Behavioral incompatibilities, not behavior problems

Posted on February 8, 2022February 8, 2022Categories Uncategorized

“It’s not a problem for the dog; it’s a problem for the human,” is among the first mottos regarding so-called dog “behavior problems” I learned as a novice dog trainer. The famed behaviorist, Dr. Ian Dunbar, would often begin a lecture on behavior modification with some version of this pronouncement. But even though he acknowledged the negative implication of the term, he would continue to use it because it’s such a common language phrase. Experts do this all of the time, … Continue reading “Behavioral incompatibilities, not behavior problems”

“What kind of dog is that?” Asking the wrong question and answering it badly

Posted on August 7, 2019December 17, 2021Categories News, Research & PublicationsTags ,   Leave a comment on “What kind of dog is that?” Asking the wrong question and answering it badly

Our review has revealed no findings of breed based behavioral differences that successfully overcome all the difficulties presented by this question.

Our review has revealed no findings of breed based behavioral differences that successfully overcome all the difficulties presented by this question.

Unvalidated, unreliable, and unnecessary: Evidence for the case against formal behavior evaluations for shelter dogs

Posted on March 22, 2019March 18, 2021Categories News, Research & PublicationsTags , ,   Leave a comment on Unvalidated, unreliable, and unnecessary: Evidence for the case against formal behavior evaluations for shelter dogs

A 2019 article demonstrates that no canine behavior evaluation used for shelter dogs meets accepted scientific criteria that would justify routine use in shelters.

A 2019 article demonstrates that no canine behavior evaluation used for shelter dogs meets accepted scientific criteria that would justify routine use in shelters.