dog in van

ID #44022

Name: Ginny
Age: 20
Country: Germany

Hey theeere!
Just in case someone is looking for a German penpal with the least German-sounding name, here I am.
My life is everything but boring(usually). I enjoy sharing stories about it and hearing about yours, whatever your stories are about.
Here’s a few things I like: dogs, pizza, movie nights(horror movies, anyone?), Overwatch (or videogames in general), being spontaneous and talking to strangers, a lot.
I have a serious case of wanderlust, or in other words, I love traveling and want to do it as much as possible, which is why I’m doing it a lot (while still trying to look like a responsible adult :D ) and I enjoy learning languages too! One day I want to buy a camper van and just go on a really big adventure. What’s your dream?
Oh and when I’m not out and about I usually like to practice guitar/piano or drawing.
Apart from being a bit of a weirdo(the good kind), I’ve also been told to be a good listener so if you ever struggle with anything I’m happy to hear about it!

Preferences: Nah, just be yourself. I usually want to skip all the small talk and go straight to more.. “meaningful” conversation haha, so bear with me >_<

Six of dogs

So um I just finished crooked kingdom for the second time and at the end (with tears in my eyes again) I was like “they just need some dogs” so I started to think of dogs for the couples (and Nina) so here it it.

Wesper: Jesper and Wylan would definitely have a dog with a lot of energy for Jesper but who would also be able to settle down with Wylan. My thought would be a Dalmatian. (Imagine Jesper playing with it outside and when it comes back in it just runs to Wylan to give him lots of doggy love.)

Kazej: they would definitely have something very ferocious like a Rottweiler. But it would only be nice to kaz, inej, and wylan (all dogs love him) other then that he would be growling at everybody.

Nina: Nina would have something small and cute like a Pomeranian. He would be an ankle bitter but other then that he would be all cuddled all the time. His fur would be blonde to remind her of someone else she loved *wipes tear*

So there we have it. Dogs for my babies.

Can’t get this happy little moment out of my head. This perfect little side of the road pull off was complete with the sound of frogs, coyotes, and white owls silently floating above our heads. Pro tip: pick up trash wherever you go, leave it better than you found it. The image of this dog and this van will forever be implanted into my memory. #shotoniphone7

Some people, especially trainers, think that because they have added positive reinforcement to their corrections and correction collars that they are more gentle and somehow “better.” Don’t get me wrong, I love that people are open to using food and toys. Wonderful. Great.
However, an animal’s ability to predict and have the perception of control over things that happen to them is what gives them a sense of calm and stability.
When a dog is sometimes getting food and sometimes corrected, it leads to unpredictability. The inability to control things is what leads to significant behavioural fallout.
My main point being that an “all quadrant” approach may be sold as using all the tools in a toolkit. However, if a dog is getting mixed messages, as usually happens, that just messes the dog up. For example, a dog is being reinforced for walking nicely around people. They may start to develop a positive association to strangers. But then, they pull to that stranger and get pinched with a prong collar. That very likely creates a negative association. So the dog isn’t just learning to walk nice. The dog is learning that sometimes when you see strangers good things happen and sometimes bad things. Strangers are bloody unpredictable and thus very concerning.
Very similar things happen when people do classical conditioning to strangers/dogs, and then the dog gets shocked on an electric fence as they approach passing strangers/dogs. Strangers/dogs are unpredictable. It happens when dogs are being reinforced for not jumping on people and then corrected for pulling to people.
A trainer doing such things is likely to say, “But the correction is for the behaviour.” Doesn’t matter. Associations are tied to skills - intertwined. When using physical discomfort and pain, the brain is wired to look for a reason in the environment to explain it. Which is why wonky negative associations from corrections usually form to what the dog was looking at during the correction.
No, you cannot avoid that by correcting “properly.”
—  Yvette Van Veen