Taking the Lead
News and information about
dog training, dog behavior, and more.

March 2020
“What do dogs do on their day off?
Can’t lie around – that’s their job.” – George Carlin

Who's Winning?
Living with the Dominance Theory without Losing Control
By Pat Blocker, CPDT-KA

“If I let my dog do that, aren’t I letting him win?” When asked that question my first
thought is, “Winning what?” It seems that somewhere along the line dog training has
become a perceived battle of wills, a conflict over dominance.

For dog trainers, great frustration lies in the public’s acceptance of the idea that we need
to be dominant over our dogs. The buy-in is tempting because the concept appears to be
the magic pill that will solve all canine behavior problems in 30 minutes or less.
What Emotions Look Like in a Dog's Brain

How do dogs feel about their owners? In this talk, neuroscientist Dr. Gregory Berns explains how advanced brain imaging technologies could help us better understand the emotional bonds that exist between humans and our canine companions.


Thanks to all who attended my book signing and discussion of "Letting in the Dog."

Your support is appreciated beyond words.

The Tattered Cover Book Signing and Discussion
February 12, 2020

Couldn't make the event?
The Tattered Cover has a few autographed copies available.

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
--Groucho Marx

Recommended Reading From the Peaceful Paws Bookshelf

Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a
Singular Bond

by Alexandra Horowitz

We keep dogs and are kept by them. We love dogs and (we assume) we are loved by them. We buy them sweaters, toys, shoes; we are concerned with their social lives, their food, and their health. The story of humans and dogs is thousands of years old but is far from understood. In Our Dogs, Ourselves, Alexandra Horowitz explores all aspects of this unique and complex interspecies pairing.

From Alexandra Horowitz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Inside of a Dog , an eye-opening, informative, and wholly entertaining examination and celebration of the human-canine relationship for the curious dog owner and science-lover alike.

Available at your favorite bookseller.
Got Dog Problems?

House soiling? Chewing? Barking? Separation Anxiety? Fear of people?
Guarding Objects? Dog-Dog Reactivity? Pulling on-Leash? Jumping-up?
No Attention? No Recall? Whatever the problem, Dunbar Academy most probably has you covered with their online courses.

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