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Dominance Theory: Are We Throwing Out The Baby With The Bathwater

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Pamela Reid - filmed 2009 - this DVD qualifies for 1.5 behavior consultant CCPDT CEUs

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Dominance Theory: Are We Throwing Out The Baby With The Bathwater

Presented by: Pamela Reid

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The notion that dogs necessarily invoke dominance relationships when interacting with other dogs and people is pervasive among dog trainers and laypeople alike. Dogs with behavior problems are characterized as "dominant" to such an extent that, regardless of the nature of the problem, owners are advised that they need to be "alpha" and perform all the obligatory irrelevant or abusive practices. Too many times, this leads to a rapid deterioration of the human-animal bond. In response, there has been a backlash of protest from a subset of trainers, rejecting the concept of dominance in its entirety. I argue that this is rash. Dominance hierarchies do exist among the majority of social animals and it behooves us to understand how the dogs' ancestry has prepared them to live in social groups.

I review the complexity of dominance hierarchies that exist in the animal kingdom. How social rules are decided upon and enforced among dogs is hinted at in the limited studies of the behavior of feral dogs. Unlike other species, most dogs' social groups also consist of humans, so the question arises, how, if at all, do they extend their social rules to include us? The objective of this talk is to bring information to the table'information that can help us understand dogs. I'd like to propose forging a new path'a path that acknowledges dominance hierarchies in the dog but does not prompt us into antagonistic relationships with them. Dominance theory is a highly useful construct in the study of animal behavior; don't throw the baby out with the bathwater!


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Type DVD universal format
Run Time 1 hr 45 mins
Presenter Pamela Reid
Publisher Tawzer Dog LLC
Copyright © 2009, Tawzer Dog LLC
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About The Presenter (BIO)

Pamela Reid, Ph.D, CAAB, CPDT - Pamela Reid is a trained scientist with a PhD in animal learning and behavior. She understands research and she can tell good work from bad. Better yet, she can translate scientific theories and findings into comprehensible language, sharing where and how the research is relevant to the real world. Her presentations are always changing, always improving as she discovers new work.

Pamela is also a certified behaviorist. She has been consulted on thousands of cases over the years. She evaluates dogs that have seriously injured or killed people, and dogs that have been the victims of cruelty.

Pamela is even a dog trainer. She started with an unlikely breed, a remarkable Saluki named Shaahiin. Shaahiin earned his Agility Novice and Open titles, winning breed and group awards for high scores. They went on to Flyball, where Shaahiin became the first and only Saluki to earn a Flyball Dog Championship for the following 15 years. They tackled agility where Shaahiin became the first Saluki to earn a USDAA Agility Dog title. Pamela’s next dog was Ciaran the Border Collie, who racked up titles in obedience, flyball, and agility. Ciaran won numerous Grand Prix events and classes at the USDAA Nationals. Pamela’s current best buddy is her Border-Border Eejit, a veritable legend in agility. Eejit is a two-time USDAA National Steeplechase Champion and a three-time USDAA Regional DAM Team Champion. Sadly, he's now retired at the ripe old age of 14. Clearly Pamela knows dog training. She knows how to teach, she knows how to motivate, she knows how to refine, and she knows how to compete to get the best out of the team.

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