Tag: Temple Grandin

Neuroscience key to animal happiness

“…research in neuroscience has been showing that emotions drive behavior, and my thirty-five years of experience working with animals have shown me that this is true. Emotions come first. You have to go back to the brain to understand animal welfare.”

Animals Make Us Human : Creating the best life  for  Animals

by Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson

Water dogs having a blast in Spring Lake Park
Water dogs having a blast in Spring Lake Park

By Deborah Taylor-French

Those of us who live and/or work with animals know…

animals have emotions.

Temple Grandin has made the understanding, care and handling of farm animals her life’s work. I refer to her book Animals Make Us Human because not only has she studied farm animals, but she also loves and lives with pets. In her books, especial this one, she insists that we must understand how animals brains work, how they see, hear and smell every sensory detail in their surroundings.

Animals emotions drive their behavior.

To make a better life for our pets, for domestic and wild animals we must understand the main emotions that drive behavior. This will help us to turn on their positive emotions and avoid turning on FEAR, RAGE and GRIEF.

Example: Rabbits and horses are prey animals.

  • Never chase either rabbits or horses.
  • Teach your pet rabbit or horse come to you.
  • Always reward them for recognizing their name and coming when called.
  • When you chase a prey animal, you make him or her fearful of you!

Emotions are the gifts of our ancestors. We have them and so do other animals. We must never forget this. When it comes to animal welfare we can always do better. Most of the time “good welfare” is not “good enough.”

The Emotional Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff.

Dogs Depend on us for freedom from fear and safety

  • Never tied up your dog unless it is in your company in a human training session.
  • A dog needs to feel he call flee to safety.
  • Be sensitive to your dog’s fear signals and show him you will protect and calm him.
  • Increase your dogs positive emotions by interesting, but not overstimulating activities.
  • Always stop training before your dog gets tired.

Dogs are the only animals that live with us inside of their flight zone.

Dogs depend on us for positive and playful lives

When you help increase an animal’s curiosity, you turn on his or her positive emotions of SEEKING and PLAY.

Example: Dogs love to play.

  • Find a time and place when both you and your dog seem relaxed.
  • Invite your dog to play by doing a play bow or picking up his favorite toy.
  • Use an excited and happy tone of voice to call your dog.
  • Run away.
  • When your dog chases you, stop.
  • Wait for your dog to run then chase.
  • Always stop before your dog seems fearful or overexcited.

Dogs love this game, which dog lovers know dogs play every chance they get.

Temple Grandin Website and Book Orders

Blog the Change for Animals
Blog the Change for Animals

Thank you for reading.

Please share for the sake of all animals, because as

Temple Grandin says,

“Animals make us human.”

Please visit and share Blog for the Change for Animals – this October 15, 2013

Animals defy our tendency to define their lives and their limits.

For further information on brain research, emotions in animals and the primary-process emotional-affective networks of mammalian brains read US National Library of Medicine  National Institutes of Health on the work of Jaak Panksepp, Ph.D. Affective neuroscience of the emotional BrainMind: evolutionary perspectives and implications for understanding depression


Photo Friday: an American House of Representatives Dogs Can Love

By Deborah Taylor-French on Dog Leader Mysteries

 Good Bye to a Bad Law

“Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.” Edmund Burke 

A2 Dog Wait

I love to share every bit of good news.

We know good news for animal rights, farm animals, companion pets or wild animals never comes out of not acting or speaking for humane animal care. Huge numbers of people I know in California (and all over the United States of America) rescue dogs, cats and rabbits encourages me. Our laws remain far behind the times. Like any humane cause, longterm action in the form of speeches, writing and gathering, writing to our government representatives must be ongoing. I do believe the majority of human beings either are compassionate or can become more compassionate in demanding humane treatment of animals. This is the future I work for as I write. I hope you will read and share this post in the same spirit of advancing kindness and peace.

The King Amendment in the US Congress fell flat on its face as 100% of United State Representatives voted no. A good thing for animals as all manner of animal abuse would continue or multiple for farm animals like chickens, pigs and cows and wild horses killed for meat.

“…unprecedented outcome in the history of congressional action on the Farm Bill, the full House rejected the bill advanced to the floor by House leadership.” Wayne Pacelle

The fight for human and animal rights remains long.

“We don’t know what House Republican leaders will do on the Farm Bill, now that the House has rejected it. But we do know, whether it’s on the Farm Bill or in the form of independent legislative proposals, the American people want reform on animal welfare. Hens should not be confined in cages and hardly be able to move.  Walking horses should not be subjected to torture to have them perform better in shows and win prizes. And no American horses should be funneled into the slaughter pipeline for human consumption. Finally, the states should have a right to adopt policies to protect animals and not have their own deliberative processes undercut by the federal government on agriculture policy.” Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.

Please read the full story on A Humane Nation Wayne Pacelle’s Blog.

  The King (Amendment) Is Dead. Long Live the Animals

Americans Want Laws to Prevent Animal Cruelty

Pet lovers are not alone in working and hoping to protect animals who cannot defend themselves. Yes, I blog about pets and animal welfare, but ask anyone you know who is not benefiting from the suffering of animals, pet or farm, if they want to see animals terrified, running for their lives or living in not enough space to turn around. Commercially farmed chickens and pigs begin and end their lives cramped in less space than an airline economy class seat.

Now for the Dogs Love Part of Photo Friday

Since this topic covers both pet and farm animals, I looked for a pet video with a dog and a pig. Here we go. A tiny piglet jumps on pig hunting dog. The dog plays with piglet, wins and what does the piglet do?


They say, that at the end of the day, the little guy won. The dog needed a long long nap. So his little buddy had to go to his room.

Have you emailed or called your elected representative and thanked him or her? I assure you that written thank you notes have not gone out of style. People remember who bothered to thank them. So thank you if you signed the Humane Society’s petition to defeat The King Amendment.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” 

Edmund Burke Irish orator,  political philosopher, statesman and politician (1729 – 1797)

I love comments. Please share any new or in the works US state laws intended to protect animals. Laws work when we speak up for good ones and vote bad ones down.

Thanks for reading.

Be Original Like Temple Grandin

By Deborah Taylor-French on www.dogleadermysteries.com

This article has been selected for DeFinis Communications’ Top Presentation Strategies for Women Blog Carnival. Enjoy posts from a variety of exceptional bloggers at http://www.definiscommunications.com/blog/blog-carnival-top-presentation-strategies-for-women.

Be Original Like Temple Grandin

Nothing rivets an audience like original thinking.

I encourage you to deliver original experience and knowledge.

Sometimes a speaker is so far ahead of her audience, like Temple Grandin, that she must fill in information gaps. She must assist others in making sense of her ideas. Grandin describes herself as a person who thinks in pictures. She is known as one of the world’s most effective animal advocates. Her presentations offer the priceless gift of original thinking.

Time Magazine 2010 named Temple Grandin, Ph.D. one of the world’s 100 most influential people. As an international expert and Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, she delivers original thinking. Both Grandin’s books on animal welfare were on the New York Times bestseller list.

In her public speaking, Grandin educates others on her personal challenges advocating for those, who also have been diagnosed with autism. I admire Grandin for her strength and her courage in the face of popular, wrong assumptions.

I find it remarkable she pursued her work in the male-dominated livestock industry. Watching a movie made about her life gave me chills at the sheer dogged determination with which she fought to gain access to stockyard animals. In just thirty years, Grandin has revolutionized animal movement systems and spearheaded reform for the quality of life of farm animals. When agricultural bosses tore up Grandin’s work, she rebuilt it.

Grandin supplies each innovation with specific examples. In her book “Animals Make Us Human,” Temple Grandin bucks accepted thought on dog training. Inside a chapter devoted to “A Dog’s Life,” Grandin debunks common knowledge about dogs by citing current research: “Dogs need parents, not pack leaders.” Grandin supports this unpopular statement with research observations of wolves in their natural habitat.

She asks why dogs would need aggressive dominant pack leaders when their wild ancestors, wolves live in small families, not massive man-made packs. Wild wolf families share food, avoiding dominance challenges.

She points out most human families do not have forty different dogs from forty different breeds, which might require a pack leader mentality to keep dogs from fighting and vying for leadership. National polls show most families have one dog. A single dog living in a family best compares to a child living with parents. Most dogs see their roles as puppies, wanting to please. Dogs watch people for clues on how they should behave.

Her passion for the humane treatment of animals never stops. She continues to speak out. Facing an audience has rarely been easy for Grandin yet she does it over and over.

I recall both the thrill and the anxiety of facing new audiences. Obsessive about preparation, my usual method meant I spent five to ten hours preparing for each talk.

Grandin’s leadership led to unpopular thinking. Up against business-as-usual and popular thinking, she had to translate her observations and question everything, despite what others believed. Her presentations are based on fresh understanding, inquiry, and clear insight.

I suggest we do the same. Demand a fresh take on our own ideas and on the ideas of others. Risk speaking out from original thought.

So don’t be popular. Don’t follow conventional thinking.

I believe original thinking tops popular thinking—every time. No method, style or presentation aid tops first-hand, original thinking.

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About Deborah Taylor-French

Deborah Taylor-French writes on pet topics, animal welfare, dog socialization, and positive leadership. Formerly president of the board of the Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County, and artist in residence for California’s Artists in the Schools, Deborah holds a M.A. from UCLA. Administrative Manager for Andrew M. Leeds, Ph.D., Deborah is a business consultant and a member of the California Writers Club, Redwood Writers branch. She has raised five adopted dogs.

Temple Grandin On Understanding Animal Welfare

“…research in neuroscience has been showing that emotions drive behavior, and my own thirty-five years of experience working with animals have shown me that this is true. Emotions come first. You have to go back to the brain to understand animal welfare.”

Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson