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FIGHTING DOMINANCE IN A DOG WHISPERING WORLD DVD
by Jean Donaldson and Ian Dunbar (See other books by author)


Publisher: dogTEC
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2007 DVD
Run Time: 4 hours
ISBN: 897059001115
Item: DTB966
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Summary: Watch Jean Donaldson and Ian Dunbar take on the controversial and often misunderstood concept of dominance behavior in dogs. Do dogs really try to be "the boss"? Learn what science knows, and doesn't know, about canine behavior.

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Winner of the IIACAB Award for 2007 Best Dog Behavior DVD

Watch Jean Donaldson and Ian Dunbar take on the controversial and often misunderstood concept of dominance behavior in dogs. Do dogs really try to be "the boss"? Learn what science knows, and doesn't know, about canine behavior. A timely subject given the popularity of television shows featuring dogs behaving badly and trainers rehabilitating them - all within an hour!

There is an incredible interest in dog behavior and training as evidenced by the growing popularity of TV shows that focus on how to solve problem behaviors. Often, viewers are told that the problem is that their dog is trying to be “dominant” and that the owner simply needs to assert him/herself as the "leader of the pack". While this may make for compelling TV, dominance in dogs has not been subject to much scientific research. Many dog experts, well schooled in canine learning and behavior, dispute the idea that dominance plays a significant role in pet dog behavior. In this new DVD, leading canine authorities Jean Donaldson and Ian Dunbar take on this sometimes-controversial subject. Does dominance really exist and how does it impact the relationships between dogs and dogs and people and dogs? Do you have to be “dominant” over your dog to ensure that she is well trained? What does the modern trainer do or say to a client who does not understand why he or she does not train dogs "the way they do on TV"? All of these issues are dealt with in this fascinating, 4+ hour DVD by experts who place more stock in research and empirical results than in explanations based personal experience.


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Really interesting, August 6, 2012
Reviewer: Nick Hof, CPDT-KA
I found Jean’s talk very interesting. She had some real take-home points for trainers to help reduce burn-out and make sure that you continue to enjoy what you are doing. The information she covered on the various dominance hierarchies was really interesting as well. It helped to clear up a few questions I had on the subject. My only qualm was during the Q&A; the questions being asked were not recorded (having been cut from the tape). This resulted in confusion for me as to what Jean was talking about; sort of like I walked into the room to hear only part of the conversation. Some of the questions were repeated or paraphrased by Jean, but it still was difficult to follow.

I think that Ian’s talk was very complementary to Jean’s. Ian spoke of treating clients, dogs and other trainers with respect. Jean had discussed various forms of hierarchies but Ian spoke of some studies he conducted that resulted in very clear hierarchies in some specific scenarios. Ian did not spend a lot of time speaking specifically on dominance. Instead, he focused on how we need to train our dogs better (to higher reliability) and allow that to speak for us. He had a lot of great tips to deflect dominance based techniques and instead use them as an opportunity to insert a better technique, always without calling the owner out or making them feel bad for doing it differently.

Overall, Jean’s talk focused more on protecting ourselves from burn-out and fighting the dominance by not even acknowledging it (mostly talking about other trainers or clients intent to use those methods). Ian focused more on not even bothering with dominance, but treating our clients with respect and showing them a better way to train their dog.

I really enjoyed both of their talks, finding both of them entertaining and enjoyable to watch. I think there were a couple questions that resulted in tense moments during the group Q&A but I found this brought some very interesting perspective to the topic and it was great to hear from both of them.
 
Well Inform to the NEW trainer, January 7, 2011
Reviewer: Elaine Chan Whitlow
I often have to explain to my dog training clients what is the 'true' dog dominance, or is it really just unruly behaviors
or it is okay to be physical when you 'correct' your dog, what about the whole 'ALPHA' 'PACK LEADER' thing has to do with training dog. the title of the DVD somehow makes people think they are talking about the dog whisperer on TV show, which believes in Human being the ALPHA leader at all time, versus the cooperation, which most positive trainers believe to be a better method, you will have a way better relationship with you dog. Enough Said, this DVD helped me a lot to understand HOW I should inform my every client. It HELPED me to use certain keywords to explain or I can quote. Plus the informations are coming from Donaldson and Dunbar, you know its GOOD information.
I often say: GOOD doesn't mean its RIGHT
Some trainer out there still trains dominant theory where many have changed. this is a very informative DVD
and it is NOT too much info that will overwhelm a NEW trainer
I will recommended to anybody who works with dogs
 
Good addition to your library, July 7, 2009
Reviewer: Crystal Saling
I really liked Jean Donaldson's presentation about the history of the dominance model in trying to understand animal behavior. I have to say I wasn't 100% convinced that dogs don't have a social heierarchy from this disc, but subsequent reading has lead me to be more skepticle of the dominance model.

It is strange how Ian Dunbar pretty much totally contradicts Jean Donaldson's speach until again you do some more reading on the subject, then its easy to understand how they could come up with such different conclusions on the same topic.

I was a little dissapointed with the advice or lack-there-of as to how to handle this dog whispering craze. I wish there had been more practicle advice as I too go straight into my amygdala when I hear people talk about DW (there was some, especially on the Ian Dunbar disc).
 
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