The Rip Van Wrinkler, Volume XXV, Issue 4, November 2021

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Santa Paws Gift Exchange

sign up by December 1st!

& mail your gifts ASAP.

Fiddle has assumed the ELF thing for our gift exchange this year.
read the following about how it works:

  • You have your human sign you up, & you’ll get paired with someone else, who has also been signed up, & then you mail your gift out ASAP. Shortly you should get a gift sent to you.
  • Keep gifts around $15. to $20. Make sure any special requests or information is noted, such as if you are a cat and not a dog, or if you there are edibles you can't have.
  • Then enjoy giving and receiving!
  • Please send your information (dogs' names, home addess) by December 1st, by email, to: Susan K-M

Fiddle, herself.

Heike Föllscher

"The art of training a dog owner"

Dog owner tells me: Hi, my dog pulls on the leash and runs into the woods after deers if I let it off leash.
Me: Okay. What's the breed?
Owner: A siberian husky mixed with a coon hound.
Me: Okay, so you have a musher mixed with a hunting type of dog?
Owner: yes.
Me: ok, what are these breeds bred to do?
Owner: well, half of the dog should be pulling and the other half run into the woods and hunt.
Me: Yes. And your problem was?
Owner: it pulls on the leash and runs after wildlife.
Me: yea, it appears that you have a dog meant for pulling and hunting.
Owner: yes, that's correct. Can you train it out of the dog?
Me: Do you have any interests?
Owner: Er, yeah, sure I do. I like to paint and watch movies.
Me: Would you consider quitting doing that?
Owner: no, I don't think I can. But what does this have to do with dog training?
Me: Would you consider doing something else that gives you the same pleasure you get from painting and watching movies?
Owner: I mean, sure I can do other things but it's not as fun.
Me: ok. And what can you offer a musher that is more fun than pulling and a hunting dog that is more fun than hunting?
The dog owner is silent for a while.
Owner: That's a good question. I don't know.
Me: Neither do I.
Owner: Perhaps I should had gotten myself a PlayStation?
Me: haha, yeah, if you dont like hunting or being outdoors training a lot,, perhaps this dog isn't for you.
Owner: Yeah, one should perhaps read up more before getting a dog. But it's awfully cute!
Me: Yes, I understand that.
Owner : it sheds a lot too. My husband goes crazy with all the fur everywhere.
Me: mmm, that's something you have to deal with.
Owner : yes, it was even hairs in the stew last night.
Me: Yeah, that's not uncommon.
Owner : But you know what? I met a husky when I was 12. It was so beautiful. Ever since I've always wanted one.
Me: Too bad you didn't meet a PlayStation instead.
Owner laughs: Alright, I think I'm starting to understand that it's not the dog that has problems but me.
Me: haha, not much of a "problem". What you are saying is very common. People with guarding dogs gets angry when their dog growls at strangers. People with sighthounds gets frustrated when their dog comes home with a baby rabbit. People often know too little when they get a dog.
Owner : Thanks for the chat. I have learned a lot in 10 minutes.
Me: Good luck in the future. There's a lot we can do to help you in your training with the dog. But the dog will always have a need and joy to pull and hunt.
Owner: Yes, I can understand that now."

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