Speaker: Monty Sloan
Description: Monty Sloan, trainer and handler from the beginning at Wolf Park, discusses “Dominance Theory” and how it applies differently to dogs and wolves. Also addressed is the relevance of “dominance” in captive and wild wolf packs, and in groups of dogs, including the differences between dominance and leadership. Monty’s lectures are RICH in photography and real experiences with wolves and observing behavior in both wolves and dogs. Knowing the differences between dominance and leadership in your actions with your dogs will help you be a better trainer and have a safer and closer relationship with your dog. Dogs also have both dominant and leader positions in groups with each other. Being able to observe your dog in a group such as at a dog park or in your own home and understanding what behavior he is exhibiting will also keep your dog safe and increase the positive appropriate relationships in the dog group.
Dominance behavior in dogs is often confused with aggression
Aggression is often the RESULT of a dominance interaction, especially in a captive wolf pack, but aggression is not in and of itself dominance. Aggression does not need to be dominance related and is not a necessary component of a dominance interaction.
Recorded: March, 2011
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