Volhard Dog Training (The Motivational Method)

Volhard Dog Training (The Motivational Method) Volhard Dog Training’s Motivational Method is an approach to training for people who like their dogs and have them first and foremost as pets and companions.

Dating back to 1970, the Motivational Method was developed as an instructing method to help those with little or no experience in training a dog. The techniques are simple, flexible and imaginative, and can be readily tailored to specific needs. Recognizing that clear and congruent communication is necessary for successful training, the Motivational Method places great emphasis on teaching the han

Dating back to 1970, the Motivational Method was developed as an instructing method to help those with little or no experience in training a dog. The techniques are simple, flexible and imaginative, and can be readily tailored to specific needs. Recognizing that clear and congruent communication is necessary for successful training, the Motivational Method places great emphasis on teaching the han

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09/05/2021

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🐴📏 Unlike some animals that are intentionally bred to be tiny, miniature donkeys are naturally small! These “mini” donkeys max out at 3 feet tall at their withers and can weigh as little as 200 pounds. Meet George, Pat, Flash and Giuseppe at the Kids' Farm!

09/04/2021

PET PRODUCT ALERT! New products added to the list of concern!

A chemical, Titanium Dioxide, used in top-selling pet foods, treats, and supplements should no longer be considered safe for consumption due to concerns over its ability to damage DNA, according to a new animal-model study.

A scientific panel created by the European Food Safety Authority determined, “Taking into account all available scientific studies and data,the Panel concluded that titanium dioxide can no longer be considered safe as a food additive. A critical element in reaching this conclusion is that we could not exclude genotoxicity concerns after consumption of titanium dioxide particles. After oral ingestion, the absorption of titanium dioxide particles is low, however they can accumulate in the body”. The panel concluded that titanium dioxide has the potential to damage DNA and cause chromosomal damage. The Environmental Working Group called on the US Food and Drug Administration to quickly consider whether to ban titanium dioxide from use in food.

A chemical that may damage our pet's DNA should not be fed to pets. Brands that use this chemical don’t put it in all SKU’s, so check your labels to make sure it’s not in anything you feed your pets.

Titanium dioxide is #9 on The Forever Dog’s Dirty Dozen list of additives you need to avoid in your pet food. www.ForeverDog.com/about

09/03/2021

This week we are talking about Cushing's disease - today Diagnosing the disease!

Unfortunately, many veterinarians tend to ignore repeated elevations in liver enzymes until several Cushing's symptoms are present or a pet parent comes in complaining that their dog is suddenly urinating in the house or losing their hair.

The better, proactive approach is to try to prevent disease from taking hold. That's why it is important to get a copy of your pet's yearly bloodwork results. If your dog's liver enzymes are elevated, specifically ALP, ask our vet if your dog could be in the early stages of Cushing's disease.

The actual diagnosis of the disease is often challenging. It is typically done with blood tests like the ACTH stimulation (stim) test and the low-dose dexamethasone suppression test. Both these tests require at least two blood draws to compare cortisol levels for a definitive diagnosis of Cushing's.

When Cushing's is confirmed, your veterinarian will want to determine if it's pituitary or adrenal dependent. The best way to rule out an adrenal gland tumor is with a non-invasive ultrasound test. However, some vets prefer to do a third blood test called a high-dose dexamethasone suppression test. Whichever method is used, it's important not only to establish a definitive diagnosis for Cushing's but also to determine whether the form of the disease is adrenal or pituitary dependent. This information will help you and your vet decide on the best treatment options available for your sick pet.

If your pet has symptoms of Cushing's disease but you can't afford the expensive tests required for a definitive diagnosis, you can ask your veterinarian to do a urine test called the urine cortisol to creatinine ratio tests, or the UCC. The UCC must be run using the first urine of the morning. Results will help determine if your dog is excreting an abnormally high amount of cortisol in their urine. Since circulating levels of cortisol in healthy dogs are quite low, if there's a high amount of cortisol in your dog's urine, it's a solid clue that Cushing's may be present and further testing is warranted.

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09/03/2021

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☁️🦅☁️ How high can a Rüppell's griffon vulture fly? They have been documented at 36,000 feet above sea level! An alteration in one of their proteins allows these birds to fly efficiently despite lower pressure and available oxygen. 👋 See Tuck and Natelie at Cheetah Conservation Station!

09/03/2021

Home to more than 36,000 elephants! The results of Kenya's 2021 Wildlife Census are in.

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Kenya Wildlife Service and its partners embarked on an ambitious task: to count over 30 iconic species across more than 50 national parks and reserves, both on land and water. It was the first national wildlife census of its kind: to get important data on wildlife populations and track the consequences of threats like climate change, habitat loss and poaching.

Highlights include Kenya’s elephant population, which has seen a 12% population increase in the last 7 years - from 32,214 elephants in 2014 (which marked the peak of elephant poaching in Kenya) to 36,280 individuals in 2021. There was also a notable increase in all three species of giraffe found in Kenya. In the detailed report accompanying the data, emerging threats were also noted, namely an influx of livestock entering wildlife ecosystems, developments obstructing animal roaming and the creation of new farming and settlement areas, all of which is set to intensify human-wildlife conflict and wildlife displacement.

The Tsavo ecosystem, where we carry out a significant number of projects, was included in the census and we supported the census in this area by committing three-fixed wing aircraft to the aerial count, flying over 94 hours in just eight days! The new report further underscores just how important this landscape is: Tsavo is home to 41% of Kenya’s national elephant population, as well as nearly a third of the country’s hippos and has the second highest buffalo population too.

Learn more about our participation in the census in the June dispatch from our pilots at: https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/news/aerial/aerial-surveillance-june-2021

You can also choose to download and read the full results of the census via the KWS website at: http://www.kws.go.ke/content/national-wildlife-census-2021-report

09/02/2021

Happy birthday Gawa! This once tiny elephant is celebrating her fifth birthday today. Here’s a throwback of her in her infancy – this big-eared beauty has grown so much since then and now sports little tusks!

Gawa is the first daughter of of Galana, an orphan we successfully returned to the wild. After a ten month absence, the family recently visited our Ithumba Reintegration Unit and we were thrilled to see that Gawa is growing up to be a picture of health. She's also something of a tough cookie, which the dependent orphans learned the hard way: First when Esampu challenged Gawa and later, when Mundusi dared to eat some lucerne that was in Gawa’s orbit... both received a rough shove for their efforts! It seems Gawa is growing up to be just as headstrong as her mother Galana who, in her early years, had a penchant for chasing the Nairobi warthogs when she was in our care.

Gawa is among 38 calves (that we know of) born to orphans we have raised and returned to the wild. Meet the rest of this new generation of elephants at: www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/orphans/calves

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09/02/2021

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All September long, Zoo Guardians is honoring the black-footed ferret as the Animal of the Month 📅. North America's only native ferret species was once thought to be extinct, until 18 ferrets were discovered 40 years ago on September 26, 1981. Thanks to breeding and reintroduction programs, including the work of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, black-footed ferrets have made an incredible recovery!

Find our game on Google Play and the App Store. Download #ZooGuardians for free and adopt a (virtual) black-footed ferret today! 📲PLAY TODAY: https://bit.ly/3kItmCy

Horse Starts Trotting When The Music Changes And The Crowd Goes Wild
09/02/2021
Horse Starts Trotting When The Music Changes And The Crowd Goes Wild

Horse Starts Trotting When The Music Changes And The Crowd Goes Wild

Have you ever seen a dancing horse? You know, one that’s been so supremely trained and conditioned to dance in sync with the music, so gracefully and poised, and ready to move and gallop and trot and canter on time? Surely not. But if you’ve ever been interested in seeing a dancing horse then yo...

09/02/2021

Remedies for the Fastest Man.
Gold medal winner Usain Bolt is a big fan of homeopathy - it's been a part of his treatment plan for years and he credits it for his rapid returns to running after serious injuries.
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How Do I Know If I Have a Babesia Infection? - Microbe Formulas™
09/01/2021
How Do I Know If I Have a Babesia Infection? - Microbe Formulas™

How Do I Know If I Have a Babesia Infection? - Microbe Formulas™

Babesia species are the second most common parasite found in the blood of mammals. Although it's seen less frequently in humans than other animals, the number of human cases has risen recently, following Lyme disease's global expansion. (1)

09/01/2021

When the call comes in about a poacher on the run, our Canine Unit can mobilise immediately thanks to the SWT rapid-response Air Wing. Sniffer dogs like Aya here have been fully trained to fly safely so they can be dropped into the field and follow tracks from the get go.

The ability to track bushmeat, ivory and a poacher’s footsteps for long distances is one the main reasons why we introduced our own Canine Unit in the Tsavo Conservation Area four years ago, and our pooches are very good at it. For instance, Naiko, one of our veteran dogs, once tracked down a perpetrator for over 15 kilometres, whereas a typical police dog tracks for about one kilometre. He’s such a good boy! Meet the rest of the team, including our hard-working handlers who make sure our furry rangers are always happy and healthy, at: https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/news/fieldnotes/july-2021

09/01/2021

Organic farmers tell us that homeopathy and other complementary and alternative methods are key factors in ensuring a smooth conversion to organic management.

Whole Health Agriculture are launching on-line courses for the farmer keen to learn complementary and alternative methods. These include but are not limited to: homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutrients, gut biome and observational skills. Keep an eye on their page and ours for news of the launch of this new educational platform coming very soon; or visit their website and sign up for the newsletter here

https://wholehealthag.org/news-events/newsletters/

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#holistichealth #Cows #sheep #goats #pigs

Dog colour patterns explained by modular promoters of ancient canid origin - Nature Ecology & Evolution
08/31/2021
Dog colour patterns explained by modular promoters of ancient canid origin - Nature Ecology & Evolution

Dog colour patterns explained by modular promoters of ancient canid origin - Nature Ecology & Evolution

Dogs exhibit remarkable variation in colour patterns. Here, the authors identify structural variants of independent regulatory modules for ventral and hair cycle expression of the ASIP gene that explain five distinctive dog colour patterns and trace back the origin of one colour pattern to an extinc...

08/31/2021

From our friends at the National Center for Homeopathy

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08/31/2021

Photos from Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's post

Irritability, Restlessness and Anger in Animals
08/31/2021
Irritability, Restlessness and Anger in Animals

Irritability, Restlessness and Anger in Animals

A few examples of bad traits to be found in animals and birds, and when the suggested remedy is mentioned in Capitals compare the “picture” of the animal with that of the remedy. That dangerous dog, usually chained up for long periods, that rushes out at passer-by and would relish

08/29/2021

Kinyei strikes a knowing smile but because she is only a tiny tot, she still has much to learn

This is especially true when it comes to knowing how to react to the wild animals that she calls her neighbours. Just the other day, she snuck off with Roho, Kindani and Naleku in a different direction to the Keepers. They didn’t have to look for the truants for long: within minutes, the gang had hightailed it back to the stockade compound in a blaze of rumbles and trumpets. The cause of their fright? A tall giraffe minding his own business while foraging in the Park had caught the babies off-guard. Interestingly, its not just big animals that can leave baby elephants running scared. A little tree hyrax dashing about Kineyi's stable one night caused much consternation for our little girl.

Of course, over time and with her Keepers by her side to provide reassurance, Kinyei will learn to distinguish friend from foe from these endearing experiences – which will be vital for her successful reintegration back into the wild. Find out why she is in our care and see her most recent pictures at: https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/orphans/kinyei

08/29/2021

STUDY REVEALS THE LINK BETWEEN OUR LAWNS, OUR PETS🐾, CANCER🔥 AND US

Beware pet parents: Treating your lawn with yard chemicals☠️, allowing your pet to eat or play on grass that’s been sprayed💦, or walking your pet on golf courses⛳️ can negatively affect our dog’s health, according to several studies. In fact, it can impact your entire family, as pets can bring those chemicals back inside!

In our new book, The Forever Dog, it was critical for us to highlight things in and around your home that could damage your pet’s DNA. According to Dr. David Sinclair, Professor of Genetics, and co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for Biology of Aging Research at Harvard Medical School- “DNA damage speeds up aging.”

Several studies show: dogs exposed (through laying, playing, ingesting or inhalation) to treated lawns has been associated with a significantly higher bladder cancer risk, and dogs whose owners reported use of professionally applied lawn pesticides were 70 PERCENT more likely to have lymphoma (cancer). In fact, there was an even higher risk of lymphoma if owners used self-applied insect growth regulators on their yards to control cockroaches, fleas, and other pests!🐜

Our book focuses on how to raise the healthiest, happiest, long-lived dogs, and in it we teach you how to evaluate your dog’s indoor and outdoor environmental chemical exposure⚠️. In the section of the book titled Environmental Impact: The Body Burden, where we offer you tips like:

• Safer lawn-care options
• DIY non-toxic w**d killer recipes
• Home Chemical Exposure Pet checklist
• Forever Dog Foot Soak Recipe
• Supplements that support chemical clearance

The Forever Dog is available now for pre-order all over the globe! www.ForeverDog.com/about

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Posting this for my breeders place. It's a beautiful training room in Monroe, NC (If this is not allowed here, please take it down) Thanks.
can motivational method work on humans too? my niece would give her child one m&m for every photo they got of her sitting still and smiling with the family pictures. She said she learned it from watching me train the puppy. ha ha and then this... got this from my friend thought you might enjoy it... I was in the McDonald’s drive-through this morning and the young lady behind me leaned on her horn because I was taking too long to place my order.“Take the high road,” I thought to myself. So when I got to the first window I paid for her order along with my own.The cashier must have told her what I'd done, because as we moved up she leaned out her window and waved to me and mouthed "Thank you.", obviously embarrassed that I had repaid her rudeness with a kindness.When I got to the second window I showed them both receipts and took her food too.Now she has to go back to the end of the line start all over.Don't honk your horn at old people.
Is the Volhard web site gone. I often send people to it get some of the training tip from it. ex temperament test, door training etc.
Post pics of your Black, mostly black, partly black, spotted black, etc. amazing dogs. Put an end to Black Dog Syndrome. I sure do love my Black Lab, Jedi! Even (responsible) breeders have more challenges placing black dogs than their lighter coated siblings in many cases.
If anyone knows of a Volhard Instructor in Vancouver/lower mainland British Columbia, Canada please let me know. Thank you!
Question: If anyone knows of any Volhard Instructors in Vancouver/lower mainland British Columbia, Canada please let me know. Thanks!
I find this lecture fascinating. It's not about dogs but it certainly does apply! ("It's not about the reward. It's about the anticipation, or expectation, of the reward...") Robert Sapolsky, professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University
I have a one year old lab and a 8 month old Carolina dog. I struggle to keep them off the counters and jumping on people. Any suggestions to help with training ?
Okay campers. I have a question about piloerection. I remember someone in camp giving an explanation in a lecture at one time ...maybe Wendy? or Maryann?. There is a difference if the hair is up just on the shoulders or if it is up all the way down the back. I know raised hackles is involuntary and it is often referred to as a state of arousal ...but how do you determine if it is fear, anger, aggression, excitement or something else? The whole body language must be interpreted with the raised hackles (ears, tail posture etc.). any help is appreciated .. thanks
although this is a 9 years old.. it has one dog that has always been near and dear to me and that is Ricochet. She has become very famous and received hundreds of awards over the years. She has been featured on many television shows and raised millions of dollars for charities. She is an awesome dog soon to retire.
So my friend who got a rescued mix breed was told by her vet to have a dna test because some breeds of dogs cannot have certain medications. It led me to research this. The only thing I found so far was the MDR1 gene that causes dogs to get very sick or die from anti parasite medications like frontline / ivermectin and antidiarrhea drugs like immodium as well as some cancer treatment medications like vincristine. But does the dna test look for this gene or just tell you the breeds of your mix?
When did our Volhard slip collar become known as the "dominant dog" collar??!!!