June 30, 2020

Is Dominant Behavior Instinctive or a Symptom of Anxiety?

Originally published in slightly different form on April 13, 2009 at PsychologyToday.com.

Hunting Eases Stress and Anxiety

In the first of the previous two sections [1] I described how the primary architect of the alpha theory, Konrad Lorenz, misinterpreted the essential dynamic between a “dominant” and “submissive” wolf. In the second I made the point that the initial studies which gave us this now dis...

June 29, 2020

A Property of Relationships or an Indicator of Stress?

First published at PsychologyToday.com on May 9, 2011 at PsychologyToday.com. 

One of the Good Guys

As someone who casts a critical eye on the latest developments in dognitive science, I’m happy to report that John W. S. Bradshaw has joined us here at PsychologyToday.com. In my view Bradshaw is one of the good guys, someone who’s interested in questioning the prevailing wisdom about how dogs think and l...

June 25, 2020

Or By Pattern Recognition?

Originally published in slightly different form on September 16, 2010 at PsychologyToday.com.

Unified Theory of Dog Training

I’ve spent a good deal of time here emphasizing the differences between the two most common forms of pet dog training—the pack leader and behavioral science models—and contrasting them with the approach I use, which is more closely allied with the way working dogs are trained (primarily through stimulating and...

June 24, 2020

5 Principles, 5 Core Exercises.

The following was written by Kevin Behan. I made a few edits.

At a conference in Indiana in 2013, Kevin Behan laid out the following:

(1) All behavior is a function of emotion. And all emotion is a function of attraction.

(2) When emotion can’t flow to a state of complete and utter satisfaction, then stress is acquired in the body.

(3) Stress—which is the physical memory of emotion that failed to run to “ground”—must be triggere...

June 23, 2020

Attraction and Resistance, Tension and Release

Originally published in slightly different form on February 22, 2011 at PsychologyToday.com. 

A Tired Dog Is a Good Dog

We’ve all heard the expression, a tired dog is a good dog. But what does it mean, exactly?

I think the most common way this adage is interpreted is that if you give a dog enough exercise he’ll have fewer behavioral problems. In extreme cases the dog is put on a treadmill for hours at a time, o...

June 22, 2020

If Wolf Packs Are Self-Emergent Systems, Are Dog-Human Packs Too?

Dog and Wolf Playing With a Stick

Originally published in slightly different form on October 26, 2011 at PsychologyToday.com.  

New Computer Model of Pack Hunting

The traditional view of pack hunting behavior is that it’s a highly-intelligent, carefully orchestrated endeavor, controlled primarily by the pack leader, which requires constant communication between members of the pack, much like a...

June 19, 2020

Using Transitional Objects to Solve Behavioral Problems

Originally published in slightly different form on December 16, 2011 at PsychologyToday.com.

Inner Conflict in Dogs?

I’m not sure how Dr. Maisel’s article—in which he invited his colleague Dr. Judith Levy to discuss some of her ideas about transitional objects (a Freudian—ended up in the Animal Behavior section of the Psychology Today website recently, but I’m glad it did.

For over 20 years I’ve been explo...

June 18, 2020

A New Scientific Study May Cause Dogs to Suffer.

Originally published in slightly different form on August 10, 2010 at PsychologyToday.com. 

Three Levels

In a recent article, Marc Bekoff has said that dogs—these amazing animals we love so much—have what’s called a Theory of Mind, a theoretical construct used by cognitive researchers to determine where a particular species’ forms of cognition lie on the evolutionary and psychological scale.

In the study Dr. B...

June 17, 2020

Dogs and Humans, A Love Story.

How Did Dogs and Humans First “Fall in Love?”

Originally published in slightly different form on January 12, 2012 at PsychologyToday.com. 

In a recent article here, acclaimed dog expert Dr. Stanley Coren (author of The Intelligence of Dogs) asks, “Do dogs love people more than they love other dogs,” and tells us his article was sparked by the rediscovery of a study showing that dogs seem to prefer human companionship.1 

Humans...

June 16, 2020

Part 4.

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

November 27, 2016 by Lee Charles Kelley

“[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.” 

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