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.”
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...
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...
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...
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."...