“Dog Sense” (US version) and “In Defence of Dogs” (UK version)

17 Jul

I have a new book on it’s way to my house and I think everyone  involved with dogs should read this article at least and consider buying his book. Professor John Bradshaw gathers all the recent research and repackaged it in  the hands of the public.  I love translators like this.  I hope to mostly get validation but hope to learn at least a few new pieces of information.  At the very least want it to recommend to my clients. This could change lives. The quotes I have pulled out below are not new to those of us in the field of animal behavior, but I am so excited that it will be readily in the hands of everyone.

A few quotes from the article below:

“He does not peddle opinions. His style is tolerant, clear and benign and he is interested only in what science can support. His book is a revelation”

“dogs do not set up wolf-type packs. They don’t organise themselves in the way wolves do”.

“They don’t want to control people, they want to control their own lives. It is what we are all aiming for – to keep control of our own lives. It is a fundamental biological urge.”

“Monks of New Skete in the United States who “sound as if they ought to be the gentlest people in the world” but base their bogus, punitive methods on wolf  biology…”

“Bradshaw’s most incredible – and gratifying – assertion is that dogs are more interested in people than in other dogs… We forget that the play between species, enjoyed by dogs and humans, is very rare. “

“… tug-of-war research: “Dogs were allowed to win tug-of-war games over and over again; this made the dog more keen to play with people, than when they were forced to lose every time, but there were no signs indicating that any dog became ‘dominant’ as a result.”

“I ask about his title: do dogs really need defending? “…he replied, “They need defending from people who persist in the old methods and don’t take any notice of science.”



I hope someday I can meet him and shake his hand. Thank you D. Bradshaw 🙂


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