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Why reward a Dog when Barks to Much?

Is it really the clear denseness of the mind that a person will compliment and reward a dog for excessive aggression? And then to try and say later that is just what the dog does instinctively when in reality the dog gets praise for something she is not supposed to do and as a result continues much of the same, barking loudly and overly aggressively because she is rewarded for something she should not be reward for.

Putting it in more simple terms, a dog repeats what they are praised for, sometimes for the better but other times for the worst. It is certainly why a dog that would otherwise be amiable, and friendly is turned into a machine of hate where all things and people that come by are considered a threat, and as such apparently warrant the loud barking and lunging towards the people because that is exactly what has been reinforced and understood by the dog to be what the owner wants. The problem arises when the result is a wreathing and frustrated dog lacking affection and only put outside to ward off any and everyone becoming a threat to the surrounding society if not kept well locked up.

Sadly this is often the plight of an animal, a dog in particular if there are not steps taken to change the circumstance and improve the mannerisms of the same dog. All it takes is a basic understanding that the dog wants to do all he/she can to make you happy and they do without passing judgment or challenging what you tell them once they have learned. Which is where the next idea comes into play, why not train your dog to be the loving animal they can be why would you promote aggressiveness or impulse response to anything that walks by?  Considering that the real person who will be affected is yourself, when a dog is out of control and barks at all hours of the day or night and breaks screens because she so badly feels she should have full reign of the surrounding area, perhaps then you could consider that to make a change will be more difficult now since the dog is no longer amiable and in fact shows some of the traits of a pack lead in doing what they want because they were never told otherwise, there response was to often rewarded and as a result the dog is out of control. Instead why not make the choice now to consider what you really want to accomplish with the dog and provide that dog the accommodations while remaining in control of your own house.

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Mona | Ready for the Day

She has her coffee & cell phone – ready for a full day haha. For the halibut, I wanted to share. Yet the funny thing is cats and pets don’t have to deal with more then half the things we humans of this earth need to deal with when things are so based on green paper with dead presidents on it. They don’t worry about working, dealing with office politics, or bills that need to be paid or visits to the vets, their primary focus becomes more about naps, sleeping and bathing, they live such a simple life while we run from place to place trying to make it through the next day or month with some money to spare.

Pet’s are truly amazing characters, willing to be in a fun shot as long as you give them love all the rest of the time.
Raymond Marr

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Mona With Cell phone

Our little cat Mona with my cellphone, a fun shot with a side of humour. Cats do have a tendency to act like humans in some things but not all. It’s fun and enjoyable don’t you think?

Raymond Marr

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Calico Beauty | Fun Shot

It’s a wonderful thing when our pets present the most enjoyable poses that when timed just right become fun and amazing shots.This was one of those fun times and fortunately just got the shot.

Raymond Marr

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Dog Bed Conversion | A Cat Approved Variation

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A gift from a neighbor, a lover of pets, with 3 Dogs all her own, brought an early Christmas Gift, for our dog Annie. It was a gently used dog bed shaped as a bone, as her own dogs have enough beds. Initially Annie – Sniffed it checked it out and then walked away. Seeing as it was something new our dog usually likes to check it out beforehand and check it out time and again before she would settle down and make it her own.

The big difference is though, the fact that she is also competing with our youngest cat, Mona, who has a tendency to take initiative more then wait and wait. This new bed was the same, though Annie was trying to take the time to check it out, our little feline decided she would go check it out. After it passed her initial inspection she passed it up at first but then returned to it, this time kneading and forming it to her own personal preference. As cat’s tend to do when they like something, once it was formed to her specifications she decided to nap in it. Later since she has an interest in boxes, to a point where every single box that comes through this house she needs to inspect we moved the bed to a recent box addition. Forming it once again she happily decided that was exactly what she was looking for and since then has slept in that box mounted dog bone bed every night since.

Since Annie did not claim it apparently mona claimed it for herself, now unless that bed is relocated out of the box, I do believe Annie will not have another chance to test it, but since no one knows the future there can only be guesses. Far as mona understands this box mounted dog bone bed is just what the tortoise shell kitty ordered.

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Twitter – A New Photo, A New Start.

Embrace Change to Grow

The Youngest Cat Mona

“Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.”  ~Pauline R. Kezer

With the new month turning and a new opportunity for change I figured I would start with something as simple as a change of a profile photo on twitter for an account of particular interest, to animals and owners alike.

The end result is the photo you see here, of our youngest Tortoise Shell cat devoid of anything but the simplest of black and white. The simplest colors, yet they also bring out the best attributes of this one of a kind little cat.

I have written about her before, in earlier articles that are found in earlier posts, yet it seemed so proper, as we move from summer to fall, as the seasons change, so must we in our day-to-day grind that is often called life. To change things even if slight can often help you see something different, view things from a different perspective and grow through the challenges that are also par for the course.

It is that simple idea, why I made the choice today to make that slight change, as a movement forward in a slightly different direction. With that change the plan is to also update and share more stories, of animals pets and the love that is shared so keep checking back.

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