Recent Organisational Developments in Dog Training and Behaviour Modification by David Cavill
What they found confirmed what many of us involved in the periphery of dog training and behaviour modification already knew to be the case: the situation, which had been described by many commentators including myself, was ‘chaotic’ …Read More
Background to the formation of the PETbc by David Cavill
I can teach dogs to sit, catch, jump over things and walk on a loose lead (despite what you may have seen the show ring!) and over the years through my many friendships in the world of training and behaviour I have learned a great deal. …Read More
An Outrageous and Unnecessary Proposal by David Cavill
It seems that everyone is jumping on the canine band wagon in attempts to make money or control us. In the last eighteen months we have had the Kennel Club, the Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and The Home Office all tinkering…Read More
Michael Gove MP Explains the Future of Vocational Education
As this incredible setting shows – more like a Bond villain’s lair than anywhere I’ve ever spoken before – McLaren are world leaders in technological innovation; constantly and quite literally reinventing the wheel, to make it ever faster, ever more aerodynamic, ever more efficient…Read More
BSc (Hons) Political Science MCFBA MA Professional Practice in Canine Behaviour & Psychology
The publication of Prof. John Bradshaw’s book “In Defence of Dogs: Why Dogs Need Our Understanding” was greeted with enthusiasm, receiving plaudits from the learned scribes of the national press. Indeed, “this book is here to set the record straight”, according to Amazon, the world’s largest bookseller. Perhaps so until it was subjected to the exacting focus of Dr David Sands, a brilliant scientist who specialises in the human-dog relationship.
The thrust of Bradshaw’s theories is unpicked with literary dexterity and systematically dismantled referencing scientific evidence to discredit the weakness of Bradshaw’s elitist assertions. Sands is ably supported by Dr Roger Mugford and Sara Muncke, the latter being an authority in dog behaviour with specialist experience in dog rescue and it is from these perspectives that she dissembles Bradshaw’s research and hypotheses.
Muncke provides evidence to support her assertion that Bradshaw’s experience of “problematic…psychologically troubled” rescue dogs is founded on theory alone. The relationship between man and dog, notes Dr Mugford, should be a fascinating field for scientific study, but it evidently attracts the least able academics who fail abjectly to produce worthwhile scientific data, instead producing a litany of untested theories that contribute nothing to the enhancement of our understanding of this most special relationship.
Together, Sands, Muncke and Mugford, truly set the record straight in condemning Bradshaw’s jaundiced dogmatism that the dog’s wolf antecedents are irrelevant in 21st century social constructs and that dominance as a construct is synonymous with punishment based training. A balanced perspective, based on sound science, by true experts.
The PETbc is so concerned with the large increase in dogs being euthanised as a result of ineffective training techniques and the aggrandizement of interest groups purporting to hold the welfare of dogs as central to their mission statements, that in order to debunk the bad science entwined within their training methods, this exposé is being circulated to every English speaking country and over 5000 websites worldwide.
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