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DOMINANCE IN DOGS - FACT OR FICTION? (SHOPWORN)
by Barry Eaton (See other books by author)


Publisher: Dogwise Publishing
Edition:
2011 Paperback, 88 pages

ISBN: 9781929242801
Item: DTB1183DMG
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Summary: (SLIGHT COVER SCUFFING) Bring science to the discussion of whether dogs try to “dominate” humans. The fact is that domestic dogs have been selectively bred for hundreds of years to work cooperatively with people and this book corrects common misconceptions about canine behavior.

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(SLIGHT COVER SCUFFING) Is Your Dog Trying to “Dominate” You?
You may have read books or seen TV shows that tell you that your dog will seek to dominate you, your family members and other pets unless you become the “alpha” and put him in his place. The theory is that since dogs evolved from wolves and wolves (supposedly) form packs with strict pecking orders and battle each other to become the pack leader, your dog will do the same within your household. In this new US edition, author Barry Eaton separates out the facts from the fiction regarding dominance in pet dogs, presenting the reader with the results of recent research into the behavior of wolves and the impacts of selective breeding on the behavior of dogs. The results may surprise you and will surely inform you.

You will learn:
• Wolves in the wild do form packs, but they are largely peaceful and cooperative family units.
• Many of the behaviors and drives that wolves live by have virtually disappeared from pet dogs due to the impact of selective breeding.
• Poorly trained or under-socialized dogs may engage in certain behaviors such as resource guarding (food, toys) that may make them appear to be trying to assert dominance. However, these are problems that can be brought under control by training and management and will not be solved by an owner trying enforce his or her dominance over the dog.
• Many of the training or “pack” rules associated with those who claim you must dominate your dog have no basis in reality in terms of wolf behaviors and. if taken to an extreme, can be harmful to your dog.
• A simple and logical set of guidelines to raise and train a dog in a positive and effective manner.

What dog trainers are saying about Barry Eaton’s Dominance in Dogs:
Learning is best done by challenging the old mythologies and this book surely does that.
Prof. Ray Coppinger

Thanks for the opportunity to see your fantastic book. Excellent. We do have an uphill battle as the sheer amount of repetition of the Dominance concept has cemented it into the public land.
Jean Donaldson

Dominance in Dogs - Fact or Fiction is a little book with a big message. Without wasting words, Barry Eaton dispels the dominance myth and its insidious rank-reduction program, which is nothing more than an arduous task for owners to make their poor dogs’ lives a misery.
Dr. Ian Dunbar

Barry Eaton lives in England where he is an Affiliate of the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE) and a Member of the COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers. He is an expert on training deaf dogs and is the author of the popular book Hear, Hear. He is the former chair of the Wessex Sheepdog Society and enjoyed participating in sheep dog trials.

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“How far is the dog from the roving packs of wolves in the past? "Dominance in Dogs: Fact or Fiction?" discusses the idea that dogs will try to become alpha males in their families, drawing their canine instincts. Studying wolves and comparing them to domestic dogs and how the habits differ are similar, Barry Eaton provides quite the thoughtful study on dogs and their dominance. "Dominance In Dogs" is a thoughtful collection, very highly recommended”. James A. Cox

Dog World Review, February 2012


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A Dog's Best Friend Is This Book, February 16, 2011
Reviewer: Mayson
Wow, what a great book! This book should be compulsory reading for dog owners everywhere. There are still too many vets, trainers and behaviourists who believe that pet dogs should be the lowest of the low in our families and send new dog owners away with a list of harsh and unnecessary rules to follow that make both their lives and especially the life of their dog miserable. If you read the book properly (rather than selectively arguing single statements), the whole thing makes absolute sense. I wish we had read this before we rescued our dog, but unfortunately, we were advised to follow the pack rules which added to the misery of an already unhappy dog. When we read Barry Eaton’s Dominance in Dogs, we stopped using pack rules and started treating him as a member of our family (as suggested in the book) and our frightened, unhappy dog relaxed, behaved better and finally bonded with us. Read it – you will be pleased that you did.







Mayson
 
Good Read for Old School Trainers, February 5, 2011
Reviewer: C. Slabaugh
I believe in positive training so this book was not a stretch for me to see the points that the author was trying to make. I know being a forceful and dominating leader in the house is not the best way to get your dog to work for you. I would like to have seen more evidence of what a wolf pack is actually like with the latest research instead of taking the old research and those beliefs learned back then to point out that the dog is not actually like that. The book covers that wolf packs don't behave the way researchers thought they did with the alpha dog not necessarily eating first and the absence of an alpha roll but it also left me wondering what the new research found out about the wolf pack and their behavior and if any of it did have connections with our domestic dogs. It left me feeling like parts were intentionally left out as it did not fit with the theory that Dogs do not behave like Wolves because our dogs are domesticated. Some of the examples which was used to 'prove' that dogs were not like wolves I found not true with the dogs I own and even some of my friends dogs. The part about dogs not interested in tearing apart a small animal to get to the internal organs was not accurate in my experience. There was enough conflicting 'proofs' that were not true with my own dogs it left me disappointed as I felt there was much more information out there that was not covered. HOWEVER, if you are a firm believer in the old theory of the Pack Rules by wolf behavior, then this should be a book to read so you can learn how to understand your dog and better communicate your desires with them.
 
THE LOST PACK?, January 28, 2011
Reviewer: Ron Bevacqua,aa,ba,cpdt
Dominance In Dogs- Fact or Fiction is a great example of a book that promises much but never delivers the goods. Many wonderful concepts are shared ;however, it lacks in any solid CONCRETE evidence! Times are hard for many of us.....so save your money and buy LEADER OF THE PACK by DR.Patricia B. McConnell and you will be way ahead of the (pack/group?)Family relationship with your pet dog. Believe me your k-9 will be delighted you did! Ron Bevacqua,AA,BA,CPDT
 
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