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glowingtoadfly 03-13-2014 08:48 PM

Anyone care to discuss Nicole Wilde?
Hey, Old School Dominance Theory: School’s Out! | Wilde About Dogs
We were having such a great discussion of this article.

Eiros 03-13-2014 08:52 PM

I was curious what everyone meant when they said the wolf in the picture looked uncomfortable... Holy moly yes he does!

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glowingtoadfly 03-13-2014 08:54 PM

Wolfdogs are a nervous lot.

Eiros 03-13-2014 08:56 PM

Lol not saying anything about it, just that he looks uncomfortable. 😁 I don't know any wolf dogs so I'm no judge.

Personally I don't believe everything my dog does out of line is a dominance display either, though I didn't read the whole article, I assume that's her point.

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ZoeD1217 03-13-2014 08:58 PM


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glowingtoadfly 03-13-2014 08:59 PM

I can't tell if he's uncomfortable or just hanging out. But I haven't met a wolfdog either, I plan to remedy that someday :)

glowingtoadfly 03-13-2014 09:02 PM

Yeah, I think her point is just that there are other ways to interpret canine behavior besides dominance, and that dominance theory is flawed.

David Taggart 03-13-2014 09:46 PM

Anyone who has read Patricia McConell on dominance the main stem of which is "the man wants to dominate the dog at any cost only because he's a man and that one is a dog" would realize, that it is her topic was widened by Nicole. Of course there are neuted wolf-dog hybrids to choose in rescue centres, but I'd rather see some snappy intact Jack Rassells instead, or pitbulls.

Blitzkrieg1 03-13-2014 09:49 PM

I enjoyed CMs episodes with wolf dogs. Common sense stuff but I hear common sense aint so common these days.
I think there are dominant wolves in any given pack. As there are lead mares in horse herds, dominant matriarcs in Orca pods etc etc. There are those that wish to re invent the wheel and deny what has been common sense for thousands of years. There are always people willing to buy in because it suits their personal fantasies.

I make all the choices for my dogs, when they eat, walk, go to the bathroom, play ball, bark, sit etc. I dont think of it as dominance, its just common sense to me.

People hear the word dominance and get their panties in a bunch because of all the HUMAN conitations it holds..often negative. Dominance or leadership or whatever you want to call it in animals is symptom of survival.

glowingtoadfly 03-13-2014 09:53 PM

Can anyone go into what about his body posture looks uncomfortable to them? I definitely agree that what Patricia wrote about dominance was deepened by Nicole. I went to her Helping Fearful Dogs conference in Milwaukee and she went over how to tell if a dog is fearful or stressed by its body language, how a second dog that is more stable can help a fearful dog ( part of the reason why I got a second dog). She also went into how supplements like lactium and l theanine can help anxious dogs.

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