Is Your Dog Trying to ‘Dominate’ You? You may have read books or seen TV shows that tell you that your dog will seek to dominate you, your family members and other pets unless you become the ‘alpha’ and put him in his place. The theory is that since dogs evolved from wolves and wolves (supposedly) form packs with strict pecking orders and battle each other to become the pack leader, your dog will do the same within your household. In this new US edition, author Barry Eaton separates out the facts from the fiction regarding dominance in pet dogs, presenting the reader with the results of recent research into the behavior of wolves and the impacts of selective breeding on the
behavior of dogs. The results may surprise you and will surely inform you.
You will learn:
- Wolves in the wild do form packs, but they are largely peaceful and cooperative family units.
- Many of the behaviors and drives that wolves live by have virtually disappeared from pet dogs due to the impact of selective breeding.
- Poorly trained or under-socialized dogs may engage in certain behaviors such as resource guarding (food, toys) that may make them appear to be trying to assert dominance. However, these are problems that can be brought under control by training and management and will not be solved by an owner trying enforce his or her dominance over the dog.
- Many of the training or ‘pack’ rules associated with those who claim you must dominate your dog have no basis in reality in terms of wolf behaviors and if taken to an extreme, can be harmful to your dog.
- A simple and logical set of guidelines to raise and train a dog in a positive and effective manner.
- 1. Dominance. What is it?
- The human version
- The wolf version
- Dominance as access to resources
- Dominance Aggression
- 2. Wolves and Dogs
- When is a wolf not a wolf? When it's a dog
- Impact of breeding
- In summary
- 3. Packs
- The wolf pack
- Packs in natural versus captive environment
- Packs are formed to enhance chances of survival
- Feral dogs
- Domestic dogs
- 4. Pack rules
- Common pack rules
- Pack rules- the end
- Rank reduction programs
- Do rank reduction programs work?
- 5. A definition of dominance that makes sense
- 6. What's to be done?
- About the Author
by Barry Eaton, 2010, 90 pgs, eBook.
What others are saying:
" Learning is best done by challenging the old mythologies and this book surely does that."
- Prof. Ray Coppinger
" Thanks for the opportunity to see your fantastic book. Excellent. We do have an uphill battle as the sheer amount of repetition of the Dominance concept has cemented it into the public land."
- Jean Donaldson, DVM, author of The Culture Clash
and Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression
" Dominance in Dogs, Fact or Fiction is a little book with a big message. Without wasting words, Barry Eaton dispels the dominance myth and its insidious rank-reduction program, which is nothing more than an arduous task for owners to make their poor dogs’ lives a misery."
- Dr. Ian Dunbar
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