"The Peeing Post"- the online newsletter for people who
love dogs and respect their nature.
Dear Dog Friend,
"The Peeing Post" is my online newsletter, published on an as-needed basis, typically once or twice a month.
In this newsletter, I share some of my experience with dogs, particularly in relation to dog training and dog behavior. Discussing training and optimal ways of training inevitably leads us also to feeding and health maintenance.
The topics are to a large degree determined by the questions I get from the subscribers about all kinds of problems relating to dogs or about quests for better understanding of their nature.
I have a passion for dogs - and I want them respected for what they are: a piece of Nature we can enjoy interacting with, on their terms, but under our control and responsibility. I want people to take their dogs seriously, but I do not want to see dogs being treated like miniature humans or toys - or commodities. It is not fair to them. Neither is it fair to expect them to take charge of your family!
If you are a person who just wants to exploit your dog for purposes that do not accommodate the dog's fundamental physical and mental needs, or if you are not willing to accept your moral obligations as responsible pack leader for your dog, then you will soon be very upset with me - just warning you....
However, if you are seriously interested in deepening your understanding of your dog, so you can improve your relationship with it and allow both of you to enjoy life more fully together, then it is my hope that I can make a contribution to that through "The Peeing Post".
If you at some point feel that you could make a contribution, in the form of a comment, a correction, or some supplementary information, then I will be happy to hear from you and possibly include your points in a future issue!
If this is what you were looking for, you are welcome to subscribe here!
In "The Peeing Post", I am particularly including articles on:
Why you should subscribe?
The main reason should be that you love your dog and want to improve your relationship with it by getting some additional insights into its nature!
I have studied dog behavior and dogs in general with the most prominent researchers of all time in this area: Konrad Lorenz, Eberhart Trumler, and Anders Hallgren. Unfortunately for you, they did all their publishing in German and Swedish or Danish - which you probably don't understand. But I do. And I have used their research actively for several decades, exploited my personal contact with them, experimenting with the concepts in order to find the simple practical recipes behind the chaos. And those simple recipes are there. You will be amazed. And, if you are like most of my students, you will often mumble, "that makes sense"...
As soon as you understand more of your dog's nature, you will also start to appreciate it more - and that will make your dog much happier for being yours - and you will in turn enjoy your four-legged pal to a much larger extent.
This is my objective: to help you develop an even better relationship between yourself and your dog, based on improving your understanding of your dog.
Your dog cannot learn to speak English or to comprehend the peculiarities of human behavior. It will always respond with its instincts. And that response will not be what you might expect from using "human logic"!
But you have a superior intelligence. You can learn to understand where the dog is coming from and why things make sense for your pal the way they do - and, from there, you can control your relationship with your dog - on its own terms.
If you feel this could make sense, then I will welcome you as subscriber!
But I warn you: you might be ticked off by my strong opinions once in a while... I have been through a lot - and a lot of things that are very different from what most people ever get to experience. And I do have a scientific education, as well as a strong military and commercial background, so I have learned to use information and use it critically. Besides, I am not afraid of speaking my mind! But let me know why you disagree - and I will be happy to learn from you, if your experience makes sense also to me!
As a matter of fact, civilized disagreement with other people has been one of my most powerful ways of improving my own understanding of these issues...
You have to accept that not everything is "science". In fact, if you want to restrict your life to use only "scientifically proven" information, you will soon be out in deep trouble, partially because a lot of "science" is bogus (it is simply camouflaged commercial propaganda, or "sponsored research", if you want a nicer word for the same thing), particially because a lot of important information simply cannot be made subject to "scientific research", without an outrageous financial commitment. This means that we have to use a lot of information that is called "experience" and sometimes even "opinion". This does not make such information valueless. But you have to use it with the care it deserves, by not making too many or too far-reaching conclusions on the basis of such information. In other words, you have to think, before you use it! But that's also the case when we talk about "scientific information", so it really makes very littel difference...
I must tell you, though, that, if your main objective is to find out how you can stop your dog from annoying you, without you having to spend any time with it, then you might find "The Peeing Post" very harassing... You see, I love dogs - and if you don't, you will hate me because I will be your dog's advocate!
Also, I think you should know that "The Peeing Post" is not a standard on-line e-zine, filled with advertising for stuff you don't want. I do not accept third party advertising in it at all! From time to time, I will refer you to links that pertain to matters we discuss, and I might also be happy to recommend something you can buy and use for the purpose of improving your relationship with your dog - if I believe it has good value! If I don't recommend it, it will not be included; "The Peeing Post" is not opening its columns for general advertising. There is enough of that on the Internet...
On the contrary, I am happy to include good advice to you as consumer. There is a lot of crap available that either is a complete waste of your money or many times outright harmful for your dog! Dog owners are easy targets for commercial enterprises - cynical profit-hunters are quick to exploit people's love for their animals, and it is not always easy to tell the difference between brain-washing advertising and helpful information. Even science is heavily tainted by commerce! And only fools will believe that the government will do anything to protect you and your dog.
A few technicalities
In order to protect both me and you from spam, there are four steps in the subscription process:
The welcome letter will tell you more about what to expect.
You will receive two kinds of issues:
The reason for sending those two kinds of issues is really that I do not want to "begin with Adam and Eve" every time I explain something. It becomes very tedious and boring for the seasoned subscribers who already know this stuff. On the other hand, the amount of knowledge I really want everybody to have is quite vast.... That's why I split it over all those introduction issues, so you can get it in small digestible portions, instead of having to read a thick book first. The downside is that it might take you a while before you truly become comfortable as a subscriber - but I hope you can bear with me for that when you know the reason.
As you may have figured, "The Peeing Post" comes in HTML format, pretty much like this web page. I want to be able to include links and pictures, graphical illustrations, and text formatting to help you understand. I am not a fancy designer and I will not make flash presentations that take forever to load. But I will use graphic effects when it serves a good communication purpose. If your e-mail account is not set up to accept HTML, then you will automatically get a TEXT message instead, and that message will contain a link to a web page that contains the issue in question. You can then read the newsletter on-line, or you can download it, as you prefer.
You may subscribe as many times as you want - with all the e-mail addresses you want to receive the newsletter to - as long as you don't use any addresses that are not your own. You just have to go through the procedure, from beginning to end, for each of those addresses.
You are also welcome to refer others to sign up too. You can do this by simply forwarding any issue to them - there is a link to this page is in all issues.
You can unsubscribe anytime you want. Each issue contains easy instructions for how you do that - it takes only one click of a mouse - and I will not do that for you!
Similarly, each issue will also contain a link to a page where you can change your subscription information. This is particularly important if you change e-mail address. Again, do not ask me to do this for you - because I won't!
If you unsubscribed by mistake, you have to resubscribe yourself - I cannot do that for you - it is illegal.
Before you subscribe...
In order to be added to the list of subscribers to "The Peeing Post", please make sure that the e-mail address you intend to use is suitable for this.
You need to check the following:
To make it clear: If you already have or at any point in time later will set up a spam guard that requires me to personally confirm that "The Peeing Post" is sent from a personal e-mail account (which it isn't), then you will effectively unsubscribe yourself. I will not and cannot respond to those requests - they will be ignored. The effect of this will be that your spamfilter will make the newsletter bounce, and when that happens repeatedly, then you get automatically unsubscribed! The only way to avoid that is that you make sure that you can receive "The Peeing Post" through your spam filters. There will be zero exceptions to this.
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What it costs?
There are many savvy business people who call me a fool if I do not charge at least $200/year...
But, you know what? If you will go through the anti-spam verification hassle and you will invite a minimum of three other dog people to also sign up, then you can get your subscription at no charge...
I look forward to having you as a subscriber! Please remember that you can always e-mail me with your comments, questions, or suggestions by simply using a special link that comes in each issue of "The Peeing Post".
Cheers and woof,