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Sciences: Portable Summer Learning Series

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June 2024 - Organization Pending Newsroom - Upper Arlington, Ohio

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Welcome to Organization Pending's Newsroom, June 2024: Sciences: Portable Summer Learning Series edition. Check out the first of the Portable Summer Learning Series for Pride, and subscribe to receive next month's Parenting edition directly to your inbox.

This month, we take a look at dog training tips and advice with two podcast episodes, four science and education YouTube™ channel recommendations for all ages, and a video to enhance your recent COSI Titanic exhibit visit. Don't miss the Upper Arlington Updates with new ways to explore Columbus, and a new green space in Upper Arlington!

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Tip of the Month: Dog Training

screenshot of the Struggle Care podcast's Emotionally Intelligent Dog Training with Andrew Gleason episode

KC Davis from the Struggle Care podcast has a four-legged friend like many of Organization Pending's clients - and maybe you've been struggling with your dog responding to training during high pressure situations, too. Davis sat down with the dog trainer she trusts for her pup, Andrew Gleason, for a discussion on current thoughts surrounding dog training in Emotionally Intelligent Dog Training with Andrew Gleason.

Davis: "I feel like when you talk about the conventional way, command-based, you're also talking about a conventional way of teaching commands - 'Well yeah, all you have to do is reward them when they sit, and maybe punish them when they don't.' [...] There's such a difference, now that I have a dog, I'm realizing there's a difference between parlor tricks and functional commands in real life. It's nice and cute that I can make my dog sit, but if I can't make my dog sit when there's a cat running by, or when my daughter falls and I don't want the dog to go jump on her - what's the point of putting in the work to have the dog sit?" Gleason: "Control-based training - generally when we're thinking about obedience, or when anybody is thinking about dog training, whether they know nothing, is our culture is so ingrained in: 'this is obedience, my dog won't listen, I need them to listen, they need to be more obedient.'"

Davis uses her background in human psychology and child education to draw parallels between the "fallout of that conventional dog training and that fallout of conventional educational response, which is 'Yeah, dogs were learning, but what were they learning and what was happening to their emotional well-being, and then what was that dysregulation of the emotional well-being causing that was not great?'" Davis and Gleason deep dive into how to use your dog's observed behavior as emotional signals you can interpret, decoding your dog's thoughts, ambitions, and problems, they debunk the often repeated myth about the alpha male wolf study, and talk about the parallels between parenting and dog training, including the conflict between their reality and your experience of their behavior.

screenshot of the Struggle Care podcast's When You Have the Problem Dog with Jacqui Zakar

Are you dealing with a reactive, or "problem" dog? When You Have the Problem Dog with Jacqui Zakar wrapped up Struggle Care's series on dog care with this Australian dog owner and now trainer who had once "realized people [were] talking about my dog, and me, and I'm that person at the park with the aggressive dog that's attacking other dogs, but I was also the owner that would yell 'Don't worry, he's friendly!' until the day he wasn't. I was the owner that would step out of my front door, afraid that somebody would be walking their dog past the house, because I knew that he was going to lunge, he was going to bark." Listen in to their whole conversation for their experiences with different dog temperaments, discussion on cute social media dog videos featuring children, the importance of considering your dog's individuality with your expectations of being a dog owner, and using small, single steps for training.


YouTube™ Channel Recommendations:

We know the kids love spending time on YouTube™ - introduce them to these engaging science-based educational channels this summer to help promote and encourage their natural curiosity for learning, and watch them as a family to talk about what you're learning!

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"What makes a weird animal weird?"

Every month, the Bizarre Beasts channel takes a closer look at animals that we think we know...and some we don't. Learn why Horses Are Weirder Than You Thought, about These Millipedes Stopping a Train, Glowworms (& Other Beasts That Glow), The Bird That Can Shapeshift Into A Tree, and more. Don't miss some of their most popular videos on the frog that's "bad at basically everything", the reason scientists built a robot to hunt a starfish, and the ocean bug that can't get wet! A bonus of this channel is the Bizarre Beasts Pin Club, where fans of the channel can subscribe to receive the monthly Bizarre Beast pin for as long as they want - proceeds benefit the creators' partnership with Partners in Health.

screenshot of the PBS Eons YouTube™ channel

Come along with PBS Eons "on a journey through the history of life on Earth. From the dawn of life in the Archaean Eon through the Mesozoic Era - the so-called 'Age of Dinosaurs' - right up to the end of the most recent Ice Age." Take a deep dive into their curated playlists, including a Human Evolution Learning Playlist, or browse their library for a variety of topics. Learn more about The Unsolved Case of a Fake Human Fossil, The Huge Extinctions We Are Just Now Discovering, The Earliest Surgery, how We Helped Make Mosquitoes A Problem, Why The Giraffe Got Its Neck, Why It's So Hard to Tell the Sex of a Dinosaur, and don't miss one of their most popular videos about How We Domesticated Cats (Twice).

screenshot of the Reactions YouTube™ channel

Reactions, produced by the American Chemical Society, "uncovers the hidden chemistry all around us," including playlists on The Periodic Table, Tech Topics, History, Nature Science, Animals, Beauty, Health, Death and Dying, and Food & Drinks. Learn more about textile recycling in Why You Can't Recycle Your Pants (Until Now), the EU's Ban On Tattoo Ink, Why Mosquitos are So Obsessed with You, and check out their popular videos: Can I still Eat This?, Is it OK to Pee in the Ocean?, and But Why Do Dogs Smell Each Other's Butts?

Want to take a deeper dive? The American Chemical Society offers live webinars every Thursday at 2pm ET - registration is free!

screenshot of the TED Ed YouTube™ channel

Our kids love exploring the animated TED-Ed YouTube™ videos in school - see what some of your kids' favorite videos are, and see what new topics you can explore together! Visit their playlists to learn more about bugs, philosophy, avoiding climate disaster, trees, U.S. elections, genetics, sports, coding, how to build character and more, including a Creative Writing Workshop playlist! Take a look at How to make smart decisions more easily, and don't miss Organization Pending's previous article on this video in relation to decluttering your home effectively. Start a discussion with the kids on The real reason dodo birds went extinct or Why you can't put metal in a microwave?, and see if you can solve any of their riddles. Long-time readers of the Newsroom might find this explanation of recycling symbols useful, and the dark history of werewolves interesting.

Looking for another general learning channel to try? See our previous recommendation Crash Course.

Want more? Take a look at: ASAP Science and MinuteEarth.

Want to get into a good book? Check out past recommendations: Chemistry for Breakfast, and Sabina Imbler's queer science memoirs, How Far the Light Reaches and Dyke (geology).


Titanic: YouTube™ Episode Recommendation

screenshot of Minute Earth's What's Eating the Titanic? YouTube™ video

Have you gone to COSI yet for Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition? "[The Titanic] is dying a second death on the seafloor as it erodes. It's disappearing so quickly, that experts predict that by 2050, there will be no sign of it." Dive into MinuteEarth's recent video, What's Eating the Titanic?, to further the experience and learning opportunities, and don't forget to explore your local library's catalog!


Upper Arlington Updates

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Stop by the Tremont Branch of Upper Arlington Public Library with your library card to check out their new, ongoing Discovery Passes program! These passes "let you experience cultural and recreational activities from local organizations including the Columbus Museum of Art, National Veterans Memorial and Museum, ProMusica, Columbus Gay Men's Chorus, and the Columbus Clippers." Supplies are limited, first-come, first-served, reservations are not available.

July will see the opening of a new green space in the Canterbury neighborhood in Upper Arlington, at Abington and Sherwin roads! Edwards Green will feature "floral gardens, inviting walking paths, a stacked stone wall, bench, and a relaxing space to enjoy nature."


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