Hot Best Seller

Dominance in Dogs: Fact or Fiction?

Availability: Ready to download

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 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.


Compare

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 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.

30 review for Dominance in Dogs: Fact or Fiction?

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    I think Dr Ian Dunbars review says it all " 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." I think Dr Ian Dunbars review says it all " 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. "

  2. 5 out of 5

    Why Dog Blog

    Have you ever heard the phrase “it’s quality, not quantity?” Well, this little book is a great example of that, for within its short 64 pages of content lies a lot of straightforward information. I like this book a lot because it is quite the opposite of many other similar books out there in that it is short and straightforward, but not lacking in quality or heart. I say heart because you can tell while reading this book that the author really believes what he is writing and wants his readers to Have you ever heard the phrase “it’s quality, not quantity?” Well, this little book is a great example of that, for within its short 64 pages of content lies a lot of straightforward information. I like this book a lot because it is quite the opposite of many other similar books out there in that it is short and straightforward, but not lacking in quality or heart. I say heart because you can tell while reading this book that the author really believes what he is writing and wants his readers to believe it too. Indeed, I found him quite compelling in his arguments as he quotes many other authors and scientists who all conclude and agree on one thing: dogs are not wolves and shouldn’t be treated as such. Even if you go into this book already knowing that fact or if you believe the total opposite, Eaton will do a good job of convincing you of his argument by his sheer collection of relevant and up-to-date information on the subject matter. He is no Shakespeare when it comes to his writing, but he is in love with dogs and dog behavior, and he does a good job of challenging social norms and the common belief that dogs are just like tame wolves. This is not a book on dog training (although there are a few tips), the history of the dog, or anything of the like. This book focuses solely on one topic: the proof that dogs are not dominant, tame, hierarchy-seeking wolves. I was able to read this book in two days (and I’m sure others could do it in a few hours even) and felt quite content and confident in what I read afterwards. I hope you’ll give it go because it won’t take up too much of your time, but it will lead you down a path to better understanding your dog.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah ♥ dog crazy ♥

    This is a great book every dog owner should read! The author explains why the concept of the dog as a pack animal, dogs seeking dominance over humans and dominance/punishment based training is bullshit. I recommend it to everyone interested in dogs.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paulina Kubica

    Maksymalnie rzetelna jak na stan wiedzy w 2010 r

  5. 4 out of 5

    Faith Hynoski

    A must read for every dog owner especially those who are still following outdated and just plain false rules of dominance.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Iveta

    Útlá knížečka, kterou bych ale doporučila všem majitelům psů, kteří si občas nechávají našeptávat všemožné rady ať už od jiných pejskařů, či samozvaných psích psychologů typu Rudolf Desenský nebo Cesar Millan. Barry Eaton boří staré teorie o dominantním chování psů ve vztahu k člověku za pomoci logických příkladů, do kterých často zakomponovává i chování své vlastní fenky. To, co často lidi svádí na "dominanci" je ale pouze nevychovanost psa, jeho touha dělat si, co chce a nejasnost pravidel Útlá knížečka, kterou bych ale doporučila všem majitelům psů, kteří si občas nechávají našeptávat všemožné rady ať už od jiných pejskařů, či samozvaných psích psychologů typu Rudolf Desenský nebo Cesar Millan. Barry Eaton boří staré teorie o dominantním chování psů ve vztahu k člověku za pomoci logických příkladů, do kterých často zakomponovává i chování své vlastní fenky. To, co často lidi svádí na "dominanci" je ale pouze nevychovanost psa, jeho touha dělat si, co chce a nejasnost pravidel soužití mezi lidmi. Často takové problémy vznikají nedostatečnou socializací psa ve štěněčím věku, promíjení mu spousty prohřešků, které jsou roztomilé, když jsou prckovi tři měsíce a váží deset kilo, ale které ztrácí svou krásu když pejsek vyroste, vymění chrup, nabude na objemu a začne si třeba místo na pohovce bránit vrčením. Tady opravdu nejde o dominanci, ale prostě o to, že "jeho místo" je mu najednou sprostě upíráno a to pro něj bez jasného odůvodnění. Pravidlo o procházení dveřmi jako první sice u nás doma uplatňujeme, ale ze zcela jasných důvodů. Aby se pesan neřítil na ulici, aniž bych já jako psovod měla o situaci už dávno přehled. Psa může zaujmout cokoli na druhé straně chodníku - a cestu přes silnici by nemusel ustát v plném zdraví. Naprosto paranoidní představy, že pes chce řídit vaši domácnost pak považuji za naprosto směšné. I ty zde Eaton skvěle vyvrací. Výzkumy vlků a jejich chování v zajetí a ve volné přírodě jasně ukázaly, že se obě skupiny zvířat chovají naprosto odlišně v různých situacích. Takže srovnávat chování psa a vlka (ať volně žijícího, nebo chovaného v zajetí) opravdu nemá žádné logické opodstatnění. Moc pěkná kniha, kterou si ale lidé, kteří by ji nejvíce přečíst potřebovali, zřejmě nikdy neotevřou a stále si budou kopat na svém písečku a do lidí neustále cpát teorie o tom, že psa je třeba zlomit, aby se člověku naprosto podřídil.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anjali

    Fiction! There's so much information that one can get about dog behavior from the internet and just about anyone wanting to share an opinion... When I became a dog parent, the question of how to deal with being a good dog parent was baffling to say the least... what and who to believe? Barry Eaton comprehensibly and persuasively explains that: - Dogs are Not Wolves - Dominance in Dogs is Fiction The book throws light on the evolution of dogs from the common wolf ancestors, and why dogs are dogs Fiction! There's so much information that one can get about dog behavior from the internet and just about anyone wanting to share an opinion... When I became a dog parent, the question of how to deal with being a good dog parent was baffling to say the least... what and who to believe? Barry Eaton comprehensibly and persuasively explains that: - Dogs are Not Wolves - Dominance in Dogs is Fiction The book throws light on the evolution of dogs from the common wolf ancestors, and why dogs are dogs and not wolves. The author explains with clarity how dogs behave and why; how they learn to react to the environment... The lesson I took away from the book is that each dog is an individual in him/her-self... and must be dealt with as such. This is THE book to read, for all the people with antiquated interpretations on being an 'Alpha' to their dog...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    A little, but very good book that adresses some common misconceptions about dog/human relations. Written in easy english but with a good balance of scientific evidence/facts... and with a nice touch of humor. In my opinion, one of the better books about dogs that have been publiced the last years and I really like the fact that the autor is trying to do something to help some myths out of this world.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Well researched little book, good content, and well organized - an easy read (I read it in one day). I only give it 3 stars just because I found the writing style annoyingly bombastic at times; there is no reason to tell readers what to conclude - it is enough to provide the evidence.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Frum

    Let me ruin it for you: pretty much completely fiction, at least the way most people think about dominance. Read this if you need convinced that your dog isn't sitting around plotting ways to dominate you. They really aren't.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ant

    There is some useful information here, but hidden inside a lot of confused logic. I think it would have helped if the author had concentrated on proving his point instead of trying to prove all the other theories wrong.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anne West

    If you believe that dogs are just domesticated wolves, then you need to read this book. Barry rattles some old believes. This book is easy to read. Quick to bring the facts across. Giving of all things research and scientific. This is the book dog trainers and lovers should read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alča

    Really good book when breaks down the myths

  14. 5 out of 5

    Demi Dema

    perspective changing book, easy to read and with several references in case one wants to go in depth on the topic.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Easy to read, concise and clear. The points made in this book are fantastic in dispelling theories about wolf and dog behaviour. This is a great read for any dog owner/lover.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    Fantastic book with lots of great information and ammunition for de-bunking the harmful dominance myth that influences so much 'traditional' dog-training.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jane Brooks

    Finally someone's got it right A brilliant expose of the 'pack leader' theory and why it is totally flawed. Short, concise and hard hitting writing.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    A nice short book which lays out the problems with the dominance argument. Not necessarily the best writing, but an important topic.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy Lewis

  20. 5 out of 5

    Manos Matsakis

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jarmo Nikolai

  22. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alethea

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

  25. 5 out of 5

    Josephine

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mrs L J Chorley

  27. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Cotterill

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nick Benger

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kmmb

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alastair Tomson

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.