Dog training, the Shedd Aquarium way

I saw a story this weekend on NBC Nightly News that highlights positive dog training in new way: training shelter dogs at Shedd Aquarium using the same techniques used on dolphins.I noticed the similarities between dog training and sea lion training last summer when I was at our local zoo; the trainers used clickers and rewards to teach sea lions tricks and new behaviors. I know a lot of dog owners who scoff at trainers who preach humane treatments and eschew the choke, prong and shock c … [Read more...]

Cat and dolphins playing (video)

This video is "an oldie but goodie," as my cat-crazy friend Beth Adams Pitoniak said when someone shared it on her Facebook wall. And I saw it and and decided to share it, too!I was at Theater of the Sea once a very long time ago; I love dolphin shows. But this is even better than any tricks a dolphin can perform. Just goes to show that God's creatures have a lot to teach us about getting along, despite our differences!Watch more cute animal videos! … [Read more...]

Dozens of dolphins strand along the coast in Cape Cod, MA (photos)

Two rescued common dolphins are kept warm with blankets in an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) rescue vehicle before being released back into Cape Cod Bay at Scusset Beach, Sagamore, MA 1/14/2012. (Photo used with permission; © IFAW/J. Cumes)

No matter how many scientific advances we make and how much knowledge we amass, there will always be stories that remind us that we still have so much more to learn about creation.Case in point: the annual stranding of dolphins along the coast of Cape Cod. Along with Australia and New Zealand, Cape Cod is on the of the top three stranding sites in the world for these ocean mammals.For reasons not even the best scientists can explain, mass strandings of multiple marine mammals often occur … [Read more...]


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