Social Dominance and Nothing In Life Is Free – How Useful Are They for Working with Behavior Problems in Pets?

CAABChat with Dr. Melissa Shyan-Norwalt, CAAB.   Perhaps no idea related to dog behavior has created more confusion and debate than social dominance. Some people argue it has lost its usefulness for understanding dog behavior. Others argue that it is a real and helpful concept when applied to dogs. Yet others say that “science has…

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Case History Presentation: Resolution of Complex, Dangerous Aggression in a Horse

With Guest Chatters Ms. Sharon Madere, CHBC and Ms. Nancy Williams, M.A., RVT, ACAAB It’s one thing to work with aggression in dogs.  People can be seriously injured.  It’s quite another to work with an animal that weighs over 1000 pounds and has a much greater potential to kill you than dogs do. What this means for…

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New Ideas About Where Dogs Came From and Implications For How Best To Live With Them

With Guest Chatters Dr. Clive Wynne and Ms. Janice Koler-Matznick, M.S. ACAAB   When we were in graduate school, the domestication literature (for example Clutton-Brock) at the time held that dogs were domesticated by taming wolf pups.  The motivation for domestication of wolf to dog, was the assistance wolf-cubs-becoming-dogs could bring to peoples’ hunt for prey/food.…

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