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  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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Originally published in slightly different form on August 10, 2010 at PsychologyToday.com.
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.
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
What Do Economics and Game Theory Have to Do With Dogs?
November 27, 2016by 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.”