Originally published in slightly different form on July 26, 2010 at PsychologyToday.com.
I Was Wrong
In my last post I said that Stanley Coren had made a turnaround on the alpha theory. I was wrong. The only turnaround, if there was one, concerns whether to use force. He still believes in the alpha theory, as made clear by his latest post, “Obtaining Status, Rather Than Enforcing Dominance.”
Originally published in slightly different form on February 8, 2012 at PsychologyToday.com.
Sense or Nonsense
Dr. Roger Abrantes is a well-known figure in the dog training world. He holds PhDs in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology. He is the author to 17 books, written in English, German, Spanish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Italian, and Czech, and is one of the most versatile ethologists in the world.
Why Do Dogs Love Us Unconditionally and Cats ... Eh?
Originally published in slightly different form on August 10, 2011 at PsychologyToday.com.
The Neighborhood Kitty
There’s a cat in my neighborhood who gets taken for a walk every night. He’s a very nice cat. His owners are nice too. And the cat does pretty well walking on a leash. But there’s a substantial difference between the way the cat relates to the people and dogs he meets on his section of the block,...
Originally published in slightly different form on November 15, 2011 at PsychologyToday.com.
“In recent years, there has been a massive introduction of equipment that emits electromagnetic fields in an enormous range of new frequencies, modulations and intensities. Since living organisms have only recently found themselves immersed in this new and increasingly ubiquitous environment, they have not had an opportu...
Originally published in slightly different form on May 23, 2011 at PsychologyToday.com.
“All animals learn best through play.”
One of the most amazing things about dogs is their ability to form strong, lasting social bonds. Dog lore is rife with stories about dogs who’ve sacrificed their own personal needs—in some cases, their own lives—for the benefit of their owners, even ot...
Has Stanley Coren Made a Turnaround on the Alpha Theory?
Originally published in slightly different form on July 22, 2010 at PsychologyToday.com.
In his book, The Intelligence of Dogs, Stanley Coren was, to all intents and purposes, a firm believer in the alpha theory. In one section of the book he recommends doing a gentler version of the alpha roll (much gentler than the one currently favored by Cesar Millan), because by rolling a dog ove...
Is it Time to Add Pushing and Collecting to Your Separation Anxiety Protocols?
“Fear is the collapse of a state of attraction. And because a dog doesn’t discriminate between physical and emotional equilibrium [feelings of] territoriality, phobias, possessiveness, owner addiction, separation anxiety, dominance, submission, all invoke the fear of falling.” —Kevin Behan