“First Stage of Cruelty” by William Hogarth

“First Stage of Cruelty”, cruelty to animals

Hogarth’s  The Four Stages of Cruelty (1751) depict, fictional protagonist Tom Nero as he progresses from cruelty to animals as a child, to cruelty to animals as an adult. While various Scenes of sportive Woe, The Infant Race employ, And tortur’d Victims bleeding shew, The Tyrant in the Boy. Behold! a Youth of gentler Heart, To…

"Waiting Dog" by Ogata Gekko 
Ca. 1900.

One Step Forward. One Step Back.

I was still basking in the afterglow of 3 days of solid canine science yet I knew the feeling couldn’t last. The world of dog training lives in two worlds. One world is populated by people who study and understand science, who use modern methods and apply ethical standards to their interactions with our non-human…

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Dunning & Kruger 1999, Vol. 77, No. 6. ] 121-1134

The Confident Fool

   “To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of ignorance.” — A. Bronson Alcott I saw this TMZ video (56 s) posted on the BCM Facebook page; in it Cesar Millan says  “dogs don’t think.” Naturally he is wrong – as he usually is – but I was struck by how confident he…

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What is Brad Pattison Training?

  How many Facebook pages does one guy need? I ask the question because Brad Pattison has set up yet another Facebook page. The list of pages now includes, the Brad Pattison [BP] personal page, the BP public page, the BP fan club page, BP K9 Rescue Team group, At the End of My Leash…