I’ll jump in by starting with Vicki’s email:
I listened to your podcast on Skinner’s Four Quadrants, and while you did an adequate job of summarizing some of the conditioning history, I think you’re operating on some outdated information. Judging from some of your other materials you seem to be still laboring under the false assumption that dogs are pack animals. Perhaps you would like to expand and update your understanding of the current research in the literature of dog behavior and psychology. I’ve attached an article that summarizes the current modern understanding of domestic dogs’ social behavior. – Vicki
Vicki attached an article that you can open in a new window by clicking here.
I appreciate the response, but I think that it requires clarification on where this type of thinking comes from.
There’s a lot of information, so I will explain the remarks from the two authors, and give a fair comparison to their thoughts to my practices and the more commonly held and understood beliefs about dog/pack behavior and training methods.