Dominance Theory and Dogs


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What’s It About?

Dominance is one of the most controversial topics in the dog behaviour and training field and is ripe with confusion and misunderstanding. This book is an evaluation of dominance theory as it applies to dogs and is a contribution to the ongoing debate.

James O’Heare, CABC, is president of The Companion Animal Sciences Institute, Director of the Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals, editor of the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behaviour and owner of Behave tech publishing. James has studied the natural science and technology of behaviour extensively and has written multiple books on the subject, which have sold throughout the world. James has been helping companion animal guardians resolve problem behaviour, writing and teaching since the early 1990’s.

Published 2008 Dogwise Publishing


The whole dominance myth in a nutshell

Reviewer: Vivi Sparvoli

Excellent source for understanding the reality about the dominance myth and where it all stems from. O’Heare does a great job of talking to the educated dog trainer without dumbing things down and referencing top researchers in the field. A must read of anyone interested in dog training or canine behaviour counselling.

Ever wonder about the whole dominance thing?

Reviewer: Angelica Steinker, M.Ed., CPDT, CCBC

When I first started out as a professional trainer I used the dominance paradigm. I soon came to realize that in my own family of dogs, who was dominant over whom seems to shift with the wind. I began to wonder what it all meant when I clearly did not see a linear hierarchy in my own dogs. James O’Heare presents current research on dominance theory in this book and shows the reader how dominance theory is not a useful predictor of behaviour in the canine. A great book, that is a must read for any dog owner


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