'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73
As well as the dogs and mouse, I have three female rats. I got them from a newly-opened pet shop (which gets its animals from local breeders, as opposed to supporting pet mills) whilst ratsitting for a friend--I'd fallen in love with my friend's rats, and couldn't not get some for myself. I got them on September 6th 2012, and promptly named them in the running theme I have with my mouse: hence, I got Chell (for Chell, a character in Portal 2), Alice (for the titular character in Alice: Madness Returns) and Valentine (for Jill Valentine, a character in the Resident Evil series).