animal friendly teaching

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  • 28th July
    2014
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  • 28th July
    2014
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Just To Keep Everyone Updated

My website is nearly ready to go!

Just waiting for a couple of tiny things from the person helping me with some arty bits,

and I’m just finishing up some posts and then it’s good to go!

It’s obviously animal training based, also with a page on the arguments many people use to criticise force free training, and why they aren’t valid/can be avoided. There is also a gallery for training photos, and enrichment ideas.

  • 27th July
    2014
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  • 27th July
    2014
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  • 27th July
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  • 27th July
    2014
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Has anyone here done a Fenzi online course before?

I’ve just signed up for “Get Focused!” at the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, has anyone here done any of the courses before?

I’m looking forward to it, am hoping it’s helpful, I just signed up for the cheapest option though - Bronze - so I’m just taking in the info but not submitting anything back.

  • 27th July
    2014
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I am struck occasionally, usually while snuggling the cat, with our faith in domestication.

The cat is a small, ferocious predator, twelve pounds of…well, flab and fur, frankly, in Athena’s case, but what muscle there is is strong all out of proportion to her size. I have watched three 150+ primates try and fail to subdue a ten pound cat, and consider it not at all unusual. The cat is as flexible as a snake and as strong as an ox. She has quite dainty looking teeth and claws, but there’s nothing dainty about their ability to flay flesh from bone.

If the cat and I were in a duel to the death, I would almost certainly win. I am 15+ times larger than she is, after all, and while my teeth and claws are pathetic, I have prehensile hands capable of doing terrible things. But if I had to go in naked, as the cat does, (and assuming the cat was aware that she was going to have to kill me, and not taking a nap in the corner) I can pretty much guarantee it would be a Pyhrric victory. I’d look like I’d gone ten rounds with a wolverine. I would need stitches. A lot of stitches. Possibly a glass eye. And antibiotics by the truckload. It’d be a mess, and there would even be a chance of an upset if the cat managed to go face-hugger on me.

And yet, despite the knowledge of the shocking amount of damage my small predator could inflict, it never occurs to me to worry. I pick the cat up and she tucks her head under my chin and purrs, canine teeth centimeters from my jugular, and despite the fact that I am carrying a ruthless carnivore in a position where she could, with great ease, remove me from the gene pool, I am thoroughly content with the world. Even knowing full well that cats are not even a truly domesticated animal, that Athena’s kin might best be described as “consistently tamed,” my greatest concern is that my black tank top is now coated in white cat hairs.

We have such faith in the process of domestication, despite the sheer unnaturalness of what’s happening. Small predators do not curl up on the chests of large primates and purr in the wild. And yet, every now and again, generally when my small predator is purring on the chest of this particular primate, I think How strange, how strange… that we’re doing this, and even stranger, that we both take it completely for granted, and find nothing unusual in such a completely unlikely alliance.

  • 26th July
    2014
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I don’t want to look back in five years time and think, ‘We could have been magnificent, but I was afraid.’ In 5 years I want to tell of how fear tried to cheat me out of the best thing in life, and I didn’t let it.

  • 23rd July
    2014
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  • 23rd July
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The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.
― Vince Lombardi (via psych-quotes)
  • 21st July
    2014
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chelseeam:

Connections make conservationists. When people learn about these animals and make connections like this they really are encouraged to make a difference. #seaworld #educationandconservation #connectionsmakeconservationist (at Shamu: Close Up)

chelseeam:

Connections make conservationists. When people learn about these animals and make connections like this they really are encouraged to make a difference. #seaworld #educationandconservation #connectionsmakeconservationist (at Shamu: Close Up)

  • 21st July
    2014
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  • 21st July
    2014
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Zookeeper Haikus

keeperchat:

1.
Disinfecting day
My nose hairs burn from the bleach
I kind of love it

2.
Stop eating that box
You’ll get impacted and die
Spit that out right now

3.
I woke up at five
The lions slept all damn day
This is so unfair

4.
I think that these shoes
are waterproof, so I’ll just-
Oh God, big…