Tuning In To Nature’s Most Developed Social Network.

Originally published in slightly different form on January 18, 2010 at PsychologyToday.com.
 

“Nothing in nature is random.”

– Spinoza 

The Valley of the Wolves

This is one of the strangest and most intriguing stories I’ve ever come across. It starts simply enough with a pack of gray wolves living happily in British Columbia. Then one day, in 1995, while they were out doing ordinary wolf-like things, they wer...

Everything In the Universe Is Geared Toward Making Connections, This Is Especially True of Dogs. 

Originally published in slightly different form on April 15, 2011 at PsychologyToday.com.


The Universe is Geared to Seeking Out Connections

For those who haven’t read my previous articles in this series, I’ve defined the 4 Quadrants of Drive Training as Attraction & Resistance, and Tension & Release. I’ve already discussed the last two in some detail. Here I’ll...

How Do Lost Dogs Find Their Way Home?

This article was originally posted on my blog at PsychologyToday.com.

Cell Phones and the Need for Connection

Whenever I pass someone talking on a cell phone, I usually hear one of two things: “Where are you?” or “I’m [at such-and-such a location].”

True, these conversations may go on to other topics, but that’s how most of them start. That’s why it becomes clearer to me each day that human beings have a deep biological ne...

A Common Behavior, Seen From a Freudian Perspective

Originally published in slightly different form on June 1, 2010 at PsychologyToday.com. 

Pulling On the Leash and the Drive to Connect

Go to nearly any dog training website and you’ll find that a dog who pulls on the leash, or forges ahead of its owners while walking, is one of the most common behavioral problems trainers offer to solve.

The most common explanations for pulling are: a) the dog he thinks he’...

The more we misrepresent animals’ cognitive abilities the more they suffer.

Originally published in slightly different form on April 26, 2010 at PsychologyToday.com.

The Hidden Lives of Animals

In a new blog here at PsychologyToday.com—The Hidden Lives of Animals: Understanding Animal Behavior—Jonathan Balcombe, Ph. D., writes, “For much of the twentieth century, science didn’t view animals as thinking, feeling beings. Today that’s all changed. Science has eme...

May 6, 2020

If dogs communicate intentionally, why can’t they hide their feelings?

Originally published in slightly different form on July 9, 2010 at PsychologyToday.com. 

Different Forms of Communication

There are three ways in which dogs are said to communicate with other dogs, as well as with human beings; through their body language, vocalizations, and direct eye contact. In this article we’ll look at body language as a form of communication and try to determine whe...

May 4, 2020

Why Are There More Female Dog Trainers Then Males?

Originally published in slightly different form on June 30, 2010 at PsychologyToday.com.

                               “We invented civilization to impress our girlfriends.”
                                                                             —Orson Welles...

Could a single hormone have helped us domesticate dogs (and vice versa)?

Originally published in slightly different form on December 7, 2010 at PsychologyToday.com.

“The primary factor that humans selected for was tameness, or low levels of aggression. The main mechanism through which this was accomplished was neotenization, or retention of juvenile low aggression into adult life. We also selected animals who paid attention to us."...

Dogs Can Help War Veterans Get Over Their PTSD.

Can Play Help Dogs Do the Same Thing?

Originally published in slightly different form on August 1, 2011 at PsychologyToday.com.

Dogs With PTSD

In her recent blog post, “Why Dogs Heal PTSD,” Tracy Stecker beautifully describes how the canine-human bond can help war veterans overcome PTSD and start getting back to normal.

We usually think of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) as a condition primarily afflicting su...

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