Today is the birthday of Hans Geiger, born in 1882, he is famous for his invention of the Geiger counter, but also for the Geiger-Marsden experiment which led to the discovery of the atomic nucleus. He died in 1945 at age 63.
Monthly Archives: September 2015
I have been talking about getting a new puppy. You might be ready to get your first dog, but you may have already had the experience of new puppies. When selecting a puppy from the litter, you will probably be seeing them well before you can take it home. In Pennsylvania, a puppy must be at least 8 weeks old when you take it from it’s mother. I think it should be like that everywhere. If it isn’t, wait until the puppy is 8 weeks old anyhow. Be sure the breeder puts a color coded collar on the dog so you can identify it and take the right one home. That 8 week time frame is just about perfect for separation from the mother. Anytime sooner can not do any good for the new puppies security and bonding with you. If you wait too long, it becomes harder to establish that bond. I would suggest a time frame between 8 to 10 weeks. This is not to say, you shouldn’t consider a puppy or an adult dog if it is older than that, it is just that 8 to 10 weeks is the ideal. As long as you treat the dog with love and respect when you bring it home, it should be okay. Never lose the dogs trust, do not tease it, do not hit it or hurt it. In the dog training world we do not believe in negative reinforcement such as hitting, kicking, yelling, putting it’s nose in its pee, etc. Training must be all positive or don’t get a dog.
Today is the birthday of Enrico Fermi, born in 1901, he opened the atomic age by working out the mathematics of the neutron. He immigrated to the United States from Italy during the Hitler years and built the first atomic reactor. When he received the Nobel Prize, he wouldn’t wear the fascist uniform or give the salute. He discovered that thermal neutrons, those that are slowed down are more effective in a controlled chain reaction. He died of cancer at age 53.
From the very first moment that you pick out a new puppy, touching is important, very important. This is what will form a strong bond between you and that dog. Even if the puppy is not ready to go home with you, if you have selected your new partner, spend some time just holding it. let it lick your fingers and gnaw on them (those puppy teeth are sharp, I know). This is what puppies do with their litter mates and their mother, they lick and mouth them. Touch the puppy all over, not only to palpate for bumps or problems but so the dog gets used to your gentle touch. NO TEASING, ever. Do not tease the dog, playing with it and teasing it are two different things. Things like tickling it on the ear or tail, etc., that is a no no.
Today is the birthday Ferdinand Moissan, born in 1852, he received the 1906 Nobel Prize in chemistry for isolating fluorine from its compounds. This is the element used in toothpastes, some places put it in drinking water to prevent tooth decay and it is used in Teflon just to name a few uses.
After talking with a friend who asked why I stopped posting on my blog, my response was I thought people were losing interest. He told me he read them everyday, so I decided to start it up again. If you have specific questions about getting a new puppy, rescuing a dog, training or general care, please post your question and I will try to help you. If I don’t know the answer, I have a lot of friends who are dog people that could probably help. We all learn from each other so please feel free to post your own tips. Here is today’s tip, let’s start with getting a new puppy. Make sure you are ready for a dog, they require a lot of care and are a lifetime commitment. Be sure your yard is big enough for the breed you choose and you have a place to keep it. I hate to see dogs chained up. Learn about raising the puppy well before you bring it home, so you can get started with potty training, crate training and other good manners early. For the next month I will focus on the new puppy.
I will be starting up my daily dog tips again on Monday. I will also be posting my science birthdays. I took a break for a few months because I thought there was a lack of interest, but lately I have been running into people wondering why I stopped posting. With that, I decided to start it up again. Rich