12 posts categorized "Pets and training tips"

February 20, 2014

Lucky dog!

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Shedd has added a fourth pooch to its canine lineup. Welcome Marlin, a handsome chocolate Lab mix (with maybe a little boxer, perhaps a touch of Great Dane)!

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December 11, 2013

Rescues feeling right at home

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Earlier this month we reported on rescued California sea lion pup Laguna. Maybe you’ve had the special chance to see another rescued sea lion, Cruz, in an aquatic show. Since we last visited with the blind pup, he has become fast friends with Ty, the big sea lion who regularly appears in the show, and Cruz and Ty now share a behind-the-scenes habitat as well as time on exhibit.

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August 27, 2013

Dog Days at Shedd: Meet Dory and Coral

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Our current heat wave has appropriately coincided with National Dog Day, Aug. 26. The sultry days of late summer have been called the Dog Days since Roman times. The warmer-than-your-furry-friend weather was associated with the prominence of Sirius, the Dog Star and the brightest feature in the constellation Canis Major, or Greater Dog.

We’re quite Sirius when we say that Shedd’s trio of talented canines—all adopted from Chicago-area shelters—are both great and stars.

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July 02, 2013

Bruce's Story

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You get an idea of Bruce’s life before Shedd during a short video in the new aquatic show, “One World: Make a Difference,” which officially debuts on the Fourth of July. The brindle bundle of energy who shares the spotlight with dolphins was adopted by Shedd from Chicago Animal Care and Control through Safe Humane Chicago. Bruce was a “court case dog,” rescued from what was suspected to be an abusive situation. Bite scars suggested that he was being trained as a fighting dog.

That’s all in the past.

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January 11, 2011

The Well-mannered Octopus, Part 1

Odie-training-3 In October we blogged about International Cephalopod Awareness Days, a word-of-mouth celebration that has been gaining suction, if you will, since it was conceived five years ago by an online community of octopus, nautilus, cuttlefish and squid enthusiasts. ICAD was embraced by Shedd’s octopus team—seven aquarists plus one of Shedd’s marine mammals training experts—which trains Odie, our giant Pacific octopus.

Yes, we train the octopus.

What’s good for the dolphins and belugas is also good for the rest of Shedd’s larger animals, including the river otter, sea turtle, snapping turtle and monkeys. Training is an opportunity to give animals physical activity and mental stimulation. But even more essential, training establishes behaviors by which the animals can participate in their own healthcare routines. It allows aquarists and trainers to easily examine them or, when necessary, ensure that our veterinarians have safe and ready hands-on access to them.

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August 25, 2010

From pets to eco-threats

See you later alligator! Finding alligators in the Chicago River is interesting, but it’s also dangerous for the animals and for our ecosystems on many levels.

The two non-native reptiles recently sighted in the North Branch of the Chicago River—and now rescued—most likely weren’t émigrés from southern swamps. Instead, sadly, they were probably pets that had become a problem and were dumped.

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August 11, 2010

Handle with nonconductive gloves

Electric-Eel_BLOG Electric eels (South American knifefish, Electrophorus electricus) can grow to 6 feet long, are coated in slippery slime, breathe air through their mouths and have electric organs over three-quarters of their bodies capable of delivering a 600-volt jolt to anything—or anyone—that threatens them.

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January 27, 2009

A Four-legged Star

Wylie At Shedd, animals connect you to the living world, inspiring you to make a difference. Maybe it’s the belugas that touch you, or the dolphins, sea otters, sea turtle, beautiful fishes, or fragile corals. For Donna Vickroy, a reporter for the Southtown Star, it was one of the familiar furry, four-legged stars of our new pet show. Read her great story about Wylie.

Posted by Karen Furnweger, web editor
 
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December 16, 2008

Pet Training the Shedd Way - Interview with Ken Ramirez


Dogs at Shedd Aquarium? Ken Ramirez, Shedd's VP of animal collections and training, talks about "Pet Training the Shedd Way."

Posted by Jay Geneske, web editor

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October 28, 2008

Pet Training the Shedd Way Trailer


Are dogs as smart as dolphins? Decide for yourself at Shedd Aquarium's new show, Pet Training the Shedd Way.

Posted by Jay Geneske, web editor

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