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  • Paperback: 73 pages
  • Publisher: Dogwise Publishing; 3rd Revised edition edition (31 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929242808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929242801
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By R. Owen-disney on 2 Aug. 2011
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This book had me argueing with myself on several occassions. Really makes you think about all the past training methods that have been instilled into us by various training celebreties and how sucked in we've been to believe what turns out to be utter nonsense. Now trying to convince others. The book covers all angles with a for and against approach. Excellent read
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. G. Lisle on 11 Jan. 2012
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I have to admit, for the past 5 years I was a huge Cesar Millan fan and totally agreed with his concept of dominant dogs, but after beginning my training to become a dog trainer, I knew that my understanding of 'dominance' needed to change. So I thought I'd do some research. I came across this book Dominance in Dogs: Fact or Fiction? and thought it might be a good place to start!
The author begins by outlining that the idea of dogs being dominant is flawed and goes on to explain why, the crux of the argument essentially being, dogs aren't wolves and even if they were, the idea of the violent struggles for power in wolf packs that is so widely believed by so many, just isn't true. The author isn't really making this argument himself, he is drawing on the research of others, which is thoroughly referenced in this book for further reading. In some ways this almost makes the book seem too short and the arguments lightly qualified, however the extensive bibliography really adds its weight to the author's facts - I certainly have a lot more reading to do.
I really enjoyed reading this book, it wasn't overly repetitive, it was interesting, well written and incredibly convincing. It actually made me feel quite sad that the dominance theory is so prevalent but so wrong, with so many dog owners following advice that just confuses our poor dogs even more.
If you are a trainer looking for arguments to disprove the dominance theory, someone sat on the fence about it all, or a firm believer that dogs are dominant I urge you to pick up this book and have a read. At very least it will give you some great food for thought, and hopefully it will give you a new understanding of the wonderful animals we share our lives with.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MrsB1 on 18 April 2013
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Dominance is a state of mind that some trainers stuck in their ways are still churning out. The fact is, dogs really aren't trying to take over your home or boss you about. They are only interested in waiting for the good stuff to start happening and the bad stuff to end, just like you. So, relax and enjoy a relationship with your dog based on trust, understanding and love. You're the primary resource provider and have the opposable thumbs and you control access to all the important things in your dog's life - you can teach your dog everything he needs to know with this in mind - dog wants you to open the door? teach him a bit of self control and ask for a sit and then open the door. Dogs then understand that obediance is the way to get the good stuff. Reading this book helps to put the dominance chestnut to bed and understand a bit better of how to get the best out of your pets. He taps into David Mech's research on wolves, which he now acknowledges was flawed. It's good news for our pet dogs!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sam wright on 26 Jan. 2012
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A must read,if you are wanting to read a book that clearly states how dogs behave and why then i would suggest that you throw away all your other books and just read this one.They always say that scientific evidence is needed with regard to any studies.This book has wolf experts that have explained the true identity of a wolf and its behaviour.This and the behaviour of dogs certainly raises question's of old fashioned training methods and will easily explain the findings.Very interesting and possibly the answer to alot of misunderstandings from human's.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Lond on 9 Feb. 2012
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This is an excellent small book to help dispel the myth that the dogs in our lives are domesticated wolves trying to lead the household by fair means or foul. I have seen people treating their dogs in an appalling way because they have been told that they must be dominated otherwise they will have a domination issue. Owning, if that is the right word, a dog is a partnership and the dog only wants to know the rules.
This book looks at the common misunderstandings and sets out to explain the simple facts of how not to treat an animal which tries to communicate with us but cannot speak our language.
When I started reading this book I could not put it down but had to when I started to read the same words over about four times, after 6 hours.
If you truly want to understand another species, other than human, this provides a lot of the understanding.
Excellent value for money and will be read over several times by me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By amanda stalker on 21 Jan. 2013
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I really couldn't put this book down, this is a straight forward easy to understand book which is truly life changing, a must read for anyone who wants to own or understand dogs. New studies and ideas makes you re-think the differences between the wolf and our domestic dog, how we train our dogs. Read this book if you really want a happy companion and canine best friend.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. J. Benger on 30 Jun. 2012
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I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it if you have an interest in dogs and aren't sure where you stand on the dominance debate. It's also worth stating that this book does what it says on the tin, if you're looking for ways to train your dog this book is not a good choice. The focus of this book is purely dominance theory and it's use in dog training. This book had a definite bias towards dominance in dogs being fiction which didn't really surprise me however it is completely accurate in the information it presents.

Unlike many books that have a bias it doesn't invent or draw upon extremist examples to fight it's cause it simply uses fact and very reliable references. On the topic of references this book has many which I personally enjoy as it gives the book some substance and worth rather than being a book of simply opinion with no evidence to support the claims (like so many other dog books!) Perhaps my favourite aspect of this book is the fact that it draws upon experts of both wolf ethology and dog behaviour to put it's case across. It was nice to see so many familiar names from both fields; Ian Dunbar, Jean Donaldson, Karen Pryor, David Mech etc. In essence this book does the research for you and presents the findings in a short, easy to read book.
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