Saxen van Coller Presents Best Tips. Dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, snakes, lizards, oh, my! All of these animals are in some way domesticated, because if they weren't, they wouldn't live in our houses.
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Saxen van Coller Presents The Natural Environment
Saxen van Coller Presents Best Tips. Dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, snakes, lizards, oh, my! All of these
animals are in some way domesticated, because if they weren't, they wouldn't live in our houses.
Don't ask me about the people who get caught with tigers as pets, because I don't get that particular
desire. Seriously, why would you want a four-hundred pound cat capable of serious damage with little
effort living with you?
All of those animals listed above, as well as those that aren't listed but are still common household pets,
are conscious creatures. I won't debate emotional abilities or animal intelligence with you, but most
people will agree that emotions or not, these animals have some sort of mental state that allows them to
act based on things that happen in their environment.
Have you ever noticed that some of these animals, especially the little ones, develop habits that they
repeat over and over, such as chewing on the bars of their cage for hours and hours at a time? Temple
Grandin, author of many different books on animals, calls these continuous, unchanging behaviors
Stereotypies develop when an animal doesn't have enough stimulation in their environment to keep them
occupied, and they channel the energy they have left over into these repetitive behaviors. Stereotypies are
a big sign that something is off in the animal's environment.
The key to successfully having any animal in a home and seeing properly to their well-fare is to look at
their counterparts in the wild, or to simply look at what animals do in their natural environment.
Consider a cage. It's small, sometimes smelly, and it never changes. Basically, cages are really, really
boring, and there's no place to go. Wouldn't you go crazy if you lived in one? Especially if you never left it.
Consider a dog. The dog never gets out of his yard or his house. He's stuck inside or in a fenced area all
day every day, and while there's a little variation, there's only so long you can sniff a tree before you're
done with it. How boring is that?
Now consider an animal's natural environment. Most animals roam day in and day out if given the choice.
They forage, they hunt, and they find new and interesting things everywhere. Even if it's another
blueberry, like the one found a few miles back, it's still a different blueberry, in a different place, and it
probably smells different. The animals that live in the wild, or the strays that live in the city have a
playground to wander and explore. It's new, and it's fun.
To improve an animal's well-being in a pet situation, where the animal is owned, it needs a few things. For
one, it needs consistent rules. Changing the rules all the time will confuse and frustrate everyone, which
sets off some unpleasant emotions.
For another, the animal needs new things. It needs things to explore, things to look at or rip up. New
places to explore, new people to meet. The natural environment, such as it would be for a free animal, is
not just a place of fear, but a place of wonder and stimulation. Making their home environment fun and
exciting leaves an animal with a sense of fun and accomplishment (from exploring new things) for the
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