Getting “Down & Dirty” with Your Dog
DOG TALK (And Kitties Too!) (08-26-2017) #539: Dr Michael Moyer talks about the “terrible paradox” that used to exist in training veterinary students to practice spay/neuter surgical techniques. To avoid taking dogs from shelters and practicing on them and then allowing them to die after surgery, “purpose bred” lab beagles were shipped in wholesale orders for vet students to practice the skills for surgical sterilization –– and allowed the dogs to die on the table. All veterinary colleges used to employ this “terminal surgical model,” while many (but not all) vet schools have evolved into a humane model where vet students go to shelters for their surgical spay/neuter training, allowing dogs to live and be adopted; Gary McDaniel talks about this book THE DOG’S GUIDE TO HAPPINESS: SEVEN SECRETS FOR A BETTER LIFE FROM MAN’S BEST FRIEND; Marc Bekoff’s article “Get Down and Dirty With Your Dog: Bow, Hug, and Tug (Playing with your dog is a great way to maintain a special bond on their terms)” for Psychology Today, suggests you “get down and dirty and rough-house, hug and play tug of war” with your dog (on the dogs terms, if she enjoys it), which should not be confused with dominance or alpha issues.