Food for Thought

Friday, May 22, 2009

Hmmmm. Some thought provoking statements in this article although alot goes against good sound science, I have to admit I do agree with much of what is written.

Check out this article  http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2009226383_dogs16.html

“Dogs are thinking animals,” Bekoff said. “They seek the outcomes they want. They avoid the ones they don’t. They solve problems. They have expectations. They have hopes.”  This is just shaping isn’t it? Reinforcement really does build behaviour!

Enjoy your day, we here in Alberton are having a blast with Susan Salo. Sorry but the weave pole webinar I am working on is looking like it may be a two parter. Stay tuned, will launch them, but likely not until next week.  Trust me it will be worth the wait!

Today I am grateful for some nice weather while Susan Salo is here to share her jumping magic!



  1. What about the work of Temple Grandin, who studies how animals think and feel.

    • Hey Trudie

      Thanks for sharing! Being a big fan of cows I am also a huge fan of the work that Temple Grandin had done. However I hadn’t seen this clip, it was awesome!

      • Well, you and I seem to be the only ones who think so, although I bet there’s a lot of cow fans (cow fans?!) out there…! What prompted me to look up this clip, though, was your post “Rehearsing Success” – THAT was awesome!

  2. Susan, I’m confused. Are you saying that Marc Bekoff’s work is not good sound science? Hardly. He has impeccable credentials as a scientist. Science is an area of inquiry that is not static, much like your training. We scientists always continue to seek the best knowledge, the most accurate representation of the universe. Bekoff is a leader in the field of cognitive ethology, a respectable area of science that is making great strides in our understanding of non-human and human cognition.

    What Bekoff has to say does not contradict good, sound science. Rather, it IS good sound science. And, I’m glad that you agree with it!

    Regards, Cathy Toft (prof at the University of California, Davis)

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