Author: pplSeattle

The Dogma of Dominance

by Prescott Breeden An ethological approach to behavior and dominance in dogs Perhaps the most commonly used adjective from dog owners when describing canine behavior is the word ‘dominant.’  Traditional understandings teach that the most primary motivator for a dog is to establish a social hierarchy where there is a clearly defined pack leader.  This gives rise to the over-popularized idea that canine behavioral issues are a result of our dogs not having a strong leader and so they are acting out to fulfill that role.  In light of the fact that there have been thousands of articles written...

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P+/R- vs P-/R+, the line in the sand ideology

This blog posting is for our colleagues: There’s a big issue when positive trainers claim they will never use P+ or R- in training an animal, because you can have every intention in the world to attempt R+ or P- but the dog decides what stimulus is the most salient and whether that stimulus is reinforcing or punishing.  I often use the example of how my wife thinks her dinners are R+, but really, I’d rather go to the taco truck.  You will go to condition a clicker with a dog and they will begin to respond with fear...

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