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Episode 7 show notes

Stuff we talked about in episode 7:

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Aug
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2006
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Hound TV #07 – Thu 24 August 2006

In episode 7: Discover if dogs have personalities which can be measured, see search and rescue dogs in action, and dog news from around the world.

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Show notes for this episode at http://www.houndtv.com/2006/08/24/episode-7-show-notes/

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Aug
17
2006
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Dog eats iPod (it had to happen sooner or later)

It had to happen. We should have warned you: “By all means, enjoy watching HoundTV with your dog, but please don’t leave your dog alone with the iPod!”

Photographer and photography writer/editor/reviewer/blogger, Mike Johnston, writes on his (excellent, if you’re into photography) blog that his son’s beloved dog ate his son’s beloved iPod. Bummer.

Written by Steven in: Dog-related news |
Aug
11
2006
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Dog attacks: bad news, good news, and help at hand

A couple of items in the news today about dog attacks:

Melbourne’s Age newspaper reports this morning that an 11 year-old boy was mauled by two dogs in Far North Queensland. Unfortunately this is an unremarkable story, except of course for the boy and his family; as well as the dogs (who will be ‘destroyed’) and their owner.

Which brings us to the other, more encouraging story – ABC online reported yesterday that “The New South Wales Government is shifting its strategy on controlling dangerous dogs away from banning breeds to targeting individual menacing dogs” – surely a move in the right direction.

Blaming particular dog breeds for aggressive behaviour is ignorant and old-fashioned. Any breed of dog can be conditioned to behave well or badly.

Reducing the risk of dog attacks is really not rocket science – it’s just that governments are busy and it gets pushed down the list behind terrorism and everything else. There are just two things that would make a huge difference:

  • Dog owners must be compelled – by law, and preferably through social methods like advertising campaigns – to keep their dogs safe.
  • Kids need to be educated about how to deal with dogs. Most kids learn either that dogs are friendly (especially if they have a family dog), or to be feared. Neither belief is useful for avoiding or minimizing an attack. One visit per year by a behaviourist or vet to a primary school would be ample to educate kids sufficiently. This could probably even be arranged for free – as a marketing opportunity for the practitioner (I’ll give this a try at my step-son’s school and report back!). Or what about integrating it into the existing ‘life education’ curriculum (along with ‘say no to drugs’, healthy eating, etc)?
  • As a sidebar – parents of young children need to be reminded that they need to be supervised at all times. – Although I suspect that the very parents who need reminding are the ones who would pay the least attention to such a message.

Any other suggestions? Leave a comment.

…and of course HoundTV is getting involved too – our resident veterinary behaviourist Dr Jacqui Ley will reveal a few tips on preventing dog attacks for both dog owners and parents, on the show in a few weeks.

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Aug
10
2006
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It doesn’t get much cuter than this



We’re Babysitting Wilbur, originally uploaded by mommamia.

Just came across this on flickr (while I should have been working) and couldn’t resist sharing. Enjoy!

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