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Some great articles on the dominance myth in training.

December 12th, 2008, 01:30 PM
This is an article from the American Veterinary Society
of Animal Behavior concerned about the prevelance of the dominance myth in training. It has some very very good examples of why looking at wolf behaviour is not suitable for looking at dogs.

AVSAB is concerned with the recent
re-emergence of dominance theory and
forcing dogs and other animals into
submission as a means of preventing and
correcting behavior problems

Now this one specifically deals with Milan's methods. Its from a behavioural vet (He runs the Animal Behavior Clinic at Purdue University) who was given the tapes by NG hoping he would add his seal of approval to the show. But it adresses the idea of dominance Most of the theoretical explanations that Milan gives regarding causes of the behavior problems are wrong. Not
one of these dogs had any issue with dominance. Not one of these dogs wanted to control their owners. What he
was right about was that calmness and consistency are extremely important, but they don't make the presented
methods appropriate or justifiable

December 12th, 2008, 06:27 PM
I just read all of those and found them very interesting. Most echo other articles I've read. Thanks, I think I'll bookmark those.