The Science Behind The Philosophy

"Rethinking the Causes of Canine Aggression"

  • Veterinary Medicine
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"The Use of Dominance Theory in Behavior Modification of Animals"

  • American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
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 "The Use of Punishment for Behavior Modification in Animals"

  • American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
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"Whatever happened to the Term ALPHA Wolf?"

  • article by L. David Mech, senior research scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey and founder and vice chair of the International Wolf Center.
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"Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs"

  • Applied Animal Behavior Science, 2009; 117 (1-2): 47
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"Using ‘Dominance’ to Explain Dog Behavior is Old Hat"

  • Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, May/June 2009, Pages 135-144
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"Fairy tales: The top 10 dog behaviour myths

  • Jean Donaldson, Behaviour Magazine, January 2008 Issue
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"Dominance in dogs – useful construct or bad habit?"

  • Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Vol 4, Issue 3, Pages 135-144 (May 2009)
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"Alpha Status, Dominance, and Division of Labor in Wolf Packs"

  • David Mech
  • Canadian Journal of Zoology 77:1196:1203.
  • Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Home Page (http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/2000/alstat/alstat.htm) Version 16MAY2000
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David Mech YouTube clip regarding myth of the "Alpha" and the origins of the mislabeling.

"The Long-Term Effects of Spanking"

  • Time Magazine, May 3, 2010
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As the host of the hit TV show "It's Me or the Dog", Victoria has been able to share her insight and passion for positive, reward-based dog training…

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The Science Says: Don’t Hit Your Dog

The term "discipline" is thrown around loosely in the dog training world. You'll find all kinds of opinions about when and how to discipline a dog, but how do you know what to believe? While you may not believe a trainer's advice not to hit your dog, it's hard to ignore the scientific research that [...]

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