Posts Tagged ‘dominant dogs’

Dogs: Sometimes the media gets it right.

August 1, 2010 4 comments

I don’t know about you, but I often find myself disgusted with the media today. Whether it be radio, TV or print, it seems like the “non-news” is leading the real news. Snookie? Don’t know and don’t care. Who’s Jennifer Aniston dating now? I can’t keep track and don’t want to either. I have no idea what the Housewives of NY is about – other than women being catty and screaming at one another. I choose not to watch it for fear my brain will rot.

Another one of my pet peeves is the way the media latches onto pitbulls as the “evil” breed or the “killer” breed. If there is a pitbull in a story, and it involves death or injury, then it leads. God forbid they do a positive story on the breed once in a while. Just check out this information and some of the data it provides to better understand how the media plays to stereotypes – whether they be human or animal. (Here’s a great blog post on the topic as well.)

I guess that’s why I was surprised to read a story (in a major news publication) that finally got it right. It’s all about the debate between “Dog Training and the Myth of Alpha-Male Dominance”, AND this reporter did her research. I’ll let you read the full story without giving it all away, but let me just say Kudos to Jennifer Lee-St John for actually digging deeper to find out the truth about the fallacy of the “Alpha-dog/dominance theory” but also for actually being willing to educate people on the dangers of using certain “dominating” type of behaviors with your dog.

This type of story (and ace reporting) was long overdue. Thank you Jennifer for being the one to do it.

Goodbye Alpha Dogma. Goodbye Dominance

June 20, 2009 1 comment

42-17304144Heard another person describe their dog’s behavior as exhibiting “dominance” today. The dog was jumping up on people after someone had excited him. Not dominance at all, just excitement.

Yesterday, I had someone tell me that they did the “Alpha roll” on their dog because she was expressing dominance. What was she doing? Getting into things. Acting up. Not dominance at all, just lack of exercise.

These comments immediately made me think of a blog post I had read recently (thanks to a Tweet from a friend and great dog trainer). It is phenomenal. And, it expresses exactly how I feel. Definitely worth a read.

Check out: Boulder Dog and “Alpha Dogma: Goodbye to All That”

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