Dominance in Dogs: Fact or Fiction?


by Barry Eaton


Dominance in Dogs: Fact or Fiction?

by Barry Eaton

ISBN: 9781929242801

Publisher: Dogwise Publishing

Publication Year: 2008

Format: Trade Paperback

Pages: 75

From the back cover:

“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 or 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 to 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 take 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.”

Additional information

Weight .15 kg
Dimensions 22.8 × 15 × .6 cm

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