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Stony post-cw fix-its recs (MCU mainly)

Since I didn’t have the time to actually create anything for the 10th Anni of Stony, this rec list is my pseudo-contribution.

Since I don’t know how to make it a part of the event otherwise (sorry!), I’m just going to tag @cap-ironman

For more recs, check out this post by @civilwarbrokemyheart. I’m not going to repeat the recs that are already there.

This is in no particular order, and the fics are loosely grouped by absolutely arbitrary criteria :)

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Regarding “Can my dog or X breed do bitework/IPO/protection?”

So this turned out much longer than I anticipated. Look, I’m just a nobody and proof that any idiot n00b can write something on the internet. I don’t have any real credentials beyond training as a hobby, and I’m still learning. But since people keep asking essentially the same question over and over and over:

Yeah, probably, your dog can achieve the mechanics if you spend enough time training behaviours, but it will not be the same as a dog who just naturally has the right stuff. And even dogs bred for it- I know trainers who go overseas who look at hundreds of GSDs/malinois/dutch shepherds and only come back with 5 that might pass the rest of the training to become good sport/PPD/police dogs. Granted, you do have more leeway with sport in being able to have dogs with a nerve problem and the like, but even still. 

Nontraditional breeds can achieve a lot with a certain level of training. I’m still not really a huge fan of nontraditional breeds doing bitework and such. Pointers, labs, border collies, spaniels, shelties, whatever other non-protection breeds out there people keep asking me about. Especially just as a weekend warrior kind of thing, for any breed. Training can only take you so far.  You have to have the right dog for it. Not only willingness, but the right heart to do the work. “Gameness.”  

Bite sports and personal protection are not like other dog sports-agility, rally, tracking, etc. Not every dog can or should do them, and it isn’t something to be taken lightly. This isn’t really “trick” training, and isn’t really something that you can just do halfway with a lot of dogs. 

 You’re opening yourself up to a lot of liability, which I will go into further on in this post. But not to mention just with the stigma of “you must have made it mean” or if your dog ever does bite someone, or even just ends up in animal control for another reason, and it becomes known that you have “trained it to attack people,” you’re probably not going to get your dog back. But I digress.     

Everything you teach your dog adds something new to their vocabulary of rehearsal behaviours. You create options. Choices for the dog. One of the reasons I don’t like teaching “shake paw” is because then it adds that as an option for what the dog will throw out when it wants something. If you’ve ever had dogs who learned this and will paw incessantly to get your attention, you’ll understand. For the same reason, I’m JUST NOW teaching my dog to bark on command outside of bitework. We started this just one session last night. Today the mofo was barking at me while heeling, which is something my previously wonderfully silent dog never did. But by teaching him to bark for a reward the night before, it is now in his toolbox of things to think about and offer to get what he wants.

I want to make a long story short: I have a friend with a border collie. This border collie had some typical working border collie ways of dealing with people/things running away from it-it nipped their ankles. Something which is normal for border collies to do. Well, this particular border collie started playing Schutzhund. And something new was introduced to its vocabulary of rehearsable behaviours. Lo and behold, one day this dog was playing with another dog, and got frustrated with the other dog. When the other dog’s owner started to move, he redirected towards her, which caused her to scream and start running. At which point this border collie, who previously would have probably just chased and nipped her ankles, did a perfect schutzhund-style launching full mouth escape bite on her arm. 

This is a dog who has only seen a sleeve a handful of times and lives with one of the most micromanaging dog trainers I know. Now I’m not discounting the part where the dog shouldn’t be nipping people to begin with, or other factors that are now hindsight. But options were created. Behaviors were rehearsed. The dog has choices now. And a less severe bite became a more severe bite. 

I wrote a short ten page paper once on the differences of bite injuries from pet dogs vs dogs trained to bite. Some notes from that: 

 Compared to patients bitten by non-police dogs, patients bitten by police dogs are also twice as likely to have injuries to the head, neck, chest, and upper arms; they are also six times more likely to be admitted to the hospital and twice as likely to require operative interventions with more invasive diagnostic procedures[i]. This can be attributed to the size of the dog and their training:

With the bite-and-hold technique, K-9 dogs are trained to bite and hold the suspect until commanded to release the suspect by the law enforcement K-9 officer. The suspect often struggles to avoid pain, injury, and arrest, prompting the dog to regrasp and hold with greater bite forces. With this technique, the K-9 dog continues to bite and hold regardless of what the suspect does (surrenders, stands still, or attempts to flee). Injury is almost inevitable.[ii]  

Not only are they also trained for what is known as a ‘full mouth’ bite, but according to the same source as the quote above, trained police dogs can bite with forces up to 1,500-2,000psi, similar to the amount of force from a pressure washer, compared to an untrained German Shepherd’s bite force of 150-200psi. The paramedic should be aware of the possibility of crush injuries and compartment syndrome[iii], especially after multiple bites.

[i] Meade PC. Police and domestic dog bite injuries: What are the differences? What are the implications about police dog use?. Injury Extra. 2006;37(11):395-401.

[ii] Hutson H, Anglin D, Pineda GV, Flynn CJ, Russell MA, McKeith JJ. Law Enforcement K-9 Dog Bites: Injuries, Complications, and Trends. Annals of Emergency Medicine. 1997;29(5):637-642.

[iii]Huber F, Herzog L, Meeder P. Crush syndrome after multiple dog bites. Clinical Nephrology[serial online]. June 2006;65(6):460-461. Available from: MEDLINE with Full Text, Ipswich, MA. Accessed November 1, 2013.

Don’t get me wrong. I love training the bite sports. I think there is a lot of value to them and they are the doggy version of the martial arts I love so much (Although I train knowing that Schutzhund is the unfortunate Tae Kwon Do of the bunch…). But I just want to give people food for thought, as I see people out rushing to get their dogs into bitework because it’s the newest “cool thing.” And they want to do it 100% “force free” because again, it’s the “cool thing.” But this is not something you can just do occasionally and that poor training (regardless of method) is going to be okay with. It is not “just a game of tug.” Yes, you can make your dog equipment oriented, but that’s a post for another day. 

If you want to do sheep or cattle herding, get a border collie or ACD, not an afghan hound. If you want to do gun dog trials, get a spaniel or a pointer, not a border collie. If you want to go bear hunting, get a bear hound and not a sheltie. If you want to do bite sports, get a dog that is bred to do it. And be committed to it or at the very least committed to making things very black and white to the dog and get with good trainers. It does not need to be a top of the line Ferrari dog. A novice or bad trainer can bring a high level dog down and a good or experienced trainer can bring a lower level dog up. But if you’ve never even been to a Schutzhund club or Monio Ring club and you’re rushing out to get a German Shepherd or Malinois or even a German Shorthair Pointer to compete with, you may be in over your head in a hurry.

Now, before I get hate mail, I have friends who have labradors, cattle dogs, and other “weird” breeds that do schutzhund and the like and have never had any issues that I know of. Or it’s helped them gain control of their aggressive dogs. It’s actually great for teaching control when done right.

 Go them. But most of them, sans the ones who needed a disciplined outlet for their aggressive dogs to make them less uncontrollably aggressive (which again yes, the bite sports can help with with some individuals), had the dogs before they chose the sport, and elected to learn to train that way. There is nothing wrong with that. But this long-ass post is more for the “I’m thinking of getting a German Short Hair Pointer/Alaskan Malamute/Saint Bernard, can I train it in IPO/PSA/ringsport/etc.” asks that people keep sending me. 

If it’s something you want to commit to, by all means, go ahead. But commit to it and find a good trainer who will work with you. It seems unfair to the dog to ask it to do something it does not have a natural desire to do.  

I’m sure I left something out in this that I’ll probably go into further later on, but again, this is just ramblings of someone on the internet.

powerstudier-deactivated2015062  asked:

can we have your stationary rec?

Of course! I’m fairly new to the study-aesthetic world but I already have some favorites! I decided to post the things I have been using as of late as these seem to me the best stationary (at least for the moment!)

Fair warnings: 1) I use my iPad for a lot of my in-class note-taking (so I don’t my notebooks a lot), 2) I am left-handed (therefore smudging is an issue for me) and 3) I’m a huge fan of Muji products! Please let me know if you would like to know anything else!


1. A pouch large enough to carry a good amount of stuff (but not too big as to encourage me to carry everything I have)
This one is a more or less old purchase from Hema.

2. “Heavy duty” pens
I’m a black-pen kind of girl. The ones I’ve been using lately are Sharpie Pen FineMuji’s gel-ink ballpen (0.5mm), and Sakura Pigma Micron Pen (05).

3. Pencil & eraser
I’m not one to use pencils a lot. I’ve had this Pentel Sharp Drafting Pencil (0.5mm) for 10 years now and it’s still going strong! My eraser is from Muji (and it has seen better days).

4. High/mildliners
I’ve fallen in love with Zebra Mildliners. I still use a normal, yellow highlighter from Muji for some things, though.

Paper goods:

1. Graph ruled paper for drafts and personal notes for papers
I like using graph ruled sheets because I like how I can organize the content on the sheet. These are from Staples but I don’t have a preference here.

2. Tab stickers/page markers (kept in a small tin)
I bought these cute Owl and Cat tabs but I haven’t used them yet. The rectangular ones are also from Staples and I got them because I needed some and they were cheaper than other brands.

3. Full adhesive notes
These are the only ones that stick to my computer and I like using them for keeping track of deadlines to come.

4. Colored paper clips (kept in a mini-Mason jar from a Bath & Body Works candle)
These are pretty old and they have survived my moving!

5. See-through tab stickers
These are really old and I don’t remember their brand. I use them as I would regular paper page markers.

6. Assorted Post-Its
These came in two multi-sized packs, from the Bora Bora and the Rio de Janeiro collections.

7. Notebooks
I’m using a A5 double ring notebook (with plain sheets) - which is easy to carry around in a small bag but has enough room for notetaking. For quicker notes, I use small, passport-sized notebooks (I particularly like this one to take notes on literature books, as I can fit it inside the book in question).

Colored pens:

1. Muji
I have other Muji gel-ink ballpens (0.5mm) than the ones pictured here, but I couldn’t find them (ops). Their blues and purples are amazing.

2. Staedtler
I haven’t done extensive use of my Staedtler Triplus Fineliner yet but to me they feel a lot more comfortable than Stabilo fineliners. I also love the variety of colors.

3. Marvy Le Pen
I have just recently bought these Marvy Le Pen Fine Point pens. They are extremely thin and I don’t know if I would be able to write longer texts with them, but they feel amazing against the page and, again, great variety of colors.