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Re: “Takeout, Maybe?

I find it weird for an editor to defend a reviewer -- twice. It undercuts the notion that she is experienced -- if so, why can't she stand up for herself or deign not to dignify the comments with a response -- or else it's just patronizing. Either way, it's off key.

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Posted by Edie on 06/15/2011 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Southside Showdown

When is a vet not a vet? When he has had his license suspended. So let me get this right: This sleazeball is not only violating federal law and ignoring the results of an election but is practicing medicine without a license? Maybe the Feds will arrest him. Clearly no one is doing anything to stop him here.

Thanks for another excellent expose about the abuses at Tucson Greyhound Park, Tim.

Posted by Edie on 11/24/2010 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Canine Common Sense

First, as the author of Am I Boring My Dog, I'm really grateful for this thoughtful review. Of course, Tim Vanderpool is a great defender of animals -- his investigative work on the greyhound track is especially outstanding -- so it's no surprise that he really "got" my book.

I just wanted to emphasize that the methods that Millan uses are not only dangerous, but are often ineffective in the long run. And they are definitely not conducive to fostering good relationships -- based on communication, not force -- between dog and owner. For example, Kane, the Great Dane that's "cured" of his linoleum phobia in the example cited above. The technique Millan uses is called "flooding" by animal behaviorists; it's similar to putting arachnophobes into a room full of spiders. Professional trainers who look at the film of the episode note that, rather than being calmed, Kane has shut down, the canine equivalent of catatonia. There are other methods that are far less harmful (desensitizing, for example) to cure dogs of their phobias. Millan shouldn't get credit for using outdated methods -- based, incidentally, on outdated wolf pack studies -- to get results that look good on TV but are actually traumatic.

Posted by Edie on 12/09/2009 at 12:24 PM

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