In this issue  
Keep Your Dog Safe + Warm
Dog Training Dominance
APB Vet Affiliates
Success Story
Featured Furry Kids
Dog Of The Month
Who We Are
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  Dog Of The Month  
  TUCKER Tucker is about a year old, weighs 24 lbs and is a little skittish from his adventures, but he warms up quickly if you sit down and let him get used to you. He wants to be up on your lap and is ready for lovin'. He is still working on his house training, but coming along. He is crate trained, not food aggressive and loves toys of all kinds… especially nylabones! These chew toys keep him busy and out of trouble.

Tucker should be crated while you are not home because he is a smart busy boy who can get himself into trouble. He loves to play with other dogs and is very respectful of cats and kids. Tucker needs a secure way of being let out to go potty. He most likely wouldn't do well on a tie out because of his fear. He either needs a home where he can be walked on a leash every time or a fenced in back yard. Click here to ask about me!
  Who We Are  

The Animal Placement Bureau is a volunteer foster care network with no paid staff and no sheltering facility. All of the dogs in our care live with our volunteers and become as much a part of their family as their own dogs.

P. O. Box 80146
Lansing, MI 48908

Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe + Warm This Winter
1211_safe_warm   Whether your dog is big or little, indoors or outdoors, please remember that your furry friends needs a little extra TLC in the cold winter months.
  1. Water. Active dogs need as much water, or even more, in the winter than they do in the summer. Make sure that outside water supplies do not freeze. De-icers are available from pet supply catalogs, and run from $15.00 to $40.00.
  2. Antifreeze. Keep your pet away from antifreeze. Poisoning takes only a couple of licks. Antifreeze may lurk in your garage on your driveway.
  3. Road Salt. Keep your pet away from road salt. This chemical compound can cause painful burns to an animal's feet, tongue, and mouth. Wash it off immediately. Long-haired dogs can track in the chemicals on their body hair.
  4. Snow. Don't let your dog wander away in the snow. Scent, sound, and landmarks may become confusing, making it quite easy for dogs to become lost.
  5. Winter Diet. Check with your veterinarian about your pet's diet. Active dogs and outdoor dogs may require a more calorie-dense food to help them fight the elements.
  6. Mosquitos. In many places, mosquitoes are present even in the winter. Be sure to continue your pet's heartworm medicine if he or she is already on it, and if not, have your pet tested.
  7. Warmth. Dog sweaters are great for keeping long hair clean, dry, and away of chemicals. Also, keep beds and crates in a warm, draft-free area of the house. Avoid frostbite by limiting outside playtime. Remove snow and ice immediately from your pet's paws, nose and body. If skin is red and dry, apply an emollient to soothe it. If skin is white, cold and painful to the touch, contact your veterinarian immediately. Frostbitten areas require slow thawing by frequently applying warm, moist towels.

Reconsidering the Dominance Model in Dog Training
0112_obedience   History of the Hierarchy
A linear hierarchy, where the social structure revolves around priority access to resources, was first described in chickens, resulting in the term “pecking order.” In the 30’s and 40’s a couple of short-term studies of wolf packs were performed and these referred to conflict resolution between members in terms of dominance. One animal was presumed to physically roll another over and pin him or her on the ground to assert rank.

What was not known at that time is that appeasement gestures, which inhibit or cut-off aggression in another animal, are willingly offered by the subordinate animal, not forced by the superior. There is not one documented case of a wolf (or a dog) rolling over or pinning another animal on the ground. Nor is there one case of a mother wolf or dog “scruff-shaking” puppies.

In spite of the flimsy evidence, the concept of dominance was very catchy and trickled down over the years into the dog training culture. Scores of books and methods sprung up that admonished owners to be “leader of the pack” and warned of the misbehavior that would ensue if the dog was allowed to assume the “alpha” position.

The one long-term study on dogs found their social organization to be much more subtle. However, the dominance concept continued to spread. Training methods that relied heavily on aversives such as pain and startle, to motivate the dog used dominance rhetoric to justify the harsh techniques – one needed to put the dog “in his place.”

Think Leverage, Not Dominance
In the last ten years or so, training methods have begun to be more strongly influenced by animal learning theory – operant and Pavlovian conditioning – with a resulting move toward fewer and fewer aversives. The increased and more sophisticated use of rewards allowed trainers and counselors to solve problems and install obedience more efficiently than before and without confrontations of any sort.

A more useful way to think about modifying dog behavior is in terms of leverage, rather than dominance. Paying attention to and taking control of what the dog wants – attention, walks, food, access to the yard, access to other dogs and smells on the ground, door opening services, play etc. – and providing them for desired rather than undesired behavior, will achieve a well-trained dog as well as positive associations with both the training process and trainer.

APB Veterinary Affiliates
0112_vet   APB is privileged to have a number of vets who work with us, and with our dogs. If you're looking for veterinary care, please check them out!

Miller Animal Clinic
6515 W. Saginaw
Lansing, MI 48917


Haslett Animal Hospital

5686 Marsh Rd.
Haslett, MI 48840


Mapleview Animal Hospital PC

185 Panther Dr.
Holland, MI 49424


Pennsylvania Veterinary Care

5438 S. Pennsylvania
Lansing, MI 48911


Willoughby Pet Clinic

4685 Willoughby
Holt, MI 48842


Cardiology Dept., Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824


Riverfront Animal Hospital

721 N. Larch
Lansing, MI 48906


Dansville Veterinary Hospital
1690 E. Dansville Rd.
Dansville, MI 48819


Southkent Veterinary Hospital

2593 84th St. SW
Byron Center, MI 49315


Southkent Veterinary Hospital

9030 N. Rodgers Ct. SE
Caledonia, MI 49316


Ark Animal Hospital

2691 North 120th Ave.
Holland, MI  49424


Parkway Small Animal & Exotic Hospital
39321 Garfield Rd.
Clinton Twp., MI 48038
Success Story Of The Month
0112_SS_Kinja_Brady   Name: Kinja + Brady
Adopted: 2009 + 2011
Family: The Gedris Family

We adopted our first dog from APB in January of 2009 after losing our first beloved dog, Mango, on New Years Day. We were devastated at losing Mango. He was the only dog our young children had ever known and we considered him to be our first baby since we got him at only 7 weeks and before we started a family.

Mango had been adopted from the Humane Society 13 years earlier and we are strong believers in adoption and rescue so we searched the internet for no-kill shelters. We found a little boy by the name of "Neugent" on the APB website and we fell in love! He was a brindled puppy and resembled our Mango. His wonderful foster mom brought him to our house for a home visit. My husband and I tried to be responsible adults and tell the kids we needed to think about it, but by the next morning, we were on the road to Lansing to pick up our new puppy. We named him "Kinja" (short for King George). He is now 3 years old and the love of our lives. He passed obedience training with flying colors and he is so gentle with our children and all of their friends. He's a popular guy!

A month ago, we were contacted by our foster mom as she knew we were looking for a second dog. She had rescued a partial litter of puppies who were going to be turned loose in the woods. We brought Kinja up to meet the litter and he helped us pick out our newest addition, "Brady." It's only been three weeks, but Brady has stolen our hearts! He has a sweet disposition and we know he is going to be just as awesome as Kinja.

The great part about adopting through APB is that you are in contact with a foster who knows the personality of the dogs and they can help you find a good fit. Our foster mom is truly incredible. She knows our family and she knew that this puppy would be just as good for us as we are for him.

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