The Bark Stops Here

Here's where I'll post odds and ends of interest: Upcoming local events, health bulletins and announcements. Periodically, I will post an original article addressing dog training and behavior. In addition, please visit the Southport Veterinary Center Blog page by clicking here, where I am a guest author. So check back often to see "The Inside Poop".

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Book Review/Mention

Please visit the link below to read about Imp, The Imperfect Pup on Goodreads for the month of November by clicking here.

townvibe

Please visit the link below to read the article "No Bad Dogs" in the November-December 2012 issue of townvibe.

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"No Bad Dogs - Jody Rosengarten teaches fairfielders how to be better dog owners" by Robin H. Phillips

The Daily Westport

I will be writing a recurring column for The Daily Westport addressing various dog behavior problems as well as answering questions from pet owners. Please visit my column at The Daily Westport by clicking here.

Radio Show

I am a sit regular guest on the phone-in radio show, David Smith's Exchange, WICC 600AM. I will be live usually the first Monday of every month from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. You are welcome to call with questions at (203) 333-WICC (333-9422) or toll free at (800) 922-6060 or via the internet at www.WICC600.com. If you would like any additional information please email me by clicking here, and please be sure to include your contact information and email address.

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Anthropomorphization

(Posted January 1, 2018)

To anthropomorphize is to attribute human traits to non-humans (because we're so great). Though this is meant to be flattering, I see it differently.

As I mentioned in my first book, Rover, Don’t Roll Over, a client once said, "I love my dog, I just hate when she does doggy things". This reminded me of Henry Higgins asking, "Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?" A current client is eager to have her Papillion play with other dogs so long as there's "no chewing, sniffing or chasing". This would be funny but for her kicking any pup who solicits play at the dog park.

Now you'll never catch me using the word "just" when referring to a dog, but to anthropomorphize implies that there’s something wrong with a dog as is. Like the westerner admiring an Asian’s Anglicized features or the African’s processed hair, how narcissistic are we?

I just spoke to a man who opened the conversation saying, "Daisy is not a dog, she’s a person". This was repeated four times in five minutes. My "sounds like you don’t like dogs" slight was wasted on him.

Good luck!

Jody Rosengarten
The Bark Stops Here
(203) 372-BARK

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