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Dog grooming is a must!

Bath your furry friend with special dog shampoo as often as needed. Not only will it keep your dog smelling nice and keep its skin clean, but it will also prevent your canine from too much licking and scratching, causing hairless patches or sore spots. Be sure to brush your dog before each bath in order to get all of the mats and tangles out of its coat. It is recommended to get your dog professionally groomed from head-to-tail every 4 to 8 weeks, not only to keep him or her clean and healthy, but also to keep nasty fleas and ticks out of the fur.

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Horse Clicker Training

Discover Horse Clicker Training

Clicker training which originally came from the scientific term operant conditioning, is a slang name. It was originally used to train aquatic mammals, has continuously becoming more distinguished in training horses with its positive reinforcement.

Horse Clicker TrainingPositive reinforcement is given when the action that the trainer wants the animal to repeat is done properly. The concept of operant conditioning in psychology is where an animal learns a particular behavior or a task where reward is given for accomplished action. However, for the undesirable behavior or actions done by the animal aren’t rewarded and ignored. Therefore by giving rewards for getting things right make these horses more excited and fast in their learning.

Clicker training is a great tool to embrace other training methods. All you need to be started is a clicker, some treats, and a container for the rewards. Once you have got them, your horse is now on its way to obedience. There are no set rules to pursue when using the clicker training but the following will guide you to use this method to your advantage.

Condition it with the sound of the ‘click.’

Your horse has to know that the sound ‘click’ means a reward is coming. First try to click your clicker for a few times and reward it with a treat every time it hears the sound. After about 10-15 minutes, you must repeat the sequence of clicking followed by treating. Some horses may need more sessions, but there are horses that easily get accustomed to the clicker training after three sequences.

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Animal Care and Diseases

A condition which influences an animal’s health and ability to function is called a disease. Indeed, like humans, animals can become sick and may require surgery at an animal hospital, proper medication prescribed by a veterinarian, and lots of care at home to get better.

Pet owners love their companions and when the animals happen to get sick, they worry. When initial small behavioral changes were treated with simple, over the counter medication it may have brought relief to the animal, but if the symptoms keep persisting or get worse, it is best to book an appointment with the local veterinarian.

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Apes

Computer Simulation Indicate Grandmothers Extend Humans Longevity and Could Increase Ape Lifespan

ApesThe “grandmother hypothesis” has received mathematical support from a recent study involving computer simulation. This renowned theory postulates that human developed longer lifespan as adults than apes due to grandmothers helping in the feeding of their grandchildren. The theory was first advanced in 1997 by university of Utah anthropologists Kristen Hawkes and James O’Connell, together with Nicholas Blurton Jones, an anthropologist at UCLA.

Kristen Hawkes, a prominent anthropology professor at Utah University conducted this recent study together with Peter Kim, a mathematical biologist and former postdoctoral researcher at the same university currently based in university of Sydney and James Coxworth, an anthropology doctoral student at the University of Utah. The study was financed by the Australia’s Research Council and National Science Foundation.

The computer simulation shows that animals with lifespan similar to Chimpanzees evolve to acquire human lifespan in less than 60,000 years with a little “grandmothering”. While human females live for a number of decades after child bearing, female chimpanzees hardly ever live past their child-bearing years, which are normally their 30’s and at times their 40’s. This simulation did not consider assumptions about the human brain size. Continue Reading

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Elephant

The sound of the elephants

ElephantThe elephants’ sound is much like singing, not purring, when they rumble at friends and foes. This sound is heard for many kilometers away. Though humans can’t hear it, their infrasonic elements are very much alike to a cat’s purring. Scientists measured the sound of a dead elephant and they figured out that it might be bigger, similar to someone singing or speaking.

Cats are purring when their muscles contract very quickly. There were speculations that some of the elephant’s muscles, when contracted, give birth to a a very low infrasound. One scientist from the University of Vienna, Christian Herbst, said that an elephant could make these kind of rumbles, just exhaling air. His conclusion is that the purring premise is not quite true. He tries to study the lowest song of the elephants on the 3rd of August for the interest of science. Continue Reading

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Spider studies

Adanson jumping spider

Jumping spiders falls under the category of invertebrates. For many years scientist was really amazed as how spiders manage a sophisticated nervous system with their hunting behavior. A detailed research was done on Adanson
jumping spiders who fall in the category of eight eyed spiders. Four eyes are present of the face of the spider and have the sharpest vision. The jumping spiders have four distinct layers of light sensitive at the back of the eyes but the uses of these four light sensitive tissues had not been found so far. It is found that if any object falls on the base layer that object cannot be seen on the next layer up and the object becomes blurrier. Continue Reading

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Why Dolphins Wear Sponges?

It may be one of the strangest things you’ve ever seen: a dolphin swimming through the waters of the ocean with a sponge fitted over its beak. What in the world? The intelligent marine dwellers have found a way to protect their faces as they scour the rocks and broken coral for food stuffs. Rather than tearing the skin on the beaks and faces, they have devised this ingenious tool to be able to safely forage.

Researchers had thought, at first, that it would simply make more sense for the dolphins to feed from the mid-waters rather than along the bottom of the sea. In fact, the fish and crustaceans that inhabit the bottom of the ocean are more nutritious for the Shark Bay dolphins. The dolphins must have known this all along; developing a method of hunting safely instead of turning to other food sources that provide a less sound diet.

After studying the behavior of these dolphins, researchers found that hunting with sponges is an activity primarily carried out by the female of the species. It is thought that this is because of the pressures faced by a mother who has to rear her young for almost 5 years at a time. As the young swim and forage with their mother, they learn the interesting sponging technique which they, then, pass onto their young.

Sponge fishing works as such: a Shark Bay dolphin will fit a sponge onto its beak and scrape it along the bottom of the ocean. A fish will scare up from the bottom, the dolphin drops its sponge, heads to the surface for a breath of air and then dives down for its meal. The emerging fish will swim for several meters before it attempts to rebury itself, giving the dolphin the time it needs to drop, breathe and dive. A study conducted by Eric Patterson, a graduate student at Georgetown University, showed that by sponging, a dolphin can scare up a prey fish about every 9 minutes, making hunting in this manner extremely rewarding.

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Monitoring Software

The Internet can be tricky for parents to deal with because kids often need to use the Internet for school, but parents parents are often worried about the various activities that their children might be engaged in. Peer-to-peer file sharing can lead to lawsuits and even a criminal prosecution. Some teens might engage in activities online that are embarrassing to the family or may lead to viruses or hackers accessing the computer. Fortunately, there are various forms of monitoring software that can offer parental control.

Monitoring software can also be very helpful when parents are trying to learn what their children are up to, such as whether they are attending class or doing their homework.

Many teens use the computer purchased specifically for schoolwork to play computer games or chat with friends. Monitoring software can not only record activities on the computer, but smartphone software such as Mobile Spy can silently record the teen's GPS information, text messages and phone call information.

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