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hamster riding dog

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hamster riding dog

I’m starting to try to train Honey and it’s so heartbreaking

doggydayjob:

golai:

doggydayjob:

golai:

She is so willing to please but “gives up” so easily — if she doesn’t know what I want she’ll get anxious and roll onto her back because her previous owner used to force her to accept belly rubs (like a softer version of an alpha roll). I’m trying so hard to treat for eye contact and completely ignore the scared behavior, but I’m afraid that if she looks at me nervously while rolling that I might accidentally reinforce the scared behavior. Ugh.

I don’t think you should worry too much about reinforcing nervous behaviour. You can’t reinforce fear, so there’s no worry you’ll make her more nervous by feeding her. You could reinforce the rolling over, but it would likely act as a form of reframing where you might teach Honey to offer rolling over because she enjoys it instead of because she’s frightened. Either way, it’s a pretty good deal for Honey.

If Honey is getting that frustrated, you might want to try cutting your training sessions much shorter. Even just capturing one instant of behaviour at a time is enough to increase the frequency of the behaviour. Taking training slowly is often the fastest way to make progress with a nervous dog.

Thanks for your input! Do you mind if I pick your brain a bit?

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Sure, I’m always up for some brain picking!

Sorry, I wasn’t being very clear with my first reply. When I mentioned “capturing one instant of behaviour,” I was referring to the training technique of “capturing.” Capturing is when you mark and reward a behaviour the dog just happens to be doing. It’s usually a training session of literally just one instant of behaviour with no repetitions. How this would look in real life may be: You walk into a room, your dog glances at you, you mark that behaviour (with a clicker or by saying “Yes!”) and toss her a treat. That would end the training session unless your dog glances back at you again.

Capturing is probably the least stressful method of training, because you’re just rewarding behaviours your dog is already doing. Eventually, those behaviours increase in frequency, so Honey will start looking at you whenever she wants something. When that happens, THEN you add a verbal cue to the behaviour Honey is already offering. (By adding a verbal cue, you’re just saying, “Hey, that thing you’ve been doing? It’s called, ‘watch me’,” or whatever.) You’re not asking your dog for anything, so that removes all the pressure from her, but you’re still building up behaviours you like. Capturing can take a bit longer to build up a behaviour than shaping or luring, but it’s a great way to build up a strong reinforcement history with a fearful dog. By removing the pressure from training, Honey should become more confident around you, and then you can introduce more shaping and luring into your training without her panicking. You can also capture different behaviours at the same time, so you may decide to reward Honey any time she sits or lays down on her own to encourage those behaviours. Once she has a few behaviours in her “vocabulary,” Honey should feel more comfortable offering behaviours in a training setting. It sounds like right now, rolling onto her back is her default behaviour, so she’s offering it whenever she’s unsure what to do. If you can build up a few other behaviours, that rolling behaviour should fade away on its own.

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lumeha:

Let me get this straight

If a woman is wary of men because of a past experience, it’s fine if she declares that she doesn’t trust men or hates them or any variation of this

But if a woman is wary of women because of a past experience, she has internalized misoginy when she declares that she doesn’t trust women or hates all women or any variation of this

I have a big problem with this

yeah it’s a troubling inconsistency :I

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disneysnewgroove:

Disney movies in order of historical setting

(Excludes most of the package films. Some films, eg The Lion King, are impossible to pin down exactly and some, like Aladdin and Treasure Planet, are anachronistic, so these are estimations. A few have been split into 2 if there is more than one time period in the movie, and sequels have been put together.)

handsomedogs:

Tipton - English Springer Spaniel

handsomedogs:

Tipton - English Springer Spaniel

so i lost 2 followers the other day

i can only assume it’s because i posted an un-tagged hookworm. my bad.

i don’t even know what to tag them as. they aren’t bugs. are they even worms? or are they microscopic thingies? waaaaah what do i call them?

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panicacidide:

Apparently it’s not socially acceptable for a man to invite another man out just for coffee or to go out for a meal, in case it’s perceived as a date. Like it’s fine if you wanna go to the pub and drink beer and have a chat but make it non-alcoholic and suddenly you’re not straight anymore? You can go to the cinema together but ONLY if it’s an action movie. You guys can’t even just go shopping with each other. Oh masculinity, so fragile, so strange. 

I’m a pretty masculine guy, and I think that male-male friendship is a beautiful thing.

Back in the 1800s and such it was much more acceptable for guys to have friendships that today would get labeled as bromances. It didn’t have a sexual connotation at all. Look at Ulysses S Grant and James Longstreet, for example. And for all that life in the 1860s had A LOT OF REALLY SERIOUS PROBLEMS (obviously,) I argue that friendships that were allowed to be openly celebrated was a beautiful thing.

We should bring that back. Because in today’s day and age, EVERYTHING is made about sex, even if it shouldn’t be. Two guys should be able to show their friendship for each other without it having to do with how masculine they are. If they’re straight? Fantastic. If they’re bi, or gay, or pan, or ace? Equally rad. Friendship is not inherently sexual, and that’s something we need to remind ourselves of. Friendship is a deep love, but not all love needs to be consummated by doing the nasty.

lierdumoa:

benwinstagram:

tru

So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.
One could conceivably argue that  any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.
However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:

We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.
All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:







Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:


I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women. 

I am not by ANY MEANS a Taylor Swift fan. Honestly, I can’t stand most of her music. But I agree so hard with this post, especially that last paragraph. That’s so spot on.Also, side note, the girl in the last gif has one of the most ‘light up a room’ smiles I’ve ever seen. She’s fantastic. :)

lierdumoa:

benwinstagram:

tru

So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.

One could conceivably argue that  any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.

However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:

We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.

All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:

Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:

I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women. 

I am not by ANY MEANS a Taylor Swift fan. Honestly, I can’t stand most of her music. But I agree so hard with this post, especially that last paragraph. That’s so spot on.

Also, side note, the girl in the last gif has one of the most ‘light up a room’ smiles I’ve ever seen. She’s fantastic. :)

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gaywrites:

Meet the faces of the “I’m Sorry” campaign, a group of Christians who go to Chicago’s pride celebrations every year to apologize for their past hateful actions against LGBT people. The group started in 2010 and has since moved to other cities across the world. This is what love looks like. (via the Advocate

i love this so much.
THIS is what true Christianity is - reaching out in the image of God’s love and compassionate mercy to the groups that have been hurt and wronged, to minorities, to those who are isolated or fearful, to everyone. Acting in LOVE and not hate. This is beautiful. 

destroyed-and-abandoned:

380 Flint Road. I just moved down the street from this burnt out house, and what strikes me the most are the flowers still in their pot at the front door, as if they are ignoring what happened to the house.

destroyed-and-abandoned:

380 Flint Road. I just moved down the street from this burnt out house, and what strikes me the most are the flowers still in their pot at the front door, as if they are ignoring what happened to the house.

dogsandpupsdaily:

- Australian Cattle Dog. Want more? Follow:http://dogsandpupsdaily.tumblr.com/

dogsandpupsdaily:

- Australian Cattle DogWant more? Follow:http://dogsandpupsdaily.tumblr.com/

otisthecorgi:

Otis just trying to catch a nap in his favorite sleepy chair, but some pesky squirrels keep taunting him.