Wildlife, published today.
Oakland: On the trails, horse sense for hounds Nancy Reiser holds "meet-and-greet" sessions for dog owners looking to socialize their dogs with horses at Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, CA:
When Gracie picks up on the smell, largely imperceptible to humans, that Lindsay gives off before she seizes, the dog is to pull the cord on a small alarm that Lindsay wears on a belt. That's the signal for Lindsay to sit or lie down so that she won't hurt herself during a fall, and for adults nearby who hear the alarm to come to her aid. When Lindsay comes to, she snaps a metal clicker and gives Gracie doggie treats from the pink fanny pack she wears all the time - the signal, in dog language, that Gracie did a good job that she should repeat next time.
From New York Newsday's column ANIMAL HOUSE:
Today the "job" of most companion animals is to be objects of affection. But animal behaviorists tell us what should be common sense: The more intelligent the creature, the greater its need for industriousness. Deprived of creative stimulation, birds pluck their own feathers, cats shred upholstery and dogs chomp expensive moldings.
The Payson Roundup has a nice article on dog training using the clicker that doesn't focus on the clicker itself as much as modifying behavior.
The Clicker Puppy DVD has been nominated for the Dog Training Excellence 2005 award and the Innovation Award 2005 by the International Positive Dog Training Association. This is awarded based on votes from peers. It would be great chance for media exposure for clicker training if the DVD were to win this award.