WDR Spotlight with Katie Beaver – Canine Ethology and Behavior (Parts 1 and 2)

These shows aired on February 28, 2017 and March 21,2017 at 9:00 P.M. EST  Listen to both shows in their entirety!

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  Katie has been working at All American Dog, Training, Grooming & More in Burleson, Texas for just over two years. Katie is currently accumulating enough hours to qualify for taking the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) Knowledge Assessed test, which is a standardized test that proves those who pass have a strong foundation of knowledge and skills in science-based dog training.  Kat Wolfdancer and Christa Ward are going to discuss a few of these methods after the interview, including personal experiences they have had in these similar circumstances.   

 

 

Wolfdog Radio Presents: An Evening with Natalie Lagstrom – Founder of W.O.L.F and owner of Watermill Wolves

Original air date:  April 25, 2017 at 9:00 P.M. (EST)

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On this episode of Wolfdog Radio we would like to welcome Natalie Lagstrom from the UK!   Natalie is the  Founder of WOLF and the owner of Watermill Wolves. She has some fascinating goals for her businesses and outreach programs and we are delighted to have you share the evening with us as she shares them!

Natalie Lagstrom  is a degree/masters behaviourist & head of Naturally Pets, Watermill Wolves acting trainer and co-founder of World of Lupines Federation, (W.O.L.F.), working now as a remedial behaviour therapist & dog trainer,  giving lectures on natural canine behaviour & animal acting /ambassador work with her 5 wolfies of various contents.

 

Courtesy of Watermill Wolves

From the Watermill Wolves Website (Watermill Wolves):  “The famous Watermill Wolves family have featured in tv series such as Penny Dreadful and Vikings, also magazines such as Vogue and Marie Claire, starring alongside a range of famous names including Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Kate Moss, Bill Bailey, Travis Fimmel and Bear Grylls. They have also made popular appearances in music videos for Patrick Wolf and Kyla la Grange, as well as appearing in promotions for Wolverhampton Wanderers, the UK release of Twilight, Game of Thrones, Jungle Book and Kopparberg.” 

 

 

World of Lupines Federation:   W.O.L.F. is committed to educating the public about lupine dog breeds, dispelling the myths and the mystery to ensure theres a safe place for them in the modern world. We want to ensure new and potential owners receive the best knowledge to help them make the right choices  not only which breed is right for them, but which breeders they should choose and support  and also help them make lifestyle and training choices to ensure their lupines lead happy, healthy and safe lives. The goal of the Lupine Dog is to re-create the health and vitality of the naturally evolved canine, removing all symptoms of physical extremism, but with a more developed social canine nature. They should possess a natural, wolf-like appearance, poise and ease of movement  however unlike a wolf they are behaviourally adapted to a domestic living environment.       

 

 

For more information click on the following titles: 

Naturally Pets

Watermill Wolves

World of Lupines Federation

 

Episode 1 – Phenotyping with Kim Miles – December 5, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. EST

Join Wolfdog Radio for a replay of our first and one of our favorite episodes that is definitely worth hearing again!   Listen to Ms. Miles describe the “Constellation of Findings” that makes up our Wolfdogs!

 

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Here is a phenotype breakdown (via several pictures [even more then what’s posted here] and 2 videos) done by Kim Miles.

This is an incredible phenotyping example. However, after she finished her pheno on Wilber, Kim was told what Wilbur was on paper (74% F3) and she stated that not all phenotypes will be quite as good as Wilbur’s, but can come pretty close. But she was spot on with Wilbur!

BREAKDOWN:

Height: 30” & Weight: ~85 lbs.
Birth: 10 April 2012.

Head/Skull: Nice wedge-shaped head, indicating wolf. However, cheekbones are a bit more prominent than a wolf, indicating dog inheritance. Dome of the skull is a bit broad, broader than a wolf, in relation to the rest of the skull. This indicates dog inheritance.

Eyes: Does not have the orbital angle of a wolf, indicating dog inheritance. Color is nice. (Black eyeliner thing that people say today is not something I take into consideration or even mention as it’s largely irrelevant when looking at the animal holistically; so many other things are so much more important, in particular the orbital angle, which is dictated by skull shape.)

Ears: Ears are nice and pretty well-furred in winter, indicating wolf inheritance. They appear to be neither too large nor too small in relation to the size of the skull. However, they appear to be offset (in placement) a bit more than would be consistent with a wolf, indicating dog inheritance.

Stop: Minimal stop, consistent with wolf inheritance. You can see the minimal orbital angle in profile, (which again indicates that the skull is a bit broad from the eye area back to the sagittal crest).

Elbows: They appear to be tucked nicely under his chest (neither forward of chest nor to the side of chest), but are not as deeply tucked under as a wolf, indicating both wolf and dog inheritance.

Chest: Nice chest with fairly deep chest cavity, consistent with wolf.

Paws/Toes: Somewhat to fairly pronounced toes and larger feet, indicating wolf inheritance, but neither the toe height nor the foot size are consistent with wolf, indicating some dog inheritance as well. Nails appear to be uniformly black.

Tail: His tail is interesting. First, it appears to come off the rump a little higher than a wolf’s, indicating dog inheritance. In the video, he carried his tail more like a dog when he was bristling. In a wolf that was confidently running a fence line and bristling, the tail would typically have an S curve to a certain extent; it would rise high off the base, with a hump about the first third of the way down, and then dip down, and then come back up but the whole length of the tail would be angled back away from the body. In a less threatening position/demeanor the tail would be up but not curled over the back as much his was. So his tail positioning and the position as it exits the rump indicate some dog inheritance.

Tail length is nice—neither too long nor too short. (Some view the black tip on the tail as being the primary indicator of wolf; I don’t. I’ve seen HCs and wolves with white tipped tails, so people put way too much importance on the tip of the tail, IMO—kind of like the eyeliner thing.)

Pelage (Hairy, woolly, or furry coat of a mammal, distinguished from the underlying bare skin): His coat color is nice, indicating wolf inheritance, for the most part. There is something off about his coat color, specifically around his head, that indicates the dog inheritance. The way he sheds is consistent with a wolf and wd. His summer coat lacks some of the very long guard hairs that a wolf would retain during summer when they hit their scraggly bald looks, indicating his dog inheritance. Nice winter coat, but not as dense as typical wolf—however, if he lives in an area that doesn’t see the heavy colds of typical wolf environments (e.g., Miami), this also factors in. If the temperatures have dipped down into the 30s and 20s consistently over the winter, then his winter coat is influenced by dog inheritance.

Legs: Nice long legs in relation to his body. Neither too long nor too short. Nice cow hock rear legs, consistent with wolf inheritance. Leg shape is consistent with wolf (no pole or pillar shape, but nicely defined).

CONCLUSION:

I would say he is a very nice mid-content, likely on the upper end of mid. For me, the upper end of mid is in the upper 70% range to lower 80% range. I clarify this because it seems everyone has a different idea of what content and percentage should be (or even IF they should be). I think he is in the upper 70% range based upon his pictures and videos, to be specific. If his siblings phenotyped higher or lower, I’d shift his content up or down accordingly. That also will factor, just as parents would factor. This (for everyone here) is an example of a pheno that I’d do if I was asked by a court, AC, FWC, or just an individual.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:   NLA-National Lupine Association

Wolfdog Radio Presents: John Robb, DVM – Vaccines and Controversy

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Join Wolfdog Radio on Tuesday November 21, 2017 for an in-depth interview with Dr. John Robb by our Hosts, George Stapleton and Sky Phoenix.

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Courtesy of Prortectthepets.com:  “Dr. John Robb is a respected doctor of veterinary medicine from Connecticut. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Davis in 1981 and his DVM from that same institution in 1985. Dr. Robb began his practice at New Haven Central Veterinary Hospital. He purchased the New Fairfield Veterinary Hospital in 1988, renaming it the Robb Animal Care Center in 1997. It was at this practice that Dr. Robb first established Community Appreciation Days, when he offered free exams and vaccinations to people who could not ordinarily afford veterinary care.

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In 2007, Dr. Robb bought and ran Farmington Valley Emergency Hospital in Avon, Connecticut. There Dr. Robb treated every pet regardless of the owners financial situation. It was a 24-hour care facility for critically ill pets. Dr. Robb sold the 24-hour care facility in 2008 to BrightHeart Veterinary Company and bought a franchise from Banfield Pet Hospital. It was while at Banfield that Dr. Robb came up against the Veterinary Establishment represented by the Mars Candy Bar Company. Mars put profits first and pet lives second. In addition, Mars began an illegal process to dissolve franchise agreements and gain control of all 900 Banfield hospitals.

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Dr. Robb could not be bought or blackmailed. Mars terminated the franchise agreement at Dr. Robbs Banfield Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut, with no compensation. Mars threatened to report Dr. Robb to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine if he wouldnt go quietly. Dr. Robb told Mars that he, not Mars and not the Connecticut State Board, had the right to choose what volume of rabies vaccine he injected into a pet. From this beginning has come a worldwide movement to protect the pets by amending the rabies laws to honor the measuring of circulating antibodies: namely, a blood titer as the true indicator of immunity! Throughout his career Dr. Robb has held an unwavering commitment to pets over profits. He has experienced first-hand the toxic effect of the drive for productivity and profitability on animal care. His unwillingness to observe the unspoken rules among veterinarians that emphasize protecting the vet over protecting the pet has earned him the love and respect of pet owners. While some in the industry want to silence him, he has become a voice and a leader for the many animal care professionals who want to live their passion and provide the very best in care to our animal companions.  Read more about Dr. Robb at www.protectthepets.com.

For your veterinarians:   http://www.protectthepets.com/uploads/1/0/8/0/108023613/for_your_veterinarianksdl_detailed_instructions.pdf

THE SCIENCE (PLEASE READ THESE PAPERS!!)

DOSAAGES ARE LINEAR BY WEIGHT FOR VACCINES

 DOSAGE CHART

Risk factors for inadequate antibody response to primary rabies vaccination in dogs under one year of age

Adverse Events Diagnosed Within Three Days

Read more about the science behind Dr. Robb’s stand…

Wolfdog Radio Presents: Dr. Ian Dunbar – New Internet Beginnings – October 24, 2017 – 9:00 PM

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Enter the “Help Me Dr. Dunbar” contest by liking this page and entering in the “leave a reply” section at the bottom of this page – “HELP ME DR. DUNBAR!” for your chance to win a 1-year subscription to the                    “All-Access Dr. Dunbar Pass.”  

Dr. Ian Dunbar returns to Wolfdog Radio.   Host George Stapleton explores the new avenues Dr. Dunbar – AND his family are taking.  Dr. Dunbar is one of the world’s most respected experts (and a favorite of Wolfdog Radio) on dog training and behavior. He received his veterinary degree and a Special Honors degree in Physiology & Biochemistry from the Royal Veterinary College (London University) plus a doctorate in animal behavior from the Psychology Department at UC Berkeley, where he researched the development of social hierarchies and aggression in domestic dogs.

 

In 1982, Dr. Dunbar designed and taught the world’s very first off-leash puppy socialization and training classes — SIRIUS Puppy Training! 

For more information please go to https://www.dunbaracademy.com/courses/.   There is something here for Everyone!  

 

He has authored numerous books and DVDs about puppy/dog behavior and training, including

AFTER You Get Your Puppy, How To Teach A New Dog Old Tricks and the SIRIUS Puppy Training video.

 

 

 

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Wolfdog Radio is giving away a 1-year subscription to Dr. Dunbar’s “All-Access Dr. Dunbar Pass.”  Participants in this contest need to “like” this page and post in the “leave a reply” section at the bottom of this page:   “Help Me Dr. Dunbar!”  Contest will run until October 26, 2017 at 9:00PM EST– The winner will be chosen randomly by our Host George Stapleton.   One entry per person,  Good luck!!!!!!

 

Episode 11 – Community Stories: My New Wolfdog Puppy April 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM

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Wolfdog Radio: Your Voice, Your Time will sit down with special guest Kat Wolfdancer to discuss life with wolfdog puppies! Members of the Wolfdog Community will join us around the table to ask questions, share their experiences, offer advice, or simply just vent!

Raising a wolfdog puppy can be a highly rewarding experience, but it can also be a challenge, especially during that crucial first year of development. It’s very easy to become overwhelmed. Sometimes this can leave your head spinning, and your days filled with frustration and concern that you’re not applying the “correct” methods and therefore jeopardizing the bond with your animal. Do not feel alone, we ALL go through this!! From the beginning to the ending stages of puppyhood, wolfdog owners experience a variety of challenges.

​​Sharon Green will also join us for a special interview to share her training methods, struggles, and stories while raising her two wolfdogs, Shango (high content) and Neeka (low content). Sharon will also stick around for the remainder of the show and offer her advice along with Kat!

No matter the content of our pups, there seems to be general consensus across the community that most, if not all, wolfdog owners go through similar challenges. Some of these include: resource guarding; rough play; mouthing/biting; socialization; car sickness; exposure to novel stimuli; and choosing the correct diet. We want to explore these topics and the various methods used to deter such unwanted behaviors. It’s important that we all have the opportunity to learn from one another.

 

What works for one, may not work for another. It’s always best to have a bunch of different tools to choose from.”