Squirrel Awareness Month on October, 2023: How do you train your dog to walk off a leash?

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How do you train your dog to walk off a leash?

Forget it - you have the wrong attitude, the wrong wish.

The BEST trained dogs are the guide dogs - but you don't see THEM being allowed to wander loose near traffic.

The harness-&-handle on a guide dog serves 2 purposes:

#1: To let the human know when the dog is sloping up or down (a guide for travelling on stairs or in hilly terrain), and when it is changing speed or direction.

#2: To remind the dog that it is under command, not running free pleasing itself.

ADULT dogs have about as much fore-thought as a 2 years toddler does. I HOPE no-one in your family lets 2 year olds wander loose by the street! Your pup isn't even ¼ the age of an adult GSD.

Your pet should be ON-LEASH except when inside an area fenced or walled to keep it in and stray dogs & brats OUT. If it can reach, or be reached by, any vehicle, it is NOT in an off-leash area.

Among the proper things you should have done are:

• Got you pup at 7-to-9 weeks old.

• Immediately worked out how to make yourself so interesting that Pup WANTS to be with you so comes when you call and do those interesting-to-a-pup things.

• Been in a proper training club's weekly classes for about a year, starting when Pup is 18-22 weeks old - which happens to be RIGHT NOW! Only in a club will you have an EXPERIENCED instructor coaching you & giving you feedback to improve your awareness & techniques. And at the same time, Pup learns to pay attention regardless of what other dogs & people are doing.

Get into a class - Agility club or Companion-Utility Trials club or GSD club or Obedience Test club,

◙ Add to your browser's Bookmarks or Favorites so that you can easily look up such as rescue groups, feeding, vaccinations, worming, clubs, teething, neutering, size, diseases, genetics.

◙ To ask about GSDs, join some of the 400+ YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with them. Each group's Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Unlike YA, they are set up so that you can have an ongoing discussion with follow-up questions for clarification. Most allow you to include photos in your messages.

Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly:

"In GSDs" as of 1967

Why dogs are capable of taking care of human babies?

Why dogs are capable of taking care of human babies?

There is a nurturing instinct that is more powerful than the predatory instinct in most mammals.

Some scientists believe there is a visual trigger in the proportional size of the eyes and skulls compared to the size of the body of infants, regardless of species.

This nurturing instinct that disarms the predatory instinct is responsible for the phenomenon of the feral child. Human babies abandoned in the wild have been nurtured for months and even years by wolves, hyenas, monkeys, and dog packs. Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli is based on a real account. In the 1920s two girls in India were found raised by wolves. There was a russian girl who was raised by a dog pack in the late 1970s.

There are accounts of leopards protecting fawns, and zoo gorillas protecting children who fell into the compound. Weird stuff.


Edit: There is an annoying smugness in the human animal, as evidenced in the answers here. I highly suspect that it is due to the fairy tale belief that we naked monkeys go to a magic happy land when we die, and "dumb" animals do not. Aren't we special? Observation of animal behavior reveals a much more sophisticated sense of self, empathy, compassion, and awareness-beyond-self, than we are willing to give animals credit for.

Humans are just as hard-wired as any other animal to the "eat, procreate, protect the pack" mentality. There isn't much more than that to us. By the same token, this common hard-wired behavior is more sophisticated in animals than we admit. There is a video of a dog dragging another dog across four lanes of heavy traffic to try and save it. I have seen a squirrel fend off a circle of crows from it's road kill mate for more than an hour. I have seen countless cases of all types of mammals that stayed so near their road-killed mates that they too were killed.

Besides empathy, remorse, and mourning, I have also witnessed vindictiveness in animals, such as crows dropping objects on a human, long after the human was beyond the range of intrusion.

What to say for job application follow up?

What to say for job application follow up?

Based on how you thought you sounded, you should polish up your speech a bit. Here are four

questions to ask post interview these are from

“Is There Any Reason Why You Wouldn’t Hire Me?”

Kelsey Meyer, senior vice president of Digital Talent Agents in Columbia, Mo., says, “A recent candidate asked, ‘If you were to not offer the job to me, what would be the reason?’ This was extremely straightforward and a little blunt, but it allowed me to communicate any hesitations I had about the candidate before he left the interview, and he could address them right there.”

“This one question is something I would suggest every single candidate ask,” adds Meyer. It lets you know where you stand and if you need to clarify anything for the interviewer. “If you have the guts to ask it, I don’t think you’ll regret it,” she says.

Rachel Dotson, content manager for ZipRecruiter.com, says, “All too often you hear about candidates leaving an interview and thinking they aced it, only to get a swift rejection email soon after. Take the time while you’re face-to-face to ask about and dispel any doubts that the hiring manager has.” Make sure a key asset of yours hasn’t been overlooked.

“As an Employee, How Could I Exceed Your Expectations?”

Michael B. Junge, a staffing and recruiting industry leader with Irvine Technology Corp. in Santa Ana, Calif., and author of Purple Squirrel: Stand Out, Land Interviews, and Master the Modern Job Market, says that one of his favorite interview questions is when a candidate takes the lead and asks, “If I were offered this position and joined your company, how would you measure my success and what could I do to exceed your expectations?”

“The question shows confidence without being overly brash, while also demonstrating that you have an interest in delivering positive results,” Junge adds. What’s more, the answer you receive can reveal what the interviewer hopes to accomplish by making a new hire, and this information can help you determine whether to accept the position if you get an offer.

“How Could I Help Your Company Meet Its Goals?”

Dotson also suggests job candidates ask the interviewer, “How does this position fit in with the short- and long-term goals of the company?” The response to the short-term side of the question gives you further insight into your potential role and helps you tailor the remainder of the discussion and your interview follow-up, she says.

“Second, by bringing up long-term goals, you are telling the hiring manager that you’re there for the long-run, not just another new grad that is going to follow suit with her peers and job-hop every six months,” Dotson says.

Junge also recommends that interviewees ask, “What challenges have other new hires faced when starting in similar roles, and what could I do to put myself in a better position to succeed?” He says few students or new grads will ask this question because most haven’t witnessed failure.

To a hiring manager, this question demonstrates maturity and awareness, and if you’re hired, the answers can help you avoid the pitfalls of being new.

“What Excites You About Coming into Work?”

Murshed Chowdhury, CEO of Infusive Solutions, a specialized staffing firm in New York City, suggests that candidates ask the interviewer, “What excites you about coming into work every day?”

“This is a role reversal question that we often suggest candidates ask,” he says. People love the opportunity to talk about themselves, so this question provides an excellent chance to learn about the hiring manager and find ways to establish common ground.

“This is also a great opportunity for the candidate to determine whether he/she is excited by the same things that excite the hiring manager to see if the culture is a good fit,” Chowdhury adds.

Good Luck :)

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