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© 2016 by Lee Charles Kelley.

November 27, 2016

Here’s My Credible Debate on Social Dominance in Dogs and Wolves

Flipping Polarities: Dominance and Submission or Just Play?

“In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful.”...

November 27, 2016

Are There Social Genes That Dogs Share With Humans (But Wolves Don’t)?

A recent study done by researchers at Linköping University in Sweden, published last month in Scientific Reports, suggests that the social abilities of dogs may be affected by certain genes that also influence human behavior.

"Our findings are the first to reveal genes that [may] have caused the extreme change in social behavior, which has occurred in dogs since they were domesticated," ac...

November 27, 2016

What Do Economics and Game Theory Have to Do With Dogs?

“[Darwin] pointed out how, in numberless animal societies, the struggle between separate individuals for the means of existence disappears, how struggle is replaced by cooperation ... He intimated that in such cases the fittest are not the physically strongest, nor the cunningest, but those who learn to cooperate so as to mutually support each other.”                               —Prince Peter Kropotki...

November 27, 2016

Are Dogs Smarter than Toddlers? You Do the Math!

 Um ... E Equals What Now?

Canine Math Tests

In 2009 Dr. Stanley Coren did a study on dogs and their apparent math skills. This came at a time when dognitive science was making a big splash in the news: dogs had just become the “it” animal for scientific research into the nature of animal consciousness, and the question of whether animals have some of the same cognitive abilities as humans.

AOL: “The canine IQ te...

November 26, 2016

Four Things Dogs Know Nothing About and One They Know By Heart

Do Dogs Understand Human Language?

Recently I came across a list of amazing cognitive abilities that dogs reportedly have, all based on recent studies and research. The list was posted on National Geographic’s website. In my view most of the studies cited created artificial results based on confirmation bias, which in turn is probably based on a partial reading of Darwin’s words on the differences...

November 26, 2016

Hey, Doggie, Do You Know What Time It Is?

Three Ways of Experiencing Time

There are three ways of experiencing time: linear, cyclical, and perceptual.

Linear time plays out with one moment following immediately after another. First A happens, then B, then C, etc. Example: A: The phone rings. B: You answer it. C: It’s a tele-marketer. D: You say, “No thanks,” and E: You hang up. That’s a clear, linear sequence of events.

An awareness of the linear nature of time...

November 26, 2016

Does Fear Have Any Place in Dog Training?

Lack of Physical and Emotional Balance

Human beings can suffer from a panoply of fears and phobias including a fear of flying, fear of public speaking, fear of heights, fear of confrontation, arachnophobia (fear of spiders), agoraphobia (fear of open spaces), and on and on.

Dogs, too, can develop fears and phobias: a fear of loud noises, fear of the vet’s office, thunderphobia, fear of men in hats, and so on.

And whethe...

November 26, 2016

Why There’s No Such Thing as Force-Free Dog Training

“Is This Really Necessary?”

You’re Using Force

You’ve just come home from work. Your dog is happy to see you. You put the leash on and take him for a walk. You want to go to the bank, which is to your left, but your dog wants to go to the park, which is to the right. What do you do?

If you take him to the bank, you’re using force.

You let your puppy out of her pen for some free time. You try to keep an eye on...

November 18, 2016

Obedience Comes Naturally by Bringing Out 3 Simple Qualities in Dogs

Instead of imposing discipline and dominance on our dogs, or subjecting them to an unnatural model of learning that only works in a controlled laboratory setting, why not bring out a dog’s sweetness, stillness and resilience?

What exactly are these qualities, and why should we bring them out in our dogs?

Sweetness

Like a lot of things related to our canine companions it can be easy to misinter...

November 18, 2016

While positive punishments can cause behavioral problems in dogs, negative punishments—time outs and the like—are mostly ineffective.

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