Dr. Ian Dunbar may not have the acclaim of the dog whisperer - actually he does, within the dog training world. More important - he has respect from colleagues. No one dog trainer in my lifetime has had the influence of Dr. Dunbar.
If you're a professional or really intent on learning about dogs - here's a chance to get inside this man's head. He'll be offering an entire day of talks revolving on this one theme: "The Dominance Myth: Fearfulness, Reactivity & Aggression in Dogs," Saturday September 7 at the Anti Cruelty Society, Chicago (LaSalle St. at Grand Ave.).
Here's Dunbar's Description: This seminar offers an insight into the development of social hierarchies (debunking the “Dominance” myth) from the most comprehensive, long-term (30 years) dog behavior research study (Yale/Berkeley). We originally embarked on the study searching for physical “dominance” … but didn’t find it. Certainly, puppies spend a good proportion of their time play-fighting and fighting with each other to determine, establish and maintain their relative rank, but we saw no cases of adult dogs physically dominating puppies and we observed very few dogfights between adult dogs during the ten years of the study. On the contrary, we observed many instances of adult dogs spending long periods of time actually “tutoring” puppies and young adolescents to slow down, chill, sit, lie down and otherwise “show respect”. The puppies developed stable hierarchical relationships while growing up which served to prevent the need for fighting as adults.
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