Category Archives: Animals

Learning Theory and Facebook Likes

As I study veterinary behaviour and study how animals learn I see evidence of learning theory in action all the time. Just take Facebook for example. For a behaviour to continue it needs reinforcement. For users of Facebook this is … Continue reading

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Susan Friedman on Behaviour

I am forced to get off the comfy king sized bed – the urge to write overrides the laziness I feel when faced with the chore of getting on my wheelchair to go to my bag and dig out the … Continue reading

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Letting the day slip away…

There is guilt of course. There is a lime green file. It is full of pages of neurology and psychopharmacology. It is mind bogglingly hard to fathom. When it starts to grind down to the DNA in the cell and … Continue reading

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Doggy Dementia

Just the other day I euthanised a pooch whose owner described him as having doggy dementia. She came in with him clutched to her. He was a sixteen-year-old little white fluffy who spent his days wandering the house, soiling himself … Continue reading

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Thinking about Spencer

Thinking about Spencer.   I am not supposed to be doing this. I am supposed to be studying. But somehow the picture that his owner, Janet, gave me as a thank you for my assistance in his leaving this world, … Continue reading

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Learning…

So I am three days into the reading of Module 1. I am freaked out by the mention of the Drosophila fly in a paper on Behavioural Genetics. I had hoped to go to my grave never seeing that word … Continue reading

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Empty Nest

  The Robinia is still recovering from the storm. The edges of its fragile leaves are brown and bruised. It is not how it usually looks in summer. It is autumnal, bedraggled. The Willy Wag tail nest is still there. … Continue reading

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Behaviour in Bankstown

I am attending the Association of Pet Dog Trainers in Bankstown, Sydney. It is an annual conference where all the dog-lover types get together. There are trainers and breeders, animal shelter and rescue workers. There are people who work with … Continue reading

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What will you be when you grow up?

I am contemplating this. I am still finding my own path. It seems I want to be many things. Story-teller, for one. Of course there are some dreams that I must simply accept are out of my reach. I don’t … Continue reading

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Interspecies Love

I love my dog. Really. But I ask a lot of him for his species. We unfairly expect dogs to understand our intentions when our method of communicating is so different from theirs. I ask that he accept my adoring … Continue reading

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