The Singing Dogs of New Guinea (NGSD)

DEFINITION OF TERMS

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There are numerous terms used when discussing Singing Dogs.  Some of these include:

Bitch-A name given to a female dog or canine.

Bred by Fools, Genetically Messed Up, or Un-Singer-Slang expressions for members of the captive population whose breeding has been artificially designed by humans who wish to turn NGSD into a domestic breed of dog.  

Breeder-The term "breeder" may refer to either a male or female dog who is used to produce puppies as,"a breeding pair".  Or, the term may be used to describe a human who  "owns" breeding stock(males and females used to produce puppies) and is instrumental in causing that breeding stock to procreate.    

Broker-An individual who takes an active part in the sale of Singing Dogs owned by or whelped out by other people(breeders).   Generally speaking, a broker will purchase puppies from the breeder, sell them to new owners, and then transport them or arrange for transport to the buyers or new owners. It is widely accepted that brokers actually make more money per puppy than does the breeder.

Broker's License-The license required of anyone who charges for the interstate transport of animals.  A license required by the United States Department of Agriculture.(USDA)

Captive Population-The group of Singing Dogs bred in captivity.

Cocidia-A condition brought on by the growth of parasites inside the body.

Designer Dog-A mutt, mixed dog, or mongrel purposely "designed" by the mixing of specific purebred bloodlines.  In other words, a designer dog is a mixed breed dog produced on purpose for the pet market.

Dog-Another name for canines. Specifically, the male may be referred to as a "dog".

Domesticated-Domestication occurs whenever an animal is altered from its original wild natural state.  In the case of Singing Dogs, the entire captive population has been altered due to its close association or socialization with humans. How much they have been altered is a matter of debate.  Anyone attempting to purposefully select and perpetuate specific traits or characteristics is actively "domesticating" thus altering specimens and "remolding" them.  This artificial selection is "domestication" in it's truest sense.  Oft times humans don't even realize that they are participating in the "domestication" process.  Nonetheless, any traits, behaviors, characteristics or visual changes noted by an owner or breeder and then "encouraged" may lend itself to eventual domestication. This is considered "unintentional domestication".  One example of "unintentional domestication" is when an animal is "imprinted" at an early age.  This imprinted animal is deprived of knowledge passed from mother to puppies and in turn then will not pass on "lessons" to it's offspring.  There are other examples of this type of type of "unintentional or accidental" domestication.

Euthanizing-Causing an animal to die.

Flagyl-A trade name for Metronidazole.  The antibiotics are used in the treatment of Giardia.

GDSD-Genetically Diverse Singing Dog.(Singing Dogs who are a part of the captive population conservation breeding programs.)

GNSD-Genetically Natural Singing Dog.(Specimens in the wild population.)

GSSD-Genetically Similar Singing Dog.( Singers in the captive population intentionally inbred in order to bring out specific traits, colours, etc.)

Giardia-A condition brought on by the growth of parasites inside the body.

Health Certificate-A document prepared by a licensed veterinarian upon the completion of a vet check.  A health certificate contains information of both a negative or positive nature describing the current health condition of the animal examined.  Said certificate also lists the vaccinations given  the animal.  One copy accompanies the animal examined.  Vet checks are performed and health certificates issued prior to sale or transport of an animal. Health certificate requirements may vary from state to state.

Intact-An animal that has not been sterilized.  

Kennel Building-A name we coined 23 years ago for describing our whelping house or breeding house.  It is a long, narrow building measuring 30 feet wide by 80 feet long filled with pens and cages for keeping our dogs inside out of the weather.  It has "dog doors" and concrete runs coming off it so the dogs may spend time inside or outside the building as they wish.  It also serves as a place to store supplies. The term is redundant in that the word "kennel" may be defined as a  "house" and the word "building" may also be defined as a "house".  Therefore, the term "kennel building could be translated as meaning "house house". The reason we decided to call the building the Kennel Building" is because we define our entire facility as a "kennel" and the largest building in the facility or kennel is this one particular building.  Hence, the Kennel Building.  To our knowledge, we have never seen or heard any other facility use the name.

Necropsy-A medical examination of an animal following its death.

Predictable Behavior-Not present in Singing Dogs. To say that Singing Dogs are predictable would be lying.  Non-predictability is a Singing Dog trait.

Primitive Breed Protocol-Definition unknown at this time. 

Promoter-An individual who encourages the popularity and/or acceptance of Singing Dogs.  Motives vary from humanitarian reasons to financial or personal gain.

Pyometra-Infection of the uterus.

Seller-Any person who offers a Singing Dog for sale.

 Singer Conservation-The act of breeding NGSD for the sole purpose of preserving them as opposed to: The act of breeding them selling to make a profit.

Social-unsocial---These are relevant terms basically not capable of being precisely defined.  There are as many levels or degrees of socialization as there are people.  Better descriptive terms are available.  The terms social and unsocial are ambiguous and meaningless and are avoided by persons with long term Singer experience. Every Singing Dog member of the captive population has been "socialized" to some degree whether it be a minimal amount in order to perform examinations, give vaccinations, check their teeth, or on the other extreme, to take them into a home, introduce them to family and friends or work with them to be therapy dogs or "Singer Ambassadors".  So in essence, there is no such thing as an "unsocialized" Singing Dog in the captive population.  The only "unsocialized" Singing Dogs are those yet in the wild who have not be exposed to human contact.  

Sterilized-The act of rendering an animal incapable of reproducing or procreating.  In canines there are several terms used to describe this action including: spay or spaying(bitches), neutering(referring to males or dogs), fixing, or altering.

Tame or tamed-The act of:                                 in reference to wild animals who are "unsocialized".

Vet check-A licensed veterinarian performed "hands on" medical examination of an animal.

USDA Licensed-Any individual or facility who is is inspected by and meets the requirements of regulations embraced by the United States Department of Agriculture.(USDA)

Whelping out a litter-Breeder terminology meaning that a breeder causes a female to give birth to puppies and then the breeder carries the process through to weaning age.

Weaning age-Generally speaking weaning age is considered to be 8 weeks.  Weaning age varies with individual breeders.  Weaning age is the time a breeder sets as the pups are physically and permanently separated from the mother and/or father and mother.  Some breeders wean as early as 2 weeks of age, but most enlightened breeders feel that puppies weaned so early are deprived of many lessons and social skills passed on to offspring by the parents.  Singing Dogs, unlike wolves, do not require such early human socialization.  Facilities licensed by the USDA(United States Department of Agriculture) are required by law to keep puppies with the parents until the puppies reach 8 weeks of age.

 

There are many more terms to be defined as we are able to write them up and post them here to the website.